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Gitcoin Launches Today, Pushing Open-Source Forward With Cryptocurrency Bounties

Eventually (if you aren’t already), you will be paying for your morning coffee through a cryptocurrency. Unless you brew it yourself, in which case you might be ordering your coffee pods online and paying for it with — you guessed it — cryptocurrency. It doesn’t matter which one. We will soon pay …

Open Source Software

The 7 Best Apps For Planning a Room Layout & Design

What a time to be planning room layouts! Lucky for us, we now have access to a treasure trove of user-friendly apps to help us create floor plans and …

Apps

The Farmhouse

North Carolina<p>When the clients (and parents of two) are an an organic farmer and radiologist, you know the results are going to be unique.<p>A thirty-something couple with two young children envisioned a home in Wake County, North Carolina, that would be practically oxymoronic: simultaneously old and …

North Carolina

How to Add a Modern Twist to Any Kitchen Style

It doesn’t always take a full-scale renovation to make a classic kitchen feel more modern.<p>If you’re looking to modernize your traditional or transitional kitchen, you’ll be glad to hear that your options are plenty. From updates you can execute in an afternoon to projects that require a contractor, …

Kitchens

On Product Strategy

<i>“Lord knows we don’t need anymore software that no one uses.”</i> Des Traynor<p>Strategy is a word that is rarely used in Product Management. And, when it …

The Age of the Cockroach

A Plague is coming to kill off the Unicorns, predicted by tech prognosticators everywhere. Inflated and unsustainable valuations, a shaky stock …

Basics of Unit Economics

Unit economics describes the economics behind a single entity (in our case a customer). It describes the association between how much it costs to …

Everything is a service

The emerging service economy will require business and society to do some some fundamental restructuring. The organizations that got us to this point …

Couple Design Thinking & Lean for your MVP

‘Because a half-arsed MVP teaches you nothing’<p>Probably the most misunderstood concept in lean startup methodology is the ‘MVP’. This is pretty …

Innovation Hell: Saving Good Ideas From Premature Death

Why is it that so many ideas grow weaker in the process that is theoretically designed to bring them to life? It’s a painful but true phenomena …

How Companies Can Avoid the Innovator’s Dilemma

Graphic courtesy Gaping Void.: The Companies That Don't Let Size Slow Them Down<p><i>Nothing lasts forever — not even unicorns. But some unicorns live long</i> …

Why conversational design is the future

Conversational UIs are breaking out of messaging apps and into products we use every day.<p>It’s often said design is a dialogue between designer and …

PRESS RELEASE: BASECAMP VALUATION TOPS $100 BILLION AFTER BOLD VC INVESTMENT

CHICAGO — December 1, 2015–Basecamp is now a $100 billion dollar company, according to a group of investors who have agreed to purchase 0.000000001% …

9 Ways Behavioral Economics Can Help Increase Conversion, Retention and ROI

Behavioral economics postulates the concept that people make “irrational” decisions because they are influenced by social factors. Identifying the …

The Prius Approach

Thomas Edison’s lightbulb ushered out the gaslight era as completely as it ushered in the age of electric power. But the gas companies didn’t fall victim to disruption immediately, and it could be argued they never entirely succumbed.<p>When Edison’s invention first threatened gas lighting, incumbent …

The Fantastic 4

Funnel, Model, Growth & Retention<p>Whatever your business is, you have to master those four sets of metrics.<p>Funnel of conversion<p>The destination does …

How to apply Design Thinking to Business Model Innovation

There has been a lot of buzz around designing new and innovative business models. But what does it mean to design a new business model? How do you …

How to Start a Startup

<b>Everything we know about how to start a startup, for free, from some of the world experts.</b><p>How to Start a Startup is a series of video lectures, …

Startups

SaaS Metrics – A Guide to Measuring and Improving What Matters

• 1.6Kshares<p>This blog post looks at the high level goals of a SaaS business and drills down layer by layer to expose the key metrics that will help …

Startup Killer: the Cost of Customer Acquisition

• 3.8Kshares<p>In the many thousands of articles advising entrepreneurs on what they have to focus on to build successful startups, much has been written …

Product Management

Blog home

A Product Design Sprint (invented by Google Ventures) is a 5-phase exercise which uses design thinking to reduce the inherent risks in successfully …

The 6 Idea Generation Approach (Part 1)

If you are seeking a startup idea, here are my first six favourite approaches for you to generate that next billion-dollar idea.<p><b>Idea Approach 1:</b> …

Developing Random Ideas Into a Product

Two weeks ago, three friends and I started working on a project. We’re all engineers with a history of working together.<p>Building something together …

Do Things that Don't Scale

<b>Want to start a startup?</b> Get funded by Y Combinator.<p>July 2013<p>One of the most common types of advice we give at Y Combinator is to do things that …

Startups

3 Smart Strategies to Build a Lean Business Model

We’ll get down to business in a second, but first, let’s play a game. Think about Instagram’s role in your life, from scrolling through friends’ …

Using Service Dominant Logic in Lean

Competing on Customer Journeys

The explosion of digital technologies over the past decade has created “empowered” consumers so expert in their use of tools and information that they can call the shots, hunting down what they want when they want it and getting it delivered to their doorsteps at a rock-bottom price. In response, …

20 cognitive biases that screw up your decisions

And you might think you approach all those decisions rationally.<p>Yet research suggests there are a huge number of cognitive stumbling blocks that can affect our behavior, preventing us from acting in our own best interests.<p>Here, we've rounded up some of the most commonly cited biases that screw up …

Barriers to Customer-Centricity

Becoming customer-centric is easier said than done. This presentation explores the main barriers companies encounter and the ways to overcome the.