Fred Wilson is one of the preeminent VCs in the New York area,running Union Square Ventures — as such, following the stuff he puts out is a pretty great way of understanding the currents that are building in the venture community. One particularly interesting point that’s developed in the last few days is the relationship […]
This is a bit far off for folks, especially the summer before starting, but it’s worth bringing up. Equity splits amongst co-founders are a pain, and lead to problems later on — getting them right, and right off the get-go, is critical. There’s somewhat algorithmic way of doing this, that’s more or less fair and […]
Over the past few weeks, folks have been iterating over product, and considering how their hypothesis about what need they are filling have evolved. After a few sessions of customer discover, it’s easy to see how the iterative evolution of what you’re building is hard to keep track of. To keep the story and the […]
Demos and pitches are a little different: demos are early-stage conversations about the state of the product, and pitches are more full-stack: a dive into the market, the opportunity, and recent milestones. However, it’s similar enough to know, and to know well; here’s Jason Calacanis on how to demo — or pitch!
I hope everybody enjoyed the session we had with Adam Royalty last week — the key insights are to develop open-ended questions that focus on elucidating the motivations behind customer demand, then translate those to actionable design experiments. In a similar vein, here’s Tom Tunguz on a few ways to validate product-market fit with the […]
After this Friday’s talk, you should have a pretty solid understanding of the Business Model Canvas, and how to use it to lay out the best ways to approach the idea you have in mind. A fantastic resource in this regard is Business Model Generation, the book. Here, the focus is on considering the strengths […]
This piece, on Intercom’s way to build continuously, is a great way to look at building an MVP. The trick they espouse is minimizing the time between deploying a feature or change, and being able to look at the effect it has on customers. Keeping that feedback lop short is key!
Joanne Wilson is Fred Wilson’s incredible partner, and she writes about women in entrepreneurship (among other things). One of the issue she focuses on is ways women can be incredibly successful, despite the deck still being stacked against them. Specifically, here, she offers particular ways for women to avoid pitfalls when pitching investors — and […]
So, pretty clearly — the first step to succeeding is not failing. You fail when you go bankrupt, when the money runs out, when the teams are all laid off, and when the time and passion you pour into what you’re doing fall away. CBInsights took a poll of “war stories” and considered how companies […]
A lot of the ideas we see at ResInc are good and are ready to feel out markets, drive growth, and profit. This is the nature of delivering innovative products in a competitive environment, and is the way to go in a purely market economy. However, we end up seeing a lot of ideas or […]