Your Product Needs to be 10x Better than the Competition to Win. Here’s Why:

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He wanted to build direct customer relationships to get product feedback but only 2% of customers would ever return their registration cards. He thought, “This way any product you launch you can talk instantly with and get feedback from customers.&#

The Future Is Here Today | Augmented Reality Event 2011

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From attending the 2nd official Augmented Reality Event (2011) , the AR industry really seems to be getting some traction and moving itself beyond the buzz realm; into something a bit more substantial, seeing an ever-more increasing presence into consumer, commercial, and artistic realms.

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Should Startups Focus on Profitability or Not?

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While Google and Facebook will buy “acquihires” (at least as of Dec 2011), many acquirers hate the idea of buying companies that aren’t profitable. Is it one product line or multiple? They hired a marketing team to promote their products more broadly.

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The Amazing Power of Deflationary Economics for Startups

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Open standards that make it easier to plug into other products & services, creating a global bazaar. Socially connected individuals and platforms that enable faster roll-outs of successful products. Are there alternative ways to monetize your product where incumbent are not?

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NDA Stealth Mode and Sharing Your Startup Concept


You’ll learn about competitive products that exist or are being built. You’ll gauge people’s excitement level for the product and for various features.

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We Have Only Scratched the Surface of the True Value of Twitter. Here’s What You’re Missing

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It is intended for product & tech people – mostly people who want to build cool stuff on the Twitter platform and it will showcase some really cool stuff that has been built on Twitter. I have written extensively about Twitter in the past.

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Opening The Cloud: Marten Mickos, CEO of Eucalyptus Systems


They have a number of mini-websites that they run for various products and campaigns and they cannot know which of those sites will need resources at any given point. With generation three of Eucalyptus, we are adding high availability into the actual product.

Eleven Startup Tips From Mark Cuban


Such selling goes beyond promoting a company’s products and services. Some are counter-productive douche bags, as made clear in Some People Are Indispensible, But No One Is Irreplaceable. Article first published as Eleven Startup Tips From Mark Cuban on Technorati.

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9 Women Can’t Make a Baby in a Month

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The part of the movement that resonates the most with me (in my words) is that entrepreneurs should keep their capital expenditures really low while they’re experimenting with their product and determining whether there is a large market for what they do.

Why I’m Doubling Down on the Twitter Ecosystem

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And better yet, the company has a product that will turn the stream into a lake. DataSift has a product that builds a permanent database for you of just the information you want to capture. One story is, “Hey, maybe there’s something to this Google+ product?”.

How Startups Can Use Metrics to Drive Success

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I was recently talking with a startup company who wanted me to try their product. I’m a big believer in product stability & performance before adding too many features. If you have multiple versions of your product, how many are web vs. mobile? You Manage What you Measure.

Kevin O’Connor Discusses The Secrets Of Success - Hint: There Are No Secrets


A lot of times, people focus too much on trying to get press attention…as opposed to just creating a great product. If you build a great product and get a lot of users, you’re going to get a lot of people talking (and) you are going to get a lot of notice.

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Why You Should Embrace Opposing Views at Your Startup

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And that has had me thinking about the tech sector and how dismissive both startup teams & VCs can be about both their competition and the “hot” companies in any sector. I logged into a room to listen to music & see what the product was all about.

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TZ Startup Hot Seat | Andrew Zarian CEO of GFQ Network Inc.

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I think competition is great and you can learn a lot from your competitors. I try to network with the “competition&# as much as possible. In a few years he has convinced us that we NEED an Apple product. Your goals, new products, new direction?

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Why Startups Should Raise Money at the Top End of Normal

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You’re unlikely to want to make this sort of investment with the product or the market not yet validated. 2007, 2011) and for the hottest of companies and in bad markets for fund raising (2003, 2008) prices test the bottom end of the range.

What to do When a Tech Giant Decides to Eat Your Lunch

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The annual Apple event where no real hints about what products they plan to release are floated in the public domain in advance. Any company who develops products reliant on iOS spends weeks crapping their pants before WWDC. FourSquare is a different and unique product.

