5 Steps To Choose Your Customer Acquisition Channel SEO, SEM, Facebook Ads, content marketing, affiliates, partnerships, email marketing, app stores…the list goes on. There are a lot of distribution channels to choose from. New ones are emerging. Existing ones are always changing. The questions, "Where do I start?" 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.
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. The Business Architect The Business Capability Manager I am excited about Accelare’s new software product: The Capability Manager. Accelare has announced the general availability of the WhatFirst™ Capability Manager, a new tool for creating and managing business capability models, built on the Microsoft SharePoint 2013 platform. WhatFirst™ Capability Manager is designed as a simple to acquire, simple to learn, simple to use […] Capabilities, WhatFirst Capabilities Demystified – Part 4
kubo.financiero welcomes our new partners - kubo.financiero México D.F., september 2nd 2014 kubo.financiero adds new partners to its capital structure: Alta Ventures México and Capital Emprendedor with an investment of 1.7 million USD to reach a total of 3.7 million USD of capital. With this investment, kubo.financiero aims to highly disrupt the financial sector in Mexico, by significantly reducing the interest rates to borrowers, and by creating a new asset class for retail investors seeking higher returns. kubo.financiero is a fintech company that creates online financial communities that link creditworthy borrowers with savvy investors through a peer to peer lending (P2P) business model. We reduce intermediation costs by operating a branch-less model, and leveraging technology and credit information systems. With our P2P lending model we aim to connect a new market niche that offers a faster, smarter way to borrow and invest.
How To: Create a Lean Canvas Put yourself in your customer’s shoes and describe up to 3 problems they face today. Try to understand their unique needs and challenges. If your consumers have no problems, no frustrations, no longings– this is a problem. It means you have nothing to offer them, and therefore don’t have a business. Problems lead to working business models. 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 I’d like to share with you the key points I took from the discussion. My International Experience I’m an American entrepreneur & investor living in Beijing, China.
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: strategy and business magazine – Spring 2013 : Beyond Functions Conventional organizational structures may be obsolete. How about a model based on capabilities instead? The prevailing functional model in most companies dates back to the 1850s. Some of the first private-sector functionaries were railroad telegraph operators who managed schedules. Soon after, food and tool companies created sales forces instead of depending on outside wholesalers as intermediaries.