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Why Misunderstanding Startup Metrics Can Cost You Your Business

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CAC Let me start with the easy stuff and graduate to the punch line in the final section. Gross margin positive != End of story.

How Startups Can Use Metrics to Drive Success

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It’s a very important concept for me because in a startup you are constantly under pressure and have way too many distractions. Revenue Metrics.

Startup Metrics

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A post by Fred Wilson pointed me to Dave McClure's Startup Metrics presentation. You only build what you need to prove that model.

Startup Development

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I’ve come to realize that I have lots of posts around startup software development scattered around in different posts. How to Work With a Contract Web Developer How To Bootstrap Your StartupThought it would be good to capture them in one spot and also include links to related posts from other sources.

How to Profit: “Thank You Metrics” – Community First, Money Second

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Noah has what I believe he called “Thank You metrics”. I am a raving fan of AppSumo.com. But you need to pay the bills!’ I resisted. He is it.

Indianapolis is the “It Place” to Start a Startup?

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After riding the growing pains that come with a startup he took some time to focus on operations that were based in Indianapolis. Amazing.

Ninja Metrics: Applying Predictive Analytics To Make Games More Profitable

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Explain what Ninja Metrics is doing? Talk about how your research led to this startup? This is a whole new kind of thinking. Maybe.

Ninja Metrics: Applying Predictive Analytics To Makes Games More Profitable

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Explain what Ninja Metrics is doing? Talk about how your research led to this startup? This is a whole new kind of thinking. Maybe.

Ninja Metrics: Apply Predictive Analytics To Makes Games More Profitable

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Explain what Ninja Metrics is doing? Talk about how your research led to this startup? This is a whole new kind of thinking. Maybe.

Design Evening at Kluge - Metrics that Matter

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Startups. Design Networking StartupsOrganized By: Kluge. Website to register for event: [link]. Event Dates: 09/08/2016 06:30 pm. Category: Design. Networking. Photo: Meetup Event ID: 233784607. Meetup Event Updated: 1472700842. read more.

BetterWorks Adds Metrics Dashboard

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Santa Monica-based BetterWorks , the employee fringe benefits management service, said late Friday that it has added a new company metrics dashboard to its product. betterworks company dashboard fringe benefits startupThe company said the information will help companies build the best solution for their particular company culture.

How to Decrease the Odds That Your Startup Fails

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Many startup businesses – tech or otherwise – fail. Trying outrageous new things or even trying mundane things but in new ways but with extreme quality & innovation is what fuels the tech startup industry. But today I want to give you advice on how to decrease your odds of failure in a startup. Market Size.

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How Open Should a Startup CEO be with Staff?

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You took the risk to start your company. So as a startup CEO you constantly have to suspend disbelief. Startup Advice Right?

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Lead Developer to CTO at a Startup

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I received a great question via LinkedIn: I'm the founding engineer and working hard to launch my startup. What can I do to best equip myself to step up when the need to officially fill this role arises? I've previously addressed the role of a CTO in early-stages in my post Startup CTO or Developer. What options do we have?

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Accurate assumptions lead to defendable plans

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Starting up Raising money Where did you get the data to drive your assumptions of market size or market share? 

Startups Should Focus On Their Net Profit Score Not Potential Promoters

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However, rather than obsessing on a single metric, entrepreneurs should focus on improving their Net Profit Score. Wayne Gretzky. Shots On Goal.

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Ten Startup Tips From Amazon Founder, Jeff Bezos

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Under the heading, “The Book On Bezos,” the callout lists ten actionable and impactful nuggets of startup advice. We are flexible on details….

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It’s mostly in the execution.

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Starting up Anyone can build a good – or great – plan.  Tyson’s statement also addresses change.  Email readers, continue here.]  Growth!

Should Startups Focus on Profitability or Not?

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Exec Summary: Most companies (98+%) in the world (even tech startups) should be very profit focused. What makes up revenue? Profit.

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ForwardMetrics Gets $1M In Seed Funding

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The startup said that the new funding round brings its total raised to $1.75M. forwardmetrics forward metrics strategic planning software venture capital Encinitas-based ForwardMetrics has just taken $1M in a seed funding round, to help companies better conduct their strategic planning. Source of the seed funding was not announced.

