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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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 »

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.

Product to Product: Ellen Chisa on how product prepares you to be an early-stage startup founder


Most recently, Ellen left Lola to launch her own startup that will make it possible to build a complete scalable app in an afternoon. While her startup is still in very early stages, Ellen is completely in founder mode. Latif: I would love to hear a little bit about your new startup.

Startups are cheaper to build, but more expensive to grow – here’s why

Andrew Chen

Startups should be getting cheaper to build. Some providers, such as Microsoft, have started providing their services free to startups, in the hope of turning them into paying customers as they grow. Startups are raising more money to get to traction.

Four Categories You Need to Nail for Healthy Startup Growth — and Top Tips for How to Do It

First Round Review

Here are his key takeaways for early startups to lay the groundwork for healthy growth. Mike Brown managed all facets of Uber's business in Asia for four years as it went from $0 to billions. Continue reading at First Round Review »

Lean Startup’s Eric Ries on How to Make ‘Gatekeepers’ a Source of Power and Speed

First Round Review

As companies add 'gatekeeper' functions like Legal, Finance, IT and Compliance, they tend to slow way down. But they don't have to. Here's how to lay the right foundation. Continue reading at First Round Review »

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.

Developing an experience map for AI startups to define their product vision


Developing an experience map for AI startups to define their product vision Here at RealtimeBoard, we empower team-driven companies to create outstanding products and experiences while we turn challenges of distributed work into competitive advantages. The post Developing an experience map for AI startups to define their product vision appeared first on RealtimeBoard Blog.

Veteran CTO (with Multiple Successful Exits) Answers Your Top Startup-Building Questions

First Round Review

Adil Ajmal has built several standout technical organizations from scratch to successful acquisition. Here, he answers the toughest questions from our community. 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.

Startups and big cos should approach growth differently (Video)

Andrew Chen

I recently did a video interview on the topic of how your growth strategy changes from being a small startup versus becoming a larger company. New startups have to focus on underrated acquisition channels for early growth efforts [0:00]. The post Startups and big cos should approach growth differently (Video) appeared first on andrewchen

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

Generation Focus Blog: Perspective on Customer Dis

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 Blog: Perspective on Customer Dis

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.

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?

Growing Pains: What to Expect When Your Startup Hits a Growth Spurt

There is a very specific sweet & sour spot in the life of a product startup that every entrepreneur remembers with a loving cringe – that moment in your company’s lifecycle when something clicked, months of market penetration efforts paid off and users started swarming in.

Growing Pains: What to Expect When Your Startup Hits a Growth Spurt

There is a very specific sweet & sour spot in the life of a product startup that every entrepreneur remembers with a loving cringe – that moment in your company’s lifecycle when something clicked, months of market penetration efforts paid off and users started swarming in.

10 core principles for starting up

Inside Intercom

There is an infinite amount of advice for startups, but if I had to boil it down to just 10 essentials, these are the most crucial principles for starting up that every founder needs to understand from an early stage.

Taylor Wescoatt – Being the First Product Manager

Mind the Product

In working at Seedcamp and helping over 100 startups understand product thinking, Taylor Wescoatt has learned some valuable lessons he’d like to share, together with some real-world examples to drive the point home! Being the first product manager at a startup typically means being the 10th or 15th employee, and recognizing that – although product management has both tactical and strategic components – you’ll initially be more focused on tactics.

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TEI 080: Innovate like a startup – with Michael Docherty - The Everyday Innovator – Resources for Product Managers and Innovators

Product Innovation Educators

When established companies decide they need to be more innovative, they often talk in terms of acting more like a startup. But acting like a startup is much more challenging in reality, especially for larger organizations. Instead, established companies can partner with startups.

The Best Startups Minimize Their Dimensions of Innovation

Sachin Rekhi

The best startups choose a main dimension or two of innovation and invest significant effort to truly differentiate themselves from the rest of the market along that dimension. To make this concrete, let’s take a look at the most common dimensions of innovation in technology startups.

Three Important Criteria for Evaluating Your Next Startup

Sachin Rekhi

However, in addition to these standard criteria, I'd like to suggest three additional ones that have become extremely important in my own evaluation of startup ideas. I cannot underscore enough the importance of passion when picking your startup idea.

Want Better Product Managers? Throw Them In at the Deep End

Mind the Product

I was on the winning team that came up with Startup Startup, a platform aimed at connecting tech talent with early-stage startup ideas (you can find out what happened to Startup Startup here ).

Startup Lessons Learned from my Recent Wedding

Sachin Rekhi

Now that all of this has culminated, I thought I would take a moment to reflect on the lessons learned relevant to the startup community from my recent wedding experience. Similarly for startups, some people find that their main motivation is the potential final exit opportunity.

Move fast and optimize for the long term

Inside Intercom

Startups building intercom development Engineering events productivity startups valuesAs a student of engineering you’re incentivised to write a lot and to read a lot.

Why your engineering processes need to solve real problems

Inside Intercom

Product Management Startups cupcake Engineering engineering process process product management startupsI came to Intercom from a company with a culture of heavyweight engineering processes. It was a well-oiled machine with battle-tested and often updated procedures. From an engineering perspective, it successfully kept you focused on coding. Tasks were always well-described in Jira, with clearly defined expectations.

My Muses for Brainstorming Startup Ideas

Sachin Rekhi

Every startup goes through phases including brainstorming ideas, selecting evaluation criteria, performing due diligence on top ideas, picking a winner, deciding on a corporate structure , putting together the team, evaluating funding options, and more. Exposure to Startup Ideas.

Run Less Software

Inside Intercom

Innovative startups. The first army are innovative startups. Understand the potential consequences of outsourcing to young startups. Young startups go out of business regularly and their security and reliability is often worse than more mature companies. Young startups.

5 Music Startups to Watch in 2009

Sachin Rekhi

Over the past year I've had the opportunity to work with a variety of music startups. Not only with the two music startups I've been directly involved with ( Anywhere.FM and imeem ), but also countless music startups looking to leverage the imeem Media Platform APIs I manage at imeem.

Understanding how Design Thinking, Lean and Agile Work Together

Mind the Product

Product Design Product Development Process Product Launch Product Leadership Agile Culture Design Design Thinking Lean Lean Startup Product Development product leadershipThe ideas of Agile are great.

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3 Pillars of the Most Successful Tech Products

Nir Eyal

Ninety-two percent of startups fail within three years. Building Better Products How to Start-Up engagement startup technologyIf you’ve started a tech company to make a lot of money, chances are you’re bad at math—or simply delusional. Statistically speaking, your odds of a big-time payday are somewhere between zero and almost zero. Only one percent of apps in the Apple App Store are financially successful. […].

Get Your Team Experimenting More by Using One Little Word…

Mind the Product

For me, as for many, the idea of applying a scientific approach (experiments, hypothesis, etc) to product management came from Eric Ries in Lean Startup. Lean Product Management Product Management Basics Product Management Characteristics Lean Startup product planning