Most Common Early Start-up Mistakes

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This is part of my ongoing series “Start-up Lessons.&# If you want to subscribe to my RSS feed please click here or to get my blog by email click here. Tags: Start-up Advice startup In the Beginning … This is a very important post to me because I find myself giving this advice all the time and if you don’t follow [.].

Most Common Early Start-up Mistakes

Both Sides of the Table

This is part of my ongoing series “ Start-up Lessons. &# If you want to subscribe to my RSS feed please click here or to get my blog by email click here. Imagine you pour 5 years of your life into your next gig and it starts to become successful. Many times the answer is ‘no.&# The problem is that you’re opening yourself up to a claim by one of these people that you somehow stole their ideas. Starting with 25% is even harder.

Comments are the New Black

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The power to me was that I had already been blogging about my personal life and my children as well as separately about my startup. And Facebook continued to innovate while all this time I have continued to wonder WTF LinkedIn was up to.

Should You Blog? (yes, and here’s how …)

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Don’t blog about what you think would be “cool.&# I don’t think that most startup blogs should be about how to build a startup. The new stuff: How do I get started? The advantage of the hosted version is that it’s easier to get started.

The Best VC Meetings are Debates not Sales

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It is easier for them to finish up 45 minutes, politely shake your hand and say, “we’ll get back to you&# once they’ve had a chance to “noodle on it.&# Ever heard that? Tee up your slides to prompt questions – The best way to avoid racing through your slides in a tell & sell style is to tee up your slides to prompt questions. Tags: Pitching VCs Start-up Advice startup technology vc venture capital

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How Many Times Should You Tweet Your Blog Post?

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I’ve argued previously that Twitter is a new form of curated RSS and in many ways it is. But it is a transient RSS reader. So I started experimenting with multiple Tweets. I try not to “double Tweet&# every day and I vary the time of day just to shake it up a bit.

From Startup Newsletter To Best Selling Book: How This Entrepreneur Pulled It Off

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Upon graduation from Wharton, John and Kyle launched a startup based upon a simple, pedestrian product: a computer mouse shaped like the head of a golf driver. However, a number of them wanted to vicariously experience the startup world through John and Kyle''s venture. crawl(ing) up.".

Top 30 Startup Technology and Product Posts for September 2010

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Great content again in September that meets at the intersection of startups, technology, product and being a Startup CTO. This continues my series of posts: Top 40 Startup Posts for August 2010 Top 30 Startup Posts for July 2010 Top 30 Startup Posts in June 2010 Top 29 Startup Posts May 2010 Startup CTO Top 30 Posts for April 16 Great Startup Posts from March Some great free resources listed this month that I thought were interesting.

Startup CEOs Lessons From Ben Affleck

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These varied responsibilities are analogous to those of a startup CEO, as movie production crews are essentially temporary ventures. During the course of the discussion, I was struck by the similarity of the movie creation process and that of the typical tech startup.

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Make Yourself Irresistible To A Startup

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In addition to being a classic children''s tale of good versus evil, the film also contains some surprising 2013 job hunting tips for joining a startup. You have no plans to found a startup, but you are driven to join a team that is building something from nothing.

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Olympic Lessons for Startup Life

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It might seem like a stretch to draw a connection between an Olympic swimmer and life at a startup, but bear with me. Sounds like a startup, right? In both of these worlds, it’s up to the individual to put in work and propel themselves (and their team) forward.

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23 Startup Tips From Oprah Winfrey

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Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more. A wise leader, Oprah was loyal to the early members of her successful startup, understanding that her success was shared by everyone who contributed to Harpo’s growth. This article previously appeared in Forbes.

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Startup Lessons From Olympic Innovators

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However, at most startups, competitive advantages are derived from a combination of invention and innovation, as described more fully in Inventor Or Innovator – Which Are You? Follow my startup-oriented Twitter feed here: @johngreathouse.

Startup Thought Leaders With The Most Authentic Twitter Followers

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Not surprisingly, the most influential startup bloggers are those with the largest number of Twitter followers. Startup Thought Leader Rankings. If you are not a Twitter spam bot, you can follow my startup-oriented Twitter feed here: @johngreathouse.

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How This Startup Kicked Oracle’s A$$

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Marten began his story by explaining that MySQL was originally founded as a research project and how it was a nascent startup for nearly a decade before he joined the team. I started helping them with strategy in 2000 and then. I was ready to give up.

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Startup Lessons From The Beatles’ Biggest Failure

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Entrepreneurs can draw a number of startup lessons from the manner in which the Beatles' addressed Decca's devastating rejection. A startup can likewise ill afford to compromise when establishing its core team. What matters is whether you allow them to build you up or tear you down.

Startup Lessons From Pink Floyd’s Dark Side Of The Moon

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Lesson: As described in Go For The Quick Buck , wily startups also devise creative ways to secure funding from their customers, rather than from investors. Follow my startup-oriented Twitter feed here: @johngreathouse. A version of this article previously appeared on Inc.

