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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.

After 20 years: Updating the Berkus Method of valuation

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There is a universal truth: fewer than one in a thousand start-ups meet or exceed their projected revenues in the periods planned.

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.

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

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Mine started this way … I started my first company in the “go-go years&# of the Internet: 1999. I took up running again.

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.

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

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Despite every challenge he had to face he was determined to see his stunt through the end and not give up. image EPA/Andrew Gombert. Amazing.

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.

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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Ninja Metrics Aims At $5M Round

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Los Angeles-based game analytics software developer Ninja Metrics has raised $2.8M The startup, led by Dmitri Williams, and helps mobile, online, and social game developers better monetize their properties. ninjametrics ninja metrics venture capital funding regulatory filing game videogame online mobile social analytics

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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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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Accurate assumptions lead to defendable plans

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No-one challenged this number, and it became an unattributed source of the metric for market size for years. Starting up Raising money

TCVN Workshop: Lean Analytics- Vanity vs Actionable Metrics

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Thursday, January 12, 2017 -- TCVN Workshop: Lean Analytics- Vanity vs Actionable Metrics. Most entrepreneurs are swimming in a sea of metrics. This Lean Analytics Workshop will give you strategies and tactics to more effectively and efficiently work on your business not matter the size, industry or if it is in startup mode.

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 didn’t give up.”. “

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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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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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It’s mostly in the execution.

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Starting up “Everybody’s got a plan – until they are punched in the face,” stated boxer Mike Tyson. Wham! Growth! Ignition!

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.

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.

Choose Your VC Investor Carefully

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This is part of my ongoing series Startup Advice. In these many exchanges similar questions crop up. They speak up on every topic.

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?

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. no spin).

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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.

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.

Should Your Startup Give Performance-Based Warrants?

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This is part of my ongoing series on Startup Advice. But I say they can be strange because of their behavior in working with startups.

The three step dance – creating a great company

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Starting up Positioning It’s probably happened, but not often enough to trust this method as a formula for success.

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 The startup, which came out of technology developed from a group of university researchers, said the $2.8M cloud research techtransfer university hbsa angel capital venture software analytics predictive metrics ninja READ MORE>>.

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. X marks the spot. 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.

Startups Selected For Siemer WaveMaker Awards

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

Lean LA: The Metrics-Driven Startup: Which Metrics Matter and Wh

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Tuesday, September 21, 2010 -- Lean LA: The Metrics-Driven Startup: Which Metrics Matter and Wh. With competing priorities and limited resources, how does a startup identify and separate the wheat of actionable metrics from the chaff of vanity metrics? You'll learn what actually works and what doesn't.

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. Most often I'm being brought in the early stage, Start-up or Expansion (as the company looks at new product lines). I was just talking with someone who asked me to define how that could work and what they meant.

The Four Main Things that Investors Look for in a Startup

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It’s a conversation that creeps up from time-to-time. They might want you to start lean. I was interested in learning more. True.

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