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Ten Rules for Web Startup

Ten Rules for Web Startup
#1: Be NarrowFocus on the smallest possible problem you could solve that would potentially be useful. Most companies start out trying to do too many things, which makes life difficult and turns you into a me-too. Focusing on a small niche has so many advantages: With much less work, you can be the best at what you do. Small things, like a microscopic world, almost always turn out to be bigger than you think when you zoom in. You can much more easily position and market yourself when more focused. #2: Be DifferentIdeas are in the air. #3: Be CasualWe're moving into what I call the era of the "Casual Web" (and casual content creation). #4: Be PickyAnother perennial business rule, and it applies to everything you do: features, employees, investors, partners, press opportunities. #5: Be User-CentricUser experience is everything. #6: Be Self-CenteredGreat products almost always come from someone scratching their own itch. #7: Be GreedyIt's always good to have options. #11 (bonus!)

Fire your Boss! The Successful Home Freela Most people, at one time or another, have a job that rewards their time and effort with wages or salaries. An increasing number of people, however, are becoming dissatisfied with that time-and-effort economy and seek the greater rewards that a results economy can provide. Indeed, more and more managers are abandoning the safety of company careers to become consultants in their chosen fields. They cite a number of reasons — a need to pursue their vision, a desire for increased independence, the lack of a meaningful future in a large organisation, or the reality of redundancy. This change inevitably means establishing their own businesses, working for themselves, and — if necessary — employing others. Making the decision to start your own freelance business or consultancy from home is not an easy one. Here’s what we’ll consider: Are you ready to start your own business? Let’s get started! Are you Ready to Start your own Business? — (Sun Tzu, The Art of War, 400 BC.) Are you a self-starter? 1.

Some Lessons for Startups (pdf with notes) How I Hire Programmers (Aaron Swartz's Raw Thought) There are three questions you have when you’re hiring a programmer (or anyone, for that matter): Are they smart? Can they get stuff done? Can you work with them? Someone who’s smart but doesn’t get stuff done should be your friend, not your employee. You can talk your problems over with them while they procrastinate on their actual job. Someone who gets stuff done but isn’t smart is inefficient: non-smart people get stuff done by doing it the hard way and working with them is slow and frustrating. The traditional programmer hiring process consists of: a) reading a resume, b) asking some hard questions on the phone, and c) giving them a programming problem in person. So when I hire people, I just try to answer the three questions. To find out whether someone’s smart, I just have a casual conversation with them. But if I had to write down what it is that makes someone seem smart, I’d emphasize three things. Second, are they curious? Third, do they learn? Yup. posted by Russell L. +1.

How A Startup Named Hipster Got 10K Signups In Two Days, Without Revealing What It Does By now you might be familiar with the startup with the funny name, as its very existence made news outlets as diverse as the Washington Post, and Hipster Runoff. And while Hipster CEO Doug Ludlow still refuses on the record to say what the site is about, at this point we’ve heard the words Yelp, Quora and location-based Q&A site being tossed around by sundry reporters, savvy Googlers and one ambitious tipster who sent us an in-depth analysis of its Javascript. But just like the hipster tribe themselves, what Hipster does is besides the point (at least at the moment). What’s more interesting is the fact that a total of 14K people have already signed up with little information about the site’s purpose, the first 10K in two days after marketing launch. How did Ludlow do it? Aol’s Ben Roodman (ID #63) fell for it and tweeted out his invite link with a the hilarious, “I tell people I’m too fat to be a hipster but you can apply here:

Entrepreneurship - Wikipedia, the free enc Entrepreneurship is the process of starting a business or other organization. The entrepreneur develops a business model, acquires the human and other required resources, and is fully responsible for its success or failure. Entrepreneurship operates within an entrepreneurship ecosystem. Background[edit] In 2012, Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women's Issues Melanne Verveer greeted participants in an African Women's Entrepreneurship Program at the State Department in Washington, D.C. In recent years, "entrepreneurship" has been extended from its origins in business to include social and political activity. According to Paul Reynolds, founder of the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor, "by the time they reach their retirement years, half of all working men in the United States probably have a period of self-employment of one or more years; one in four may have engaged in self-employment for six or more years. History[edit] Etymology and historical usage[edit] What is an entrepreneur[edit]

