eric.brechemier + startup   51

[fr] L'École en Mieux | LiveMentor
"LiveMentor est une école sur Internet pour les entrepreneurs, freelances et indépendants.

Nous avons formé en ligne plus de 100 000 élèves l’année dernière avec toujours le même objectif : les aider à réaliser leur projet.

Au menu, différentes formations en ligne gratuites et très interactives comme :

* Comment se faire connaître sur Internet
* Comment réussir en freelance
* Comment créer son site internet en 3 semaines
* Facebook : de A à Z
startup  freelance  online  school  france 
2 days ago by eric.brechemier
[fr] Jobboard | Incubateurs

Les entreprises accompagnées par Paris&Co ont créé ou maintenu 2974 emplois sur l'année 2017.

Retrouvez toutes les offres d'emploi ou de stage de nos 300 startups actuellement accompagnées. Sauf précision autre, tous les postes sont basés à Paris."
paris  incubator  startup  jobs 
9 weeks ago by eric.brechemier
Grow the Puzzle Around You - Jessica Livingston
2018-06-30, by Jessica Livingston,

"The question I always used to get from people over the years was, "So, what's your role at YC?" It used to really bug me because no one ever asked Paul, Robert, or Trevor that question. But now I think it’s kind of an interesting question to think about. What was my role as the only non-technical founder of Y Combinator?" (...)

One thing we've learned from Y Combinator is that the most successful startups tend to grow organically out of the founders' lives. This was true in my case too. I was almost uncannily well suited for the kind of work it took to make YC successful. But the things that made me well-suited for it were so far from the qualities most people associate with startup founders. I'll list them so you can see for yourself. I was the social radar, a good event planner, maternal, empathetic, a straight shooter, and not driven by money or fame. Think how far that is from the profile of the typical startup founder you read about in the press. Maternal? Since when was that an important quality in a startup founder? Let alone the founder of an investment firm. And yet it was critical to making YC what it is. (...)"
startup  business  life  knowledge  experience 
july 2018 by eric.brechemier
'New Zealand wants you': the problem with tech at the edge of the world | World news | The Guardian
2018-06-25, by Eleanor Ainge Roy

"(...) “If you want to make a positive global impact,” pleads a video for the government’s global impact visa. “New Zealand wants you.”

Despite employing a mere 120,000 people (23% of whom are women), the tech and innovation sector is already the third-largest contributor to the country’s economy and, by 2025, the government aims to make it the second-largest earner.

Despite the bold talk – including the slogan “this is the place of the possible” – investment still lags astronomically far behind the two biggest earners of agriculture and tourism. (...)"
nz  technology  software  job  startup  economics 
june 2018 by eric.brechemier
The rise and fall of Sugru, the British Blu Tack rival that almost crowdfunded itself to death | WIRED UK
2018-06-06, by Sam Shead,

"Investors in adhesive wonder material Sugru are losing most of their money after the crowdfunded startup failed to scale. So what went wrong?"

"(...) Despite some significant commercial achievements (thriving online sales, a growing presence on Amazon, getting onto shelves in Target), building mainstream awareness for Sugru took much longer and needed much more investment than FFF had planned. “Driving people into store was far more costly than we anticipated,” said ni Dhulchaointigh. “Yes, we were able to fuel spikes in our growth, launching in big store chains, but the critical challenge was driving enough people into store to maintain the ongoing sales needed.”

FFF said it had little choice but to sell the company after Clydesdale and Yorkshire Bank withdrew the second round of debt funding. The Tesa acquisition, which went through on 24 May following Tesa’s initial offer in March, saves FFF and its remaining employees but values shares at 9p each and leaves most of its backers significantly out of pocket. (...)"
sugru  startup  investment  story  failure 
june 2018 by eric.brechemier
Ship by Product Hunt
"The best product launches are supported by engaged communities, so we’ve built a suite of tools to help every maker engage with and learn from their most passionate fans. (...)

Create a fully-customizable landing page and start building your product’s audience in just a few minutes. Every email collected is yours to keep. (...)

