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Lessons Learned

Lessons Learned
Guest post by Lisa Regan, writer for The Lean Startup Conference. Our fall webcast series concluded on a high note with three extraordinary conversations about the origins and implications of Lean Startup. If you missed these when they went out live, we encourage you to watch them now, as they lay a strong foundation for The Lean Startup Conference, December 9 -11 in San Francisco—less than two weeks from today. You can also listen to any of the webcasts, which, at the suggestion of a webcast attendee, we’ve turned into podcasts you can stream or download (from iTunes or SoundCloud). None of the webcasts included slides, so the audio versions work really well.

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Consumer Electronics - LittleUpStarts : LittleUpStarts Consumer Electronics At Little UpStarts we love new technology and the opportunity we get to work with designers & pioneers who have a deep passion for technology, what they do and the amazing ability to turn great ideas into innovative product, improving our everyday lives…. The US market has a strong and deep-rooted reputation for investing in the design and development of new technology and continually striving to bring high tech products to consumers around the world providing solutions for our everyday needs. With the continuing trend of convergence and products combining integrated features and accessories the consumer is continually searching for the latest and greatest value within the category and products that deliver creative and innovative solutions. Our current clients in consumer electronics task us to work with their HQ in Europe, their manufacturers in Asia and liaise between the two to develop a localized product for the US and the America’s.

Digging Deeper into Lean Business Model Canvases I’m a big fan of Ash Maurya’s Lean Canvas. I was also very impressed with Steve Blank’s new initiative Lean Launch Lab, which combines a canvas business model tool and a blogging tool for startups to use and share information regularly with investors. If you haven’t seen it, check out his recent presentation: When the Boardroom is Bits. Both are very useful tools for designing a business model, and we’ve encouraged the startups at Year One Labs to use lean canvas and think about designing a business model vs. writing a business plan.

Email Templates For Web Designers And Developers (PDF, ODT, TXT) You know how it goes: you are facing a difficult situation with a client, and you aren’t quite sure how to respond to it to navigate the conversation into a meaningful direction. This is where email templates can come in handy. This article features email templates for communicating with clients, superiors, teammates and the like. You can easily customize them. The Founder Institute: Helping Founders to Build Great Companies The Founder Institute is the world's largest entrepreneur training and startup launch program, helping aspiring founders across the globe build enduring technology companies. In our four-month, part-time program, you can "learn by doing" and launch a company through structured training courses, practical business-building assignments, and expert feedback. Plus, you are not required to quit your day job to participate.

How To Write an Elevator Speech What is an "Elevator Pitch"? An "Elevator Pitch" is a concise, carefully planned, and well-practiced description about your company that your mother should be able to understand in the time it would take to ride up an elevator. What an "Elevator Pitch" is not: What Works in Silicon Valley Doesn’t Work Everywhere – And What You Can Do About It The Lean Startup Conference hosted an amazing webinar today called Beyond Silicon Valley: Applying Lean Startup Around the Globe. Justin Wilcox, Takashi Tsutsumi (aka “The Steve Blank of Japan”), and I shared our experiences helping entrepreneurs worldwide apply Lean Startup principles. Video streaming by Ustream

Downloads. GGobi data visualization system. The current version of GGobi is 2.1.10a, released 12 March 2010, and updated 10 June 2012 for 64 bit. Windows If you have an old version of GGobi, please delete it first Download and install GGobi for Windows (32 bit) (exe, 8.3 meg) or GGobi for Windows (64 bit) (exe, 8.3 meg) (Currently available for 10.5 only) Installing GGobi is a simple three step process: First, make sure you have X11 installed: look in Applications/Utilities. The 30 Best Business Books for Online Marketers Most everything I’ve learned (and continue to learn) about marketing and the web has come via the inspiration and example of others—reading amazing blogs, learning from great content, and diving deep into favorite books. I’d love to share, in particular, the books that have been most influential to me and other digital marketers. I’ve put together a list of 30+ that include some of my personal favorites, some favorites from my Buffer teammates, and some favorites from a handful of the best marketers online. Hoping to make it easy to browse and find your next book to read, I’ve split it into clickable categories as well—plus a SlideShare for easy flipping and finding.

Richard Branson Secrets to Success mind mapIQ Matrix Blog Download Using Map Free Maps A business has to be involving, it has to be fun, and it has to exercise your creative instincts. — Richard Branson The Entrepreneurial Mind of Richard Branson Sir Richard Branson is an iconic and legendary figure within business circles. His Virgin companies span the globe, while his thirst for brand domination and sense of adventure tell a story of an intriguing and thought provoking life sprinkled with danger, high risk tactics — pushing the boundaries of the possible — and an all encompassing purpose that is built upon fairness and change. Add to this mix a charismatic persona and an extraordinary business acumen, and you have one of the most well-known and iconic figures of today’s business world. Figuring out early stage startups In my first company, I tried to act extroverted, because I thought that’s what good leaders did. It was exhausting and counter-productive. I’ve found a more comfortable way of working and wanted to share a few thoughts and resources that have been helpful to me. The back-thumping, rapport-building, steak-and-strippers salesman is just one of several styles, and it’s not even the most effective. In fact, it tends to be actively harmful if you’re developing long-term relationships (like in large sales, long-term partnerships, and fund-raising).

Matlab Code by Mark Schmidt (optimization, graphical models, machine learning) Summary This package contains the most recent version of various Matlab codes I released during my PhD work. I would recommend downloading and using this package if you plan on using more than one of my Matlab codes. This is because this package includes all the more recent bug-fixes and efficiency-improvements, while in making this package I have updated my old code to make it compatible with the new code and newer versions of Matlab. Further, I typically do not update the individual packages unless I am making a major change (such as the updates of minFunc and UGM).

17 Ways To Immediately Improve Your Website Traffic Join us live at Entrepreneur's Accelerate Your Business event series in Chicago or Denver. Secure your spot » As entrepreneurs we can often feel like the deck is stacked against us when it comes to the digital world. We don’t have the same budgets as our massive competitors, nor do we have the army of marketers that they can employ. So how can a small- or medium-sized business, against overwhelming odds, carve out its piece of the market? The tips below will show you how. Twitter Founder Reveals Secret Formula for Getting Rich Online Ev Williams has figured out the internet. That’s what he told the gathered tech heads at the recent XOXO conference in Portland, Oregon, and while he may have said this with tongue partly in cheek, he spent the next 30 minutes unloading his unified theory of the global computer network, an interpretation formed after 20 years of hard thinking — to say nothing of his experience creating seminal internet companies Blogger and Twitter. In his speech, Williams explained what the internet is, how it works, and how to get rich from it. Truth be told, Williams is not the best public speaker, but his message was clear: At a time when so many internet entrepreneurs are running around Silicon Valley trying to do something no one else has ever done, Williams believes that the real trick is to find something that’s tried and true — and to do it better. It’s a speech that should serve as a signpost, a bit of much-needed direction for the Valley’s younger generation. — Ev Williams

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