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 […]
The deadline for Start@aStartup 2015 as been extended to September 7th — this conference aims to connect students to startups that are hiring, and should be pretty awesome! Check out the conference!
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 […]
VentureWell is a college-focused startup incubator, founded by the Lemelson foundation and focused on getting student startups off the group. They run a grant program, similar to Columbia’s Ignition grants, that awards $5,000 in mentorship and $20,000 in cash to promising teams. Just like Ignition grants, this would make it possible for the right team […]
People. The right team, in the right place, can do anything. As a seed stage investment, angels are not over-analytical about traction or building out the product — the goal is to underscore that the right team is behind a plausible product. This HBR piece underscores this in more detail, and is worth the read!
I think none of the negatives are true in New York.
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In light of the tack we’re taking, I’d like to change the flow here for a little, and focus on how to do the customer interviews we’re aggressively following though with. Here’s a perspectove by Jason Evanish, and here’s Kissmetric’s list of tools to consider when doing approaches. Let’s see how these fit into the […]
I’m continuing to pound this notion of product-market fit, because that’s what most folks are looking for right now. Ben Yoskovitz’ next serial article continues to take a much deeper look at how to achieve this. Take a look!
After finding a business model that drives profit with every transaction (remember Jerry Neumann’s talk?), it’s time to scale. Scaling is more straightforward operationally, but each decision carries more weight: you’re not looking to find a secret sauce or proof a product, but are looking at expanding and filling the market using some established approaches. […]