I was reading Paul Graham’s latest essay, How to Get Startup Ideas, and the second paragraph jumped out at me. He says: The very best startup ideas tend to have three things in common: they’re something the founders themselves want, that they themsel
I was spending some time with an MIT senior who is very involved with the startup community. We were chatting a bit about marketing for early stage companies. How important is it? Who does it well? Does it even matter? Etc.
Startups don't need growth hackers - at first. They need products that are really working in the market. This means users love it, that there's lots of
The big thing is, while you’re in the Trough of Sorrow is, what do you do? How do you beat it?
Starting a business is exhilarating. Unfortunately, the build it and they will come theory doesn’t hold much weight and those overnight success stories you hear about are often the result of behind the scenes years of hard work.
So those are the ingredients for iterating quickly: Simple but polished v1 app. Systematic market testing before launch. Strong, iterative product management. Weekly app submissions and daily testflights.
Below are “7 Deadly Sales Sins” committed by many startups today. Some of these may sound familiar to you, but by identifying and address these mistakes, you will help your company succeed.
Let me start with a question: What is your startup’s story? I’m wondering if you have a clear, meaningful message that you consistently communicate to the outside world through everything that you do.
“It’s people. Soylent Green is made out of people. They’re making our food out of people. Next thing they’ll be breeding us like cattle for food.” Detective Thorn, Soy...
Continuing from last week, here are the 3rd set of notes from Andrew Chen's talk on traction at nReduce.
Top startup accelerators in US ranked in study by Northwestern Kellogg School of Management with Y Combinator, TechStars Boulder and KickLabs topping the list.
Berlin Startup Academy founder Christoph Raethke waxes lyrical on why central and eastern European founders should put their Silicon Valley dreams aside.
One of the most time consuming things founders have to do other than raise money is deal with all the legal paperwork pre and post termsheet that fundraising typically generates.
Most startups don't fail at building a product. They fail at acquiring customers. The biggest mistakes I see over and over again when startups try to get traction are as follows (in order of importance).
In the beginning, there were Hipsters and there were Startups. Now there are Startup Hipsters. Or Stipsters. Find out how you rate ...
Stop building your idea. Start solving a problem. Startup ideas are bound to fail. This is not something that I realized until I tried to build one myself.
This list is for someone looking to start their first Internet Startup who is interested in bootstrapping a reliably profitable company that can then open the door to the next big project.
I moved to Silicon Valley when I was 19 to embark on my first startup. I knew nothing and virtually nobody except for my co-founder. It was 2006 and it wasn’t as easy to learn the ropes back then. This was before much of today’s startup infrastructu
Since Fred Wilson wrote the original post about “mobile first” companies nearly two years ago, there has been a large uptake in this philosophy. In general, this makes sense as internet usage is moving rapidly off the desktop and onto mobile devices