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Startup = Growth

Startup = Growth
September 2012 A startup is a company designed to grow fast. Being newly founded does not in itself make a company a startup. Nor is it necessary for a startup to work on technology, or take venture funding, or have some sort of "exit." The only essential thing is growth. If you want to start one it's important to understand that. Redwoods Let's start with a distinction that should be obvious but is often overlooked: not every newly founded company is a startup. When I say startups are designed to grow fast, I mean it in two senses. That difference is why there's a distinct word, "startup," for companies designed to grow fast. To grow rapidly, you need to make something you can sell to a big market. For a company to grow really big, it must (a) make something lots of people want, and (b) reach and serve all those people. Writing software is a great way to solve (b), but you can still end up constrained in (a). Most businesses are tightly constrained in (a) or (b). Ideas Rate Compass Value Related:  StartUps

Los 30 mejores emprendedores sociales del mundo, según Forbes | La regla de William Un bebé recién nacido en la India, en un saco térmico de Embrace Global. Foto: Embrace Global Por primera vez en sus 94 años de historia, la prestigiosa revista Forbes se ha decidido a elegir a los emprendedores sociales con mayor impacto en el mundo: Forbes Impact 30. Un estudiante de 20 años que abandonó la Universidad de Princetown y creó una empresa, Terracycle, que recoge residuos en 14 países y los convierte en productos para el colegio, para la oficina o para el jardín con un toque “fashion”. Los vende en grandes almacenes como Wallmart y dona a obras sociales 2 céntimos de dólar por cada desperdicio que recupera. Envases reciclados por Terracycle Rafael Álvarez, un ingeniero mejicano que tras trabajar más de 11 años en HP creó una organización, GenesysWorks, que ofrece a los estudiantes con menos recursos económicos una beca para, durante su último año de instituto, especializarse en perfiles tecnológicos y trabajar en grandes corporaciones de Houston y Chicago.

Il Break Even Point: come usarlo per fare le previsioni nel business plan | Analisi dei costi Punto di pareggio dell’azienda: che cos’è il Break Even Point? Questa è una delle tante domande che ci avete posto nel sondaggio on line e alla quale oggi rispondiamo. Di questo argomento abbiamo già parlato, nel passato, in un altro articolo. Il Break Even Point è un’analisi che studia la relazione che c’è tra i costi di struttura, i costi variabili e i volumi di produzione. Ha un ruolo molto importante nell’ambito dell’analisi aziendale, poiché serve per identificare il cosiddetto punto di equilibrio. Vediamo di cosa si tratta: per l’analisi del Break Even Point bisogna partire dalla definizione, anche grafica, dei costi fissi e dei costi variabili. Se ipotizziamo delle quantità sull’asse delle ascisse, c’è una costanza dei costi fissi pari a 130.000 euro. Adesso vediamo i costi variabili. Break Even Point: costi variabili, fissi e totali I costi variabili sono, per definizione, quei costi aziendali che variano al variare delle quantità prodotte. Cosa significa questo? e quindi Twitter

Distribution Peter Thiel’s CS183: Startup - Class 9 Notes Essay Here is an essay version of my class notes from Class 9 of CS183: Startup. Errors and omissions are my own. Credit for good stuff is Peter’s entirely. Class 9 Notes Essay—If You Build It, Will They Come? I. Distribution is something of a catchall term. But for whatever reason, people do not get distribution. There are two closely related questions that are worth drilling down on. The first thing to do is to dispel the belief that the best product always wins. II. Before getting more abstract, it’s important to get a quantitative handle on distribution. Customer lifetime value, or CLVAverage revenue per user (per month), or ARPURetention rate (monthly, decay function), or rAverage customer lifetime, which is 1 / (1-r)Cost per customer acquisition, or CPA CLV equals the product of ARPU, gross margin, and average customer lifetime. The basic question is: is CLV greater or less than CPA? III. A. Consider advertising for a moment. B. C. IV. A.

Competition is overrated Your #1 competitor starting out will always be the BACK button, nothing else. – Garry Tan Suppose you have an idea for a startup, and then do some research only to discover there are already similar products on the market. You become disheartened and wonder if you should abandon your idea. In fact, the existence of competing products is a meaningful signal, but not necessarily a negative one. Here are some things to consider. 1) Almost every good idea has already been built. Other times existing companies simply didn’t execute well. 2) The fact that other entrepreneurs thought the idea was good enough to build can be a positive signal. 3) That other people tried your idea without success could imply it’s a bad idea or simply that the timing or execution was wrong. Startups are primarly competing against indifference, lack of awareness, and lack of understanding — not other startups.

Requirement In , a requirement is a singular documented need of what a particular product or service should be or do. It is most commonly used in a formal sense in or . It is a statement that identifies a necessary attribute, capability, characteristic, or quality of a system in order for it to have value and utility to a user. In the classical engineering approach, sets of requirements are used as inputs into the design stages of product development. The requirements development phase may have been preceded by a , or a conceptual analysis phase of the project. Product versus process requirements Projects are subject to three sorts of requirements. The Product and Process requirements are closely linked. Requirements in systems and software engineering In systems engineering, a requirement can be a description of "what" a system must do, referred to as a "Functional Requirement". A collection of requirements define the characteristics or features of the desired system. Classification Verification

