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#TOA Interview with Fred Wilson & Brad Burnham of Union Square Ventures - YouTube
mi 32 - lack of adoption of SV model: no politics, execution, results driven, value creation, accepting Failure as outcome (culture of Stigma in EU and Germany) // min 36 - oh hi there world - buy into the company! a partner, strategic joint venture. shared economic interest, own platform by publishers! // miss-allocation of capital ! // hard things about hard things - Pivot, layoff vs running out of money not finding product/market fit & traction // early on its only hunch & gut based. // #TOA15: ¨Are the Germans Unable to Disrupt?¨ with Christoph Keese (Axel Springer SE) - youtu.be/YyuJmAtZQis - its abt value creation, value add, redesigning of value, chains, product, data. Big corps cant disrupt itself. especially not by committee. Legacy companies unlikely 2 survive bc of patterns 2 stick 2 the conventional & fail than fail with unconventional & look like a fool (risk aversion, Failure in the public eye). Book "Silicon Valley: Was aus dem mächtigsten Tal der Welt auf uns zukommt"
Europe  Start-Up  Scene  Berlin  Start-Up  Scene  Failure  incrementalism  incremental  value  creation  added  value  Core  Product  Proposition  intangible  value  Mittelstand  SME  SMB  Proposition  Venture  Capital  oh  hi  there  world  Fred  Wilson  London  Scene  Wall  Street  shareholder  value  profit  maximisation  book  ecosystem  distortion  asset  allocation  Germany  Europe  industrial  policy  Revolution  2.0  STEM  3D  printing  Software  Is  Eating  The  automation  automotive  Big  Data  Robotics  business  consumer  disrupting  markets  disruption  creative  destruction  Pivot  Product/Market  Fit  traction  self-awareness  MVP  Minimal  Viable  Product  Lean  Start-Up  timing  Internet  Privacy  Privacy 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
The Vergecast 168: Really good codeine - YouTube
min 46 // Instagram increased res for square format, now allowing all photo formats (vertical and landscape, after user hacked the square format - putting in landscape or portrait photos with borders - to make it square) vs what it was and was not and what it only offered on release day. "the great equaliser." all had the same tool, limitations, options, ways to express, make photos more interesting. thus it showed off some specific creative you (how to use your phone camera), not your skill and experience with Photoshop, lighting, photo school rules - that can set you apart. Instagram was a small, limited, enhanced window you your world, to that moment - captured. And now like Social Media. It is being gamed. Exploited. Abused. For specific commercial and or personal purpose. // Instagram was sort of, lucked out, with not being something for everyone. No it has become that thing that can be used by everyone - for their purpose. Follows it being primed for advertisers ...
Instagram  differentiate  differentiation  photo  app  constraint  artificial  constraint  community  philosophy  Facebook  Newsfeed  Social  Media  Selbstdarstellung  Celebrity  of  You  Beme  community  management  Twitter  Product/Market  Fit  MVP  Minimal  Viable  Product  category  vertical  consumer  management  experience  user  hack  strategy  Snapchat  Vine  YouTube  expression  creative  content  creator  digital  content  user  generated  content  The  Wars  Multimedia  Periscope  Meerkat  barriers  to  entry  cost  of  entry  meritocracy  meritocratic 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
Pando: A good problem to have: Andy Dunn and Phil Libin talk about the difficult decision to fire themselves
At the beginning of your company when you are always a couple of months away from going out of business and every crisis is an existential crisis, because all you’re trying to do is optimize for staying alive. That is the happiest and simplest time in your company… everything else is in the good problem to have category, which is like “Good news, you’re kind of successful that’s why you’re having it. Bad news is it’s more stressful than anything else before.” &! As a founder your instinct is to put something new in the world... you start a company because you are irreverent. You start a company because you want to create something out of nowhere, and the paradox is that if you are successful with that, and then a job evolves from an act of creativity and irreverence. Focus and execution and scaling become equally important as [creativity and irreverence]. You have to ask yourself am I a fit for what the job requires?
Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  MVP  Product/Market  Fit  Minimal  Viable  Product  scaling  Problem  Solving  accelerated  learning  Failure 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
How To Get 1 Million Subscribers - YouTube
meritocracy, democratic, egalitarian. anyone who has interest, can find it. u will have an audience, even it is just 1. either they like it, share it & come back. or they leave u alone. // Beme, remove the aspect of creation. the friction. the cognitive cost. the overhead. a process to follow. a tutorial or how to listicle to read. to Google or to ask. >> Product developers & investors should think about the cognitive cost of their products. The cognitive cost very often can be much higher than the financial cost. Products with a low cognitive cost are those where the technology fades away and dont require a consumers ongoing attention. bit.ly/1Nz0veO // "Don't make me think." << book, UI UX mantra. // Photo-filter-app vs photo-editing-app vs video-editing-ai-augmented-intelligence-app that have popped up. podcasting. EDM // what has lots of overhead & sometimes really disappointing user experience? Skype, Windows, FriendFeed, Twitter?(niche compared 2 FB). Q&A youtu.be/6xVdM0QJq6Y
Casey  Neistat  freedom  of  expression  expression  creative  destruction  Beme  Vlogging  vlog  YouTube  Vine  Instagram  Periscope  Twitch  justin.tv  Qik  writing  Video  mainstream  filter  bubble  editor  Reddit  4chan  storytelling  Music  Industry  Indie  Music  Hollywood  content  discovery  content  distribution  distribution  model  TV  Reality  TV  scripted-reality  television  painting  digital  economy  digital  content  marginal  cost  economics  of  abundance  critics  Artist  graphic  artists  digital  cognitive  cost  friction  frictionless  Product/Market  Fit  MVP  Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  consumer  product  UI  UX  user  engagement  user  generated  content  user  experience  user  churn  hook  customer  empowerment  customer  experience  customer  retention  customer  acquisition  Podcast  podcasting  Platform  content  creator  The  Wars  Snapchat  SMS  WhatsApp 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
Growth vs Retention – AVC
"Retention was clearly bad, and that’s what killed us" [...] [...] This all comes back to stepping on the gas before finding product market fit. You might think you have product market fit and so you scale up your hiring, your marketing, your sales, and your capital raising and spending. But if you can’t retain a healthy percentage of your users past ninety days, you don’t have product market fit yet and all the investment you make in your business is just money down the drain. So focus first on your 90 day retention numbers and make sure to nail them and prove you have product market fit. Then scale. // find natural/organic marketing - advertising - instead of building a non-product related cost center like sales, marketing, and advertising. short-cuts like these don't fix the product per se.
user  churn  customer  acquisition  Product/Market  Fit  MVP  user  acquisition  business  strategy  product  strategy  strategy  Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  burn  rate  runway  Homejoy  distribution  model  discovery  content  distribution  content  discovery  Net  Promoter  Score  word  of  mouth  Tribe  1000  True  Fans  UI  UX  user  experience  user  engagement  customer  experience  customer  retention  customer  service  SAAS  marketing  growth  round  cost  center  short-term  view  short-term  thinking  feedback 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
LinkedIn Founder Revealed - Member of the Paypal Mafia, He's an Entrepreneur & Venture Capitalist - YouTube
// fail fast to move on to the next thing to try out, put your craftsmanship towards. // launch MVP, can be, should be embarrassing, then iterate. if it isn't embarrassing. you launched too late and developed too much inside your own bubble and ideas about what it could be ... and scratching only product/market fit and core product value prop and value creation. because you don't have the feedback from users and numbers. // see Guy Kawasaki expanding it to - 1:07:30 "MVVVP" Minimal Viable Valuable Validating Product. Viable (sustainable) (valuable, does the world need another fashion blog?) (what does it validate about your vision) - youtu.be/eF3ETXzVm-g
Reid  Hoffman  linkedin  Lean  Start-Up  Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  of  You  PayPal  Peter  Thiel  iteration  MVP  Minimal  Viable  Product 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
Pando: Lessons from the startup graveyard
The startup grim reaper is time. Money buys you time; burn rate takes it away. // & avc - investing money into distribution before MVP/Product/Market Fit (traction, great net promoter score, word of mouth, social media sharing, email sharing, steady self-runner) is a waste. why pour gasoline on a non-existing fire, down the drain, never recoverable, no ROI!?!?
Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  burn  rate  runway  MVP  Product/Market  Fit  Minimal  Viable  Product  traction  user  churn  user  acquisition  customer  retention  customer  acquisition  Net  Promoter  Score  word  of  mouth  Social  Media  KPI  OKR 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
Episode 49: The Shortest Interview With Jenny Lee From GGV Capital by analyseasia
8:00 don't innovate for innovation sake, R&D in the lab is only R&D. address real world problem, issue that is bothering you and you can't stand it any more that nobody is doing something about it. add value, is it of value, people coming back every week, month. are you creating more value than you take!? productise the solution. build a big or small sustainable company around it. // you are the first customer, you are solving your problem! // 10:00 the mobile super computer, connectedness, big data, relevance, targeted ... apps (appification) destructing traditional verticals, ... always on. platform offers new business models, enabled by scale and network effects, ... and convergence of different tech ( IoT in store connected to store e-commerce solution - user stores app )
Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  MVP  Minimal  Viable  Product  Product/Market  Fit  vertical  mobile  first  mobile  homescreen  Appification  mobile  phone  Venture  Capital  Asia  entrepreneurship 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
It’s fast, global, engaged and influential – so why isn’t Twitter flying? | Technology | The Guardian
Meanwhile, in the past year around 450 people have left the company, according to a study by the Financial Times. That constitutes about 12% of the firm, and includes senior figures. The loss of existing staff is always a worry in a San Francisco tech company: rivals will offer signing bonuses and options on stock that are likely to grow in value, rather than enduring Twitter’s stock-market rollercoaster. [...] Dorsey’s appearance on the results conference call last week was in effect an audition for the job. “We need to do three things. One, we need to ensure a more disciplined execution. Two, we need to simplify our services to deliver Twitter’s value faster. And three, we need to better communicate our value,” he said briskly. He also acknowledged that mismatch between fame and usage. [...] But he notes that user growth still lags, and that “engagement” – how often people who have created an account use it – remains far lower than Facebook’s.
Twitter  MVP  Product/Market  Fit  business  model  MAU  Core  Product  Value  Proposition  creation  Value  Proposition  added  Wall  Street  profit  maximisation  shareholder  Silicon  Valley  counter  culture 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
The Traction Book: 5 Steps To Traction & Business Growth
product distribution is part of start-up failure, find and focus 2-3 great distribution channels - test hypothesis what channels should work - evaluate (measure), why or why not, ... figure out what works, [keep moving. if you stop moving, you will fail]. double down on what works. test, test, test. spend time - 50/50 - marketing/product early on. find a great distribution strategy! traction. have goals determin your action. without a goal you cant score. focus on activities that move you forward towards the goal. // Justin Mares, Co-Author, Traction, Startup Grind Ottawa - youtu.be/R3OxmLBIsRg &! Startup Metrics Toronto December 2014 - Justin Mares on User Onboarding - youtu.be/9HzNxCkHias
book  Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  traction  growth  hacking  growth  hacker  viral  coefficient  Net  Promoter  Score  Product/Market  Fit  MVP  Core  Product  Value  Proposition  Value  Proposition  Minimal  Viable  Product  marketing  advertisement  affiliate  marketing  content  marketing  Lean  Start-Up  A/B  Testing  marketing  channel  distribution  strategy  conversion  user  acquisition  PR  public  relations  brand  awareness  user  engagement  user  generated  content  user  churn  customer  retention  customer  acquisition 
july 2015 by asterisk2a
#TOA14 Interview with Julie Meyer (CEO & Founder, Ariadne Capital) - YouTube
(1) why not to go to Palo Alto (2) money will find you if you are good enough/traction. // &! Enterprise Connect Presents: Raising Finance; Top Tips From Industry Experts (Highlights) - youtu.be/9Psgw5oJSMs // &! Lecture 9 How to Raise Money Marc Andreessen, Ron Conway, Parker Conrad - youtu.be/NJAKt1icZYs
Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  traction  Focus  Product/Market  Fit  MVP  Minimal  Viable  Product  viral  coefficient  Net  Promoter  Score  network  effect  Venture  Capital  hunt  for  yield  Seed  Round  A  Round  Angel  Investor  London  Scene  Berlin  Start-Up  Scene  Networking 
july 2015 by asterisk2a
This is the Product Death Cycle. Why it happens, and how to break out of it
via bit.ly/1MEHKDc [ can't be everything for everyone ! Aaron Levie (Box, SAAS, Enterprise) in one interview said they did not go ahead with some clients ("Saying NO, is maybe even more important than saying yes.") because they wanted so much change, which would make further update to the whole system a headache/more cost than the client would bring in. ] // "The Product Death Cycle is tricky because it’s driven by the right intentions: Listen to customers and build what they want. People in the Product Death Cycle naturally believe that they are doing the right things, but good intentions don’t translate to good traction. Instead, ask “why?” over and over, to understand the root cause for lack of growth."