Broadcast product updates and solicit feedback with our powerful email builder. Every Message generates a discussion link, where users can ask questions interact with each other. (...)"
startup  marketing  tools 
january 2018 by eric.brechemier
Product Hunt
"Product Hunt surfaces the best new products, every day. It's a place for product-loving enthusiasts to share and geek out about the latest mobile apps, websites, hardware projects, and tech creations."
geek  startup  product  news 
january 2018 by eric.brechemier
Y Combinator Company List
List of startups incubated at Y Combinator over time, with their current status (ongoing, Exited or Dead).
ycombinator  startup  company  database 
january 2018 by eric.brechemier
Dorm Room Tycoon
"The podcast show that teaches you how to build a successful startup. Listen to fascinating interviews with industry leaders and learn how they did it."
startup  knowledge  founder  interview  podcast 
january 2018 by eric.brechemier
Do Things that Don't Scale
"The need to do something unscalably laborious to get started is so nearly universal that it might be a good idea to stop thinking of startup ideas as scalars. Instead we should try thinking of them as pairs of what you're going to build, plus the unscalable thing(s) you're going to do initially to get the company going.

It could be interesting to start viewing startup ideas this way, because now that there are two components you can try to be imaginative about the second as well as the first. But in most cases the second component will be what it usually is—recruit users manually and give them an overwhelmingly good experience—and the main benefit of treating startups as vectors will be to remind founders they need to work hard in two dimensions. [12]

In the best case, both components of the vector contribute to your company's DNA: the unscalable things you have to do to get started are not merely a necessary evil, but change the company permanently for the better. If you have to be aggressive about user acquisition when you're small, you'll probably still be aggressive when you're big. If you have to manufacture your own hardware, or use your software on users's behalf, you'll learn things you couldn't have learned otherwise. And most importantly, if you have to work hard to delight users when you only have a handful of them, you'll keep doing it when you have a lot. (...)"
startup  advice  user  experience 
january 2018 by eric.brechemier
Startup School
"We believe the barrier to entry for people to start a startup is still too high. We want to make it easier for people to start a company, regardless of who or where you are, so we're starting by sharing what we've learned, through Startup School."

"Throughout the 10 weeks, we aim to accomplish the following:

1. Encourage and inspire people to consider starting a company as a way to positively impact the world
2. Teach people about how to start a startup, and equip them with the resources and tools to help prepare them now and in the future
3. Build a community of entrepreneurs who can encourage and teach each other"

"Startup School is a free 10-week massively open online course (MOOC). The course will begin in late 2018. Lectures will be posted here weekly."
startup  online  learning  video  mooc 
january 2018 by eric.brechemier
Lecture 3 - Before the Startup (Paul Graham) - YouTube
"Paul Graham delivers an informative (and highly amusing) talk, addressing counterintuitive parts of startups, in Lecture 3 of How to Start a Startup."
startup  advice  ycombinator 
january 2018 by eric.brechemier
Ceci n'est pas un blog
"(...) And yet, despite the fact that failure happens all the time, we don't talk about it. We don't talk about why things fail. And as a result, many of the same lessons have to be learned over and over again. Those that experience failure often feel like they're doing it alone, because of the significant social stigma associated with failure. (...)

Just because we had an idea, and I could implement the idea in software, that didn't mean we had a good business idea. It meant we had a good idea for a hobby project. And the difference is critical. A business is an idea that generates revenue. A hobby project may be fun to work on. It may even be useful for other people. But if you can't sell something, if you can't pay the bills with it - it isn't a business. And conflating the two ideas is a major problem.

What we should have done is validate the idea first, and then build it. (...)

At the end of the day, business is about selling something. Selling a physical product. A subscription. Selling services. But whatever you're doing, you're selling something. And in order to sell something, you have to have customers. If all your prospective customers hang up when you call... you have a problem. You don't have a sales channel. It doesn't matter if you've got a machine that turns lead into gold - if you can't get that idea in front of the people who are going to buy your product, you might as well shut up shop right now. (...)

