This Is How Founders Achieve Product-Market Fit

YFS Magazine

To get a better grasp on the practical application of product-market fit, let's take a look at how founders achieved it rather quickly for their startups. Plan product development product market fit starting a business

5 Ways To Improve Startup Founder Team Productivity

Startup Professionals Musings

I have found it to be more productive and effective to lead with the model that no meetings will take an hour, and may be done in as little as five minutes. Team members need your critique of their work to learn, but attacking the person is never productive.

5 Startup Cost Realities Most Founders Underestimate

Startup Professionals Musings

For example, I come from a software background, and back in the early PC days, it could easily cost half a million dollars for a team of professionals to produce a commercial product. Unfortunately, even today, building a good product doesn’t guarantee you a business.

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Founder Market Fit

Feld Thoughts

We constantly hear about “product market fit.” ” But my post yesterday about The Power of Passion When Starting Your Company was about “founder market fit.” ” And I’ve come to believe that – especially among first time entrepreneurs – founder market fit is much more important than product market fit at the inception of the company. Founders come in with something they are super excited about.

Repeat Founders and the Risk of a False Positive

View from Seed

A number of blog posts recently have mentioned this, but we seem to be experiencing a rise in repeat founders starting new businesses and raising seed capital. You probably struggled to get co-founders or early team members to join you because you had limited credibility.

Founders 2010 #10: People Product Market

Feld Thoughts

“People Product Market&# The Founders | TechStars Boulder | Episode 10 from TechStars on Vimeo. Tags: TechStars the founders This week’s special guest are Jeff Clavie r from SoftTech VC and Rob Hayes from First Round Capital.

Female Founders Breaking Barriers in the Bodywork Industry

The Startup Magazine

Contributed by: Yomassage entrepreneurs, co-founders Dr. Tiffany Ryan, PhD and Katherine Parker. Yomassage Co-Founder Dr. Tiffany Ryan, PhD. Yomassage Co-Founder, Entrepreneur Katherine Parker. Massage and bodywork promise relaxation, but at a high price.

Kindred Spirits – Our Investment In Founder Collective

Feld Thoughts

One of our recent investments, offered by Founder Collective (FC) – an eight-year-old manager with offices in Boston and San Francisco – is an excellent example of what we look for when we invest in funds offered by other managers. Investments fg next founder collective LP

Founder Interview: Sales Leads Platform AssuredLeads

The Startup Magazine

As part of The Startup Magazine founder interview series , we talked with Travis Batiza, the founder of AssuredLeads, a sales and marketing platform serving the insurance industry. based company that optimizes commercial insurance production for brokers, agencies and insurance carriers.

Founder Interview: RedMane Technology’s Tony Lakier

The Startup Magazine

As part of The Startup Magazine Founder Interview Series , we talked to Mr. Tony Lakier. Tony is the Founder and CEO of RedMane Technology. Here is more of his story: Describe your product/service in 10 words or less: Problem solving.

8 Startup Situations Challenge Founder People Skills

Startup Professionals Musings

Most entrepreneurs assume that success is dependent on their product expertise, coupled with some knowledge of how to run a business. Toxic relationships are emotional, often personal, disagreements which are counter-productive. entrepreneur founder leadership startup

9 Founder Habits That Leave a Business Foundering

Startup Professionals Musings

After working with dozens of startup founders, I’m still amazed that some seem to be able to do the job easily and effectively, always in control, while others always seem to be struggling, out-of-control, and fighting the latest crisis. Some founders go too far to become consensus builders.

5 ways to be productive as a part-time founder

The Next Web

Entrepreneur FOUNDER productivity startupWorking on a start-up while doing 12-hour shifts as doctor is pretty gruelling. More often than not, I would come home completely destroyed and want to collapse into bed.

5 Keys To Happiness, Even For New Business Founders

Startup Professionals Musings

Image via Pixabay Building a startup is hard work for low pay, it’s risky, and it requires total responsibility to make it work. Yet, many entrepreneurs are the happiest people I know.

