Beta Testing At Spiceworks: A Surprising Place To Find Qualified Guinea Pigs


The post Beta Testing At Spiceworks: A Surprising Place To Find Qualified Guinea Pigs appeared first on ReadWrite. Beta testing can be a b h – especially when you’re working with complex business technology that doesn’t make sense for consumers.

What Is Your Inner Animal Spirit?

Feld Thoughts

Did you know that she loves rodents – rats, mice, capybara, guinea pigs, pika, and groundhogs. I asked Amy to send me a picture of my inner animal spirit. She won’t let me share her’s, but that’s me on the left. I’ve always felt like a bear. A big, cuddly, nice, soft bear. Mellow. I like to sleep. I like to eat. I wander around, a little curiously larger than comfortable in my slightly oversized body. I’m really f **g ferocious when I’m mad.

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Here’s How Dropshipping Can Be Turned Into A Successful Venture


As such, don’t allow yourself to be made into a guinea pig and choose wisely while selecting the supplier and its products so as to test out the products at low prices. Dropshipping is the most efficient ecommerce model that could be adopted by newbie entrepreneurs.

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New Business Book, Surge by Mike Michalowicz, Demystifies Market Timing

Mike Michalowicz

I’m always the guinea pig for my readers.”. Obsidian Launch announced the June 20, 2016 release of Surge , a new business strategy book from the author of Profit First , Mike Michalowicz.

Craft a Startup Lean Business Model

The Startup Magazine

All you have to do is use a few customers as guinea pigs for a prototype of your service or product. To successful create or grow any business you need a plan. In essence, a plan or design for the day to day running of your business is all that a business model actually is.

Delicious Closing Leaves a Bad Taste in My Mouth

This is going to be BIG.

We’d see them all the time and get to be feature testers and product guinea pigs. This was the first time I had ever heard about (I still like to use the old naming convention)… note the date.

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Techstars and The Nature Conservancy

Feld Thoughts

We also support TNC’s work with indigenous women environmental community leaders in the Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea. The Nature Conservancy and Techstars just announced a partnership to create the Techstars Sustainability Accelerator. Amy and I were part of the public announcement this week in Denver. Both organizations are important to us so it’s a joy to be involved in having them work together.

6 Creative Ways to Figure Out If You’ve Got a Good Business Idea

Up and Running

Be your own guinea pig. Some business ideas require a human guinea pig or person willing to volunteer to use the product or perform the service. So you have a great idea for a business, right? This is the one that will change everything, and put you on the map.

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14 Entrepreneurs Describe The BHAGs (Big Hairy Audacious Goals) For Their Business?


I have some personal travel goals as well – I want to build a raft and sail from Indonesia to Papua New Guinea. Have a goal that’s third parties think is impossible? Often entrepreneurs and business owners create their daily, weekly, quartely or yearly goals around their business.

Take Your Profit First, Always

Mike Michalowicz

I became my own guinea pig for Profit First. The formula for profitability has been established for ages. Every business owner, CEO, freelancer and entrepreneur knows it.

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Twitter Link Roundup #275 – Fascinating Stuff for Small Business, Startups, and Design!

crowdSPRING Blog

I Was a Human Guinea Pig: 6 Self-Experimentations We love dreams. We love childhood memories. We love stop motion animation. Vera Van Wolferen ‘s How to Catch a Bird pulls it all together in a wonderfully creative and evocative way. Now wake up!

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“Bootstrapping is sexy! You own your entire company.” Five Questions with Founder Emily LaFave Olson

Hunter Walker

We were guinea pigs then as the second class! Emily LaFave Olson w Chef Thomas McNaughton of Flour & Water. I can’t recall how I originally met Emily but I’m going to chalk it up to the “overlapping friend circles” thing.

Who are we? And where do we come from? (2011 edition)

crowdSPRING Blog

By May of 2010 they came from 219 countries and spoke 199 languages; according to Google Analytics, there are only 5 countries from which we have not had a single visit: Chad, Western Sahara, Mauritania, Guinea, and The Central African Republic.

If you build it, they won't come, unless.

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

During beta-testing they would be guinea pigs. This is Part 5 of the 5-part series: 5 lessons from 150 startup pitches. Ask a technical founder about his startup, and he'll proudly describe his stunning software — simple, compelling, useful, fun.

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A New Way to Teach Entrepreneurship – The Lean LaunchPad at Stanford: Class 1

Steve Blank

Could we even could find 40 Stanford graduate students interested in being guinea pigs for this new class? For the past three months, we’ve run an experiment in teaching entrepreneurship. In January, we introduced a new graduate course at Stanford called the " target="_blank">Lean LaunchPad.

