Startup Dust

Oren Steinberg

The biggest asset any startup has is the time of its entrepreneurs and key talents. The success or failure of the startup often hinges on their ability to focus their efforts on the critical path at any given time. As the startup grows and faces scalability and growth challenges the issue of focus becomes even more challenging. 2 unexperienced entrepreneurs have a great idea for their first startup. The post Startup Dust appeared first on Oren Steinberg - blog.

Book Review: The Startup Playbook

Under10 Playbook

Book Review: The Startup Playbook: Founder-to-Founder Advice From Two Startup Veterans by Rajat Bhargava and Will Herman. I was sent a complimentary copy of The Startup Playbook to read and review.

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9 Ways to Validate Your Startup Ideas

280 Group

The post 9 Ways to Validate Your Startup Ideas appeared first on 280 Group Product Management. This is a guest post by Scott Davis. Setting up your own business is one of the most rewarding and fulfilling things in the world. It is a validation of your skills and knowledge.

Test-Driven Product Management at an Early-Stage Startup

Amplitude

The post Test-Driven Product Management at an Early-Stage Startup appeared first on Amplitude Blog. Product Development Startup Lessons Product Innovator SeriesThis is a guest post in our Product Innovator Series from Jennelle Nystrom, product manager at Farmstead. .

Turning Metrics into Dollars: How to Turn Your Analytics Data into a Real Financial Model for your Startup

Speaker: Tristan Kromer, Lean Agile Coach, Kromatic

Some teams struggle to constantly optimize conversion rates without understanding the financial impact of those conversion rates. Sometimes that 0.1% increase isn't worth the engineering time we're spending! You'll learn: How to turn basic dashboard metrics into a financial model.

The Lean Startup Trap

The Product Coalition

The Big 3 ‘Lean Startup’ Mistakes Companies Still Make Are you spending a ridiculous amount of time working on a product, and getting nowhere? If this sounds like you, you’re probably stuck in the lean startup trap. Lean startup sucks at discovering your customer needs.

Value Based Pricing for Saas Startup

The Product Coalition

Value Based Pricing for SaaS Startup We don’t make movies to make money, we make money to make more movies.– your startup won’t last long without monetization. startup pricing-strategy saas value-based-pricing saas-marketing

Building a Product Startup Within an Agency

Mind the Product

Let me explain: Why a Product Startup? Nevertheless, building a product startup within an existing business comes with its own challenges, not least trying to find new ways of working which are appropriate at a different size and scale. Why all Agencies Should run a Product Startup.

How important is product management for your startup?

The Product Coalition

So the product management is the only one function that is offering business startups the significant advantages such as in setting up business objectives, targeting markets to deliver measurable products and services, and prioritizing the goals of startups.

It’s Elementary: Startups Gaining Independence

ProductCraft

This is part three of Growing Up is Hard: a series on the stages of startup evolution and how they mimic human development stages. The post It’s Elementary: Startups Gaining Independence appeared first on ProductCraft by Pendo.

Truth needs to be told?—?startups fail because CEOs have lousy bosses

The Product Coalition

startups fail because CEOs have lousy bosses Why do startup fail? They are all reasons the founders mentioned when asked to tell why their startups failed. I’m saying this as a 3 time CEO of startups that shut down (I’ll save my success stories for a different post).

Brady Flynn (Primer) on how to accelerate growth at early-stage startups

RealtimeBoard

Brady shared what he’s learned from helping early-stage startups. The post Brady Flynn (Primer) on how to accelerate growth at early-stage startups appeared first on RealtimeBlog | A blog by RealtimeBoard We recently caught up with Brady Flynn, product management expert and co-founder of Primer, a marketing platform that has helped companies like hims, Farmstead, and Microsoft increase their conversion rates. Here are his tips for accelerating growth.

Hypergrowth and The Law of Startup Physics

First Round Review

Reboot.io founder and professional coach Khalid Halim has guided the leadership at Coinbase, Lyft and Checkr through some of the steepest parts of their growth curve. Here, he shares the two promises every founder must make before hypergrowth. Continue reading at First Round Review »

Lessons from 500 Startups on Building a Product Business

Mind the Product

Recently we had the opportunity to invite Marvin Liao, a partner at 500 Startups , to speak to us. 500 Startups is a global venture capital seed fund with a network of startup programs, and Marvin helps to run the San Francisco-based accelerator program.