Founder Interview: Jeff Kubas from Vertex Resource Group

The Startup Magazine

As part of The Startup Magazine Founder Interview Series , we talked to Mr. Jeff Kubas. Jeff is the Founder and CEO of Vertex Resource Group. TSM: As you have a history of building early stage companies, what is the most important thing you tell startup founders?

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.”

Time For Founders School

Steve Blank

Kauffman just launched Founders School - a new education series to help entrepreneurs develop their businesses during the startup stage by highlighting how startups are different from big companies. 0:33: Is there Product-Market Fit? Go watch Founders School now.

Price of Admission Is An Amazing Product

Feld Thoughts

The second is that price of admission is an amazing product. Indulge me while I go on an amazing product rant from our portfolio. I’ve been using the product for sixty days along with their competitor’s product. Their competitor has raised 10x the amount of money so far (prior to our investment), and the product from the company we invested in, from my own head to head comparison, is amazing, compared to the “meh” product from its competitor.

Use Your Competitors’ Products All The Time

Feld Thoughts

I was sitting with the founders of a company we’ve funded the other day talking about their competition. I love this product and I use it every day. This company has several competitors – long time incumbents with somewhat stale, but useful products, and several new competitors, including well-funded and noisy ones. I use several of these products regularly in different situations and have encouraged the founders to use them also.

How Much Founder Stock Should You Offer Co-Founders?

Startup Professionals Musings

Two heads are better than one, so the first task in many startups is finding a co-founder or two. Giving a co-founder a salary won’t get you the “fire in the belly” you want. Building the product may be the easy part of your startup challenge.

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Some Quick Things Every Founder Should Know

Both Sides of the Table

You get to have interesting conversations with founders and review business plans and then see how these businesses evolve over the years. " Revenue doesn't pay your bills, GM does  —  @msuster 2/ Founders obsess with revenue as a vanity metric.

Female Founder Interview: Gabriela Rodil, Consultant and Latina Leader

The Startup Magazine

As part of The Startup Magazine Female Founder Series, we interviewed Ms. Here is more of her story: Describe your product/service in 10 words or less: We help companies improve their bottom-line and/or get ready to sell.

TestFlight Reality (or the V2 Founder Problem)

Eric Friedman

I have been continuously hearing the same defensive pushback from founders when hearing critical feedback for about a decade. When a user/investor/stranger says “hey what about X” they are met with the same retort: “It’s fixed in the next build – here let me show you” Founder response to feedback. The reality is that the founder distortion field that is so key to building a startup in the first place gets in the way of the reality that real people are living in today.

Branding Tips that All Startup Founders Can Use

The Startup Magazine

Branding your products, creating an identity and making people remember your business whenever they see these branding elements will help your business strive. The post Branding Tips that All Startup Founders Can Use appeared first on The Startup Magazine.

A Founder’s First Key Decision Is The Business Name

Startup Professionals Musings

Some startup founders try unusual word spellings to make their business stand out, but this can be trouble when customers ‘Google’ your business to find you, or try to refer you to others. Avoid picking names that don''t allow your business to move around or add to its product line.

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How Startups Can Keep Product Development Lean

YoungUpstarts

by Steve Owens, Founder and CTO of Finish Line Product Development Services. In this article we explore the unique challenges of a lean start-up and how Outsourced Product Development (OPD) can be used to overcome them. Reducing product turn time.

Skybell Co-Founder Reveals How To Launch And Ship Products In Record Time

YFS Magazine

Many people told us it couldn’t be done: inventing, creating and shipping an award-winning product in seven months – especially with only $100,000 in initial funds. Launch product development Product Launch starting a business

Founder Interview: Todd Warren with Family Law Insights

The Startup Magazine

Describe your product/service in 10 words or less: We are a law firm concentrating in family law. The post Founder Interview: Todd Warren with Family Law Insights appeared first on The Startup Magazine. Many lawyers are entrepreneurs.

