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Badass Marketers & Founders (BAMF) - Josh Fechter
""After a data crunch covering 3,200 startups, researchers [concluded]: More than any other factor, promising young funded companies failed because of 'premature scaling'. Essentially, they tried to grow too fast."

The study was conducted over seven years.

The results don't surprise me.

Ego is the enemy."

people-josh-fechter  business  startups  warnings 
january 2019 by daguti
Startup - Imgur
Various little infographics of how different startups got started. Backed up to \media\pictures\Entrepreneurship
startups  visualization  entrepreneurship 
december 2015 by daguti
6 tech startups that made it big without venture capital
counterintuitive-bucking-the-trend = A new tag for things that go against the grain, take the path less taken or do something outside of conventional wisdom.
counterintuitive-bucking-the-trend  startups  venture-capital-or-other-funding 
november 2015 by daguti
Somewhere Over the Brainbow: The Unicorn Window is Closing | Mattermark
"People used to worry about the “IPO window” closing before they could get their company significantly far along to exit. Now, with the rise of massive private rounds from late stage private equity and crossover investors, startup founders and their investors have something new to worry about: Did you miss the unicorn window?Most venture-backed startups run at a loss, but there is a special variant of unicorn companies operating at gross margins that look nothing like traditional software businesses. These companies are in trouble, and will have the hardest time raising. Maybe we should call them ‘zombie unicorns’. These are the companies who are spending $1 to make $0.20, with the hope that customer acquisition will pay off down the road (Draft Kings, Fan Duel). These are the companies who have to re-acquire their customer every time they want a repeat purchase (Kabam). These are the companies with unit economics that just don’t make sense (WeWork)."
startups  analysis 
october 2015 by daguti
The Brave Life and Shocking Death of Faigy Mayer - News – Forward.com
When Mayer was growing up in Hasidic Boro Park, her mother worked as a baby sitter. Parents from the neighborhood would drop off their children at the Mayer home —sometimes 10 kids at a time.
religion  religion-jewish  startups  suicide 
july 2015 by daguti
The Most Important Advice I Could Give You About Unicorns | Bothsides of the Table
"Showing people your features or even your recent performance lacks context and won’t be memorable. Your business needs to be cast in a story that puts it into perspective. Why is your market broken? Why is your solution 10x better? Why are you the unique person to solve this problem? Why is it a really big market? Why is it ready for disruption? Why is now the right time? How do you remain defensible?"
startups  venture-capital-or-other-funding  marketing  standing-out-or-differentiating 
may 2015 by daguti
How Grindr Built a Niche Hit App on its Own Terms
Grindr hit the bigtime with no VC funding and no real marketing (only word-of-mouth growth)
startups  world-records  marketing-tactics--growth-hacking 
march 2015 by daguti
What Happens When a Healthcare Startup Leaves You With the Bill
Warning about Oscar the healthcare startup. .......................... startups = "The general startup model is to gain user traction for investors and worry less about quality of experience." ---- No wonder I'm not wealthy yet. I'm not an asshole.
health-care  warnings  startups 
december 2014 by daguti
Want to Work at a Startup? Here Is How. | Entrepreneur.com
resumes = "Here's a good example. My one and only full-time hire was someone who came to me after researching our company extensively. When I said I didn't have a position, she said it didn't matter: She'd do whatever we needed, for whatever we could pay her. She's still around two years later, outlasting every other person we've tried to bring on."
startups  jobs-hiring  resumes 
january 2014 by daguti
Defy Ventures, Inc.
Defy Ventures provides carefully selected, ambitious men and women who have criminal histories with life-changing entrepreneurship, leadership, and career opportunities. ============================= Defy Ventures is funded and managed by a group of entrepreneurs and venture capitalists who recognize that many former drug dealers and gang leaders share similar skill sets and talents with top business leaders. Through an intensive internship program that includes MBA-like training, executive mentoring, leadership development, and career placement, Defy Ventures offers its Entrepreneurs-in-Training (EITs) a legitimate chance to succeed as income earners, entrepreneurs, parents, and role models in their communities. Defy’s signature program engages EITs in a series of business plan competitions that award up to $150,000 in seed capital to winning ventures.
prison  startups  crime-gangs  redemption  prison-reform 
october 2013 by daguti
Dating App Tinder Catches Fire - Businessweek
"but it might never have caught fire if not for Justin Mateen’s marketing plan. Facebook famously got its start by launching at elite colleges; Tinder did the same, but at elite party schools. When the app went live on Sept. 14, 2012, Mateen targeted the University of Southern California, Playboy’s second-ranked party school of 2012, where he and Rad had become best friends, as well as the University of California at Los Angeles, and colleges in Texas and Boston. Seeding the network with the right kind of users, i.e. attractive women, was critical."
business-models  startups  viral 
september 2013 by daguti
How To Stay Motivated in the Trenches | YoungEntrepreneur.com
I believe before these 4 steps, you need to bring a keen outsider into your business and "show them around"... then let the outsider make observations, ideas and comments about your company. That will be enough to get the engine started on your motivation. Have everyone in your company keep notes about everything that got them excited, the ideas they got and things they felt good about.