32 Questions Developers May Have Forgot to Ask a Startup Founder

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Almost every day I'm talking to early stage startup founders (see Free Startup CTO Consulting Sessions ) about what they plan to do.

Choose Your VC Investor Carefully

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Either you’re not a good leader and he shouldn’t be investing at all, or he has no clue what it takes to build a startup.&#.

So What is The Right Level of Burn Rate for a Startup These Days?

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There is much talk these days that startup valuations have decreased and may continue to do so and that the amount of time it takes to fund raise may take longer. months for fund raising start to finish and make sure you have at least 6 month’s of cash if it takes longer. Startup LessonsWho are Your Existing Investors?

StartupRoar - Great Content for Startups

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Or looking at issues around Founders you find the great post from Ben Yoskovitz on Founder DNA – How Investors Evaluate Startup Founders.

Conversations with Richard Chino, pt. 1

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Richard discusses his background and experience, and shares thoughts regarding emergent opportunities for start-ups and for investors. Q.

Granularity and Consistency of Startup Metrics

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If you’re a Web-based startup, for example, show me how many unique visitors you think you can get in the beginning, and what you’re using for an estimated conversion rate (buyers to browsers). And it’s surprising how few startup founders think in those terms. Part of those questions are around Startup Metrics.

Why Startups Need a Well Articulated Strategy (And How to Think About Yours)

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Shallow and superficial and racing from segment to segment in search of some take up has never been a strong strategic plan for me. B. no spin).

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Should Your Startup Give Performance-Based Warrants?

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This is part of my ongoing series on Startup Advice. Subjective warrants – I also see warrants given out without hard metrics.

Ninja Metrics Aims At $5M Round

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Los Angeles-based game analytics software developer Ninja Metrics has raised $2.8M of an ongoing, $5M funding round, the company disclosed in a regulatory filing this week. The startup, led by Dmitri Williams, and helps mobile, online, and social game developers better monetize their properties. The round is being led by 37 Ventures.

32 Questions Developers May Have Forgot to Ask a Startup Founder

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Almost every day I'm talking to early stage startup founders (see Free Startup CTO Consulting Sessions ) about what they plan to do.

The three step dance – creating a great company

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Starting up Positioning The first step : Involve potential customers early. And most of us are not Steve Jobs. Take feedback seriously.

Batch 8 500 Startups Demo Day | Our Top Ten

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In true 500 Startups fashion, Demo Day had an almost cathartic feel. First, A Look Inside 500 Startups. marks the spot. You Our Ten.

Lean Startup Legend Steve Blank Discloses His Most Daring Guerrilla Marketing Tactics

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In addition to being a thought leader within the Lean Startup Movement , Steve is also a professor at Stanford and Berkley. Good News Bad News.

Acting CTO Role in a Start-up

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I generally am working as an acting CTO for about 3-4 start-ups or other companies at any one time. I was just talking with someone who asked me to define how that could work and what they meant. Most often I'm being brought in the early stage, Start-up or Expansion (as the company looks at new product lines).

The Four Main Things that Investors Look for in a Startup

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This post was prompted by an email exchange I had with a young entrepreneur.  It’s a conversation that creeps up from time-to-time.

Launchpad LA Receives VC Funding: $50,000 Per Startup

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Launchpad LA today announces it will accept applications for its third class of Los Angeles-based tech startups. History. For the past 2.5

Ninja Metrics Raises $2.8M For Predictive Analytics Software

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Los Angeles-based Ninja Metrics announced this morning that it has raised $2.8M in a funding round, to bring its social analytics engine for gaming companies to market. cloud research techtransfer university hbsa angel capital venture software analytics predictive metrics ninja The company is led by Dr. Dmitri Williams. READ MORE>>.

Startup CTO Speaking

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" I realized that I've never captured topics that I've covered (I'm always willing to look at other topics), nor have I put up my speaker bio. So, here goes: Dr. Tony Karrer Over the past 15 years, Tony has been a part-time CTO for more than 30 startups. He ends by looking at how this might help startups in the room.

TechZulu Recaps: The Annual Startup Forecast

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The Annual TechZulu Startup Forecast is one of our most anticipated events. Get yourself up to speed by reading through JATI, Inc.’s

Startups Selected For Siemer WaveMaker Awards

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TrueCar''s Scott Painter was also honored as part of the awards. READ MORE>>.