We got our first sale almost by accident. We bumped into a customer who gave us an opportunity. Subsequent sales came by word of mouth. Word of mouth is an incredible sales channel if you can get it. But as a result, we never cracked the most important problem - how do we sell to someone who hasn't heard of us? How do we get in the door? How do we establish trust? And as a result, our sales were essentially constrained by the personal networks of our existing customers. Perth is a small, geographically isolated city. When we'd exhausted personal networks... we hadn't learned the most important thing - how to sell our product to someone who didn't have a personal introduction. (...)

What we learned - the hard way - is that you sell to the business owner - but you also have to sell to the users. If you're dealing with software that is part of a key business process, change management is key. You have to show them how your tool does what they currently do by hand. And you have to show them that their jobs aren't at risk. That first employee whose 3 hour/day task was replaced? She wasn't fired - she redeployed inside the business. She went from doing a mindless office task for most of the day, and could start expanding into other parts of the business. About 2 years after we first deployed TradesCloud, she was running accounts and payroll. (...)"
business  startup  strategy 
august 2017 by eric.brechemier
Anatomy of a Crushing (Pinboard Blog)
2011-03-08, by maciej,

"A number of people asked about the technical aspects of the great Delicious exodus of 2010, and I've finally had some time to write it up. (...)

So that's the story of our big Yahoo adventure - ten million bookmarks, eleven thousand new users, forty-odd refunds, and about a terabyte of newly-crawled data. To everyone who signed up in the thick of things, thank you for your terrific patience, and for being so understanding as we worked to get the site back on its feet.

And a final, special shout-out goes to my favorite company in the world, Yahoo. I can't wait to see what you guys think of next!"
yahoo  pinboard  web  hosting  database  performance  marketing  business  startup 
january 2017 by eric.brechemier
[fr] StayHome : Soldez vos dettes avec le portage immobilier
"Je suis propriétaire

J’ai besoin d’argent et ma banque ne me suit pas

1. Je vends mon bien sans déménager et règle un loyer au nouveau propriétaire devenu Porteur StayHome.

2. L’argent de la vente me permet de solder mes dettes, de faire lever mes fichages bancaires ou de financer un projet personnel.

3. Mon équilibre financier retrouvé, je rachète mon bien dans le délai et au prix convenu dès la vente initiale."

"Je veux placer mon argent

Je peux maintenant concilier performance et solidarité

1. J’investis à partir de 10.000€, seul ou avec d’autres Porteurs, et deviens propriétaire d’un bien immobilier loué au précédent propriétaire.

2. Je perçois des loyers mensuels qui bénéficient de la fiscalité très avantageuse du loueur en meublé (LMNP).

3. Je revends le bien au propriétaire initial, dans le délai prévu et au prix convenu, et retrouve mon capital que je peux de nouveau investir."
investing  real  estates  social  help  startup  france 
december 2016 by eric.brechemier
Pinboard Turns Seven (Pinboard Blog)

Here is the traditional set of statistics:

* bookmarks
2010: 3.5
2011: 27
2012: 53
2013: 76
2014: 97
2015: 122
2016: 148

* tags (M)
2010: 11
2011: 76
2012: 135
2013: 178
2014: 212
2015: 251
2016: 291

* active users (K)
2010: 2.8
2011: 16
2012: 23
2013: 23
2014: 24
2015: 25
2016: 24

* terabytes archived
2010: 0.2
2011: 3.0
2012: 5.9
2013: 8.8
2014: 14.2
2015: 20.9
2016: 24.8

* unique URLs (M)
2010: 2.5
2011: 16
2012: 32
2013: 48
2014: 63
2015: 82
2016: 104

* revenue (K)
2010: 117
2011: 178
2012: 181
2013: 175
2014: 193
2015: 160
2016: 234

* funding (K)
2010: 0
2011: 0
2012: 0
2013: 0
2014: 0
2015: 0
2016: 0

I've added revenue this year because I'm no longer afraid of competitors, and I'd like to encourage people who are considering doing their own one- or zero-person business. The site costs something like $17K/year to run, so you can make a good living at this artisanal SaaS stuff. (...)"
pinboard  startup  business  stats  finance  history 
december 2016 by eric.brechemier
What It Costs to Run Let's Encrypt - Let's Encrypt - Free SSL/TLS Certificates
2016-09-20, by Josh Aas,