THEN and only then can you start on the steps listed on this page.
frameworks  inspiration  motivation-for-me  entrepreneurship  startups  business 
september 2012 by daguti
- Thisisgoingtobebig.com - Build Your Own World
to-do-ny = "I did the NYC Century Tour yesterday--a 100mi bike ride around the city sponsored by Transportation Alternatives where thousands of riders are circumnavigating the far reaches of the boroughs on two wheels. It was a great day and the weather couldn't be better."
entrepreneurship  startups  life-affirming  to-do-ny 
september 2012 by daguti
7 Frugal Startup Tips from Millionaire Entrepreneurs | Entrepreneur.com
Used and/or Rental furniture:
Check out local used furniture shops or search on Craigslist. Check urniture rental services like CORT.com. It also sells that rental furniture at deep discounts when clients are done with it. Find more online at http://CubeClerk.com, an office furniture marketplace.

Shipping Materials:
If you're shipping via Priority Mail, the U.S. Postal Service also offers free boxes and envelopes. Of course, there are discount cardboard box sellers, such as UsedCardboardBoxes.com, you can turn to as well.

Furniture and computers:
When it comes to business purchases, sites like http://www.rapidbuyr.com/Welcome-to-RapidBuy and http://www.bizydeal.com/deals/home.php can help you save on computers, office furniture and supplies, and even training courses.

Market research:
You can take advantage of technology like ZoomProspector.com, a free service that lets you find communities by parameters like community size, education levels, and recent job growth.
startups  frugality 
august 2012 by daguti
Microsoft BizSpark
Someone on NY Tech list recommended this as a way of getting free software from Microsoft for startups.
software  free  microsoft  startups  resources  tools 
august 2012 by daguti
StartupStay Offers Entrepreneurs Accommodation and Networking
When you’re planning a stay in a particular city, you can add a post mentioning your dates of travel and the type of business you run in order to make connections that are relevant.
startups  travel-couchsurfing 
july 2012 by daguti
- Thisisgoingtobebig.com - The Problem with Startup Advice
me-stuff = I identified this problem a long time ago with Matt in a conversation at Dunkin Donuts - so often we read history and it's written as if the subject was so sure and firm in their convictions - when in fact half of their actions were questionable at the time and many of the dots lined up on their own due to market conditions or just the zeitgeist of the era.
me-stuff  getting-started  entrepreneurship  startups 
may 2012 by daguti
Hip Hop Don’t Stop: Rap Genius Aims To Explain…Everything | Betabeat — News, gossip and intel from Silicon Alley 2.0.
Great example of how a small startup site is doing something different to compete with (and beat), older, more established sites...
startups  strategy  motivation-for-me-david-vs-goliath  motivation-for-me 
april 2012 by daguti
Justine Musk Interview on Divorce from PayPal Cofounder - Marie Claire
Entrepreneurship has its costs. Watch out to avoid becoming a one-sided human being. ........... cognitive-load = We each have only so much brain power and Elon has chosen to spend his on work and business. ............... Also see this article on his 2012 divorce from Tallulah Riley, who is mentioned in this bookmarked article.
me-stuff  startups  relationships-divorce  cognitive-load  warnings  relationships  entrepreneurship  people-elon-musk 
april 2012 by daguti
Docracy Provides Free Legal Documents for Many Common Situations
This is just a LifeHacker story explaining the purpose of the site.

The main site: http://www.docracy.com/
free  tools  startups  legal-or-law 
march 2012 by daguti
Read this before you join that awesome startup
"An Introduction To Stock Options for the Tech Entrepreneur or Startup Employee"
stocks  startup-ipo  startups  howto 
november 2011 by daguti
Market Research Surveys - Online Market Research from AYTM
This should have the same tags as the FastCompany article on GutCheck
tools  startups  research-market 
october 2011 by daguti
The Salesman’s Secret Weapon – He’s a Phone Freaker | Betabeat — News, gossip and intel from Silicon Alley 2.0.
ny-tech-meetup = This guy (Ray Swyers) is from the NY tech mailing list.

apple, history-computer = "Phone freaking was an early passion for Apple founders Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak. Before they revolutionized the personal computer, the pair built “blue boxes” that allowed users to make long distance calls free of charge. “If we hadn’t made blue boxes, there would have been no Apple,” Jobs said in an interview."
apple  history-computer  telephone  hacks  startups  meetup-ny-tech-group  search  search-engine  paradigm-shifts 
august 2011 by daguti
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