product  management  Officer  Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  feedback  KISS  Leadership  vision  mission  MVP  Product/Market  Fit  Minimal  Viable  Design  product  experience  Core  Value  Proposition  friction  frictionless  communication  community  community  management 
july 2015 by asterisk2a
A defense of Dave Morin | PandoDaily
[1bn consumer apps are more rare than lottery winners. period.] But despite it all, he just didn’t win. It’s crushing evidence of just how hard it is to build the next huge consumer Internet sensation. Mock Morin all you want, but pre-launch Google valued Path higher than it likely is valued today. If he was wrong to believe he could build the mobile Facebook, so were some of the smartest people in the Valley. So what did Morin do so wrong? Some parts of his thesis were right, but exact manifestations of that thesis weren’t. People were longing for a mobile social network focused on photos. People were longing for a Facebook-other. Just not the one he created. You can never predict how products will resonate. Did he focus too much on pleasing Valley early adopters while Snapchat and Whisper were resonating with teens, and Whatsapp largely got its legs through an international audience? Perhaps. [ Hypothesis; what do u believe what others dont believe
Dave  Morin  Path  Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  consumer  product  Design  Product/Market  Fit  Minimal  Viable  MVP  hypothesis  Appification  Snapchat  Instagram  Whisper  Yik  Yak  Secret  single-use  app  mobile  homescreen  user  behaviour  attention  span  Kevin  Rose  Silicon  Valley 
june 2015 by asterisk2a
How the Sharing Economy Is Impacting Travel - YouTube
w great app - word of mouth and net promoter score and marketing and advertisement you can, in an age of appification and single-use apps, create a deep trench away from Google Search (customers using desktop search from booking travel, hotel, flight, leisure experience). Lastminute.com can only react to Hotel Tonight and Hipmunk being first on the homescreen of phones with a great product/market fit. // min 6:30 - post-Search world (desktop) with limited screen size etc on homescreen we have come back to the portal. Yahoo! was a portal. No we have a new one in our hands in form of Apple iOS iPhone and Google's Android
Google  Search  Appification  single-use  app  Brand  Branding  word  of  mouth  Net  Promoter  Score  Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  MVP  Product/Market  Fit  Expedia  lastminute.com  mobile  homescreen  mobile  first  mobile  phone  UI  UX  user  experience  Hotel  Tonight  vertical  niche  Portal  Yahoo!  Yahoo  Y!  Android  iOS  Apple  Google 
may 2015 by asterisk2a
Building A Moat In A Bubble: Navigating Today’s Financing Environment | TechCrunch
But building an operating plan that depends on successively larger and higher-priced rounds to materialize in the future could mean disaster. If you find yourself too fixated on that deep moat you’re building around your business, you may just fall right into it yourself. Too often, entrepreneurs let the amount of capital available to them determine how to operate their business rather than the other way around. Every company has a natural cadence of growth that needs to be respected, regardless of the external fundraising environment. There’s a limit to how many high-caliber engineers, salespeople, and marketing executives companies can recruit and train in a given period – trying to hire too much faster could mean the quality bar gets lowered on new employees. For consumer-facing services, attempting to launch into hyper-growth mode through paid marketing — when basic things like user experience and retention still need to be addressed — could prove harmful in the long run. << !!!