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5 Ways Buying Facebook Fans Can Hurt Your Business

Duct Tape Marketing

It’s often the case that the illegitimate individuals behind the fake likes and followers are professional hackers who use unsuspecting members of the public as their guinea pigs, without them even knowing a thing about it.

13 Not-So-Obvious Ways You’re Bombing Your Investor Interview (Do This Instead)

Austin Startup

Similarly, you should learn from the guinea pigs in your space. Over the last couple years at Sputnik ATX venture-accelerator, I’ve noticed that there are certain not-so-obvious ways in which founders are tested by investors.

15 Entrepreneurs Explain Why They Started Their Business


of endlessly trying different brands of lashes and adhesive (which hurt my business profits) and unfortunately my clients were the Guinea pigs who were getting inconsistent results because of it (which hurt business profits even more!). Share Each business has a story.

Twitter Link Roundup #153 – Small Business, Social Media, Design, Copywriting, Marketing And More

crowdSPRING Blog

Have India’s poor become human guinea pigs? Every day on the crowdSPRING Twitter account and on my own Twitter account , I post links to posts or videos I enjoyed reading or viewing.

Why Customer Experience Is the Key to an Amazing Business

Duct Tape Marketing

So I started urging them and now anyone who will listen to choose a customer about once a quarter and make them a customer experience guinea pig of sorts. Why Customer Experience Is the Key to an Amazing Business written by John Jantsch read more at Duct Tape Marketing.

the world without altgate


@altgate Startups, Venture Capital & Everything In Between Skip to content Home Furqan Nazeeri ( ← Microsoft Buys 37signals For $300 Million The Coming Venture Capital Boom → The World Without Altgate Posted on January 1, 2009 by fnazeeri No, this blog is not going anywhere. 

Money-Making Subscription Services (That You Can Start Too!)

Up and Running

Or, consider offering a subscription service built around a more unusual pet, like this “pocket pet” subscription box for guinea pigs, gerbils, hamsters, and other small pets!

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12 Questions: Meet Sandie (USA)

crowdSPRING Blog

6) You have 12 children, 8 dogs, 2 cats, 2 parrots, 2 parakeets 2 goats, assorted chickens, ducks, geese, rabbits, guineas, pigeons, and 1 turkey. In our 12 Questions blog series, we feature interviews with someone from the crowdSPRING community.

Reinventing the Office: How to Lose Fat and Increase Productivity at Work

David Teten

We thank Duncan MacDonald-Korth , Captain, University of Oregon Men’s Tennis Team, and Matt Fairbank , Harvard ’12, for their help researching this post, and our office residents for being guinea pigs in our experiment.

How to Use LinkedIn Groups to Generate Quality Leads Continuously

Duct Tape Marketing

John Chen is most commonly referred to as the Human Guinea Pig in Content Marketing. How to Use LinkedIn Groups to Generate Quality Leads Continuously written by Guest Post read more at Duct Tape Marketing.

Insights from a recent CIO meeting


” This is not unlike any other meeting with a CIO and just reminds me how hard it is for a startup to get its first, high-profile, referenceable customer as no one wants to be a guinea pig. This month seems to be my month for CIO meetings. Part of a VC’s job besides helping management with strategy and hiring people is to help with customer introductions and strategic partnerships. In this tough market, my partners and I have been doing our best to help along these fronts.

User-generated content for startups

The Startup Toolkit

If you don’t have either performance data or best practices, then you need to either charge based on performance (which nobody will be happy about, including you) or spend a while as your own guinea pig running a [set of] user-facing campaign[s]. This is a long and specific post, but enough startups rely on UGC (user-generated content) to some degree that I wanted to put a few thoughts down. Customising, voting, and sharing are not use-cases.

Lessons Learned: Validated learning about customers

Startup Lessons Learned

Start using some of those customers as guinea pigs for a self-serve version of the product. Lessons Learned by Eric Ries Tuesday, April 14, 2009 Validated learning about customers Would you rather have $30,000 or $1 million in revenues for your startup? Sounds like a no-brainer, but I’d like to try and convince you that it’s not. All things being equal, of course, you’d rather have more revenue rather than less. But all things are never equal.

Transcript of How to Create Ridiculously Good Content

Duct Tape Marketing

I wanted to make myself the guinea pig. Transcript of How to Create Ridiculously Good Content written by John Jantsch read more at Duct Tape Marketing. Back to Podcast. Transcript. John Jantsch: This episode of the Duct Tape Marketing Podcast is brought to you by Sanebox.