startups

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:...

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...

Ikea vs. Apple

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The end of due diligence during seed investments

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 technologies. Now, everything has changed. Indeed, the recent rise of New York to...

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...

Fred Wilson talks trends, advice for startups

Here’s a great talk by Fred Wilson about the trends that he’s seeing for the coming year: http://vimeo.com/8786018...

Paul Graham – Lessons For Startups (2006)

We extracted the key points from a talk by Paul Graham titled Paul Graham’s Lessons For Startups 2006 Release early – 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, inertia, ignoring users Commitment is...

Mashape at TechCrunch50

Mashape is excited to be exhibiting at TechCrunch50 this year. Here’s some photos of our experience!...