Silicon  Valley  burn  rate  runway  2015  growth  round  Seed  Angel  Investor  hunt  for  yield  MVP  Product/Market  Fit  Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  fiduciary  responsibility  Private  Market 
may 2015 by asterisk2a
You Need To Be A Billion Just To Make A Million | TechCrunch
[ especially consumer apps being hit driven business, already, that can go out of fashion as quickly as they came, might be a flash in a pan like Secret & work only on the SV/SF ] Competition in the Valley has started reaching a new peak, with candidates demanding all kinds of accoutrements just to change jobs. But it’s not just recruiting that has become more challenging. Sales, marketing, public relations — essentially every task that a startup has to do is just more difficult today given this cutthroat environment. The only way to respond to the higher threshold has been to raise ever more capital, and earlier as well. We now have the rise of the “instant unicorn” that can raise hundreds of millions of capital in just the first months of a company’s existence. That means companies are already worth billions, before they may have made their first million dollars in revenue or gotten their first million users. That’s the new normal, and founders have to be ready to adapt.
Silicon  Valley  San  Francisco  barriers  to  entry  distortion  NIRP  ZIRP  QE  A  Round  Seed  Round  Angel  Investor  hunt  for  yield  Private  Market  competitive  advantage  ecosystem  burn  rate  runway  MVP  Product/Market  Fit  Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  unintended  consequences  bubble  speculative  bubbles  speculative  speculation  Venture  Capital  Private  Equity  growth  growth  hacking  growth  hacker  structural  imbalance  Impediments  creative  destruction  Unicorn  competitiveness  competition  competitive  Signal  vs.  Noise  allocation  attention  span  New  York  Start-Up  Scene  Silicon  Alley  HR  human  resources 
may 2015 by asterisk2a
Secret’s death will encourage VCs to make more investments like Secret | PandoDaily
Secret’s collapse is a Harvard Business Case Study in loss mitigation. [...] VC’s are going to start flocking even harder to big-risk-big-reward deals now. Why? Because they aren’t that risky at all any more. Startups that fail quickly may now return as much as 80-90% of their capital to investors. [...] the gravity of Byttow’s decision to return the capital should not be understated. VC’s like Peter Thiel* have long advocated to take the biggest risks possible, noting that a very small percentage of deals return the majority of capital. That argument is now strengthened. So, going forward, I think there could be three major trends that emerge from the Secret story: (1) VC’s are going to start pressuring their struggling portfolio companies to return the capital rather than die a slow, pivot-filled death. (2) This will create more culture of loss mitigation, which will then encourage said VC’s to take more risk with potential breakout hits.
Venture  Capital  Silicon  Valley  Secret  Failure  MVP  Product/Market  Fit  Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice 
may 2015 by asterisk2a
New stats show raising Seed money from big VCs increases survival. (The opposite of what everyone in the Valley says) | PandoDaily
(2) Don’t do a “party round” (2) Don’t raise money from a major VC. They will only follow on with the best companies and the signaling risk if they say no can be damning. [...] The companies who raised funds from large VC firms did better than those who raised funds from micro-VCs. [...] The anecdotal stuff is true & the data is true. The answer to how thats possible lies, as everything else in venture world does, with a massive range of quality & low barriers to get in. [...] the # of firms who invest at least $1 million a quarter 4 at least four straight quarters, there are only a paltry 97 firms left in the industry. [...] Raising big institutional funds is hard. Even shitty big VC firms have 2 meet some kind of bar 2 get that money — which is increasingly disappearing in the US. [...] [ hypothesis/thesis of micro-VC is flawed & opportunistic of lower Start-up cost 2 get from idea 2 MVP 2 Product/Market Fit with some traction. higher delta between good & bad co&mVC&angel ]
Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  Venture  Capital  Seed  Round  Angel  Investor  Party  Round  distortion  hunt  for  yield  economic  history  unintended  consequences  ZIRP  NIRP  QE  technological  history  technological  progress  Micro-VC  VC  Product/Market  Fit  post-traction  Series  A  MVP  meritocracy  meritocratic  Accelerator  ycombinator  Seed  Camp  TechStars  500  Start-ups 
april 2015 by asterisk2a
Astro Teller: "Moonshots and Reality" | SXSW Live 2015 | SXSW ON - YouTube
Moonshots (huge problems, radical solutions*, breakthrough technology* = Google X) + maniacal focus of a Start-up. The last two sometimes can create blind spots, miss the obvious. // Don't build lonely MVP's. But don't push it to the press that sees it, and the user, as a finished product. Call it 'Alpha, so jenky.' "You will never get the right answer sitting in a conference room." // Learning from failure is much more data and insight than learning from success, and achieving success without constraints (trust fund kinds (straight white privileged male) out of Stanford working at a unicorn w a 100k-130k pay-check). A Start-up with constraints and inevitable non-death but near death failures is by principle accelerated learning. unComparable experience. Mistake-free learning experience doesn't exist! << education policy. Progress happens because you harness your failures. Creative, productive, failure. Failures are cheap if u do them first! (MVP) // Gladwell David vs Goliath.