Top 30 Startups to Watch In theory, entrepreneurship sounds awesome. You’re your own boss so you can set your own hours, work from home in your PJs and do work that really matters to you. But as any entrepreneur will tell you, starting your own business is not nearly as glamorous. Entrepreneur values those who choose to create their own path, and we’re not alone. Empact, a Princeton, N.J. We took the Empact100 and distilled it further, finding the 30 startups we think are most unique and have the potential to transform their industries, if not the world. Keep your eye out for them, and be prepared to tell your hipster friends that you heard of them before they got huge. The list is below, in alphabetical order. Andrea Huspeni and Lauren Covello contributed to this report. AddShoppers AddShoppers cofounders Jon West and Chad Ledford Image credit: AddShoppers Charlotte, N.C. What it is: There’s no denying that social media is a vital part of making a business successful. Advocates for World Health Tampa, Fla. Ajax Union

Libri su start-up Costruire un’azienda di successo è lo scopo di ogni imprenditore, ma far decollare una start-up è molto difficile: solo 1 start-up su 12 ha successo. A cosa è dovuta questa alta percentuale di fallimento? Il progetto Startup Genome ha analizzato 3200 aziende ed è riuscito a darsi delle risposte. Uno dei punti fondamentali è la conoscenza del business model e sapere quando è il momento giusto per fare il prossimo passo. Anche se non è presente nella top 10 perchè non tratta di consigli e argomenti pratici per una startup, mi sento anche di consigliare la biografia di Steve Jobs , che è riuscito a trasformare la sua start-up in un impero (quello della Apple) 1. Eric Ries-Partire leggeri. La maggior parte dei nuovi business sembra fatalmente destinata al fallimento. 2. Ash Maurya-Pianificazione snella. Viviamo in un’epoca che ha ineguagliabili opportunità per l’innovazione. 3. Jason L. Oggi è più semplice che mai lanciare una startup. 4. Sebastiano Di Diego-Business plan di successo. 5. 6.

How to grow a user base By Richard Nieva On April 12, 2013 Growth hacking is all the rage. Just yesterday, PayPal acquired not-even-launched-yet startup Iron Pearl to focus its platform of growth hacking tools on expanding the payment service’s user base. But snapping up users is an enigmatic task, right? Decide what kind of product you’re dealing with Elliot Shmukler, vice president of growth and product at WealthFront, says there are generally two types of products: one where growth is inherently important to functionality, like with a social network. LinkedIn cofounder Allen Blue described the lean times at LinkedIn early on, when the network was not growing as fast as the company wanted. Word of mouth can be built in Yes, a viral product will created some buzz on its own, but that doesn’t mean a product manager can’t help capitalize on that buzz. Also, some products might not be inherently viral, but they can still have viral components. Internalize the data and move fast The flip side?

The Rule of 3 and 10 The Rule of 3 and 10 One of the best pieces of advice I ever received came from Hiroshi Mikitani, the CEO of Rakuten, the Japanese retailer. He said that everything changes at roughly every third and tenth steps... read One of the best pieces of advice I ever received came from Hiroshi Mikitani, the CEO of Rakuten, the Japanese retailer. When you go from one person to three people it’s different. At every one of those steps everything kind of breaks. When you get into trouble is when you skip one of those steps without really thinking about it. By the time you get to 1,000 people you are likely going to stay there for years. There’s nothing magic about three and 10, but it’s been true for us. Based on an interview with Phil Libin

Pres.: science neuroplasticity The Human Cognition Project (HCP) is a collaboration between Lumosity’s in-house science team and various academic scientists, clinicians, and educators interested in understanding and exploring human cognitive abilities. HCP researchers receive free access to Lumosity’s tools and, in certain cases, limited access to select portions of Lumosity’s database of cognitive game performance. Currently, there are 43 ongoing HCP studies exploring topics such as age-related cognitive decline, interventions for PTSD, and the relationship between physical exercise and Lumosity training. The Research Behind Lumosity Learn about the science behind Lumosity's training program. Learn More Get Involved in the HCP Researchers, educators, and clinicians are invited to submit a research proposal and apply to the HCP today. Learn More

Instituto Jalisciense del Emprendedor - IJALDEM Somos un instituto de nueva creación que propicia la promoción, desarrollo y organización de programas y estrategias para el apoyo, atención, consolidación de las MIPYMES, los emprendedores y las franquicias, impulsando y fortaleciendo la competitividad de los sectores productivos del Estado de Jalisco. Misión Fomentar la cultura emprendedora, que promueva el desarrollo económico del estado de Jalisco, cooperando a una mejor calidad de vida de sus habitantes. Atribuciones

Commodity Da Wikipedia, l'enciclopedia libera. Commodity è un termine inglese che indica un bene per cui c'è domanda ma che è offerto senza differenze qualitative sul mercato ed è fungibile, cioè il prodotto è lo stesso indipendentemente da chi lo produce, come per esempio il petrolio o i metalli. Entrato oramai nel gergo commerciale ed economico, l'equivalente in italiano è bene indifferenziato[1]. Deriva dal francese commodité, col significato di ottenibile comodamente, pratico. L'elevata standardizzazione che caratterizza una commodity ne consente l'agevole negoziazione sui mercati internazionali. Una delle caratteristiche di una commodity è che il suo prezzo viene determinato dal mercato. Commodity negoziabili[modifica | modifica sorgente] Le principali commodity negoziabili sui mercati internazionali sono: Principali mercati[modifica | modifica sorgente] Le commodity sono negoziate, principalmente mediante contratti futures, nei seguenti mercati: Note[modifica | modifica sorgente]

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