"Let’s Encrypt will require about $2.9M USD to operate in 2017. (...) Staffing is our dominant cost [$2.06M USD]. We currently have eight full time employees, plus two full time staff that are employed by other entities (Mozilla and EFF). This includes five operations/sysadmin staff, three software developers, one communications and fundraising person, and an executive director. Our 2017 budget covers salary and benefits for ten employees. (...)"
software  development  cost  startup  company  encryption  technology  organization  letsencrypt 
december 2016 by eric.brechemier
Stripe: Atlas
"With Stripe Atlas, entrepreneurs can easily incorporate a U.S. company, set up a U.S. bank account, and start accepting payments with Stripe. Starting today, it’s available to developers and entrepreneurs globally. (...)"
startup  online  payment  company  legal  service 
february 2016 by eric.brechemier
A Minimum Viable Product Is Not a Product, It's a Process · The Macro
2016-01-22, by Yevgeniy (Jim) Brikman,

"(...) This, in a nutshell, is the MVP process. Whether you’re developing a product design, marketing plan, or writing code, always ask:

* What is my riskiest assumption?
* What is the smallest experiment I can do to test this assumption?"
startup  development  marketing  process 
january 2016 by eric.brechemier
The Macro
"(...) The Macro is not focused on breaking news. There is already a robust network of news publications that are covering the day-to-day changes in the technology industry. Our aim is take a wider-range view 1. of the startup and technology ecosystem, while sharing information that is useful, thoughtful, and interesting. 2.

As with most everything YC does, The Macro is starting as an experiment, and we’re learning and iterating as we go. We welcome your submissions and feedback: email us at"
startup  strategy  advice  online 
january 2016 by eric.brechemier
Online investing, equity crowdfunding, business finance : Crowdcube
"Crowdcube is the world’s leading investment crowdfunding platform. We enable anyone to invest alongside professional investors in start-up, early stage and growth businesses through equity, debt and investment fund options.
Join the 160,000-strong crowd looking for more interesting investments - it’s free, quick and has no obligations."
startup  finance  uk  crowdfunding 
may 2015 by eric.brechemier
"TheFamily nurtures Entrepreneurs through Education, Unfair Advantages & Capital"

"TheFamily is dedicated to back the most promising & diverse entrepreneurs in france"

TheFamily is a long term, strategic and minority shareholder.

We have multiple activities but a single mission:
empowering Entrepreneurs in their quest for a repeatable,
scalable, and profitable business model.

Although our form is corporate, our attitude is partnership.

After the industrial and the information age,
the Entrepreneurial age is beginning.

In the entrepreneurial age, physics and information
will be replaced by entrepreneurship:
the ability to serve a customer at the highest level
of quality and scale, simultaneously.

For the first time in history, the young must teach the old.

Employment as we know it is dead:
the new generation is not looking for a job,
but strives to find purpose.

TheFamily is a black swan factory,
building unpredictable and non-linear businesses.

TheFamily wants to be the market leader
of innovation-driven value creation in France.

The money importance decreases in Venture Business.

Added value through relevant services is becoming the key.

However, capital stays the best way
to align the interest of multiple parties.

TheFamily puts money where the talents are,
obliviating the boundaries.

Educating Entrepreneurs.

Entrepreneurs educate us and each other in turn.

From this exchange, a doctrine emerges.

Coworking spaces are not the source of innovation,
the people inside are.

Mentoring is just another name for paternalization and de-risking.

Entrepreneurs must be let absolutely free in order
to grow up correctly, healthily and awesomely.

The Fellowship is the centerpiece of our Family.

Partying is a serious matter.

Membership inside our Family is a clear meritocracy.
It is not time-based: you never leave TheFamily
(unless we kick you out).

We are proud Barbarians.

