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When the Leader has to be the Guinea Pig

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Serious about getting more feedback into your organization? Start by finding out how you're doing. Part 2 of 2. In the recent column How're We Doing? No, Really , I mentioned an executive who asked "How do I integrate effective, casual, and simply more feedback into the daily rhythm of my organization?” Here’s how to get started.

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.

Profound Life Lessons From the Experiments of a 'Human Guinea Pig'

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Experimenting is a part of life that A.J. Jacobs takes to the extreme

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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.

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. The formula doesn’t yield a profit.

How to Pitch a Business – (or yourself): Top Tips from an Expert

NFIB Young Entrepreneur Foundation Blog

We humbly submitted the author’s research venture: The Hot Mommas Project, as a guinea pig to serve as an example. . But, not in a good way.

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. Now wake up! Enjoy!

How Email Is Ruining Your Health

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

It''s not just you and it''s not just in your head. British scientists have measured the impact of email on stress levels and it''s not good.

“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. EO: Ah yes our relationship!

5 Ways Buying Facebook Fans Can Hurt Your Business

Duct Tape Marketing

photo credit: Fueling this is the ongoing trend toward buying fans; usually bots that offer nothing of value what-so-ever. It is not.

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? This post is part one. Mentors.

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Silicon Valley Is Hacking Your Food

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Then he decided to become his own guinea pig, ingesting solely this powder concoction composed largely of carbs, amino acids, fiber, and vitamins. "I

Digital Currency: Coming to a Store Near You

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

RCM will first test Mint Chip using its 200 employees as guinea pigs, and the closed environment of its cafeteria as the playpen later in January.

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

Up and Running

Well, you can—that’s the beauty of offering a subscription service. Skincare and beauty. Spend some time doing research into untapped markets.

7 Awesome Gift Ideas Made By Entrepreneurs

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

The bars are made from organic beans sourced from Madagascar, Belize, Papua New Guinea, and the Dominican Republic and shipped to the U.S.

One Secret to Enjoying Your Free Time More

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Since the time of Ben Franklin busy entrepreneurs have been told 'time is money,' but is this common mindset actually making you miserable?

The Innovators Behind Wimbledon

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

The prize for winning was 12 guineas—about $1,200 today. A sports event steeped in tradition has gone 2.0. Players wore ties and hats.

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. And it is. LinkedIn Groups. Let’s begin! My Groups. Cheers!

Book Review: Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

Ben Casnocha: The Blog

To ensure that the pigs can’t run away, farmers in northern New Guinea slice off a chunk of each pig’s nose. And why not? He did not despair.

15 Entrepreneurs Explain Why They Started Their Business


Share Each business has a story. For each business owner, the story of their journey can range from monetary needs or the passion for a unique project.

Rock Star Treatment: Meet the Agency That Reps Programmers

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

That triptych of talents--entrepreneurialism, programming knowlege, and musicianship--made him a perfect guinea pig for 10x. Before Will.I.Am

My Big, Fat Social Media Experiment

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

THE GUINEA PIG: My wedding photography business needs some social media help.'> I'm the world's worst social media marketer. Background first.

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. Visibility-fail.

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

Mike Michalowicz

I’m always the guinea pig for my readers.”. Surge was inspired by a reader. “I I thought, ‘why can’t we simplify market timing?’

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

David Teten

Fitness/life guru Tim Ferriss just posted my guest article on ff Venture Capital ‘s approach to building a fitness office. Thanks Tim!) Shoes.

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

crowdSPRING Blog

Have India’s poor become human guinea pigs? Here are some of the links that I’ve liked and shared this past week! TechCrunch – [link].

Disruption Comes (Finally!) to Commercial Real Estate

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

How Jason Freedman and 42Floors cooked up a killer business idea that could turn commercial real estate on its head. A chapter is easier to let go of."

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.

Technology Reaches even the Salad Bar


Technology has infiltrated nearly every aspect of our live, but the salad buffet?

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]. Customising, voting, and sharing are not use-cases. The technology side is trivial.

Legal Marijuana Industry Is Slow to Catch Fire

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Recreational marijuana is now legal in Colorado and Washington. billion industry is still a long way off. Here's why.

Did you ‘try’ it before you committed?

Code as Craft

try has also been our guinea pig for integrating Jenkins and Deployinator. At Etsy, we deploy often, from head, and everything that is committed is to trunk and must be ready for production immediately. Fortunately, on the Continuous Integration (CI) cluster the tests would take roughly 30 minutes. That developer would SSH into the machine.

Pragmatism with Flavor


Although we spend plenty of time researching and developing with new technologies based on desire and need, we don't want our clients to be guinea pigs (unless that's the nature of their business, of course). We build web and mobile applications, and we've been doing so for a little over fifteen years. It's a fun and funny business to be in.

You Can Build A Plan Around Anything


Months ago when I realized just how skeptical this person was about business planning, I asked them to volunteer and be my "guinea pig" and I would help them develop a mini-plan for their new program. I had an interesting conversation with someone today about business planning. My suggestion was, "be open to this, watch and see what happens."

the world without altgate


  I was just looking at the 2008 Google Analytics data for Altgate.    It is an amazing tool.  and Israel (0.6%). 

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

crowdSPRING Blog

It is almost 3 years since we opened the doors to crowdSPRING and in that time we have grown dramatically. million. million visitors! 2010 edition).

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. Admittedly, Brad and Fred saw something in

The Small Joys of Family Business

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

They were the human guinea pigs who tested the prototype. He was one of my biggest crushes of all time!" recalls Nancy. "I This is Bob Weir.'

SlideShare Kicks Ass, Picks Up $3M From Venrock & Friends (+ me.

500 Hats

Master of 500 Hats A blog about Geeks, Entrepreneurs, & Startups in Silicon Valley, by Dave McClure. The Internet Revolution, Act III. Part II!

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.