Savvy Entrepreneurs Plan Both Business And Product

Startup Professionals Musings

Most technical entrepreneurs I know demand the discipline of a product specification or plan, and then assume that their great product will drive a great business. Is it any wonder why so few entrepreneurs ever find the professional investors they seek?

5 Key Actions To Maximize Entrepreneur Productivity

Startup Professionals Musings

If you define your self-worth as an entrepreneur by how busy you are, it’s time to find another lifestyle. For survival, entrepreneurs need to be all about accomplishing results that matter for themselves, their team, and their customers. That’s productivity.

Many Entrepreneurs Are Too Busy, But Not Productive

Startup Professionals Musings

If you define your self-worth as an entrepreneur by how busy you are, it’s time to find another lifestyle. For survival, entrepreneurs need to be all about accomplishing results that matter for themselves, their team, and their customers. That’s productivity.

10 Personal Productivity Mantras For Entrepreneurs

Startup Professionals Musings

The real solution is better productivity and less procrastination, to put you back in control of your business. Dr. Jan Yager, a recognized expert on the subject of time management, just released a new edition of her most popular book, “ Work Less, Do More: The 14-Day Productivity Makeover.”

5 Productivity Apps For Startup Entrepreneurs


With productivity a key factor for any successful entrepreneur, you have to do everything in your power to optimize it. Here are five must-have apps for any entrepreneur: 1. Additional productivity resources: 8 Free Productivity Cheatsheets.

Entrepreneurs Need The Right Mindset Before Products

Startup Professionals Musings

As an Angel investor and a mentor to aspiring entrepreneurs, I’m always disappointed to see founders who seem stressed out most of the time, and more annoyed than energized by the abundance of challenges they see in building their startup. business entrepreneur mentality mindset startup

Create the Best Product

Feld Thoughts

One thing that came up was the idea of creating the best product. For periods of time, people get obsessed about how “the best product will win.” When Apple and Google didn’t have a product. Give me the best product to work with any day of the week.

5 Market Obstacles That Kill Even Compelling Products

Startup Professionals Musings

Even when your new product or solution fills a real customer need, and has a positive value proposition, many new venture founders are surprised and frustrated to find that excited customers are hard to find and growth is slow. Product is “disruptive technology” or a “paradigm shift.”

10 Productivity Tips For Young And Aspiring Entrepreneurs

YFS Magazine

Lifestyle entrepreneurship advice lifestyle personal development productivityAs young professionals, business owners, side-hustlers, and dreamers – we owe it to ourselves to do everything we say we’re going to get done.

The 5 Productivity Tools You Need As An Entrepreneur


With limited resources in capital and manpower, it is the entrepreneur’s responsibility to get things done. These five productivity tools will give you precise, reliable ways to save time daily, for all of your entrepreneurial needs: 1.

Best Productivity Apps For Entrepreneurs With Too Much To Do

YFS Magazine

These productivity apps aim to help you do that and more. Back Office Grow mobile apps productivity productivity apps productivity toolsThe more time you can spend working on your business, instead of in it — the better.

Pitching Your Tech Startup Products to CxOs

The Startup Magazine

And as a new entrepreneur trying to launch a tech startup, it can be challenging to get the recognition needed from the decision-makers at these businesses to get the sales pipeline flowing. The post Pitching Your Tech Startup Products to CxOs appeared first on The Startup Magazine.

Entrepreneurs Confuse Product and Business Plans

Startup Professionals Musings

Why is it that most of the business plans I see are really product plans? I define a product plan as a detailed description of your product or service, with a bit of business thrown in at the end. It’s definitely positive to have a product plan.

[Infographic] Work Day Productivity Hacks


For an entrepreneur, time is money; as you can imagine managing one’s time well is critical to the success of an entrepreneurially-minded person. But with just 24 hours a day to work with, what can an entrepreneur do to maximise his or her time?

Productivity Tips For Small Business Owners


Even though you learn a lot along the way, all entrepreneurs require some basic skills and knowledge on this topic before even thinking about starting their own business. If done right, planning can truly affect your productivity and effectiveness in a positive way.