No conflict, no interest."
france  startup  education  networking  design  entrepreneur  coworking  philosophy 
february 2015 by eric.brechemier
Storemapper: Bootstrapped to $50,000/year in 2 years (with live metrics)
2014-08-09, by Tyler Tringas,

"My side project @Storemapper #bootstrapped to $50k, the story and live metrics"

"Two years ago I launched Storemapper an embedded store locator service that runs on any website or ecommerce platform. Today around 500 brands use Storemapper to help their customers find the closest place to buy their stuff.

The service has grown from bootstrapped to over $50,000 per year. It’s not cool like a billion dollars, but not half bad for a side project. Today I want to share some data, stories and things that did and didn’t work.

Thanks to Baremetrics, which offers one-click SaaS metrics for Stripe, you can see the real metrics for my business on this live dashboard. (...)"
business  startup  story  marketing  experience  knowledge 
august 2014 by eric.brechemier
[fr] Opinions Libres, le blog d'Olivier Ezratty
by Olivier Ezratty,

"J’ai créé ce blog en mai 2006 après mon départ définitif de Microsoft France suivant un congé sabbatique d’un an. (...)

Ce blog tourne autour du thème de l’innovation, avec deux angles : les médias numériques et le monde de l’innovation, en particulier la vie des startups. Côté innovations, je couvre les usages, la technologie (matérielle comme logicielle), les stratégies des entreprises, autant que la macro-économie et comment elle est reliée au politique. Mes activités auprès de nombreuses startups m’ont fait découvrir l’écosystème de l’innovation en France et donné quelques envies d’en découdre pour l’améliorer et aussi de partager un maximum d’informations pour rendre service à la communauté de l’innovation en France. (...)

La charte éditoriale de ce blog s’est créée au fil du temps. Je cherche à fournir un regard complémentaire des médias et blogs traditionnels. Notamment avec une lecture industrielle, économique et chiffrée des débats en cours. Je préserve évidemment la confidentialité des informations relatives aux clients pour qui je suis amené à travailler. (...)"
france  technology  blog  tv  software  digital  media  startup 
october 2013 by eric.brechemier
The Embassy Network - Reinventing Home
"The Embassy will enable you to travel and always be at home, or find spaces to live where hospitality, social innovation, hard work, passionate creativity, and late night brainstorms are the rule."

"The Embassy Network is a community-run and community-driven small business, bootstrapped with our own time and sweat equity."
creative  meeting  place  travel  culture  startup  social  network 
october 2013 by eric.brechemier
Lanyrd: from idea to exit - the story of our startup | Natalie Downe
2013-09-25, by Natalie Downe,

"I recently gave a talk at SmashingConf in Freiberg. I wanted to share the story of our startup Lanyrd and some lessons learned along the way. This article is based on that talk, the abstract of which is:

Natalie launched the first version of with her co-founder and husband Simon Willison, while on honeymoon in Casablanca. As the site took off, they realised their side project was destined to become something much bigger.

This talk will tell the story of Lanyrd from a two-week proof of concept to a fully-fledged startup, the lessons learned along the way about building and launching a product, running a company, raising investment and the entrepreneurship journey. This is the talk she wished she heard before getting started! In September 2013, just a week before the SmashingConf 2013, Lanyrd was acquired by Eventbrite. (...)"
startup  experience  entrepreneur  advice 
september 2013 by eric.brechemier
How to Raise Money
September 2013, by Paul Grapham,

"Most startups that raise money do it more than once. A typical trajectory might be (1) to get started with a few tens of thousands from something like Y Combinator or individual angels, then (2) raise a few hundred thousand to a few million to build the company, and then (3) once the company is clearly succeeding, raise one or more later rounds to accelerate growth.

Reality can be messier. Some companies raise money twice in phase 2. Others skip phase 1 and go straight to phase 2. And at Y Combinator we get an increasing number of companies that have already raised amounts in the hundreds of thousands. But the three phase path is at least the one about which individual startups' paths oscillate.

