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What is Lean Startup? “Lean Startup” is a term coined by Eric Ries while an Advisor to the venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins. It’s based on the new management processes he employed while Chief Technology Officer at IMVU, one of Silicon Valley’s most successful startups. What is Customer Development? “Customer Development” is a process pioneered by Steve Blank and written about extensively in Four Steps to the Epiphany. It emphasizes “Getting Out of the Building” for in-person feedback and focusing early product development efforts around early-evangelists.

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Attracting Early Adopters to Grow Your Startup I recently attended a LeanCoffeeTO meetup on the topic of attracting early adopters. As always, the meetup had a good turnout of Toronto-based entrepreneurs who had come to swap personal experiences and trade advice. This blog post will share with you some of the key highlights of the meetup on how to maximize the value of your early adopters, as well as touch on the pitfalls to watch out for. Maximizing early adopter value: Allow Early Adopters to Guide Development Early adopters can often find new and unexpected ways to use your product. Attracting early adopters and being open to how early they interact with your offering will help guide your product or services development.

Swiss Startup Camp 2011 Basel – Recollections - American Peyote The train ride from Basel to Zurich on a Friday night is wonderful place to be. Half the people are calm family types, smiling and say they love each other as they sit down, and the other half are pre-drinking Feldschlossen or some cheap wine, getting ready to live it up at the Zurich clubs all night or a party in Sissach. I’m calm and alone on my computer, recounting an amazing day at the 2011 Swiss Startup Camp in Basel. The day was a blast, a warm, invigorating tech-blast of knowledge and inspiration. Software Hamilton How to use storytelling to build your startup’s brand Unsurprisingly, entrepreneurs tend to be busy people. In the hustle and bustle of a startup environment, finding the time to focus on brand building can be a challenge. But the simple truth is that startup branding matters. A startup’s brand is the space it is able to rent in their customers’ or prospects’ minds. It’s their reputation.

15 Tips for Lean Startup Machine « Blog « Lean Startup Machine What is Lean Startup? “Lean Startup” is a term coined by Eric Ries while an Advisor to the venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins. It’s based on the new management processes he employed while Chief Technology Officer at IMVU, one of Silicon Valley’s most successful startups. What is Customer Development? Use These 3 Points to Create an Awesome Value Proposition Your value proposition determines your potential conversion rate. Tweet this: (Note: you can click the little ‘s to tweet key points.) It is why people buy from you.

30 Cheatsheets and Infographics for Mobile App Developers There are vast categories of smartphone and tablet apps in the market today that educate, enhance and engage users in multiple ways (help us take flawless pictures, manage our finances better, keep healthy and stay fit, or indulge is in our spy tendencies). If you have the passion for apps, or want to start an app business but need help, you should check out these 30 cheatsheets and infographics related to mobile app development. We hope that the following selection will inspire and help you start building better and smarter iOS and Android apps. Recommended Reading: Develop Your Windows 8 App – Resources, Tools And Tips Like all our other cheatsheets & infographics articles, the images here are cropped for a nice fit, so do click the links to have the entire view. iOS and Android Design Guidelines Cheat Sheet

How to write a strong value proposition Why should your ideal customer purchase from you rather than anybody else? If you can answer this question in a sentence, then you have a strong and unique value proposition. A strong and differentiated value proposition can go a long way to position your business to succeed in your target market. It is the promise of your brand. Without exception, Kinesis clients have a company that focuses on delivering incredible value to their customers. 7 Innovative Web Startups Based in Zürich Lately, there has been quite some buzz as the Greater Zurich Area is working on branding itself as the Silicon Valley of Europe. The entrepreneurs behind some of the most innovative start-up firms are young, dynamic and visionary. What they have in common is that they want to make people's lives easier - one way or another. Despite its size, Switzerland has a very start-up friendly environment as no less than 10 to 20 world-class firms are established every year!

7 Proven Templates for Writing Value Propositions That Work You already know that getting your value proposition right is critical to your business model. You can have the best features, the most perfectly executed presentation, the most stunning price, but no one will ever know of it if they don’t get past your high-level value proposition. But how do you craft such a pitch? Continuously looking to perfect your value proposition you'd consult lengthy articles only to find that there's a jungle of advise out there. What you need is applicable examples from entrepreneurs and investors who have successfully given and taken thousands of pitches, right? Getting more out of OSM data OpenStreetMap is a rich dataset filled with more information than meets the eye. Just take a look at the Map Features wiki to get a sense of the taxonomy used to describe features. From substations to subways, there are hundreds of tags to describe nearly every kind of structure. In this guide we will show you how to use Overpass Turbo, an API that allows you to query the OSM data set and extract specific features in a given area.

The Zurich Entrepreneur Meetup Group (Zürich Not only is Zurich one of the best places in the world to live, but it's also a great place to start a business. With its top-tier educational institutions, robust infrastructure, and business friendly administration, in many ways Zurich is the ideal place to launch a startup. There is a wealth of creative energy and entrepreneurial spirit in this area, but this sometimes gets lost in the perception that Zurich is simply a "banking town". Also, while there has long been an entrepreneurial scene here, it is somewhat of an exclusive club, and it can be particularly intimidating to non-locals, or aspiring entrepreneurs who want to learn the ropes before jumping in completely. We can change that! The goal of this group is to open up the entrepreneurial community, giving people a friendly and casual way to network, share ideas, and help each other succeed.