Book: Product Design for the Web

Feld Thoughts

Last week Fred Wilson wrote a post recommending two books including Randy Hunt’s Product Design for the Web: Principles of Designing and Releasing Web Products. It’s about product design. The post Book: Product Design for the Web appeared first on Feld Thoughts.

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How To Tell A Remarkable Product Story!


The story of an aspiring entrepreneur with humble means overcoming all obstacles with his wit and perseverance is always a good read. But have you ever thought about product stories? Sure it depends on the product. Here’s how to tell a remarkable product story!

Most Entrepreneurs Fail to Delegate Productively

Startup Professionals Musings

Almost every entrepreneur needs to improve their skills in this area, so I did some research in the basic principles. Finally, every entrepreneur needs to set aside their fear of delegating. entrepreneur startup delegation effective business

The Man Who Coined “Product-Market Fit” Shares Mental Models for Entrepreneurs [Traction #47: Andy Rachleff]

View from Seed

They talk about how Andy came up with the term product-market fit, how he applied his own lessons (and updated them) in building Wealthfront, and the mental models founders can use to unlock their real unfair advantage in a tactics-obsessed world: how you think. The post The Man Who Coined “Product-Market Fit” Shares Mental Models for Entrepreneurs [Traction #47: Andy Rachleff] appeared first on NextView Ventures.

How Startups Can Keep Product Development Lean


by Steve Owens, Founder and CTO of Finish Line Product Development Services. Instead of the “entrepreneur that knows what the market wants”, we move to the “entrepreneur that knows how to discover what the market wants”. Reducing product turn time.

Why Pitching Your Product Is Not Enough For Investors

Startup Professionals Musings

I’m still amazed at how many technical entrepreneurs don’t have a business pitch, and offer me their product pitch or product spec instead. In reality, there isn’t much overlap between the business pitch I expect, versus a product pitch. entrepreneur startup

5 Keys To Keeping Your Office Positive And Productive

Startup Professionals Musings

These people don’t seem to realize that they are hurting themselves, as well as other people’s productivity, and jeopardize the future of the company they are working for. No business can afford that huge cost in emotional capital, as well as the productivity loss!

6 Ways Employees Kill Productivity Through Gossip

Startup Professionals Musings

As an entrepreneur, you should treat gossip among the members of your team as a reduction in productivity at best, and at worst, an indication of unhappy, un-empowered, or non-collaborative employees. entrepreneur gossip productivity

What’s Your Product Cadence?

Feld Thoughts

I love the product vision – it’s in an area that I’ve been working in for a while across a variety of companies and will take a new approach to a very old and persistent problem. The entrepreneurs have been living the specific problem for a long time and believe they have a unique and very informed way to solve it. It’s an ambitious product vision that will take a while to fully roll out. Product development Entrepreneurship product

How To Validate Your Innovative Product As A Business

Startup Professionals Musings

In my experience with technical entrepreneurs, they work hard on creating an innovative and elegant solution, and assume that customers will flock to them (“if we build it, they will come”). Products too expensive for the market won’t succeed, and prices too low will leave you exposed.

4 Modern Tech Solutions That Can Increase Workplace Productivity


Are you or your employees operating at peak productivity? Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that productivity is falling. In today’s workplace, productivity has a new definition. Productivity is falling across the board.

8 Ways to Unleash A Team’s Maximum Productive Power

Startup Professionals Musings

Leaders who are able to optimize these find multipliers of 20 percent up to nine times the average productivity. Organizational silos, limited spans of control, and too many layers of management can dramatically reduce the productivity of even your best people.

7 Traits That Define Work Productivity Superstars

Startup Professionals Musings

That's why recognizing, hiring and retaining the most productive people is “job one” for every leader in every business. Highly emotional reactions and outbursts are rarely productive in business environments. business entrepreneurs productivity startup superstars

Don’t Be A Product Leader Still Failing In Business

Startup Professionals Musings

In building successful businesses, I find that creating a new and innovative product or service is usually the easy part. Great entrepreneurs are not just idea people and then managers, they are extraordinary leaders. entrepreneur Peter Fuda product leader startup

5 Ways To Boost Productivity And Minimize Negativity

Startup Professionals Musings

These people don’t seem to realize that they are hurting themselves, as well as other people’s productivity, and jeopardize the future of the company they are working for. No startup can afford that huge cost in emotional capital, as well as productivity!

