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Why Startups are Agile and Opportunistic – Pivoting the Business Model

Steve Blank

Pivots are why startups must be agile and opportunistic and why their cultures are different from large companies. Steve Blank. Types of Pivots.

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The Product Guy: Astonishin’ in 2010!

The Product Guy

Another year of The Product Guy is now coming to a close… an awesomely astonishin’ 2010! Startups are inherently chaotic.

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What’s A Startup? First Principles.

Steve Blank

How Does Customer Development, Agile Development and Lean Startups Fit? Winston Churchill. Everyone knows what a startup is for – don’t they?

Real Unfair Advantages

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

Even "cool, agile" companies like 37signals are trapped. This is Part 2 of the series: 5 lessons from 150 startup pitches.??? Like what?? P.P.S.

Want to Know the Difference Between a CTO and a VP Engineering?

Both Sides of the Table

Every team configuration is different. But I do have more insight into understanding your startup team. Let’s start with the basics. But barely.

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No One Wins In Business Plan Competitions

Steve Blank

Business models allow agile and opportunistic founders to keep score of the Pivots in their search for a repeatable business model. Now I do.

Agile Opportunism – Entrepreneurial DNA « Steve Blank

Steve Blank

Agile Opportunism – Entrepreneurial DNA « Steve Blank (tags: startup) [.] Agile Opportunism – Entrepreneurial DNA. Steve Blank, Agile Opportunism – Entrepreneurial DNA: … entrepreneurs instinctualy realize that the best advocate for their careers is themselves [.] You’re Hired, You’re Fired. Sign me up.

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Good enough never is (or is it?)

Startup Lessons Learned

Lessons Learned by Eric Ries Monday, September 27, 2010 Good enough never is (or is it?) April 23, 2010 in San Francisco. So which is it?

The Power of “In Person” – Why Distributed Teams are Less Effective

Both Sides of the Table

Been there. There reality is that a certain magic that happens when you’re in person is critical in a startup. And it doesn’t stop there.

Top 57 Online Startups Meets Technology Meets Product Posts for November 2010

SoCal CTO

aka: An Open Letter to the Next Big Social Network) - 500 Hats , November 1, 2010 I've held off writing this post for a long time, because I couldn't quite get my head around all the issues. When It’s Darkest Men See the Stars - Steve Blank , November 24, 2010 When It’s Darkest Men See the Stars. November 23, 2010 By Julia D.

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When It’s Darkest Men See the Stars

Steve Blank

When It’s Darkest Men See the Stars. Ralph Waldo Emerson. This Thanksgiving it might seem that there’s a lot less to be thankful for. Starting now.

How to Work With a Contract Web Developer: Agile Scoping

The Ninth Yard

So I've just discussed the importance of engaging a web developer in an Agile process. It's the thing that Agile proponents don't much like to talk about: billing and contract scope. The astute reader will realize that this advice is in direct conflict with my last post on keeping things Agile. Right? And you're right.

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Founder DNA – How Investors Evaluate Startup Founders

Instigator Blog

Agility. Somewhere in the middle is the appropriate analogy (I’m too tired to come up with it now) for a founder that tempers the right amount of bullheaded drive with agility. That agility should be based off the constant learning founders are doing. Are entrepreneurs born or taught? I’d say a bit of both. Maturity.

Four myths about the Lean Startup

Startup Lessons Learned

Lessons Learned by Eric Ries Sunday, April 18, 2010 Four myths about the Lean Startup Myth: Lean means cheap. April 23, 2010 in San Francisco.

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What is a startup?

Startup Lessons Learned

Lessons Learned by Eric Ries Monday, June 21, 2010 What is a startup? April 23, 2010 in San Francisco. Wrong. Wrong again. Wrong. for H.

A Startup is Not a Smaller Version of a Large Company

Steve Blank

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.       Lao-tzu. Children, Adolescents and Adults. The same is true for startups and companies.

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Learning is better than optimization (the local maximum problem)

Startup Lessons Learned

Tell your Startup Visa story Speaking 2010: Webstock, GDC, Web 2.0, and more ► January (6) Lo, my 18891 subscribers, who are you? for H.

Startup Founder Agreements

High Contrast

I have been thinking a lot recently about how to apply agile development principles to investing and key aspects of startup development such as team building. Both stem from the agile principle of delaying decisions until the last responsible moment. The first post is about agile startup fundraising. This isn’t just CYA.

Netflix's Advice on Moving to Amazon Web Services

www.readwriteweb.com

Cockcroft says business agility and the inability to predict capacity are the main drivers for moving to AWS. Business is accelerating.

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How to hire a programmer to make your ideas happen

sivers.org

2010 Derek Sivers comments Pam Mark Hall (2010-06-19) # Derek, Yes,Yes,Yes! Derek Sivers about me blog books email list contact How to hire a programmer to make your ideas happen 2010-06-19 Do you have an idea for a website, online business, or application, but need a programmer to turn that idea into reality? Call this Version 1.0. built.