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Why Startups Need to Blog (and what to talk about …)

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They became both a thought leader in the space as well as a beautifully designed product. eCommerce is an enormously competitive search term. So you developed a product for the mommy community? Do you have sales productivity software? A blog post is just like a product.

The Problem with Collecting Logos at Startups

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I have these 3 ‘problem children’ that are having some difficulties (founder quit, product has no uptake, Facebook just copied them) but at least I have meaningful stakes. I know it sounds like that would benefit you by creating internal competition and higher prices.

Why Startups Should Pay Attention to Herman Cain’s 9-9-9

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They have product offerings in competitive markets and end up getting more than their fair share of the press through stunts that both appeal to journalists writing stories and also reinforce their brands.

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Pharma’s Productivity Problem: Finding More Blockbuster Drugs


A recent Wall Street Journal article that raised the possibility of Biogen as the target of another huge pharma buyout cited the lack of productivity as a major driver of M&A in the pharmaceutical industry. A recent Silicon Valley Bank report noted that large corporations have dramatically increased pre-clinical acquisitions in the last three years under the pressure of limited supply and competition from IPOs.

Going to Raise VC? Here’s a Primer on Process, People, Deck

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Do you really still need a Powerpoint deck in 2011? Competition. Progress to date of your company (when started, key milestones, what shape is the product in, any pilot / beta customers, financing).

Understanding Changes in the Software & Venture Capital Industries

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Platform cloud players like provide compute resources so that third parties can build applications that integrate with its core product. They then launched processing capabilities (EC2) and we startups suddenly didn’t need to buy production servers.

Improving Sales: The Excuse Departement is Closed

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Most technology startups seem to be funded by product people or business people. They like a solid product, well defined pricing, good references to sell against, a clear quota and well defined competitors. Sales people often blame the product.

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How to use PR Firms at Startups

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One of the most frequent questions entrepreneurs ask about when they raise a little bit of money or are getting close to launching their first product is whether they should hire a PR firm.

Why Selling To The Government Can Downgrade Your Startup


Mitigating Downside – Unlike the private sector, in which many buyers are focused on gaining a competitive advantage, the fear of loss is often the primary criteria motivating politicians and their appointees.

ReachLocal's Zorik Gordon On Daily Deals


The buy puts ReachLocal squarely into the fast growing area of daily deals, but also potentially into competition with such companies as Groupon and LivingSocial. That really gave us all the capabilities we needed from a product and technology perspective.

A Few Key People Really Can Make a Huge Difference

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He listed all of the product releases that were up coming, the customers that were in the pipeline and where he saw his competition moving. They haven’t launched their next gen product – watch this space. This article originally ran on TechCrunch.

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Ten Rookie Startup Mistakes You Won’t Make


Thus, I will recruit independent distributors and they will sell my new and innovative products on my behalf. Even benevolent BDCs lose interest in your solution once this competitive risk is eliminated. “Learn from the mistakes of others.

Smartphone Battle Heats Up with Samsung Bashing Apple

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It’s no mystery that smartphone competition is higher than ever, especially with the holiday season creeping up on consumers all over the nation. Advertising & PR Featured Mobile Retail & Consumers Social News Video Apple Galaxy PR product Samsung Smartphone

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Creating the Next Generation of US Employees. My Investment in Treehouse

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But getting well paying job in technology and importantly distributed all across this country is important to the future competition of the US in the world and important to helping solve our economic problems. Full product out shortly.

Interview with Bryan Hertz, VoxOx


Bryan Hertz: We do a lot here, but our flagship product is VoxOx. Although there are lots of aggregation products like Trillian for instant messaging, there are also lots of apps which are Sunday hack-a-thon types of apps. It is a competitive environment.

RingRevenue Creates A New Performance Marketing Revenue Channel


This is especially true for companies with expensive and complex products or services that are more consultative in nature, like insurance, financial services, home services, education and travel, etc. Who do you view as your biggest competition?

Get Inside the Mind of an Angel Investor

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When I meet with Tom offline it’s obvious that he immediately is thinking about product issues, technology trends, funding rounds, etc. Angels will largely take a product risk (they bet on the product or idea and your ability to build it). “A” MVP : minimum viable product.