Google  X  MVP  Product/Market  Fit  feedback  feedback  loop  Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  Success  Failure  constraint  education  policy 
april 2015 by asterisk2a
Contagious: How to Build Word of Mouth in the Digital Age: Amazon.co.uk: Jonah Berger: 9781471111709: Books
Indeed, word-of-mouth generates more than two times the sales of paid advertising and is the primary factor behind 20-50% of all purchasing decisions.It is between 8.5 and 30 times more effective than traditional media.But want to know the best thing about word-of-mouth? It's available to everyone.
Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  Social  Media  word  of  mouth  book  Net  Promoter  Score  feedback  feedback  loop  MVP  Product/Market  Fit  viral  coefficient  virality 
april 2015 by asterisk2a
[PREMONEY 2014] Micro-Waves: 10 Years Of Cycles...& What You Can Learn From Them - YouTube
7:30 - Have a Hypothesis (destiny, vision, future) where you product and company fits in in the big puzzle for the future (Testing your hypothesis/thesis first in small scale - youtu.be/3KteaWhL9hs see Zappos example), be a kick ass team, make a kick ass product, target a kick ass market (big, disputable, low regulation and low political barriers >> opposite is healthcare USA; entrenched interest groups, lots of regulation, lots of hard wired behaviour >> opposite was Uber and Lyft and Airbnb as it turned out). // 10:00 know and accept that you can't know everything - Blind Spots - WORK ON BLIND SPOTS/VECTORS, fill those positions in the team that supplement and make everyone stronger (team, company as a whole).
Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  Venture  Capital  Angel  Investor  Product/Market  Fit  MVP  Lean  Start-Up 
april 2015 by asterisk2a
ClassPass Acquires Competitor FitMob | TechCrunch
// see article, timeline from idea to MVP to feedback (don't build lonely MVP), to experimenting with Subscriptions and Passport (bundles) and seeing traction. It's called being a Start-up. The struggle. It rarely is it that what you think will work, works. But that is not public's perception about Silicon Valley nor Start-up life and how it is portrayed widely in media nor even in specific publications. Website Startupanonymous is the product of a symptom of that. Actually to talk about struggle and doubt and stress only in a non identifiable way ... possible.
MVP  Product/Market  Fit  Pivot  feedback  feedback  loop  Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  entrepreneur  entrepreneurial  entrepreneurship 
april 2015 by asterisk2a
Forward Partners - Your unfair advantage
Nic Brisbourne - Managing Partner at Forward Partners | Silicon Real LIVE - youtu.be/7oxJ-OO1um8 // ex-DFJ (Series A&B) // is on website, it says, focused on e-commerce, but does/did also consumer and some enterprise/dev tools. // they also have drop-in office hours - theequitykicker.com/2014/10/24/tips-attending-office-hours/ // 9:05 - Finding Tech Co-Founder is difficult, business founders have to sell themselves really hard. Same in SV, and UK. // 24:15 don't build lonely MVP, build one that resonates, slow down to speed up during feedback time and crystallising MVP to specific customer+own vision (balance) to the point where it fly's off the shelve // optimism with critical thinking (balance.) // Board to set focus and resolve problems. Staying on the same page (ben horrowitz book) // London Start-up Scene Ecosystem, its a marathon. TC reporting is not conducive to portray a realistic picture of Start-up struggle. // &! Philippe Botteri - Accel Partners - youtu.be/YIbGP-2LYLk
Venture  Capital  UK  London  Start-up  Scene  Europe  Scene  Seed  Round  seedround  seedfunding  wisdom-of-the-crowd  MVP  Accel  Partners  Forward  Partners 
april 2015 by asterisk2a
The just maybe unsinkable Dick Costolo | PandoDaily
Costolo worked to stabilize an unsteady management team and outline a plan to address the main concerns: sluggish user growth and wringing new revenue out of its service. At the company’s analyst day in November, Costolo outlined several plans to boost user growth, engagement and revenue: make sponsored tweets 5 percent of user feeds, up from 1.3%; give new users an instant timeline to simplify the work needed to make Twitter useful; use Fabric and other initiatives to make Twitter an indispensable platform.