The Awesomeness of a Hackathon

Feld Thoughts

Some release weekly, or even daily. I’ve become a big advocate of true Agile development (partly because of my experience with Rally Software – the leader in Agile software development environments) and – more recently – the notion of trying to get to continuous deployment which has been popularized by Eric Ries. Form teams.

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Why Startups are Agile and Opportunistic – Pivoting the Business Model

The Product Guy

Pivots are why startups must be agile and opportunistic and why their cultures are different from large companies. Steve Blank. Types of Pivots.

Creating Startup Success – Customer Development + Business Model Design

Steve Blank

In previous posts I’ve talked about what the combination of Business Model Design, Customer Development and Agile Methodologies mean to startups and intrapreneurs in large companies; it’s the beginning of entrepreneurship as a science with its own rules and methodologies. link]. She posted her notes from the talk here.) link].

Customer Development for Web Startups

Steve Blank

In my book, “ The Four Steps to the Epiphany ” I use enterprise software as the business model example. think his process models are pretty good.

The Art of the Customer Development Conversation

Market by Numbers

Reply Edwin Oh says: September 3, 2010 at 11:24 am Brant, Great PRACTICAL post (just like your book)! uservoice, get satisfaction, et. buyer?

Why Do Market Segments Matter?

Market by Numbers

Tweets that mention Why Do Market Segments Matter? -- Topsy.com says: July 19, 2010 at 2:21 pm [.] Most of this is pretty intuitive. link] [.]

The Entrepreneur's Guide to Customer Development

Startup Lessons Learned

Tell your Startup Visa story Speaking 2010: Webstock, GDC, Web 2.0, and more ► January (6) Lo, my 18891 subscribers, who are you? for H.

Stop lying on stage

Startup Lessons Learned

Lessons Learned by Eric Ries Monday, October 4, 2010 Stop lying on stage Entrepreneurs crave information about successful startups, and they should.

Cognitive Biases, Positive Black Swan Events and Startups

Market by Numbers

Services Marketing Help Downloads Contact Log In Cognitive Biases, Positive Black Swan Events and Startups By Patrick Vlaskovits , January 3, 2010 9:12 am Success and Cognitive Bias One thing that often strikes me about conversations regarding start-up success is the pervasiveness of the narrative fallacy and hindsight bias. Other. Really?

Telling the 800-lb Gorilla to Shove it up his Ass

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

Every founder frets about competition from a big company, me included. Dozens of people on Answers.OnStartups ask about it so I know I'm not alone.

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Make No Little Plans – Defining the Scalable Startup

Steve Blank

They used Customer and Agile development to search for a scalable and repeatable business model to become a large company. Customer and Agile development to find the business model. Make no little plans. They have no magic to stir men’s blood …. first order filter is whether the founders are aiming for a scalable startup. In the U.S.

No Business Plan Survives First Contact With A Customer – The 5.2 billion dollar mistake.

Steve Blank

Customer Development, Business Model Design and Agile Development could have changed the outcome. With an out-of-this-world business plan.

Some IPO speculation

Startup Lessons Learned

Tell your Startup Visa story Speaking 2010: Webstock, GDC, Web 2.0, and more ► January (6) Lo, my 18891 subscribers, who are you? for H.

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Case Study: Continuous deployment makes releases non-events

Startup Lessons Learned

Tell your Startup Visa story Speaking 2010: Webstock, GDC, Web 2.0, and more ▼ January (6) Lo, my 18891 subscribers, who are you? for H.

The Agile Board

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Mark Suster wrote a post about boards of directors last week in which he coined the phrase "the agile board." I love that phrase. They are agile boards who add significant value. So go read Mark's post and learn about how to create an agile board. Entrepreneurs can have it either way.

Case Study: SlideShare goes freemium

Startup Lessons Learned

Tell your Startup Visa story Speaking 2010: Webstock, GDC, Web 2.0, and more ► January (6) Lo, my 18891 subscribers, who are you? for H.

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Getting to Product-Market Fit

Startup Marketing Blog

Agile) with Customer Development concepts. Responses to “Getting to Product-Market Fit&# Giff Jul 13, 2010 5:45 pm Nice to see you posting here Patrick. Sean Jul 14, 2010 6:31 am Thanks Sean, I agree that there is some risk in asking this question (just as there is risk with any test that may temporarily hurt results).

Why diversity matters (the meritocracy business)

Startup Lessons Learned

Lessons Learned by Eric Ries Monday, February 22, 2010 Why diversity matters (the meritocracy business) Diversity is the canary in the coal mine for meritocracy. Tell your Startup Visa story Speaking 2010: Webstock, GDC, Web 2.0, and more ► January (6) Lo, my 18891 subscribers, who are you? April 23, 2010 in San Francisco.

Rally Software Acquires Agile iPhone Product

Feld Thoughts

Tags: My Investments acquisition agile iphone rally

@altgate » Blog Archive » Outsourcing For Startups

Altgate

The key is to get the outsourced team locked in for the long term and to build your own lean/agile culture. He basically outsources everything.