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. Given that the company has had no funding to date, the founders have been scrappy and have cobbled together a really impressive prototype that they’ve been using to get early customer feedback. It’s an ambitious product vision that will take a while to fully roll out.

Why Founders Should Know How to Code

Steve Blank

I was driving home from the BIO conference in San Diego last month and had lots of time for a phone call with Dave, an ex student and now a founder who wanted to update me on his Customer Discovery progress. But I’m having a hard time getting to my next minimal viable product.

How To Increase Sales Using The Right Product Video

YoungUpstarts

by Víctor Blasco, founder and CEO of Yum Yum Videos. And among the slew of powerful formats, product videos remain atop the most used due to their versatility and usefulness. The thing is that no two product videos are the same.

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Female Founder Interview: Gabriela Rodil, Consultant and Latina Leader

The Startup Magazine

As part of The Startup Magazine Female Founder Series, we interviewed Ms. Here is more of her story: Describe your product/service in 10 words or less: We help companies improve their bottom-line and/or get ready to sell.

Founder Interview: Platinum Rapid Funding CEO, Ali Mayar

The Startup Magazine

As Founder and CEO, Mayar is responsible for motivating his entire team to meet the diverse needs of his clients every day. If you sell your product or service directly to consumers and process credit or debit card transactions, we can help you.

8 Keys To Attracting The Right Technical Co-Founder

Startup Professionals Musings

Just like executive recruiters recognize the best executives, a technical expert in your business domain will recognize the right combination of skill, creativity, and experience you need for a co-founder or key team member. entrepreneur recruiting startup technical co-founder

Pitching Your Tech Startup Products to CxOs

The Startup Magazine

As an eight-time startup founder and Executive Director of UpRamp, I’ve spent a lot of time on the selling side of the table with decision makers within enterprises – and this is what I’ve learned: CxOs Are Incredibly Risk-Averse.

Investors Look First At The Founder, Then The Idea

Startup Professionals Musings

They evaluate you like you should assess a possible co-founder or first employee. Customer needs and benefits first, then product features. The best entrepreneurs show that their market domain knowledge is as strong as their product technology knowledge. Investors are people too.

Habits of Exceptional Startup Founders

The Startup Magazine

In most cases, exceptional startups took off thanks to their exceptional founders – the people who had the creativity and intellect to come up with potentially life-changing ideas and the guts to actually implement them.

Five Recruiting Metrics Every Founder Should Track

View from Seed

Ask a founder of a growing startup what they need most, and you’ll often get an answer along the lines of, “We need great people, and we need them fast.”. Founders furiously work their networks, post open positions on every reasonable-looking job board, and hope to quickly start hiring.

The Illusion of Product/Market Fit for SaaS Companies

Feld Thoughts

“We have product/market fit.” ” “We are searching for product/market fit.” ” “We are raising this financing to find product/market fit.” ” “Our customer traction demonstrates product/market fit.” ” Product/market fit. I was in a meeting a month ago with a company I’m on the board of where product/market fit was asserted. When you have $0 of MRR, you have no product/market fit.

Nine Bad Behaviors of Struggling Startup Founders

Startup Professionals Musings

After working with dozens of startup founders, I’m still amazed that some seem to be able to do the job easily and effectively, always in control, while others always seem to be struggling, out-of-control, and fighting the latest crisis. Some founders go too far to become consensus builders.

Glamrada, the product discovery platform for Indian beauty enthusiasts

Our Own Start-up

An open-to-all online community, where members can explore and review products.

5 Lessons For New Venture Founders From Great Chefs

Startup Professionals Musings

If you can’t identify customer interest, it doesn’t matter how good your product is. I realized a while back that creating a new company for the first time is a lot like whipping up a great dinner entrée for the first time – you need a recipe, even though it may look simple.

5 Productivity Apps For Startup Entrepreneurs

YoungUpstarts

By Ann Smarty, founder of MyBlogGuest.com. With productivity a key factor for any successful entrepreneur, you have to do everything in your power to optimize it. Additional productivity resources: 8 Free Productivity Cheatsheets.