What’s next for marketplace startups? Reinventing the $10 trillion service economy, that’s what.

Andrew Chen

Is there still room for marketplace startups to innovate? Marketplace startups have done incredibly well over the first few decades of the internet, reinventing the way we shop for goods, but have been less successful services. The post What’s next for marketplace startups?

Most startups don’t starve, they drown. Here is why, and how to survive.

The Product Coalition

Startups don’t starve, they drown. It was 2010 when I watched the online stream of the Startup Lessons Learned conference, initiated by Eric Ries. At some stage the now famous Shawn Carolan quote came up: Startups don’t starve, they drown. Most startups don’t starve, they drown.

My Lessons from Interviewing 400+ Engineers Over Three Startups

First Round Review

Engineering leader Marco Rogers (Lever, Yammer, Clover Health) debunks some of the most common recruiting tropes and walks through his four top interviewing practices for startups.

How startups die from their addiction to paid marketing

Andrew Chen

Many of the biggest implosions in recent history – especially ecommerce – have been due to startups getting addicted to paid marketing while fooling themselves on Customer Acqusition Costs. [Originally tweetstormed at @andrewchen , Follow me for more!].

Dear Strategy: 059 Strategy for Startups and Small Businesses

Dear Strategy

On this week’s episode, host Bob Caporale , founder of Strategy Generation Company and author of Creative Strategy Generation , answers the following question: Dear Strategy: “Do startups or small businesses really have the time to develop formal strategies like you talk about on the show?

How to Communicate When You’re Founding a Startup

Mind the Product

As such, for their team of startup experts, communication is absolutely key. Once you’ve got your startup or project up and running, resist the urge to ‘get building’ and take a minute to speak to people.

How to ask better user research questions: A guide for startup Product Managers

The Product Coalition

How to ask better user research questions: A guide for startup Product Managers was originally published in ProductCoalition.com on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. user-research ux user-experience startup product-management

The Startup Brand Fallacy: Why brand marketing is mostly useless for consumer startups

Andrew Chen

Brand marketing is mostly useless for consumer startups. Startups build a great brand by being successful, finding product market fit and scaling traction, etc. Early startups should opt out of all of this. It’s easy to confuse correlation and causation: If you’re starting a consumer startup, you see successful late stage cos with fawning media coverage, amazing conference speaking slots, celebrities on the cap table, etc.,

From Startup to Enterprise Product Manager: Is Bigger Always Better?

Mind the Product

Observations of a B2C startup product manager working in enterprise. A startup, finding its feet and learning how to stand, should by certain logic be less wise, less capable and less developed than its older, wiser counterparts. This means a change in approach for product managers operating in startup and corporate environments. The post From Startup to Enterprise Product Manager: Is Bigger Always Better?

9 essential sales steps you need to grow your SaaS startup

Inside Intercom

In the early stages of most SaaS startups’ lives, the CEO or founder often acts as the initial head of sales. The post 9 essential sales steps you need to grow your SaaS startup appeared first on Inside Intercom.

Dear Strategy: 059 Strategy for Startups and Small Businesses

Dear Strategy

Dear Strategy: “Do startups or small businesses really have the time to develop formal strategies like you talk about on the show? All of this is to say – yes, small businesses and startups should (and normally do) go through the same strategic thought process that large companies do.

Required reading for marketplace startups: The 20 best essays

Andrew Chen

The current generation of marketplace startups has been incredibly successful. We look at a lot of marketplace startups at Andreessen Horowitz @a16z – and we fund a lot of them! The post Required reading for marketplace startups: The 20 best essays appeared first on andrewchen

Consumer startups are awesome, and here’s what I’m looking for at a16z (70 slide deck)

Andrew Chen

Dear readers, I’m often asked- so what kind of startups are you investing in at Andreessen Horowitz? The most exciting new technologies coming around the corner, and how to evaluate them for producing new startups. Above: New technology has always captivated consumers!

MVP is not Just for Startups: The Importance of Finding Your Company's MVP

Generation Focus

Isn’t this approach only for lean startups? The Truth About Minimum Viable Product Research Large companies should look at what their neighborhood lean startup does before they release a product. What comes to mind when you think of Uber? Probably a fully developed feature-rich app.