This essay focuses on phase 2 fundraising. That's the type the startups we fund are doing on Demo Day, and this essay is the advice we give them. (...)"
startup  advice  money  business  strategy 
september 2013 by eric.brechemier
The DECK | The premier ad network for reaching web, design & creative professionals
" The premier network for reaching creative, web and design professionals, The Deck serves up over one-hundred million ad impressions each month and is uniquely configured to connect the right marketers to a targeted, influential audience.

We’re picky about the advertising we’ll accept. We won’t take an ad unless we have paid for and/or used the product or service. Sell us something relevant to our audience and we’ll sell you an ad.
One Impression at a Time

With the exception of “roadblocks,” which we’ll discuss later, there are only thirty-three advertising slots available each month for the entire Deck. Only a single ad will be shown for each page viewed. (...)"
advertising  marketing  online  company  design  web  startup 
september 2013 by eric.brechemier
How To Launch Anything | Smashing Magazine
2013-06-28, by Nathan Barry,

"(...) Having launched five new products in fewer than nine months, I’ve turned product launches into a science. And while they never go perfectly, these ideas have helped me generate over $200,000 in revenue from online products, starting from scratch. (...)"
startup  advice  email  marketing 
june 2013 by eric.brechemier
Firespotting! Interesting Ideas, Every Day!
List of startup ideas and more generally problems to solve, using Hacker News user interface design.
startup  creative  online  tools 
june 2013 by eric.brechemier
"Is your startup idea valid?
If your idea gets upboat'd* 200+ times in a week, we give you all the contact info you need to make them into users
* upboat <noun>
1. a pledge to become a user of a product or service idea, on the condition that it reaches 200+ such pledges within one week of listing
2. a commitment to an idea if it gets validated
3. an upvote that means more than just karma"
business  marketing  online  tools  startup 
june 2013 by eric.brechemier
Andreessen and Mixpanel Call for an End to "Bullshit Metrics" - Liz Gannes - News - AllThingsD
2012-12-17, by Liz Gannes,
"(...) Despite the internet’s evolution, bullshit metrics perpetuate a constant cycle of poor understanding. Let’s strive to understand how our businesses are doing and to pick better metrics–the harsher, the better. Let’s stop fooling ourselves with numbers that don’t represent reality. And let’s push the industry forward as a whole because collectively we’ll all benefit."
analytics  startup  business  marketing 
december 2012 by eric.brechemier
The Pinboard Investment Co-Prosperity Cloud
"It is cheap to start a site, but hard to get your name out there. I will give you a small bit of cash and ask the world to go look at what you made."
fun  business  startup  advice  pinboard 
december 2012 by eric.brechemier
Launch Early, Launch Simple and Test
2012-12-06, by Kathryn Minshew,

"When talking to first-time entrepreneurs, I often ask them: “How do you know that people want your product or service?” As you can expect, the answer is often that they don’t yet, but will know once they launch. And they’re right. That’s why it’s critical to launch as quickly as possible so you can get that feedback. Throw those bells and whistles out the window; you can add them later. Get your product in front of actual, living, breathing strangers. (...)"
startup  business  advice  technology 
december 2012 by eric.brechemier
[fr] Résidence d'entrepreneurs culturels • Résidence Creatis | La Gaîté lyrique
"[CREATIS - résidence d’entrepreneurs culturels] accueille à la Gaîté lyrique 20 entreprises du secteur (start-ups) en privilégiant les candidatures liées au numérique.

La sélection est réalisée sur des critères d’excellence et de partage de valeurs (cf. charte). Le fait d’être accueilli en résidence permet aux porteurs de projet de bénéficier des infrastructures de la Gaité lyrique (10 000 m² d’espace), d’être insérés dans un écosystème vertueux et de bénéficier d’accompagnement, de formation et d’aides financières."
france  startup  art  creative  technology  paris 
december 2012 by eric.brechemier
@ASmartBear by Startups + Marketing + Geekery
"Advice from Jason Cohen, founder of WP Engine & Smart Bear Software."
blog  business  advice  startup  marketing  strategy  software 
november 2012 by eric.brechemier
Simple Minecraft servers — Minefold
"Games are fun! We want to make playing them with your friends just as fun. It's difficult and nerdy to maintain a multiplayer server and get your friends into it. We're making this as easy as possible. In fact, we don't want you to even to have to know what a "server" is! Whether you've formed a clan at school or want to spend time with your daughter or re-connect with a travelling friend, we can help you.

