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The Secrets Behind Many Successful Startups

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“What is your startup’s unfair advantage?”, ”, a partner from a VC firm asked us. Ugh. I had no answer for that. What happened?

The Manual-First Startup

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It was February 2010. We were noticing that a company named Groupon was taking off and a whole new industry was booming along with it.

How Our Tech Startup Succeeded Without the Tech

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It was February 2010. We were noticing that a company named Groupon was taking off and a whole new industry was booming along with it.

The Depressing Day After You Get TechCrunched

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Post loosely based on our experience years ago when TechCrunch covered Yipit’s launch. tweet every 5 minutes. That’s weird. “Ugh.

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How We Fooled Ourselves into Delaying Our Startup’s Launch

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This is a really smart way of thinking about startups. But, despite being all in on the Lean Startup movement, we didn’t do that. Lastly.

Why I Quit My Job to Start a Tech Company

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billion fund called Quadrangle Group. It was just my third year out of college and I made a little over $250,000. There was only one little issue.

Lessons Learned Raising $6 Million

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After raising our $1.3 million seed round for Yipit, we raised $6 million a year later from Highland Capital, RRE, IA Ventures, DFJ Gotham and others.

9 Ways To Make Your Startup Grow Virally

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If you want your start-up to become the next big thing, it’s not good enough to just build a great product. Tumblr.  Instagram.  Foursquare. 

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The 6 Books That Actually Saved Our Startup

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After about 6 months of struggling to get something off the ground, I realized a sobering truth: I had no idea what I was doing. First-time reader?

Stop Saying ‘Let me know when works for you’

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You will often get introduced via email or you are cold-emailing them. Suggest Possible Times. Suggest Meeting Location or Phone Number.

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Things First-Time Founders Regret Saying

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Things first-time founders regret saying: “Don’t tell anyone we’re working on a picture sharing startup. Google uses them.”

How I Learned to Code

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Next posts on how to acquire users for free and how to raise a Series A. Don’t miss them by  subscribing via email  or via twitter. technology

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How To Get Your First 1,000 Users

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The good news is that it’s easier than you think to get 1,000 people to try your site. Get Yourself a Domain Name and a Splash Page. HackerNews.

How to Know If Your Startup Idea is the Next Big Thing

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How do you know if your startup idea is the next next big thing? It’s easy. It isn’t. Most Great Companies Started With Bad Ideas.

How to Keep Your First 1,000 Users

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So, you have a startup idea. It’s going to be big. You can see it now. Millions of people using your service. You need a first 1,000 users plan.

How Getting Rejected By Founder Collective Helped Save Our Startup

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The meeting had been a complete disaster. Founder Collective wasn’t going to be investing. Maybe nobody would. I Getting the Meeting.

The Shortcut We Took to Build Yipit in Three Days

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Family, friends, journalists, potential investors and palm readers will tell your idea is brilliant or foolish but they don’t really know. Crazy?

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When Do You Throw in the Towel On Your Struggling Project?

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First-time reader? Get future posts via my  RSS feed ,  following me on Twitter , or  subscribing via email. Hope you enjoy the posts! Sunk cost.

6 Things You Need to Learn To Build Your Own Prototype

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This is the fourth part of a series on becoming your own technical co-founder. In 2008, we couldn’t find a technical co-founder for  Yipit. I’m writing about how I became our technical co-founder. Hopefully, I’ll encourage other entrepreneurs with a dream but no technical co-founder options to take their destiny into their own hands. account.

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Two Cold-Emailed TechCrunch Pitches That Worked

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Your launch will have very little to do with your startup’s eventual success and you probably spend way too much time worrying about it. Concise.

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How We Knew When to Launch Our Startup

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From a PR perspective, I like to think of the internet as an ocean full of schools of fish. It’s tragic and a huge blown opportunity. So smart.

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The Other Reason We Were in Stealth Mode

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When we quit our jobs to start a new company, the first question we always got: “So, what are you working on?” It puts you on the spot.

How New Ideas Almost Killed Our Startup

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Odysseus resisting the Sirens. On my three year startup journey that lead to Yipit , I had over 30 other completely unrelated ideas. Each time I got the idea, I would immediately start sweating profusely for three straight hours in a ridiculous state of unbridled excitement and optimism. Sounds great, right? Not really. The Temptation. The Danger.

