In this video, Alexis Madrigal from The Atlantic presents: The Jig is Up – Why Startups Need To Solve Real Problems.
Alexis Madrigal thinks our modern entrepreneurial climate has a problem: we’re not solving big problems anymore. The startup boom in the late 90s gave birth to revolutionary mobile devices. Now, the best we can do is Facebook. Madrigal offers two solutions: stop the pervasiveness of “free” web apps and increase the diversity among founding teams. Fresh perspectives, he argues, will bring a new paradigm for startups — and for creativity in general.
In this video, Stephen Key stops by the Googeplex to discuss his latest book, One Simple Idea for Startups. You can find his book on Google Play.
How many times have you seen a product and thought, “I know how to make that better”?How is it that no one has invented this yet”? And when “haven’t” you thought, “I need to be my own boss”? You’re thinking the right things. Now, the next step is to take action–and that’s exactly what “One Simple Idea for Startups and Entrepreneurs” is all about. Stephen Key, one of the world’s leading experts on getting business ideas off the ground, revealed in his groundbreaking book “One Simple Idea “just how simple it is to make a fortune by selling or “renting” your great ideas.
In this slidecast, Steven Lamb and Andrew Flint from Nevex discuss the company’s new application acceleration software for Windows. Read the Full Story.
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In this video, serial entrepreneur Robert Diener presents: The Conservative Entrepreneur – A Business Philosophy. Diener was the founder of Hotels.com and his new venture is GetaRoom.com, which offers hotel room bookings at special discount prices. Download the slides (PDF) or the MP3 Audio.
Vanessa Merit Nornberg at Inc. Magazine lists 5 Tech Rules Entrepreneurs Should Live By:
Work-related texts and Tweets should be quick, but right. In business, it is important not only to be fast thinking, but also to be able to fully develop ideas. Pertinent questions must be asked and clear paths charted in order to problem-solve and grow. Today’s technology users have yet to strike a balance between rapidity and complex communications. A customer expecting instant feedback does not want to get a half-baked answer. They want to be answered quickly, but also correctly. Business partners expecting to be answered at midnight are still in need of impactful solutions rather than impulsive ones. I try to separate my tools into categories. Emails are for fully developed ideas, texts are for quick practical information, and the phone is still my best tool when I need to get a deal done.
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Angel Investor Leo Widrich has posted an excellent guide on how to get media coverage for your Startup.
Everything mentioned in this guide, should set you up for making it easy to get into this cycle of constant coverage and news mentions. Of course, the development of your startup needs to clearly follow that path. Given that you have launched with a true MVP in Lean Startup fashion, and are iterating like a madman, you shouldn’t run into any troubles to come up with a new story ever two to three weeks. If you do, work with your team and push yourself to release more stuff, more frequently.
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Tara Hunt over at Inc. writes that premature hype can really kill a Startup.
The biggest issue with pushing the press buttons before you are ready for it is that the world should not be your beta lab. Robert Scoble, in a widely read rant against writing about minimum viable products, wrote: “If you’re gonna pitch me something it better provide magic.” Every company wants to get to traction and getting to traction requires spreading the word, but if the word spread is “that app sucks,” it will damage your reputation far more than waiting a few months until you can show something magical.
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In this podcast, NPR looks back at the birth of Silicon Valley in the 1950s.
In 1956, what is now called Silicon Valley was called the Valley of the Heart’s Delight. Its rolling hills were covered with farms and orchards. To become Silicon Valley it needed four ingredients: the first, brilliant scientists.
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