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Startups, How To Avoid The Slow Death Of Irrelevance

(Copyright and Image Credit: <b>Gapingvoid.com</b>)<p>{ <b>Pick My Brain!</b> is fixed price service tailored to early stage startups, gender wage gap adjusted for …

The Brain Hacks Top Founders Use to Get the Job Done

<b>Katia Verresen</b><b>'s new client had a big problem</b>: He needed to find 3 to 4 extra hours in his day. This, of course, seemed like an impossible feat for …

How do I know this is a good idea?

In hindsight - and reading this - I can totally see how obvious the things were that I was battling with at the time and how my own fears and …

Self-confidence

The Best Times of Year to Raise Capital for Your Startup • Tomasz Tunguz

Aside from a startup’s internal considerations about the right time to raise money, founders should weigh the seasonality of the fund raising market …

Exit Strategy Is An Oxymoron

In early meetings with a If a VC ever asks you what your exit strategy is, you should run, not walk to your nearest…um…exit.

Building Your Recruiting Muscle

At Andreessen Horowitz, we talk about the notion of being “too hungry to eat.” That’s to say, we often see startups that are so entrenched in the …

Zero to Product/Market Fit (Presentation)

Traction is everything, but it’s a reflection of getting product/market fit<p>You can’t get growth and traction without nailing fit first<br>• P/M fit is when …

Why First Time Founders Should Join an Accelerator Program

<i>Ohad Frankfurt is the cofounder and CEO of Swayy, a personalized content curation and management platform.</i><p>About a year and a half ago, we got accepted to the Elevator accelerator program in Tel Aviv, Israel. At the time, we started working on a product called Summer, a browser extension which lets …

The Secret Behind Products That Sell Themselves

<i>Prerna Gupta is an author and futurist. She previously served as the</i> <i>Chief Product Officer and Chief Marketing Officer at Smule, where she remains an advisor to the Board of Directors. This post originally appeared on the Clarity.fm blog.</i><p>Marketing is often treated as a bad word in Silicon Valley. To …

What I Would Look for When Choosing a VC — Knowing What I Know Now?

What I Would Look for When Choosing a VC — Knowing What I Know Now?<p>Picking a VC is hard. You don’t really have much to go on to decide who would make …

What Not To Say When a Friend’s Company is Failing

Failure is part of the startup ecosystem and it’s not fun. I’ve never met someone who had a failed company who would have preferred failure to …

Startups

Success at Work, Failure at Home

One of the differences between being a CEO and a venture capitalist is that I obviously meet with many more CEOs now than I did then. As such, it has …

Today my startup failed

No soft landing, no happy ending—we simply failed.<p>It’s been a long four year journey, full of highs and lows. I am simultaneously incredibly proud, …

A strong product is your best advocate

A perfect elevator pitch is no pitch at all. It is a working product with an audience. Success and small wins sell themselves, and need little …

Product Management

Manu Kumar's 4 Rules Of M&A For Startup Founders

Manu Kumar’s 4 Rules Of M&A For Startup Founders<p>By Tomio Geron on January 9, 2014<p><i>Manu Kumar, founder of seed stage venture firm K9 Ventures, focuses</i> …

Startups

What It Takes to Grow Your Startup 500% in Months

<i>This article is by Paul Arnold, angel investor and advisor, who has helped several startups achieve hyper-growth.</i><p>It’s 3 a.m. and my phone vibrates. …

Management

Value is created by doing

Value is created by doing.<p>It’s easy to forget this. A lot of stuff feels like work—commenting on HN, tweeting, reading about other companies’ funding …

San Francisco

The 10 Most Important Metrics in a Startup's Financial Statements

Revenue growth indicates how quickly a company can grow under the current way of doing business. The top line shows whether the market affords steady …

When a great product hits the funding crunch

<b>Building a great product is not enough</b><br>Today I read a well-done article by The Verge on the shutdown of Everpix, a photo startup that’s gained a small …

Super successful companies

I spent some time recently thinking about what companies that grow up to be extremely successful do when they are very young. I came up with the …

Not Wanted • Ninjas and Robots

I’ve made a lot of stuff no one wanted.<p>Trying to grow my first business, Inkling, I did what good Lean Startup followers would do. I turned some of …

Project Management

Why The Haters are Wrong About Growth Hacking

There’s an article making the rounds in tech circles titled “Growth Hacking is Bull” written by Muhammad Saleem. I’d like to make the case that the …

The VC - CEO relationship

I’m in the process of closing a new investment right now and getting to know this CEO has been a particular joy. There is a long road ahead, but it’s …

The Two Key Skill Sets Startups Must Develop To Grow • Tomasz Tunguz

In “Why Winning Streaks End”, Rosabeth Kantar, a professor at HBS, explains the key to maintaining momentum in any company is maintaining the …

Startups