Posts Tagged: Startup

Would You Use It?

Whenever you’re building a company, you should always ask yourself: “Would I use this?” I don’t mean, would you use the product/service if you were your intended target market. I mean would you use this product if you weren’t building it? If you wouldn’t, what makes you think you’re the best person to figure out… Read more »

Authenticity

Think about the stereotypical used car salesman. Tell me how you feel about him. Do you like him? Would you do business with him if you could avoid it? I’m guessing that your feelings about the used car salesman aren’t so positive. He probably comes across as fake and as someone who only cares about… Read more »

The Problems With Startups

If you’re wondering what’s wrong with startups these days, check out Vooza, the world’s most unbelievable tech startup. It’s a satire about startups; complete with strange names, ridiculous pivots and data stealing business models. ¬†The scary part? I almost believe that it could exist. Learn all about their “Radimparency” in the video below. That’s radical,… Read more »

What’s Your X-Factor?

When pitching a startup, entrepreneurs often focus on describing themselves as mashups of other successful startups in the hope that they’ll be able to gain credibility by associating their name with others’ success. You’ve heard the pitches before. “We’re Square meets Twitter.” Or maybe, ” We’re Pinterest meets Google Voice.” I know those might sound… Read more »

Entrepreneurs As Storytellers

I was reading an article on TNW about storytelling¬†and entrepreneurs. It really struck a chord with me because I have always enjoyed telling a good story. Usually, I deliver that story in written form. In the right situation though, I really enjoy telling the story verbally. While I knew that part of being an entrepreneur… Read more »

Outsourcing Your Startup

Nontechnical founders are often tempted to outsource the technical aspects of their startups. The reasons for doing this are varied and include: Don’t want to give up ownership Difficulty finding a technical cofounder Desire to maintain complete control of project direction Some people say that outsourcing a startup is hands down the worst idea you… Read more »

Suitcase Startup – Marketing

I checked back in to see how Chris Bradley was doing with his web show Suitcase Startup and his company Publicate. This week the focus was on marketing on a shoestring budget. The main findings of the episode were that you just have to create a product that delivers value and give the people that… Read more »

Being a Founder

While working on the initial stages of the stealth mode startup that I’m currently working on, I received an email from SlideShare with a presentation from Om Malik called Evolution of a Founder. I’ll embed that below, but before I do that, here was my big takeaway from the presentation. If you’re a founder, remember… Read more »

Suitcase Startup

First time entrepreneurs are always interesting to me because they have so much to learn. That is to say that they make some fantastic mistakes and achieve some inspiring results doing things that others believe can’t be done. In other words, they provide anyone willing to pay attention with a lot of education in a… Read more »

Startup Weekend: Monterey Bay (Day 3)

  The weekend has wrapped up, so I guess a wrap up is in order. First off, we didn’t win. We didn’t deserve to, frankly. Not based on our idea, but on our pitch. We just weren’t able to hone it down to the essence of our company. I guess that came down to the… Read more »