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The 10 Things I’d Tell My Younger CEO Self to Do Better Next Time

We’ve hit some of these points before, but what are the Top 10 things I’d tell myself to do better, if I could go back in time?My top list:• <b>Slow down</b> …

Manifestos and Monopolies

It is certainly possible that, as per recent speculation, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is preparing to run for President. It is also possible that …

Social Media

A warning from Bill Gates, Elon Musk, and Stephen Hawking

“The automation of factories has already decimated jobs in traditional manufacturing, and the rise of artificial intelligence is likely to extend …

Bill Gates

A Dozen Lessons About Product/Market Fit

<i>The product/market fit (PMF) concept was developed and named by Andy Rachleff (who is currently the CEO and co-founder of Wealthfront, and is a</i> …

Information is garbage

I’ve been reading a lot of Neil Postman lately. It’s been one of those years and I’m writing a book about fake news. Postman, the nicest guy in cultural criticism, was a folksy, friendly thinker who imagined the future in which we now live. One of his most important points, made in 1992 before the …

Why Tilting Just a Smidge from Self-Service Can Grow Your Revenue 30x

Recently I’ve been fortunate enough to meet with a number of outstanding entrepreneurs building self-service SaaS business at the bottom of the …

Sequoia - Five Points of Leadership

<i>Editor’s note: When it comes to leadership, decision-making, and motivation, there’s much to learn from a military organization – especially one led</i> …

Money as Message - How WeChat got users to adopt payments as a way to grow its network

<i>credit: Connie Chan/ a16z</i>Network effects — where a product or service becomes more valuable to its users as more people use it — are one of the key …

Don’t make founders’ equity even

Sometimes I think about replacing the table in my office with a sofa and a box of tissues. I’m a lawyer, but sometimes I feel like a therapist. When startup founders sit down with me to hash out equity splits and trust and commitment issues, their tempers sometimes flare. Uncomfortable silences …

Ways to think about market size.

When you try to work out the market potential for something fundamentally new, you’re actually trying to resolve two, linked problems.• First, you have …

Raising Capital: This is the Advice We Give Our Founders

There’s been a lot of discussion lately (see for example this, this, this, this, and this) about what happens when founders who don’t have “muscle …

The Lion, the Platform, and the Lesson

<i>BY TODD LUTWAK AND YUJIN CHUNG</i><p>In March 2012, I left the suburban enclaves of San Jose and went on safari to Kenya. Early in the trip I toured the …

16 More Startup Metrics - by Jeff Jordan, Anu Hariharan, Frank Chen

A few weeks ago, we shared some key startup metrics (16 of them, to be exact) that help investors gauge the health of a business when investing in …

Product Management

16 Startup Metrics

We have the privilege of meeting with thousands of entrepreneurs every year, and in the course of those discussions are presented with all kinds of …

Two Powerful Mental Models: Network Effects and Critical Mass - guest post

This post is all about network effects and critical mass. But it’s also about applying those concepts as important mental models in business, so I …

All about Network Effects

Network effects. It’s one of the most important concepts for business in general and especially for tech businesses, as it’s the key dynamic behind …

Network Effects Aren’t Enough

In many ways, online marketplaces are the perfect business model. Since they just facilitate transactions between suppliers and customers rather than take possession of or full responsibility for products or services, they have very low cost structures and very high gross margins—70% for eBay, 60% …

These Are the 5 Best TED Talks Ever, According to the Guy Who Runs TED

The event's boss names the talks that have taught him the most.<p>If you're a massive TED fan like me, you've probably watched a whole lot of the compelling talks by now. But when it comes to consuming all the insights TED has to offer, even the most dedicated enthusiasts can't hold a candle to Chris …

Public Speaking

You’re doing DevOps wrong

Andy Vitus Contributor<p>Andy Vitus is a partner at Scale Venture Partners.<p>More posts by this contributor:<p>What’s needed to unlock the real power of blockchain and distributed apps<br>• The California Drought And Standards Of IoT<p>Gone are the days of the quarterly product release cycle. To meet the evolving …

The opportunities Silicon Valley doesn’t see

Silicon Valley is justifiably seen as the geographical center of digital innovation. From Google and Facebook to Uber and Netflix, the Valley is home to many global technology leaders. However, when searching for the next big startup, the time has come to look beyond Silicon Valley.<p><b>The …

The Forrest Gump of the Internet

Ev Williams became a billionaire by helping to create the free and open web. Now, he’s betting against it.<p>To a certain kind of nerd, Ev Williams is the Forrest Gump of internet media. Williams helped write the software that made us call blogs <i>blogs</i>. He founded a podcast company years before most …

Peter Thiel

When One App Rules Them All: The Case of WeChat and Mobile in China - by Connie Chan

While seemingly just a messaging app, WeChat is actually more of a portal, a platform, and even a mobile operating system depending on how you look …

Apple’s iOS 10 finally, truly begins the mobile messaging war

John Koetsier Contributor<p>John Koetsier has built technology, written about it at VentureBeat, and researched it while spearheading a research venture. He now studies mobile as TUNE’s mobile economist.<p>Yesterday will be remembered as the day that the messaging war started.<p>In the immense game of …

Why there will never be an Uber for healthcare

You should walk away from anyone who says there can be an “Uber for healthcare.” It is the equivalent of someone saying they “have a bridge to sell you.” Or, more precisely, it shows a complete lack of understanding for how healthcare works and how positive health outcomes are actually achieved.<p>Why …

A Post-Human World Is Coming. Design Has Never Mattered More

Designers will play a crucial role in shaping our post-human future. Our lives may depend on it.<p><i>Digital Design Theory</i> (Princeton Architectural Press, 2016) is available on Amazon.<p>Futurist experts have estimated that by the year 2030 computers in the price range of inexpensive laptops will have a …

How Mark Zuckerberg Led Facebook’s War to Crush Google Plus

In Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg built not just a business, but a company culture with the fervor of a messianic sect. So, in June 2011, when Google launched Google Plus, Zuckerberg put his company into lockdown. In an adaption from his new book on Silicon Valley, former Facebook employee Antonio …

Technological innovation is often simply an innovation in how we think about technology

It may slip our notice, but technological innovation is often reducible to an innovation in the marketing and conceptualization of technology. Take Viv, the new personal assistant from the makers of Siri . It promises to simplify the process of ordering pizza or buying cinema tickets, allowing its …

What UX designers can learn from 1990s Japanese video games

Benjamin Brandall Contributor<p>Benjamin Brandall is a content crafter for Process Street.<p>More posts by this contributor:<p>Why it’s so easy to ignore your to-do list app but get distracted by Twitter<br>• Astonishment, Expectations And Reality In User Experience<p>I’m writing this from a slightly saddened …

I Can’t Tell You Why Our Business Is Growing

On my way to the co-working space, I grabbed my mobile to read the same Slack message yet another time:<p>“Ali, that’s good, but we should look at what …