Tue.Apr 07, 2020

Customer Discovery In the Time Of the Covid-19 Virus

Steve Blank

With in-person classes canceled, we’re about to start our online versions of Hacking for Defense and Hacking for Oceans (and here ). The classes are built on the Lean Startup methodology: Customer Discovery, Agile Engineering and the Business/Mission Model Canvas. So how do our students get out of the building to talk to customers to do Customer Discovery when they can’t get out of the building? How do should startups do it? —-. Reminder: What’s the Point of Talking to Customers ?

Leading In Uncertain Times: 10 Ways To Help Employees Cope With The Pandemic


by Quint Studer, author of “ The Busy Leader’s Handbook: How To Lead People and Places That Thrive “ As the COVID-19 pandemic takes hold, we’re all being impacted in various ways, many of them pretty dramatic. Everyone is feeling more than a little fear and anxiety about the future. If you’re a business leader, lots of people are looking to you for guidance — and you have a responsibility to help those around you cope with the uncertainty.


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COVID-19: How To Make Working From Home Smarter, Not Harder

YFS Magazine

Not used to working remotely? Here's how to increase productivity while we work from home and face the realities of COVID-19. Lifestyle Workspaces pandemic productivity remote working working at home

SBA PPP Loans Aren’t for Everyone

VC Adventure

There’s a healthy debate going on right now at many VC firms about whether venture-backed companies should apply to the SBA’s Payroll Protection Program (The Information had a good article on this yesterday (paywall), and Albert Wenger from Union Square Ventures put up an excellent post on the subject here ). This program is designed to help businesses struggling with the Covid-19 crisis retain employees and pay for critical infrastructure (specifically rent, mortgage and utilities).

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Building Healthy Innovation Ecosystems for Your Projects

Speaker: Nick Noreña, Innovation Coach and Advisor, Kromatic

In this webinar, Nick Noreña will walk through an Innovation Ecosystem Model that he and his team at Kromatic have developed to help investors, heads of product, teachers, and executives understand how they can best support innovation in their own ecosystem. He'll also go over metrics we can use to measure the health of our ecosystems as we build more resources for innovators.

Podcast Strategy: A Roadmap for Businesses


If you’re an active podcast listener, you likely use popular podcast platforms (i.e. podcatchers”) like iTunes , Soundcloud , and Google Podcasts to download or stream one of more than 1 million podcasts available today. This article is a podcast roadmap to get you from passive listener to active host. I’m sharing my learnings as a five-year podcast co-host and agency owner who has helped develop podcast strategies for clients. .

5 Signs that You are Ready to Scale Business and Deploy Innovation


The entrepreneur’s path is challenging and exciting. It requires your full commitment and a sincere desire to scale business as you evolve too. It is a continuous process of stepping beyond your own limits and bringing innovation for the world to see. The moment when you start feeling your limits often means that you are close to your individual breakthrough and business growth. Business scaling begins with scaling yourself.

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How to Conduct a Small Business Brand Audit

Duct Tape Marketing

How to Conduct a Small Business Brand Audit written by John Jantsch read more at Duct Tape Marketing. Marketing is an ongoing process. Once you’ve established your systems and processes, it’s important to continually check in and reevaluate. And that’s because, in the course of running a business, things change. Your brand expands or shifts focus. Your customers’ needs and expectations fluctuate.

Ritesh Agarwal, CEO of OYO takes 100% pay cut

Our Own Start-up

OYO has slashed salaries of executives at senior and top-level. According to the company’s statement, its founder and CEO Ritesh Agarwal has taken a 100% pay cut. Startups Companies Coronavirus OYO OYO homes OYO living OYO rental services pay cut Ritesh Agarwal salary package

Why Great Leaders Stay Curious (And How to Do It)

Duct Tape Marketing

Why Great Leaders Stay Curious (And How to Do It) written by John Jantsch read more at Duct Tape Marketing. Marketing Podcast with Michael Bungay Stanier. Today’s guest on the Duct Tape Marketing Podcast is Michael Bungay Stanier, author, speaker, and founder of Box of Crayons. Bungay Stanier’s book The Coaching Habit is the best-selling coaching book of this century—having sold over 700,000 copies—and has pushed the concept of coaching in business and leadership into the mainstream.

