1 Sep 2014

[ToRead] In E-Sports, Video Gamers Draw Real Crowds and Big Money

In E-Sports, Video Gamers Draw Real Crowds and Big Money http://j.mp/1wZZqoW

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23 Aug 2014

[ToRead] Are You Building an App or a Business? / The Business of App Design

“Be patient. Build long term product concepts, build things that are going to last. Keep your day job, work on it in your spare time. Don’t build another social network, don’t build Uber for dogs or whatever other stupid idea you came up with when you were high. Build something useful, a tool that empowers people to be creative. This is the most rewarding path. Think about what apps and tools you’ve used for years. Wouldn’t it be great to build something like that for people just like you?”

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22 Jul 2014

[ToRead] My startup failed, and this is what it feels like…

“As an entrepreneur I HATE feeling helpless. I’m used to taking action on something and producing some kind of result.”

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18 Jul 2014

[ToRead] Why We Killed One of Our Biggest Features to Grow Our Business

It’s never easy to cut features of your product, but sometimes you have to, if you want to grow fast and well.

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11 Jul 2014

[ToRead] Here’s a look inside a typical VC’s pipeline (a must-read for entrepreneurs)

Here’s a look inside a typical VC’s pipeline (a must-read for entrepreneurs)

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7 Jul 2014

[ToRead] These tips will make you a better product guy

These tips will make you a better product guy — Vladimir Says http://j.mp/TNMccq

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5 Jul 2014

[ToRead] A guide to building your app business – Avocarrot

“So you want to start a business developing apps? Or maybe you have an app business but want some advice on how to grow or improve it?

Simply building an app and publishing it on app store as a paid download is extremely likely to result in disappointment. “

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30 Jun 2014

[ToRead] How much do Y Combinator founders earn? | 80,000 Hours

How much do Y Combinator founders earn?

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30 Jun 2014

[ToRead] When Will Your Startup Be Pronounced Dead? – BobbyVoicu.com ::

“Because then you will focus on the things that will move you ahead faster, because you just don’t have the time anymore and you need to choose what to do next in a much more efficient way, as compared to the resources at your disposal (money, people, whatever).”

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29 Jun 2014

When Will Your Startup Be Pronounced Dead?

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We started MavenHut in February 2012. Right from the beginning we decided to not bootstrap the company, but raise investment and grow as fast as possible.

This also meant one more thing: if we didn’t raise money by December 31st, 2012, we would close the company. What this did was to focus our efforts and energy into the most important things for the company: generate users, generate engagement, focus on delivering on our promises to the would-be investors. And it worked: SOSventures invested in us in November 2012.

The thing is, though, that I see a lot of people not setting up a “company deadline”: if we don’t reach “this” by the “then”, we will close the company.

Why you should do this?

Because then you will focus on the things that will move you ahead faster, because you just don’t have the time anymore and you need to choose what to do next in a much more efficient way, especially in relationship to the resources at your disposal (money, people, whatever).

Last time I’ve seen this, somebody has been dragging away the company’s product, putting in new and new features, without actually adding the most important one: allowing potential customers to pay for the product. And the founders were complaining of not generating revenues… It might seem obvious, but this is a mistake I see often: “we will implement monetization/whatever, but before that I will add a more pinkish color to the sidebar/a new logo/redesign the product”.

So, what is your startup’s deadline?

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