How To Survive A Deadly Drag On Startup Productivity

Startup Professionals Musings

Let me assure you, every startup faces more challenges than any other business – unproven product, new processes, new management, and unpredictable customers. Yet I still find this to be one of the most common drags on startup productivity, as well as employee satisfaction.

What Ten Promising Startups Taught Us About Marketing New Products


These consumers are generally forced to choose between digestive distress, or a product with inferior taste and texture. At the same time, the company’s research shows that growth in the ice cream industry is being driven by craft market products rather than the mass produced ones.

How Packaging Design Can Help Create a Winning Product

Up and Running

Picture a supermarket with thousands of products. It’s been said time and time again that a consumer will dedicate a maximum of around four seconds of consideration to any product on the shelf and will make between 70 and 80 percent of their purchasing decisions while inside the store.

Realistic Strategies For Funding Product Development

Startup Professionals Musings

Angel investors and venture capitalists are looking for startups with real products and a proven business model, ready to scale. This early stage is often called basic research , well before any specific commercially viable products might be envisioned. Commercial product prototypes.

6 Keys to Marketing Customer Experience vs Products

Startup Professionals Musings

Not so long ago, every business assumed that the keys to success were the highest quality product, the best value for the buck, and the best customer service. Entrepreneur of the Year” finalist. Exploit your product and service differences. Scott Addis marketing products startu

Student Entrepreneur Pursues Product Development

The Entrepreneurial Mind

Tweet Facebook LinkedIn Tumblr Stumble Digg Delicious The post Student Entrepreneur Pursues Product Development appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall The Entrepreneurial Mind : Grace McCaw- McCaw Industries.

My Obsession With The Product

Feld Thoughts

In many of them I get asked similar questions, including the inevitable “what makes a great entrepreneur?” A complete and total obsession with the product”. The great companies that I’ve been an investor in share a common trait – the founder/CEO is obsessed with the product. Every discussion trends back toward the product. All of the conversations about customer are really about how the customer uses the product and the value the product brings the customer.

CEO Helps Entrepreneurs Bring Take Products from Idea to Fruition


Share Taking a idea and bringing it to fruition–it’s one of the most exciting processes for an entrepreneur and business owner. We had a chance to hear a little from Gerald about his company, product design, development and his entrepreneurial journey.

4 Twitter Profiles That Young Entrepreneurs Should Follow


If you’re a young entrepreneur, you probably have a few highly successful entrepreneurs that you follow to the T. While some aren’t so good at making use of the minimalistic approach to communication, some are incredible, and give young entrepreneurs a new chance to learn every day.

5 Ways To Improve Startup Founder Team Productivity

Startup Professionals Musings

If you are like most entrepreneurs I know, there just aren’t enough hours in a day to get all your own work done, as well as run the many one-hour meetings each team member seems to demand for decisions and mentoring. 5-minute mentoring business entrepreneur founder meetings productivity

It’s Time To Design Human Experiences Versus Products

Startup Professionals Musings

Today’s customers demand more than a good product; they expect a great customer experience. People love Apple’s whole customer experience, and willingly pay a premium for the product. The objective is to build a sustainable relationship between the product and customer.

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How To Increase Productivity By Employee Happiness

Startup Professionals Musings

Whether you are an entrepreneur managing a startup, or a corporate executive with thousands of employees, it’s hard to ignore the evidence of big value from happy employees. The challenge is to find the best way to keep everyone on your team happy and productive.

Entrepreneurs Can Thrive on Services or Products

Startup Professionals Musings

You don’t need to invent an innovative product to be a real entrepreneur. Self-employed services specialists are just as important, and are a growing part of this new “ age of the entrepreneur ” that I discussed last week. We are becoming a society of entrepreneurs.