Date Archives January 2010

Thoughts on Product-Market Fit

Here are a few thoughts on product-market fit that came up when I was chatting this evening with Brant Cooper of Market by Numbers. Revenue & Testing To me, “lean startup” and “product-market fit” boil down to rigorously and continuously testing your assumptions as early as possible, and holding off heavy investments in scalability and… Continue reading

Two zinger quotes

Ran across these two quotes today that brought a smile: “By the time a big company gets the committee to organize the subcommittee to pick a meeting date, your startup could have made 20 decisions, reversed five of them and implemented the fifteen that worked.” — Steve Blank, Speed and Tempo “the running joke [on… Continue reading

Tale of Two Twitters: Information vs Social

I was reading Dave Hornik’s latest post over at VentureBlog and stopped at this sentence: “To P&G, Twitter is a great broadcast medium — it is best for one to many communications that are short bursts of timely information.” I’ve heard others call Twitter an “information network, not a social network” and gather that Twitter… Continue reading

Great startup lawyers

My reaction to the recent Venture Hacks post on lawyers was that we need to help entrepreneurs find good attorneys!  They are out there — I am certainly happy with my current attorney, Brian Hutchings at Gunderson, and when I was selling the first company I founded, my attorney at Fenwick was indispensable. So today… Continue reading

The Beautiful Sound of No

Hiten Shah tonight sent out an interesting tweet, “The more you know, the more you no.”  Interestingly enough, Matt Henrick riffed back, “the less you know, the more you will try.”  My brain went in a different direction: how experience teaches you what not to do.  I thought it would be fun to talk about… Continue reading

Book Reviews (thumbs up for Confessions of a Public Speaker)

Here’s a rundown of some recent business books I read (or started): Confessions of a Public Speaker, by Scott Berkun Verdict: thumbs up Jan Schultink recommended this book and I enjoyed it.  The book has enough useful substance, and a healthy dollop of humor, to get my vote.  By this point, I’ve done a fair… Continue reading

Don’t let another startup throw you off your game

In the spirit of transparency, I thought I’d share an anecdote about competition and those little gravitational forces you have to resist as an entrepreneur. About a month after we started Aprizi, a “sorta / kinda” competitive company announced on TechCrunch and has since received a lot of attention among the techie set. It was… Continue reading