İshak Memigüven

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If You Want To Be Rich, Don't Get An MBA

The first thing I am going to say about wealth is that many authors who write about prosperity and wealth make it clear: <i>A job will not make you rich.</i><p>If you want to be wealthy, at some moment of your life, you will have to create a source of income other than your salary. This is an evident and …

Bill Gates

How to Fund a Startup

<b>Want to start a startup?</b> Get funded by Y Combinator.<p>November 2005<p>Venture funding works like gears. A typical startup goes through several rounds of …

The Business Model/Customer Development Stack

Over the last 50 years engineers have moved from building computers out of individual transistors to building with prepackaged logic gates. Then they …

11 Customer Development Anti-Patterns

Update: check out my book on customer development <i>Talking to Humans</i><p>Steve Blank always liked to say, “In a startup, no facts exist inside the building, …

12 Tips for Early Customer Development Interviews (Revision 3)

Update: check out my book on customer development <i>Talking to Humans</i><p><i>Note: also see my 11 Customer Development Anti-Patterns post. Each time I give a</i> …

10 Things I’ve Learned About Customer Development

It’s been a couple years since I originally made this list, and all of these observations still ring true. But when I revisited this post, I noticed …

Silicon Valley Isn't a Meritocracy. And It's Dangerous to Hero-Worship Entrepreneurs

In a cultural context where idealists have linked social media to democracy, egalitarianism, and participation, the tech scene in Silicon Valley …

Ideas for Startups

<b>Want to start a startup?</b> Get funded by Y Combinator.<p>October 2005<p><i>(This essay is derived from a talk at the 2005 Startup School.)</i><p>How do you get good …

How to Get Startup Ideas

<b>Want to start a startup?</b> Get funded by Y Combinator.<p>November 2012<p>The way to get startup ideas is not to try to think of startup ideas. It's to look …

Scott Berkun Lecture: The Myths of Innovation

Where good ideas come from

People often credit their ideas to individual "Eureka!" moments. But Steven Johnson shows how history tells a different story. His fascinating tour …

APIs

Sequencing the Startup DNA on LinkedIn | Official LinkedIn Blog

What makes entrepreneurs different, and where do they come from? Are they born or taught? Are they unusually mobile in their careers? Does geography …

Writing Value Propositions that Work

A well-defined problem is half solved. But getting there is harder than you’d expect.<p>Enter the world of value propositions. Projecting “Here is why …

Customers

Customer Profiles: A Smarter Way to Reach Your Customers

Although customer profiling may sound like a mug shot lineup of your customers, I swear this post’s intentions are positive!<p>A useful customer profile …

Marketing