6 Tips To Get Your Startup Off The Ground And Score A Seed Round Editor’s note: Anthemos Georgiades is the CEO of Zumper, a new platform for apartment rentals being built from the ground up. Prior to Zumper he worked at the Boston Consulting Group and as an Economic Advisor in British politics. You can follow him on Twitter. Zumper’s seed round story is far from perfect. Despite the challenges, we got there and are now humbled to work alongside a set of fantastic investors. Below are some simple and hopefully immediately applicable lessons I drew from the experience of raising the round. 1. Super simple, but super important. Use any means possible to get this warm intro. 2. There was a recent article on TechCrunch that argued that you don’t need to present a prototype to raise a seed round. I couldn’t disagree more. If you’re a tried and tested entrepreneur you may get away without a product or traction. We spent 50 percent of our time in VC meetings discussing one of our 14 slides. 3. Humility and confidence are friends, not enemies. 4. 5. 6.

Guy Kawasaki’s 10 Questions to Ask Before You Join a Startup | M I realize that in this job market, maybe you can’t be choosy about a job offer, but you should still understand what you’re getting into. If you are considering working at a startup, you should ask these questions. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Guy Kawasaki is the co-founder of, an “online magazine rack” of popular topics on the web. - This is going to be BIG! - Startup Recruiting Hacks Yesterday, First Round had its annual CEO Summit. One of the cool things about being a fund that works with so many early stage companies is that bringing the whole portfolio together in one place results in a lot of collaborative learning opportunities. One of the topics that was discussed in a breakout session was recruiting. From what I've seen, most companies simply don't get enough people in the top of the funnel. Actually, startups tend to drop the ball on recruiting the same way they mess up in PR. These are some tips focused on getting as many relevant people in the top of the funnel as possible--the most challenging thing for a growing company long on expansion plans but short on time, brand awareness, and extra money to spend on recruiters. Events Events are the single easiest way to get a bunch of hiring leads in and to inform them about what you're up to. Social Media Content from your Employees Want to find a whole bunch of Ruby devs in a hurry? The Meetup Ground War Contests Business Ideas for Ent Starting a Technology Company | Entrepreneurs. Executives. Investors. Startup Advice In Exactly Three Words - #StartupTriplets This article is a bit out of the ordinary. But, it's a Frid ay so I'm hoping you'll cut me some slack. For some reason, I like wordsmithing and trying to make phrases smaller (but still have some meaning). In any case, hope you enjoy them. Startup Triplets: Startup Advice In Exactly Three Words 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. 31. 32. 33. 34. 35. 36. 37. 38. 39. 40. 41. 42. 43. 44. 45. 46. 47. Update: Guy Kawasaki (yes, the Guy Kawasaki) was kind enough to post some of his own triplets. 48. 49. 50. You can see his full list here: Guy Kawasaki's Startup Triplets. Challenge: You're way smarter than I am. Ready?

Some thoughts on recruitment – instinct over CV | The Equity Kic Having the right team is crucial for a startup and keeping the team right as a company develops is a critical discipline. I think this is one of the areas where a good investor director can add the most value: by leveraging experience across many startups to advise entrepreneurs on the likely impact on team requirements of growth and the other twists and turns of startup life by leveraging their network to find good candidates and recommend good headhunters (and leverage their reputation to make sure the headhunters deliver to the best of their ability) by leveraging their experience of working with many different types of manager and entrepreneur in many different situations to advise on the strength of individual candidates In other words helping our portfolio with recruitment is an important part of the VC job description. I am a big believer in the power of instinct in recruitment, and I have made many more mistakes ignoring gut feel than I have going with it.

5 ways to start a company (without quittin Almost everyone stuck in a cubicle dreams of starting his own business. Here are 5 ways to use your current gig to launch a new venture. (Business 2.0 Magazine) - If you're reading this, there's a good chance that you've always wanted to launch your own startup. According to our research, roughly half of all Business 2.0 readers dream of founding their own companies. Odds are, however, that you're still working for someone else. So we set out to see if we could help. Still, working for a corporation affords access to several things that are vital to a fledgling company: money, customers, market research, personnel. All of them, however, learned to look at salaried life as a springboard rather than a prison. Here are five ways to get started. 1. Gregory Moore financed his big idea one paycheck at a time. The opportunity was obvious: Gregory Moore wanted to create a company that would securely transmit patient and payment data between hospitals, doctors, clinics, and insurers. 2. 3. 4. 5.