Gamify those otherwise dull work assignments

Berkonomics

Most of us are driven by the competitive spirit, the desire or need to win. It provides a short competitive experience with a measurable outcome in which the players know who won and by how much. Create and publish metrics as goals and comparisons to past accomplishments.

Where’s your team playbook? Hmm?

Berkonomics

From experience and from information about the competition, a coach creates a playbook that contains detailed plans for actions or plays that the entire team must know without question and execute without pause in order to win games and advance toward the playoffs.

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Does your team know your playbook?

Berkonomics

From experience and from information about the competition, a coach creates a playbook that contains detailed plans for actions or plays that the entire team must know without question and execute without pause in order to win games and advance toward the playoffs.

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Turn “process” into “game.”

Berkonomics

Most of us are driven by the competitive spirit, the desire or need to win. It provides a short competitive experience with a measurable outcome in which the players know who won and by how much. Create and publish metrics as goals and comparisons to past accomplishments.

Accurate assumptions lead to defendable plans

Berkonomics

It is most often missed assumptions about the market, the competition, the speed of adoption, or other critical metrics you’ve researched, or selected, or even just guessed at to create your plan. Email readers, continue here.]

Timing and why we’re all VCs

TechCrunch LA

Capitalism is fundamentally about timing, since market competition is about finding opportunities before others. Mithril is struggling to compete against ferocious competition in the growth-stage equity market. Some more on metrics design and quantification.

After 20 years: Updating the Berkus Method of valuation

Berkonomics

So how do you use financial projections as valuation metrics when you know the odds of those being accurate predictors of the future are so very unreliable? For example, in Silicon Valley, a “big data” startup might competitively call for a $1.5 Well, it had to happen.

Eyeballs aren’t everything.

Berkonomics

Back when we were all trying to figure out the real value of traffic on the web, we investors – and acquiring companies – got a bit crazy with metrics used to value acquisitions and investments. Email readers, continue here.]

I Know Everybody Told You to Send Your Fund-Raising Decks as a Link.

Both Sides of the Table

I know that you can use an email system with this to track my open rate, whether I forwarded the email, the IP address where I read it, whether I was on a mobile device or a wired computer and you can tell who else read the document. If it’s in a link in an email with an expired link you can certainly stop a VC from thinking about you again but I’m not sure how that furthers your agenda. Competition isn’t won or lost by your marketing decks?—?it’s

6 Technology Trends Will Spawn Countless New Ventures

Startup Professionals Musings

Surdak emphasizes that the goal is to either mitigate some of the pressure caused by data growth or to put that pressure to work for you in growing your startup and remaining competitive: Focus: play to your strengths. Data enable: use metrics and measurements.

8 Tips To Get the Most Out of Your Investors and Board

Both Sides of the Table

Email updates frequently. And as Rob points out – if you email members with short updates more frequently they are more up to speed when you do need them to weigh in. Key point – if your emails are as long as my blog posts you’re forked.

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Why Am I So Lucky?

Both Sides of the Table

My email back to him was a version of. Competition is fierce. I got an email recently from a VC who had invested in a company a small amount in a seed round. He called me 15 months later excited to show me his metrics and wanted to talk about his A round.

5 Startup Challenges That Derail Many Entrepreneurs

Startup Professionals Musings

Your customers and competition make unexpected moves. Examples abound of startups who had to pivot for success, including Twitter moving from podcasts to social commentating, and Yelp moving from email to online.

6 Trends Generate Huge Data And Startup Opportunities

Startup Professionals Musings

Surdak emphasizes that the goal is to either mitigate some of the pressure caused by data growth or to put that pressure to work for you in growing your startup and remaining competitive: Focus: play to your strengths. Data enable: use metrics and measurements.

6 Trends Are Driving A Data Tsunami For Startups

Startup Professionals Musings

Surdak emphasizes that the goal is to either mitigate some of the pressure caused by data growth or to put that pressure to work for you in growing your startup and remaining competitive: Focus: play to your strengths. Data enable: use metrics and measurements.

6 Steps To Raising Venture Capital – Hint: Preparation Matters More Than Your Pitch

InfoChachkie

As you accomplish your milestones, send your target VCs a brief email update (think eye-candy graphics and charts, not dense text). If you are deploying a freemium business model, test your upsell strategy on a portion of your users to establish concrete free-to-paid conversion metrics.

Joey Flores On Earbits' Life, Death, and Resurrection

socalTECH

The day after we shut down the site, we got an email from this company, saying they had a big opportunity they'd like to talk to us about. We had some investors very interested but wanted us to validate some metrics, so we spent time building things to prove those metrics.

7 Strategies To Avoid the Curse of Business-As-Usual

Startup Professionals Musings

For example, I still find businesses asking you to print, sign, and return documents by mail in lieu of digital signatures or email. It takes a well-rounded and motivated team to run a competitive business today.

Business Success Is All About Doing More In Less Time

Startup Professionals Musings

After reviewing her day-by-day recommendations to improve productivity in a single week, I have extrapolated her guidance to ten productivity tips specifically for entrepreneurs to regain that competitive edge: Focus on managing yourself rather than managing others.

