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Startup Playbook

Startups

Software as a Service, as a business

Introduction<p>Software-as-a-service (SaaS) is a billing and delivery model for software which is so superior to the traditional method for selling …

How we grew from 0 to 4 million women on our fashion app, with a vertical machine learning approach

Three years ago we launched Chicisimo, our goal was to <b>offer automated outfit advice</b>. Today, with over 4 million women on the app, we want to share …

Machine Learning

'Red Oceans': How to Find Profitable Startup Ideas - Capital & Growth

<i>The reason why I wrote the piece is because most people in the entrepreneurial/startup world seem to focus specifically on chasing "unicorns" and the</i> …

Delta Air Lines Just Revealed It's Making a Lot of Money From People You'd Never Expect (And Delta Never Expected Either) | Inc.com

<i>Absurdly Driven</i> <i>looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek.</i><p>There was a time when businesses understood that if their employees were flying on behalf of the company and the flight was a long one, those employees should fly in First or Business Class.<p>Those …

Delta Airlines

Instant Pot Is a Bestseller on Amazon Because of This Smart Strategy (2-Word Hint: Facebook and Cookbooks) | Inc.com

You might already know about Instant Pot--a crazy success story from a small Canadian company that is perennially one of the most popular products on Amazon.<p>Muscling it to the top of the sales charts was an incredible feat, but part of how Instant Pot keeps building buzz hasn't been well …

Marketing

Do You Have Product Market Fit? It's All About Retention

How to get your first 100k active users

Stop Spending So Much Money on Lead Generation and Do This Instead

Always chasing sales, leads and customers is not the way to grow a business.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>You're tricked into thinking you want more sales, more leads and more customers.<p>But, you don't want more sales -- you want more profit. You don't want more leads …

The Hidden Player Spurring a Wave of Cheap Consumer Devices: Amazon

A few weeks ago, Wyze Labs, a one-year-old start-up in Seattle, sent me its first gadget to try. It’s a small, internet-connected video camera, the kind you might use for security or to keep tabs on your dog or your baby.<p>On the surface, the camera doesn’t sound special. Like home internet cameras …

Customer Service

Behavioral economics has a plan to fight poverty—and it’s all about redesigning the “cockpit”

Dr. Bryan Bledsoe was just trying to keep up. The ER at the small rural hospital was always packed and the top brass had urged him to move patients through more quickly, so when a woman in her sixties came in complaining of head and neck pain, he briskly examined her, hustled her off for an x-ray, …

College & University

12 Things about Product-Market Fit - guest post

<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> …

Product Management

why selection bias is the most powerful force in education

Imagine that you are a gubernatorial candidate who is making education and college preparedness a key facet of your campaign. Consider these two …

Education

Growth Hacking: 100 Hacks, Strategies & Techniques (2017)

As of writing this, I’m currently a part of a startup that’s grown to over 250k unique pageviews a month, and over 300k signups to date.<p>And while I’m …

Marketing

100 Growth Hacks Learned from 5 Years as a SASS Startup : startups

*** SAAS godammit***<p>Hey guys, I just finished a huge list posts of the 100 best growth hacks our team has learned over the past 5 years while growing …

Marketing

Growth Guide: How to Set Up, Staff and Scale a Growth Program

<i>with special contributions from Gustaf Alstromer</i><b>Advice from 25 preeminent growth experts at top startups</b>“Growth hacks,” like Hotmail’s inclusion of a …

Product Management

Reverse Engineering A Successful Lifestyle Business: Here's Everything I've Learned From Reading IndieHackers.com

<b>Lifestyle business are truly something remarkable</b>. They allow the founders to live life on their own terms, with much more freedom from societal …

Syte.ai, a visual search startup just for fashion, closes $8M Series A

Syte.ai, a visual search startup focused on fashion products, announced that it has raised an $8 million Series A. The lead investor is NHN Ventures (the investment arm of Korean internet services giant NHN), with participation from Naver Corp., messaging app Line Corp., Magma VC, Remagine VC, KDC …

These Entrepreneurs Won't Mind If You Copy Their Best Growth Strategies

Behind every high-growth business, there is a stroke of a genius kind of idea that put the wheels in motion.<p>If you talk to any entrepreneur, they’ll tell you that a great business idea without a tangible growth plan is worth as much as a car with an empty gas tank. You won’t get far. In fact, you …

How To Tell Your Startup’s Story – Never Give Up

<i>When it comes to pitches, everyone’s a critic. Just the order that information is presented can be the difference between holding someone’s attention</i> …

Radiology by robots: this is what breast cancer looks like to tumour-hunting AI

The image above - one of around 400,000 mammograms used by Zebra Medical Vision - shows what a breast looks like to AI.<p>It has been colour-coded to …

These are the four questions Y Combinator uses to identify the next unicorn

Over 12 years, Silicon Valley accelerator-turned-seed-fund Y Combinator has invested in more than a thousand companies. Its success stories include Dropbox, Airbnb, and Stripe, and recipients of its investments are altogether worth an estimated $100 billion today.<p>Y Combinator accepts dozens of new …

Startups

Before you build another machine-learning startup, read this

The hype around artificial intelligence/machine learning has reached mythic proportions. Some commentators are calling AI the fourth industrial revolution. Others are calling it the new electricity. And I’m a believer. An incredible amount of money is pouring into companies focused on AI/ML, as it …

Machine Learning

IoT And Big Data At Caterpillar: How Predictive Maintenance Saves Millions Of Dollars

When it comes to big data and Internet of Things (IoT) initiatives most companies are still in the design or early adoption phases which make it hard to get a solid return on investment (ROI) figures. So it’s refreshing to share a story of an organization delivering real-world ROI for their …

Data Warehousing

Here's What One Gym Class Looks Like In 2017

The Interactive Gym, the latest project from the Canadian tech company SAGA, takes the traditional idea of gym class and adds a layer of augmented …

Poor Neighborhoods Make the Best Investments

Investing

Why an AI firm is busy smashing thousands of windows

Breaking glass, barking dogs and crying babies – to computers it's all just noise. But a new wave of artificial intelligence is being taught how to listen in.<p>In a sound-proofed hangar on an RAF airbase just north of Cambridge, UK, Chris Mitchell and his colleagues are busy using sledgehammers to …

Artificial Intelligence

A French woman turned her address book of Paris’s best insider spots into a multimillion-dollar startup

It started with a tip about a secret spirits distillery behind a flower shop in the Bastille.<p>For the last eight years, a weekly email called “My Little Paris” has been revealing the city’s hidden gems to millions of Francophiles. Initially self-published by avid flâneur Fany Péchiodat for friends …

France

Stop Waiting for Your Billion-Dollar Idea and Do This Instead

Conventional wisdom says that if entrepreneurs want to be successful they should strive to create breakthrough tech products in new and huge …

Startups

How to Test Drive Your Business Idea Before Quitting Your Job

UPDATE: Download a PDF version of our Business Idea test-drive guide!<i>Note: this post was inspired by lean methodology books like Lean Startup,</i> …

Business Strategy