Here’s an Amazing Reason to Apply to TechStars

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Getting feedback on early versions of your prototype is crucial to a startup’s success. So, how do you get their attention? TechStars Mentors.

Many-to-Many Sharing

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You can put all of today’s apps into two user acquisition buckets. The First Many. The Second Many. push to Facebook).

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Can't Find a Technical Co-Founder? Do It Yourself

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This is the first part of a series on becoming your own technical co-founder. In 2008, we couldn’t find a technical co-founder for Yipit.  I’m writing about how I became our technical co-founder. Disclaimer: If you know a great technical co-founder that wants to work with you, join them. We Were Screwed. Nothing worked. We were screwed.

Everyone at Yipit is Now Learning to Code

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”  - Marc Andreessen. Five years ago, I was firmly in Andreessen’s second group: the non-coders. needed to learn to code. But how exactly?

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Y-Combinator’s “No Idea” Round Isn’t a Bad Idea, It’s Awesome

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” What’s funny is that had a young Mark Zuckerberg taken his advice, Dustin might not be a billionaire right now. startups

6 Things You Need to Learn To Build Your Own Prototype

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This is the fourth part of a series on becoming your own technical co-founder. In 2008, we couldn’t find a technical co-founder for  Yipit. I’m writing about how I became our technical co-founder. Hopefully, I’ll encourage other entrepreneurs with a dream but no technical co-founder options to take their destiny into their own hands. account.

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Guide to Finding a Technical Co-Founder

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Steve Job's Technical Co-Founder. “I’ve got this HUGE idea. just need to find a technical co-founder.&# Ugh. I’ve heard that too many times over the last few years and it almost always ends badly. I was in this situation and we barely escaped. The Challenge of Finding a Technical Co-Founder. This is a pretty daunting list.

Should You Hire a Programmer or DIY?

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This is the third part of a series on becoming your own technical co-founder. This series is intended for everyone else. Not all is lost.

How We Raised $1.3 Million as First-Time Founders | Vinicius Vacanti

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When Jim and I quit our finance jobs to start the next big thing, we were really unprepared for our startup journey. We didn't have startup experience, we had no real domain expertise (our startup wasn't going to be about finance) and

How LOLcats Will Kill Your Startup

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This same “invisible hand&# is behind the success of many of the most popular web and mobile services that exist today. They won’t.

How We Used a Python Script to Find Our Domain Name Yipit

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Naming your startup sounds fun and awesome. Let’s say you have a music sharing idea, so you’re going to grab music.com. Wait, that’s probably too obvious. I’ll be creative. Let me try sharemusic.com. Oh, taken. How about Musicster.com, taken. Songster, taken. Songly, taken. Beaster, taken. Uh, oh. They all really liked it.

How We Raised $1.3 Million as First-Time Founders

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When Jim and I quit our finance jobs to start the next big thing, we were really unprepared for our startup journey. We didn’t have startup experience, we had no real domain expertise (our startup wasn’t going to be about finance) and we didn’t know any investors in the tech community. Exactly three years later, we raised $1.3

How Our Startup Got Featured on CNN

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Traffic Bumps via Chartbeat. Last Saturday, we woke up to a surprising alert from Chartbeat , we had a new record for most active visitors on our site  Yipit. It turns out that CNN had run a two minute segment profiling Yipit. Did we get it because we had raised money, crossed 100,000 users or hired an expensive PR firm? Listening to Our Customers.

Goldman’s Investment Actually Values Facebook at Much Less Than $50 Billion

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Goldman Sachs CEO. It has recently been reported that Goldman is investing $500 million in Facebook at a lofty $50 billion valuation. He’s wrong.

How to Go From Hacker to Founder

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Now that Yipit raised a round of funding , we have the amazing opportunity to grow our team of engineers here in New York City. But, in all honesty, we’re not looking for just great engineers in the way Wall Street, Google or Microsoft does. We want our developers to one day become the next great founders. We want you to experience that.

How Our Startup Got Featured on CNN | Vinicius Vacanti

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Last Saturday, we woke up to a surprising alert from Chartbeat, we had a new record for most active visitors on our site Yipit. It turns out that CNN had run a two minute segment profiling Yipit. By Sunday, they had aired the segment

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Should You Hire a Programmer or DIY? | Vinicius Vacanti

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This is the third part of a series on becoming your own technical co-founder. In 2008, we couldn't find a technical co-founder for Yipit.