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16 Great Startup Posts from March

SoCal CTO

Death By Competitive Analysis - Steve Blank , March 1, 2010 Trading emails with a startup CEO building an iPhone app, I asked him why potential customers would buy his product. In response he sent me a competitive analysis. It looked like every competitive analysis I had done for 20 years, (ok maybe better.) Some great posts in March The following are the top items from featured sources based on social signals.

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How to Decrease the Odds That Your Startup Fails

Both Sides of the Table

The metrics were good but we wondered how much better they would be when we expanded our product. You may have paid marketing: SEM, Social Media Ads, Banner Ads, email lists, etc. Competition. You need to ask yourself honestly how your product or service is going to be significantly better in some way than the competition that exists in the market. Many startup businesses – tech or otherwise – fail.

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Can Startups Surf The Huge Information Tidal Wave?

Startup Professionals Musings

Surdak emphasizes that the goal is to either mitigate some of the pressure caused by data growth or to put that pressure to work for you in growing your startup and remaining competitive: Focus: play to your strengths. Data enable: use metrics and measurements.

Pull Investors to Your Business Plan With a Summary

Startup Professionals Musings

Your competitive advantage. Identify your sustainable competitive advantage, like unique benefits, cost savings, or industry ties. Don’t kill your credibility by saying you have no competition. That’s your metric to see if you have their attention.

Raising $$ on AngelList? Working w/ McClure? Ask Jody Sherman

Both Sides of the Table

If I’m not mistaken, I may have been the first person to send out an angel “personal intro&# email on AngelList through their new platform when it launched or at least I was one of the first few. EcoMom’s metrics improved throughout this process and that’s when I decided to invest.

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The Yo-Yo Life of a Tech Entrepreneur – A Cautionary Tale

Both Sides of the Table

TechCrunch Europe ran an article in November of last year that European startups need to work as hard as those in Silicon Valley and I echoed the sentiment in my post about the need for entrepreneurs to be maniacal about their businesses if one wants to work in the hyper competitive tech world.

8 Key Ingredients to a Profitable Consulting Business

Startup Professionals Musings

Based on my own years of experience in this space, I would like to highlight a critical subset of his key ingredients for success, to save you from the frustrations and setbacks we both have felt: Implement real competitive differentiation.

"Pull Management" vs. "Push Management" systems (v1.0)

CEO Flow

The internet has changed business – in helpful and challenging ways: * We have more information and metrics – and more confusion from all the clutter. * The brute force methods that used to work so well, such as “work harder,&# “hire more,&# “spend more&# aren’t true strategic or competitive advantages. The company culture is pressured, competitive, political. * Are we working harder, under more pressure, but running in place?

"Pull Management" vs. "Push Management" systems (v1.0)

CEO Flow

The internet has changed business – in helpful and challenging ways: * We have more information and metrics – and more confusion from all the clutter. * The brute force methods that used to work so well, such as “work harder,&# “hire more,&# “spend more&# aren’t true strategic or competitive advantages. The company culture is pressured, competitive, political. * Are we working harder, under more pressure, but running in place?

Give Investors an Executive Summary That Rocks

Startup Professionals Musings

Your competitive advantage. Identify your sustainable competitive advantage, like unique benefits, cost savings, or industry ties. Don’t kill your credibility by saying you have no competition. That’s your metric to see if you have their attention.

“Pull Management” vs. “Push Management” systems (v1.0)

CEO Flow

The internet has changed business – in helpful and challenging ways: * We have more information and metrics – and more confusion from all the clutter. * The brute force methods that used to work so well, such as “work harder,&# “hire more,&# “spend more&# aren’t true strategic or competitive advantages. Goal setting and tracking metrics take up 80% of the attention; prioritization of projects and goals is 20%. *

Investors Love a Concise Executive Summary

Startup Professionals Musings

Your competitive advantage. Identify your sustainable competitive advantage, like unique benefits, cost savings, or industry ties. Don’t kill your credibility by saying you have no competition. That’s your metric to see if you have their attention.

amSTATZ Social Network For Fitness Gurus, Athletes & Events | Interview With Founder

Tech Zulu Event

Through ongoing analysis and refinement of existing processes, establishment of standards and metrics, team building and mentoring, Sergey has established a foundation and culture in which developers can flourish. Any competition in LA?

"Pull Management" vs. "Push Management" systems (v1.0)

CEO Flow

The internet has changed business – in helpful and challenging ways: * We have more information and metrics – and more confusion from all the clutter. * The brute force methods that used to work so well, such as “work harder,&# “hire more,&# “spend more&# aren’t true strategic or competitive advantages. The company culture is pressured, competitive, political. * Are we working harder, under more pressure, but running in place?

Five Steps To Social Media Success for Startups

Startup Professionals Musings

Put your social network links on your stationery, business cards, and email. Implement metrics and analytics. But above all, don’t forget to observe your competition and their social media activity.