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…
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Seek To Create Disruptive Change
. Is this massive and different? Example: Skype
. 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.…
Timeline history of Ikea vs Apple
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Silicon Valley is changing rapidly in many aspects. Today I want to highlight two related trends in the web/tech industry (non-biotech).
The transformation of high tech, sophisticated companies into something that “just works”.
This scenario is causing the end of the due diligence process for seed investments as there is no longer anything to dig into anymore; you just have to share a few signup numbers, active users and growth rate. You don’t need more than 2 hours!
10 years ago, companies like Google were running on powerful proprietary…
“.. 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
Quote from Steve Jobs…
Here’s a great talk by Fred Wilson about the trends that he’s seeing for the coming year: http://vimeo.com/8786018
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We extracted the key points from a talk by Paul Graham titled Paul Graham’s Lessons For Startups 2006
– iterate based on users’ reactions & create a sense of urgency to fix live bugs
Keep pumping out features
– force yourself to improve by listening to users & avoiding complexity, continuous improvement is great marketing
Make users happy
– show users what the software does, loyal users are worth more than gold
Fear the right things
– worry about startups and future competitors, not big companies or current competitors. Top concerns: internal miscues,…
Mashape is excited to be exhibiting at TechCrunch50 this year. Here’s some photos of our experience!
Mashapers heading to TechCrunch50
Did you spot our T-shirt?
Marco at the Mashape booth
Mashaper Augusto with fellow TechCrunch50 participant
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Showing a demo of a Mashape API
Panel discussion at TechCrunch 50
Congratulations to Redbeacon, winner of TC50!
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Closeup of our booth
Audience @ TC50
Congratulations to the winners of TechCrunch50!…