Twitter  Dick  Costolo  Product/Market  Fit  user  experience  Product  Design  experience  MVP  Minimal  Viable  Product  user  behaviour  user  acquisition  user  churn  Vision 
february 2015 by asterisk2a
Founder School with Di-Ann Eisnor: How to Build a Billion-Dollar Business: Lessons from Waze - YouTube
great people that believe in the vision, less talk about vision - most of ur work week execute to let vision come to fruition. week by week, deal by deal, customer by customer, line of coder after line of code. [...] carmageddon; was luck. if you don't have it, you have to make it, engineer it. ie growth hacking; social sharing of relevant, valuable, contextual content ie via blog or other communication ways ('you are a content company, then/plus X - gary vaynerchuck'). exceptional cases - vial content, thought leaders, advocates - make your users advocates*, high profile people who are passionate about a topic might adopt and put always a good word in for your product ie guy kawasaki for canvas. *letting them take part of the journey in various ways - #engagement, #gamification. Min23 in; local quality curated ads as value added feature for user in line w value proposition. Learning to say no to everything that is not CORE to the VISION, the PRODUCT. + A brand as defensible advantage.
Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  scale  scaling  execution  content  context  growth  hacker  Gary  Vaynerchuk  gamification  Waze  Di-Ann  Eisnor  leadership  vision  adoption  community  distraction  learning  to  say  no  Value  Proposition  Product  Design  management  Product/Market  Fit  consumer  MVP  Minimal  Viable  Product  frictionless  friction  viral  brand  brands  branding  competitive  advantage  comparative  advantage  comparative-advantage 
june 2014 by asterisk2a
A Fireside Chat Jason Calacanis - YouTube
>> be short, sharp, compelling, have at least a mock-up if not better a MVP, or even better a product w traction. DONT ASK INVESTORS WHAT THE HAVE LEAST, TIME. ... and no dissing of unicorns (billion dollar exist, business),
Jason  Calacanis  Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  focused  focus  execution  communication  Unicorn  MVP  Minimal  Viable  Product  Hustle  billion  dollar  exit  Venture  Capital  VC  angelinvestors  angelinvestor  seedround  seedfunding  traction 
june 2014 by asterisk2a
- Venture Capital - This Week in Venture Capital - Mark Jeffrey, CEO of ThisWeekIn - YouTube
Brad Feld, Fred Wilson, Suster - bothsidesofthetable.com - Blogs, + Quora, ... Mark Suster "execution tends to win." talking about copycats and me too start-ups, get an introduction from existing/past portfolio companies. Hustle. It's unacceptable not to be able to figure out how to get access other than in a straight line via email on persons homepage. || people now, with lower barrier of entry - MVP, - ppl wanna see product. + PLUS + financial models !!! business model / plan - the economics. - have a plan for the basics of the company ~2-3 quarters into the future while keeping the vision in mind.
Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  Deck  pitch-deck  pitch  elevator  pitch  pitching  pitch  execution  creativity  Hustle  authentic  Venture  Capital  seedround  seedfunding  angelinvestor  openangelforum  angel  list  open  angel  forum  TheFunded  sales  focus  focused  Chutzpah  MVP  Minimal  Viable  Product  business  model  businessplan  businessmodel  business  plan  businessmodels 
june 2014 by asterisk2a
Safe Harbors – AVC
The answer to this quandry is “safe harbors”. I argue for them all over the place. In content licensing. In telecom policy. In banking policy. If we had a general bias in our society to let early stage startups try things and see if they work before we worry about compliance we would see a lot more innovation.
Net  Neutrality  FCC  ISP  Start-Up  Start-Ups  Lean  Start-Up  Silicon  Valley  MVP  Minimal  Viable  Product  innovation  barriers  to  entry 
may 2014 by asterisk2a

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