Frameworks Round 2


Last week, we posted the results of benchmarking several web application development and frameworks. The response was tremendous. We received comments, recommendations, advice, criticism, questions, and most importantly pull requests from dozens of readers and developers.

Building Your MVP as a Non-Technical Founder


I did a presentation this week at Coloft that looked at how Non-Technical Founders can go about getting their MVP built. It had a passionate group of 50 people attending. I promised to do this post as a follow-up to the session to provide additional links and information.

A New Way to Look at Competitors

Steve Blank

Every startup I see invariably puts up a competitive analysis slide that plots performance on a X/Y graph with their company in the top right. The slide is a holdover from when existing companies launched products into crowded markets.

Lean Startup in the Enterprise Anti-Pattern: The Lean Waterfall

Grasshopper Herder

More enterprise scale companies are drinking the lean Kool Aid and starting to implement Lean Startup. In doing so, they are failing at the most basic level.

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How Our Tech Startup Succeeded Without the Tech

Vinicius Vacanti

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. Our idea for Yipit was simple, aggregate all these daily deals being sold by different companies and put them in one email.

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Use a checklist to control your email addiction

47 Hats

So what was your most terrible anti-productive habit in 2012? Mine was checking email. On my desktop, iPad and iPhone, morning, noon, night, between and during and before and after everything else. Killing this habit in 2013 would be the #1 thing I could do to increase productivity.

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Don’t Fight Depression

Feld Thoughts

As 2013 comes to an end, I feel some relief that what has been a difficult and confusing year is almost behind me. I mark the year boundary with my birthday (12/1) so December is an “unwind” month for me.

Why would I join an executive peer group?

John Morris

The post Why would I join an executive peer group? appeared first on Tapping the power of your peers. How would a peer group help you? Why would I join a peer group? The concept goes back to Napoleon Hill’s iconic book on personal development, Think and Grow Rich.

Framework Benchmarks


About What we do Portfolio People Blog Contact. You are viewing a single entry. Please also check out the most recent entries. March 28, 2013. Framework Benchmarks. How much does your framework choice affect performance? The answer may surprise you.

Investors, MVPs and Evidence of Traction


Yesterday, I was talking to a startup founder about their MVP and they said something that finally got me to write this post: "I have a few investors interested but they want to see a product."

How to get meetings with people too busy to see you

Steve Blank

Asking, “Can I have coffee with you to pick your brain?” is probably the worst possible way to get a meeting with someone with a busy schedule. Here’s a better approach. —— Jason, an entrepreneur I’ve known for over a decade, came out to the ranch today.

Living Lean

Grasshopper Herder

Lean Startup is not easy. It sounds easy when you hear Eric talk. "I''ll I''ll put up a launchrock page! Now I''m a Lean Startup." Sorry. it doesn''t work like that. Lean Startups Managing Entrepreneurship Minimum Viable Product MVP

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The Manual-First Startup

Vinicius Vacanti

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. Our idea for Yipit was simple, aggregate all these daily deals being sold by different companies and put them in one email.

Don’t Have A Lazy Relationship With Your VC

Ask The VC

Today’s great post is from Bilal Zuberi @ Lux Capital. In it he asserts that Friends Don’t Let Friends Have a Lazy VC/CEO Relationship.

Corporate Perks Will Doom Your Entrepreneur Dreams


Image via ExecutiveSky.ch. I hear many executives and professionals in large corporations talking about their dream of jumping ship, and starting their own company.

Using Colors To Give Personality To Your Brand Or Company


The colors used by a company, to identify itself to the public, can manipulate how people associate characteristics to their products and services. People generate a quick image of others they just met in a matter of seconds. They also do it when they run into an unknown brand or company.

6 Things You Need to Pivot Successfully

Instigator Blog

Pivot. We’re all familiar with the word — and many people now roll their eyes when they hear it. The word has been bastardized, overused, and taken out of context. But it doesn’t mean pivots aren’t important. Dont hate the word, hate the people that use it incorrectly and ignore its importance. Pivot. Say it with me. Pivot. Pivot. Pivot. Recently, I did a presentation on pivoting: what it means, why it’s important, and how to do it properly.