In December 2011, Minefold moved from Sydney to Mountain View to join the Y Combinator Winter 2012 batch."
minecraft  server  web  online  game  business  startup  company 
october 2012 by eric.brechemier
Validate your startup idea by asking 3 simple questions | Paras Chopra's Blog
2012-02-13, by Paras Chopra,
"(...) Like many entrepreneurs in their initial stages, if you are feeling doubtful about your startup, ask these 3 questions to yourself (and your co-founder):

* Do you think what you are providing is creating significant value for anyone? Value should be so significant that people should curse you if you take that service away from them. Do you think it could happen?

* Do you think there is big enough market for the service AND the market is easy to reach (without spending bootloads of money)?

* Are you enjoying doing this? Do you see yourself doing this for several next years?

If answers to any of the questions is no, you better think hard about your startup before putting any more effort into it. (...)"
startup  entrepreneur  creative  business  advice 
february 2012 by eric.brechemier
Hackful Europe
"A place for European entrepreneurs to share demos, stories or ask questions.

developed by @8bitpal
idea by @rayhanrafiq and @mattslight
hosting donated by incite ict

Born out of the mailing list of a group called Open Coffee London, an
amazing community of entrepreneurs helping each other everyday.

We saw how open HackerNews is and thought we should give our European
community more chance to flourish. (...)"
news  development  startup  community  sharing 
february 2012 by eric.brechemier
our story | sugru | Hack Things Better
An illustrated of sugru, from concept to product and beyond.
startup  creative  story  history 
december 2011 by eric.brechemier
Making Money | Small Business Advice from Jason Fried of
2011-03-01, by Jason Fried,
"Entrepreneur Jason Fried offers the most fundamental of all small-business advice: how to get good at making money."

"Jason Fried is co-founder of 37signals, a Chicago-based software firm, and co-author of the book Rework, which was published last March."

"(...) Anyone can spend money. Making it is the hard part, and being forced to do it early is one of the best ways to get better at it later. (...) Like I said at the outset, it's all about practice. Whether you're playing drums or building a business, you're going to be pretty bad at something the first time you try it. The second time isn't much better. Over time, and after a lot of practice, you begin to get there.

So here's a great way to practice making money: Buy and sell the same thing over and over on Craigslist or eBay. Seriously. (...)"
business  money  startup  strategy  learning 
december 2011 by eric.brechemier
Why you should build an open-source startup | Teambox Blog
2011-05-19, by Charles Barbier,
"(...) The reality is that people looking for open source are just… looking for open source. They are not your target consumer, they are your allies.

Yes, they will download your source code and manage it on their own, for free. It doesn’t hurt your business but the side effect is good for you. They will promote your product to some people who are on the market for a fully managed service and are ready to pay for it. (...)"
opensource  business  startup  strategy  company 
may 2011 by eric.brechemier
What Makes a Web App Successful? " Venture Capital
2010-03-10, by Fred Wilson,
"(...) These are 10 things that we look for in an application. I’m sure that some of you will disagree with the list, but that’s the whole point of it in the first place. The topic is “10 Golden Principles for Building Successful Web Applications”.
1. Speed (...)
2. Instant Utility (...)
3. Software is Media (...)
4. Less is More (...)
5. Make it Programmable (...)
6. Make it Personal (...)
7. RESTful (...)
8. Discoverabilty (...)
9. Clean (...)
10. Playful (...)"
web  application  software  development  marketing  startup 
november 2010 by eric.brechemier
CrunchBase, The Free Tech Company Database
"CrunchBase is the free directory of technology companies, people, and investors that anyone can edit.

It is developed and maintained by TechCrunch with the support of the tech community and visitors like you. If you have any questions about CrunchBase or the data contained within, please feel free to contact us.

