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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:...

Blogs that we read at Mashape

Hi there! I have compiled a list of blogs which Mashapers read regularly. Apart from Hacker News which has become my daily drug, we go through every blog mentioned below at least once a week Hacker News Hacker News was created by the Y-Combinator team, and acts more like a moderated hacker voice. It has become my daily morning read, and first source of information to discover what’s happening out there. TechCrunch Founded by Michael Arrington in 2005, TechCrunch has quickly become the standard for tech startups news. They have a huge network and tend to report on many exclusive...

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...

Apple’s Mistake by Paul Graham

We saw an article written by Paul Graham of YCombinator recently, and found it rather thought-provoking. An excerpt: I don’t think Apple realizes how badly the App Store approval process is broken. Or rather, I don’t think they realize how much it matters that it’s broken.The way Apple runs the App Store has harmed their reputation with programmers more than anything else they’ve ever done. Their reputation with programmers used to be great. It used to be the most common complaint you heard about Apple was that their fans admired them too uncritically. The App Store has changed that....

YC Startup School 2009 Compilation

  Sharing the video compilation of startup school 2009...

A Mashaper’s Startup School Experience

Mashaper Augusto had the amazing opportunity to attend Startup School. The following is his recount of the experience: It has been a year since I was at UC Berkeley studying International Business. This time, I came back to learn about the fabulous subject – Startups. Incidentally, I’m working on one now (check out mashape.com), and I have learnt more useful things here in just a day, than in 3 years of University. My Professors for the day were: Paul Graham – Partner, Y Combinator; Founder, Viaweb Mark Zuckerberg – Founder, Facebook Chris Anderson – Editor in Chief, Wired Magazine Paul Buchheit – Founder,...