Category: Start-Ups

The Purpose of Strategy

The Purpose of Strategy

| December 22, 2008 | Reply

I am reading a quick note from Phil Rosenzweig, Wharton and Harvard guy: "High performance comes from doing things better than rivals, which means that entrepreneurs have to take risks. Decisions must be made where there isn't 100% accuracy. Thus, strategy involves making decisions under uncertainty. The goal of strategic analysis should therefore be one […]

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Working with Larger Companies

Working with Larger Companies

| April 7, 2008 | Reply

“What’s in it for them?” As the little guy, you’ll probably get quite a lift by structuring a deal with a large company. New links, good press, etc. So, you know what’s in it for you. But when you’re pitching the deal, always think about the other company. What benefit are you bringing to the table that they simply do not have, or would be to costly to build/buy. Show how these assets can make their site/company a better product.

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Is the Grass Really Greener?

Is the Grass Really Greener?

| November 11, 2007 | 1 Reply

The grass may seem greener, and the pasture may seem larger somewhere else. But what I’ve learned is that I must be able to answer the question, “What is the value we’re creating that people are willing to pay for?”

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Focusing on Getting It Right For the Few

Focusing on Getting It Right For the Few

| October 25, 2007 | Reply

Focus on making a product good enough that a core group of people will buy it. If it’s useful for the few, you have a better chance of making it useful for many.

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Google Maps Crash – Why it’s tough to rely on API’s

Google Maps Crash – Why it’s tough to rely on API’s

| September 8, 2007 | Reply

As an entrepreneur, it’s a constant struggle to know what to build, and what to outsource – who you should partner up with, and who you should politely take a pass on. Even the big guys like Google don’t deliver 100% of the time, and smaller companies with API’s you can tie into most likely fail even more frequently.

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Folksonomy and Social Tagging Grids

Folksonomy and Social Tagging Grids

| August 30, 2007 | Reply

Over the next few months, we are going to be a living experiment in converting a hierarchical site to a more circular tagging site. We realize that we cannot possibly keep up with the ever-changing creative outlets that our users want to learn about. What we believe is that over time, our users (who are the experts) will tell us how things should be organized, and we will use that data to develop tighter social graphs, more relevant search results, and a more fluid overall experience.

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Venture Hacks — Thoughts on Adam Smith’s Letter to Graduating Y Combinator Companies

Venture Hacks — Thoughts on Adam Smith’s Letter to Graduating Y Combinator Companies

| August 10, 2007 | Reply

Venture Hacks has great commentary on Adam Smith’s letter to Y Combinator companies. Y Combinator is a mini-incubator that focuses on getting very early-stage companies access to seed money, technical and business advice, and other things that help raise the probability of getting to market. One particularly enlightening part of the post included the discussion […]

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The Journey…

The Journey…

| August 2, 2007 | Reply

Here’s an opening quote from Steven Gary Blank, taken from his book, “The Four Steps to the Epiphany“: “All new companies and new products begin with an almost mythological vision – a hope of what could be, with a goal that few others can see. It’s this bright and burning vision that differentiates the entrepreneur […]

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Changing from Lead Gen to Community

Changing from Lead Gen to Community

| August 1, 2007 | Reply

One thing I’m learning is that it seems to have taken us 18 months of listening, conversing, and collaborating with our users before we had a grasp of what they wanted. Now, we look forward to giving it to them.

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Overnight Success?

Overnight Success?

| July 30, 2007 | Reply

While there may be the one-in-a-million success story like this, I believe the real way to find your path to success is unrelenting perseverance coupled with the ability to quickly learn from mistakes and change as necessary.

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Why I started my company

Why I started my company

| July 25, 2007 | 1 Reply

Enrique was a top-notch musician. He had gotten a music performance degree a few years back, and followed his passion into music. He played all over San Diego, and was the drummer for our regional-touring rock band, Across The Room. One Saturday afternoon, the band had just finished an acoustic set at a sea-side coffee […]

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