Sat.Nov 17, 2012

Entrepreneurs Need New Growth Models To Scale Up

Startup Professionals Musings

Startups are usually so focused on selling more of their branded product or service to their own customer base (organic growth) that they don’t consider the more indirect methods (non-organic growth) of increasing revenue and market share.

Never Apologize For Having An Opinion — Especially When You're Right

massive greatness

You know it’s going to be an entertaining blog post when the lede is: “See the end of the editorial for an important update.”

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2 common ways mentor conversations go wrong

The Startup Toolkit

Conversations with mentors are super valuable, but can go off-track in a couple predictable ways. It’s easy to fix once you can spot it and take a little responsibility for the direction of the conversation. #1: 1: Suggestion loop. The most common way these conversations stop being valuable is exemplified by the phrase, “And you could also do…” It could be a product or a strategy suggestion.

When is it time to stop calling yourself a freelancer and become an entrepreneur?

The Next Web

Self-employed. Freelancer. Entrepreneur. Business owner. However you label it, these people are making an independent living by themselves and their businesses they have built.

Why Investors Want Co-founders

Diego Basch

I just read a blog post entitled “ You can do it alone ” as well as the ensuing discussion on Hacker News. Paul Graham says: You can certainly start a business without a cofounder. What’s hard to do, empirically, is to start one that gets really big. Well, it’s always hard to start a business that gets really big regardless of the number of founders. Paul doesn’t address the implied question: how much harder would it be for a single founder?

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How To Fix RSpec Error: “Validation failed: [Object] has already been taken”

Nick O'Neill

I was programming a Ruby on Rails app today when I came across a strange bug. After installing the VCR Gem my RSpec tests began failing after the first one was run. The result was that every I updated my spec, I was forced to run the standard rake db:test:prepare command to get things working. I had no idea the cause of this since typically RSpec just works (it automatically deletes your test database after every run).

SATURDAY JAZZ BRUNCH: Delilah performed by Clifford Brown &.

Mark Birch

SATURDAY JAZZ BRUNCH: Delilah performed by Clifford Brown & Max Roach Quintet - The brunch is a bit later in the day as last night was a bit of a long night. Anyway I had Max Roach on the mind, the legendary jazz drummer, when I pulled up this gem. I will get back to Max at another juncture, but today is about the short life of Clifford Brown, the promising jazz trumpeter, who died in a car accident shortly after these sessions at the age of 25.

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The Most Important Offseason Acquisition For The San Francisco Giants Could Be Hadoop

Lightspeed Venture Partners

Baseball, more so than other sports, is known for its massive data collection, complex statistics and informed managerial decisions. So it should be no surprise that, just as corporate enterprises are going through a big data revolution, so will baseball. While the technology that enables big data is quite technical and designed to operate behind the scenes, the direct impact of big data on the average consumer will be quite visible over time.

My Lean Startups Haven’t Followed the Script

Kevin Dewalt

Summary: At long last, Lean Startup has become a global movement. While more an more of us are talking about Lean Startup, far fewer are talking about how tedious, frustrating, and tough it is in practice.