Currently, all additions and edits to CrunchBase go through an approval process before they are pushed live. We are working on ways that will allow users to make immediate changes to the site. Expect to see this type of functionality rolled out soon."
wiki  database  community  technology  company  search  sharing  local  business  knowledge  startup  entrepreneur  freelance  marketing  tools 
november 2010 by eric.brechemier
Startup Weekend - Startup Weekend Events Across the Globe
"Startup Weekend recruits a highly motivated group of developers, business managers, startup enthusiasts, marketing gurus, graphic artists and more to a 54 hour event that builds communities, companies and projects. It is an amazing opportunity to connect with other passionate and skilled individuals, and perhaps even find a co-founder or two to transform your idea into reality."
startup  entrepreneur  event  learning  business  technology 
october 2010 by eric.brechemier
"With Scalr, your website and web application can grow to millions of users with little work. Scalr will provision new servers on-the-fly to handle spikes in demand, and decommission them when no longer needed to lower cost. It will scale your database, application servers, and load balancers so you never have to. The end result? With Scalr, you'll never need an $8000/month IT person - just a $99/month subscription to"
france  startup  paris  web  development  hosting  cloud  company 
october 2010 by eric.brechemier
How I launched a profitable minimally viable product in 3 hours | Amir ...
2010-09-21, by Amir Khella,
"Today, Keynotopia is two months old. What started as a single blog post last June became a product that sold almost 1500 copies in 60 days. (...) Keynotopia may not be a “startup” in the typical sense of the word. To me, it was an experimental project to teach myself many things I’ve always wanted to learn. It shifted my perspective from a service-oriented mindset (getting paid for my time) to a value-oriented mindset (getting paid over and over for a value that I used my time to create). (...)"
business  web  startup  entrepreneur  strategy  communication  marketing 
september 2010 by eric.brechemier
Revenge of the Nerds
2002-05, by Paul Graham,
"The disadvantage of believing that all programming languages are equivalent is that it's not true. But the advantage is that it makes your life a lot simpler. And I think that's the main reason the idea is so widespread. It is a comfortable idea."
"When it was first developed, Lisp embodied nine new ideas. (...) The nine ideas are, in order of their adoption by the mainstream,
1. Conditionals (...)
2. A function type (...)
3. Recursion (...)
4. Dynamic typing (...)
5. Garbage-collection (...)
6. Programs composed of expressions (...)
7. A symbol type (...)
8. A notation for code using trees of symbols and constants (...)
9. The whole language there all the time (...)"
"So here we have two pieces of information that I think are very valuable. (...)
Number 1, languages vary in power.
Number 2, most managers deliberately ignore this.
Between them, these two facts are literally a recipe for making money. (...)"
code  lisp  software  language  startup  strategy  technology  computer  science  math  programming  history  philosophy  p2pu 
september 2010 by eric.brechemier
The right way to position against competition
2010-08-23, by Jason Cohen,
"After seeing hundreds of startup pitches for this year's Capital Factory program, I can tell you that the two most common errors in positioning a company against competition are, strangely, opposites:

1. Claiming you have no competition.
2. Defining your company's offering and positioning by combining "the best" traits of 6 competitors.

This isn't just a problem when pitching — it's a problem with you defining who your customers are, what they want, and your role in the marketplace. (...)"
startup  business  marketing  strategy 
august 2010 by eric.brechemier
Why Free Plans Don't Work | Software by Rob
by Ruben Gamez, 2010-08-18,
"(...) I’ll concede that there are certain types of apps that are more likely to succeed by offering a free plan and going with the Freemium model. But the vast majority of apps aren’t in this category, and the vast majority of people don’t have the resources to make that model work.

Taking advantage of word-of-mouth marketing requires more users than most of us will attain. Instead, we end up with a large number of free users zapping away valuable resources for nothing in return. To top it off, most free users will never end up converting to a paid plan.

If we have thousands of users that don’t increase awareness and will never pay for our product, why do we insist in offering something that’s going to hurt our business? Maybe we should just skip that free plan and focus on making money instead."
business  advice  entrepreneur  free  marketing  startup  web 
august 2010 by eric.brechemier

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