Customer Discovery interviews, the Lean Startup approach

Generation Focus

As an alternative to the traditional business plan, Lean Startup suggests working on your Business Model Canvas, a one page business plan template emphasizes the finding and solving of customer problems. To compliment your Business Model Canvas, Lean Startup advocates for customer discovery interviews, to identify problems, look for trends, and discover how your product solves customer needs. The Lean Startup customer interview is totally different than the traditional focus group.

How New Startups Can Win at PR — Advice from a 20-Year Comms Career

First Round Review

Terra Carmichael leverages two decades of comms experience with companies like Eventbrite, Yahoo, Mattel, Nike and more to dispense advice to young startups finding their footing with the press.

ClassPass’ Founder on How Marketplace Startups Can Achieve Product/Market Fit

First Round Review

Here are ClassPass founder Payal Kadakia's hard-won tips for marketplace startups that helped her guide her company from a near-bust to a $470M game-changer. It's rarely a straight line to product/market fit.

Read This Before Joining as Employee 1 to 20 at a Startup

First Round Review

Stacy La made the leap from design at Yammer and Microsoft to Clover Health, when the bootstrapped startup was only four people. Now, the company's raised over $425M, 500+ employees strong, and La leads an eight-person design team.

Startup competitions – winning isn’t everything

Oren Steinberg

Why do we go to startup competitions? “ One of the fastest growing paths for raising funds and awareness to your startup is competitions. The number of startup competitions seems to have grown tremendously over the past few years. In fact, it is rare to find a conference today that does not include some sort of startup competition, regardless of vertical. I myself participated in dozens of startup competitions over the past couple of years. Startups

Here's How Women and Startups Can Accelerate Pay Equity in Tech

First Round Review

Read on to learn how startups can begin with good comp hygiene early on, and what candidates can do to be empowered and equipped to get the comp they deserve. Over two decades, Jana Rich has seen hundreds of compensation negotiations, including patterns in who wins, who loses and why.

How to Shape Remarkable Products in the Messy Middle of Building Startups

First Round Review

Here he zeroes in on what startups must do to iterate and improve products mid-flight. Behance founder and Adobe's Chief Product Officer Scott Belsky believes the hardest and most crucial part of any bold venture is the middle stretch of company building.

A guide to hiring your first Product Manager for startups

BrainMates

This blog is a transcript of part of that meetup, focusing on how to hire the first Product Manager at a startup. The org chart for a very early startup usually looks like this: the CEO does everything except tech.

This Brand Strategy Can Make Your Startup Look Bigger Than It Is

First Round Review

As a founding partner of Rock Health and seasoned consultant, Leslie Ziegler has helped brand dozens of startups. Here's what the success stories had in common. Continue reading at First Round Review »

Innovate like a startup–and other innovation insights for product managers Nov 3, 2017

Product Innovation Educators

12 lessons corporate innovators can learn from startups – aka, how to innovate like a startup. (1) Each week I scour articles, wading through the dogs, and bringing you the best insights to help product managers and innovators be heroes.

The Four Cringe-Worthy Mistakes Too Many Startups Make with Data

First Round Review

HotelTonight's Chief Data and Strategy Officer talks about how startups should set up and mine their data to drive insights that actually make a difference.

Pricing Lessons from Working with 30+ Seed and Series A B2B Startups

First Round Review

As CEO of Entrepid Partners and First Round's Sales Expert in Residence, Gaffney works directly with founders and early sales teams to establish go-to-market strategies and growth plans. Here he shares his pricing principles and experiments so early-stage teams can generate foundational revenue.

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The Compass to Validate Correctly in Actual Lean Startup

I Wonder The Value

In August, I organized Lean Startup session with one of my mentors, Guita Gopalan. But, when you apply Lean Startup in real product development, there are a lot of following questions to make the method to reality.

The red flags and magic numbers that investors look for in your startup’s metrics – 80 slide deck included!

Andrew Chen

Growing startups and evaluating startups share common skills. Earlier this year, I joined Andreessen Horowitz as a General Partner, where I focus on a broad spectrum of consumer startups: marketplaces, entertainment/media, and social platforms. Startups aren’t spreadsheets.

18 Tax Prep Best Practices for Your Startup

The Product Coalition

He has worked in the public, private, and non-profit sectors, and his experience extends to small companies and startups. Why is it that so many companies dread the end-of-year tax process?