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The Growth Hacking Manifesto

Our very own Montana Flynn has released a new project codenamed the growth hacking manifesto. If you haven’t heard the buzzword yet, you’re probably not living in San Francisco. The project is a compilation of his own notes, experiments, and thoughts on all things user acquisition and retention. If you have a company, product, API, or are remotely interested in tech startups we suggest you take a look. In the first article, What The FSCK is Growth Hacking?, Montana explains what a growth hacker is and how they change the way we think of user growth. Here’s the TL;DR:...

Mashape at Data 2.0 Conference

The Data 2.0 Conference is a one-day conference on April 4, 2011, in San Francisco that answers the question: How can improved access to data impact your industry? The U.S. government is opening up its data; social networks are exposing their APIs; and data-as-a-service is a new and growing business model.  How can you use this data to better target new customers? What are new business models for your data? Data 2.0 tackles the big questions about the growing importance of data in business. Get 20% off your ticket with discount code “data2reader” – Expected over 800 people! The world’s largest data...

Reid Hoffman’s 10 Rules for Entrepreneurs

Seek To Create Disruptive Change. Is this massive and different? Example: Skype Aim Big. It’s the same amount of blood, sweat and tears to build a small company to flip as a big one to change the world. Build A Network to Amplify Your Company. Your network is a store of distributed intelligence that can enable you. It’s important at the board and investor level and the rank and file. Plan for Both Good and Bad Luck. Opportunity will cross your path and you’ll have to pivot to reach it. Plan Bs are intuitively easier to plan for. Maintain...

The most inspiring sentence that a human has ever said.

“.. almost everything – all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.” – Steve Jobs...

The 11 rules of the HP Garage

The HP Garage is the famous birthplace of Silicon Valley where the company Hewlett-Packard (HP) was founded. Here’s the famous 11 rules that encapsulated the work ethos of Silicon Valley: Believe you can change the world. Work quickly, keep the tools unlocked, work whenever. Know when to work alone and when to work together. Share – tools, ideas. Trust your colleagues. No politics. No bureaucracy. (These are ridiculous in a garage.) The customer defines a job well done. Radical ideas are not bad ideas. Invent different ways of working. Make a contribution every day. If it doesn’t contribute, it...

HeyZap & AirBnB – 2 different approaches, 2 unique successes

I asked myself a question: What are the real magic pills that a geek entrepreneur should have to increase his chance to success? By observing two successful startups closely, I began to understand that, most of the time, it is a combination of several factors. I was lucky enough to get to know two successful start-ups and began to understand that the real power lies in their soul. One year ago, I slept in the AirBnb building for nearly 3 weeks, when they were just a company comprising of eight people. I also worked in their office/living room and...

Finance before you need the money

Even if your operation is a frugal bootstrap, most of the times you will need cash to finance your business as it grows. For 3 reasons, you should always obtain that money before you need it. This give you plenty of time to discuss your financing needs with a wide variety of sources. This way you can obtain the best terms and deal with people or institutions you’re most comfortable with Desperation repels. It always provokes the question, usually unspoken Desperation means the investor dictates the terms; usually take it or leave it Anyhow, remember at all times that...

Plan to Learn, Plan to Fail

When you have learned to plan, you have to plan to learn. When you talk about how to grow a business, you are talking about how to learn. Biology Experiment: Frog #1 is placed into a container of water at room temperature. The frog swims. Frog #2 is placed into a container of extremely hot water. Sensing an inhospitable environment, it immediately jumps out before it is scalded. Frog #3 is placed in a container  of temperature water sitting on a gas burner turned to a low setting.Frog #3 will lull around in the water, swimming. As the water slowly heats...

I need a VC (is it a mistake?)

Most of the times, founders think that they need VC money [mistake]. Do you really need money? There are plenty of companies that are doing very well, without any VC money. Depends on what you wanna do, depends on what is your REAL vision of your company, etc. We see numerous companies happy during angel and VC rounds (including us), but who knows that this is the most valuable road on a long term? It’s about 1 year that I wanna make a post in honor of “Peldi”, the founder of Balsamiq, a quick and simple wireframe tool to create...

Keep it lean!

Hi guys, I want to share with you this wonderful presentation by Drew Houston on “Dropbox – Startup Lessons Learned”. Since they have created one of the coolest service on the web, Drew and his team were amazing to scale their growth from a couple of thousands to millions of users, while keeping their startup LEAN. I think that the most important slide is the number 10 – “Learn early, learn often” Enjoy!...