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The Original Lean Startup MVP – Louie, Louie

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If Steve Blank and Eric Reis, two of the Founding Fathers of the Lean Startup Movement formed a band, they would produce music like the Kingsmen's Louie, Louie. The song is akin to a lean startup's minimally viable product (MVP). Ion Storm ultimately racked up financial losses of $44.8

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BERKONOMICS CELEBRATES 6TH ANNIVERSARY WITH OVER 100,000 CIRCULATION

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Starting with just 4,000 circulation in 2009, BERKONOMICS has grown to well over 100,000, and is read on five continents by an audience that is 45% female.

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Brad Feld: Secrets To A Successful Startup Life (Hint – Creating Wealth Ain’t Everything)

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In their new book Startup Life , serial entrepreneur and venture investor Brad Feld, along with his wife Amy Batchelor, describe what has, and has not, worked for them during their 22-year relationship. Brad is in the midst of writing a series of startup-oriented books.

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. The team failed to understand that marketing's primary role at a startup is to drive sales. Lean Startup Lessons - For Free.

The Impact Matrix: Prioritize Your 2013 Initiatives Using This Startup Ninja Tool

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Dynamic, growing startups consistently identify more ideas and opportunities than they have the time or resources to pursue, including: entering into potential partnerships, developing new products and accessing emerging markets. This article previously appeared in Forbes.

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Deal Hair: Is Your Startup More Like Russell Brand Or Bruce Willis?

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Given the thousands of startups Venture Capitalists review annually, they must adopt efficient methods of quickly assessing if a person/opportunity is worth further diligence. Trying to cover up deal hair with a beanie and deny its existence is not a viable strategy.

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How This Startup Turned An April Fools Joke Into Customers

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To learn how other startups can emulate Divshot''s latest marketing win, I spoke with Michael Bleigh, the company''s Co-Founder and CEO. Rather, "All told, Geo was less than a day’s worth of effort from start to finish for our team. A version of this article previously appeared on Inc.

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Startup Tips From College Dropouts: Zuckerberg, Jobs, Gates, Dell, Ellison, Branson and Disney

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Although it may be comfortable to start a company with your friends, it is a mistake, unless your friend(s) happens to be ideally suited to their role in your venture. Michael Dell promised his parents that he would return to school if the sales at his startup did not meet his expectations. “I

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Eucalyptus Systems CEO Marten Mickos Shares His Secrets Of Startup Success

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about your skills or your abilities or your DNA, it's about what you refuse to give up on - what you will keep doing until you succeed. We look up at these iconic business leaders and we just think they get everything right, but they don't.

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Diva Startup Tips: @LadyGaga, @JLo, @Cher, @KatyPerry, @MariahCarey & @NickiMinaj

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In fact, many of the same precepts which lead to a startup’s success are also precursors to a performer’s stardom. If you are not anxious, then you are probably not pushing yourself or your startup hard enough. The inevitable pressures at a startup are not inherently negative.

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Startup Sales Lessons From TLC’s “Say Yes To The Dress”

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Such pro active communications allows startups to be more responsive than their larger, resource-rich competitors. Startup sales require high velocity. Startups must follow a similar philosophy. Startups should deploy a similar tag team approach.

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

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But should you actually write one if you’re a startup, an industry figure (lawyer, banker) or VC? People often ask me why I started blogging. It really started simply enough. Or “I’m a new entrepreneur, why would I offer advice on how to run a startup?&#.

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. SEO for Startups )? What are your key Startup Metrics ? Mock-ups? Do you have a merchant account already set up?

Recruit Cal Ripken, Not Reggie Jackson, To Your Startup

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Managerial Oversight And Performance Matter At A Startup. If they do not adequately improve over time, consider counseling them out of your startup. Prima Donna Benchwarmers – These individuals represent the worst type of startup employee.

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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. SEO for Startups )? What are your key Startup Metrics ? Mock-ups? Do you have a merchant account already set up?

Hacking Hacker News – How Wily Startups Leverage Social News Sites

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Divshot's Founders conceived of their innovative web development solution, which automatically generates professional-grade code during the wire framing process, during a Startup Weekend event in Kansas City. You definitely have a nice start.

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Here’s What President of textPlus @Nanea Reeves Has to Say on Leadership, Mgmt, Women in Tech

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I’ll try to get write-ups shortly but for now here is an overview of my interview with Nanea Reeves – President and COO of textPlus. In this clip we discuss why Nanea is a proponent of a lean startup and data driven development methodology. Leadership Startup Lessons

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Some Thoughts on Twitter as a Micro-Blogging Tool

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1/ Twitter started off positioned as a micro-blogging platform but in the end became more of an RSS reader. Startup LessonsPlanning a threaded Tweetstorm? Here’s the rules: 1/Tweet 2/Reply to 1st Tweet but remove your @name 3/Reply to 2nd Tweet not 1st 4/Repeat. Mark Suster (@msuster) May 29, 2015. I learned the hard way by doing a Tweetstorm below but linked every subsequent Tweet back to the original Tweet to create the thread. I faced the wrath of the community.