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Rally Gives $1.3 Million To The Boulder Community

Feld Thoughts

My day started out great. After getting up at 5, having a delightful run at 6, walking Brooks, and then hanging with Amy for four minutes, I got in my car and drove over to Rally Software for their Big 1% Give Back event.

Girls Who Code

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

I feel badly for Paul Graham because he's being made out to be something I am sure he is not. But the brouhaha that he unleashed about women founders, women coders, and women hackers is a good thing because we ought to be having a broader conversation about these issues.

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Frameworks Round 4


We’ve posted Round 4 of our ongoing project measuring the performance of many web application frameworks and platforms. As with previous rounds, the developer community has contributed several additional frameworks for Round 4, bringing the total to 57!

Initial Conversation with a CTO or Technical Advisor


Are you a non-technical startup founder who’s about to go have a conversation with a Chief Technical Officer (CTO) or Technical advisory type person? Maybe you are going for a reality check on your current situation - wondering if you have a Weak Development Team or a Startup Founder Developer Gap.

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An MVP is not a Cheaper Product, It’s about Smart Learning

Steve Blank

A minimum viable product (MVP) is not always a smaller/cheaper version of your final product. Defining the goal for a MVP can save you tons of time, money and grief. Drones over the Heartland.

The One Minute Retro

Grasshopper Herder

Lean startup is hard. When we adopt a new paradigm it''s hard to differentiate tactics like "use a business model canvas" and the principle of "plan to learn.". Lean Startups Managing Entrepreneurship Productivity

How I Learned to Code

Vinicius Vacanti

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.

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Bootstrapping with Brad Feld

Ask The VC

Tom and Tony of tastytrade talk with Brad about Foundry Group, Techstars and Bootstrapping… Related articles. Startup Life Interview With Sandy Grason. The Kentucky Thesis. How Is Your Q1 Going? ” Feld Thoughts Feld Thoughts.

10 Sage Quotes From $100M Entrepreneur Winners


Robert Jordan image via HowTheyDidIt.com. Entrepreneurs are a notoriously stubborn (some say confident) group of people, so I see many of them making the same mistakes that predecessors have made.

3D Printing Brings New Business Opportunities


3D printing is the new hotbed of innovation, and its technology will impact every business. 3D printed High-Heels. 3d printing is an additive manufacturing technology which makes it possible to turn 3d modeled designs into custom solid objects on demand.

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My First 9 Months as an Angel Investor

Instigator Blog

As a founding partner of Year One Labs (an early stage accelerator), which operated actively in 2010-2011, I participated in 5 very early stage investments. But that wasn’t angel investing (although it had some similarities). Nine months ago I made my first independent angel investment. I’ve made 7 in total. They include: anonymous company (can’t tell you yet), sendwithus , Scalability ( Hockeystick ), Mixgenius , TandemLaunch (a fund / incubator), Breather and Javelin.

Gravity – The Best Movie in “A While”

Feld Thoughts

I saw Gravity on Friday night. I can’t remember being more immersed in a movie since I saw Star Wars 36 years ago. It could have been because I was wiped out from the week. It could have been the saki I had at the hibachi place before the movie. It could have been the Imax 3D stuff.


The unprofitable SaaS business model trap

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

Marketo filed for IPO with impressive 80% year-over-year growth in 2012, with almost $60m in revenue. Except, they lost $35m. It’s not impressive when you spend $1.60 for every $1.00 of revenue, force-feeding sales pipelines with an unprofitable product.

Frameworks Round 1


You are viewing the first round of web application framework benchmarks. We have since posted a second round and third round that each include community-contributed updates. Check out the new stand-alone framework benchmarks site if you are interested in the latest and most accurate data.

Selecting a Web Development Company


I''ve written before about finding Web Development Firms in Los Angeles. What I didn''t discuss was how you should go about selecting the right company.

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Your Computer May Already be Hacked – NSA Inside?

Steve Blank

In a time of universal deceit – telling the truth is a revolutionary act. George Orwell. In Russia, President Putin’s office just stopped using PC’s and switched to typewriters. What do they know what we don’t? Perhaps it’s Intel NSA inside.

How Open Should a Startup CEO be with Staff?

Both Sides of the Table

CEO transparency. It almost sounds uncontroversial. A CEO should tell her staff everything! Right? Right?!? Of course not. It’s a hard topic to write about because it’s almost an accepted norm that total transparency is good. It is not.