99bookscart: Your one stop online store for great quality and affordable books

Our Own Start-up

Check out some of the affordable and good quality books at 99bookscart.com. Startups 99bookscart Books for sale books to read in India Buy good books in India Cheap books online Online books for sale Shivjyoti Mahantesh Where to Buy Cheap Books in India

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AlertMedia Sees a Huge Increase in Demand for its Emergency Communications Software in the Wake of the COVID-19 Pandemic


AlertMedia has become a critical communications tool for many companies during this COVID-19 global pandemic. The Austin-based startup provides emergency communication software, used by over 2,000 enterprise companies in 100 countries to keep employees safe from threats to their health and safety. Its customers include Walmart, HEB, DHL, Greyhound and Healthgrades. “We’re We’re solving a big […].

WEFT helping women set up and scale their businesses

Our Own Start-up

Woman Entrepreneurs for Transformation (WEFT) created by Iti Rawat is a NGO to provide support and a networking platform for women entrepreneurs. With WEFT, Iti is able to aid women to pursue their entrepreneurial dreams.

eLearning Opportunities

The Entrepreneurial Mind

We are excited to announce that our digital educational content company, Entrepreneurial Mind LLC, is partnering with the eLearning platform, Eloquens. Through this new partnership, we can some of our courses directly to individuals wishing to sharpen their entrepreneurial skills. Our content is usually only available as part of broader certification or other structured programs […]. The post eLearning Opportunities appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.

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TBS Planet comics wants to be India’s Marvel

Our Own Start-up

Currently, TBS Planet comics is among India's fastest growing comics and graphic novel publishers. Startups comics partner for Bollywood Movies comics publisher graphic novel publisher Indian Marvel TBS Planet comics studio TBS Planet comics. content studio

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Staying Cyber Aware in a Crisis: Smart Tips for Nonprofit Boards

Board Effect

It was only a month ago that cybersecurity was one of the most concerning items on nonprofit boardroom agendas. It took a bigger crisis like COVID-19 to give boards a little less worry about cybersecurity. In considering a total risk management plan, boards, senior executives, and risk management teams need to be aware that cybercriminals are taking advantage of the current global crisis for their own benefit by using terms related to the crisis to commit cybercrimes.

App downloads increases during COVID-19 lockdown; TikTok became the most downloaded app

Our Own Start-up

Chinese video-sharing app TikTok has become the most downloaded app among social media applications in India during the lockdown period. Startups App downloads App downloads and COVID 19 App downloads during lockdown App downloads in India Facebook app helo app impact of COVID 19 on add downloads Instagram app largest downloaded apps in India tiktok TikTok app VMate app Whatsapp

Feeling the Impact of Crisis in the Nonprofit Sector

Board Effect

A nonprofit’s mission rules the day. Despite whatever is going on in the world, nonprofits must continue to provide services because they play a vital role in our society. Yet, when a crisis occurs, nonprofits are often the hardest hit. They don’t always get the same attention for requests for relief as their for-profit counterparts. Nonprofits often recruit employees from vulnerable populations.

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How to Identify Risks in Business

Women Entrepreneurs Can

Something that doesn’t get talked about nearly as much as it should is risk in business. There’s a risk in everything we do in life. So the concept of risk doesn’t really get thought of as something we should be actively monitoring. We acknowledge it, but we rarely consider the effort it takes to study it. In the world of business, planning and strategy are everything. Both of these things pave the way for our success. In truth, risk analysis encompasses everything.

Build an athletic body with these 5 exercises for whole body muscles

Our Own Start-up

Check out 5 exercises for power engaging the entire body muscles. Special Feature body muscles effective power training exercises for power engaging perform full power training plan full power training power training Quad board Renegade row Side handles with dumbbells Sitting dumbbells Squat sumo with dumbbells


The world is full of the tombstones of great ideas never fully executed

Jeff Hilimire

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: learn to focus and execute. Ideas are, as the saying goes, a dime a dozen. Teach yourself to focus. Learn the beauty of execution. Of taking an idea all the way to the finish. Of simplifying your life and focusing on the important things. It’s required if you want to be successful. Find happiness in the steady, unsexy, un-shareable art of putting in the work. And, by the way, now is the time.