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

Inc Startups

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

When the Leader has to be the Guinea Pig

Inc Startups

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?” ” Let’s assume you want more feedback for all the right reasons – you’re looking to continuously learn, and to help you organization do the same.

As New 'Shark Tank' Entrepreneurs Take Stage, Original Contestants Reflect on Lessons Learned

Inc Startups

The contestants from the first season talk about the pros and cons of being the show's "guinea pigs.".

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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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.

World War II captain's remains ID'd; funeral now planned

Winston-Salem Journal State/Region News

AP) — A funeral is planned for an Army captain who died in a crash in New Guinea more than 73 years ago, but whose remains were identified only recently GOLD HILL, N.C. (AP)

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.

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. To our delight, technology has evolved and improved in many ways over that time.

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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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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. . An entrepreneur’s worst nightmare is that people drool when they tell someone about their business. But, not in a good way. More like a catatonic way.). ?.

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.

“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.

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!

One Secret to Enjoying Your Free Time More

Inc Startups

The small study used 53 Canadian college students as guinea pigs to test the knock-on effects on our psychology of thinking of time and money as interchangeable.

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.

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.

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.

7 Awesome Gift Ideas Made By Entrepreneurs

Inc Startups

The bars are made from organic beans sourced from Madagascar, Belize, Papua New Guinea, and the Dominican Republic and shipped to the U.S. Here is a round up of Inc.''s s favorite entrepreneur-made products for 2013.

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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10 Essential Economic Blogs

Inc Startups

Here’s my Top 10, which I suppose would do for business owners who don’t realize how essential it is to track the Papua, New Guinea, commodities exchange and keep up to date on the latest mining information out of Mongolia.*

Bootstrapping Lessons From a Startup Disaster

Inc Startups

When restaurants open, they "fake open" first by holding free invite-only dinners to work out the kinkswith diners who know they''re going to be guinea pigs. What oDesk''s VP learned about building a business in the backwoods of Mississippi.

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My Big, Fat Social Media Experiment

Inc Startups

THE GUINEA PIG: My wedding photography business needs some social media help.'> So I'm going to use my wedding photography business as the guinea pig and try every trick out there. I'm the world's worst social media marketer.

How Email Is Ruining Your Health

Inc Startups

A team of researchers out of Loughborough University in the UK used a set of 30 government employees as guinea pigs to determine the physical as well as psychological effects of email. It''s not just you and it''s not just in your head.

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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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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.

The Cold, Hard Truth: You're Overwhelmed Because You Want to Be

Inc Startups

The UK Guardian, for instance, highlights a reality that’s completely shocking to Europeans : over here workers are guaranteed neither paid vacation time nor paid maternity leave (this latter fact, a distinction our country shares with only Swaziland, Lesotho and Papua New Guinea.)

Digital Currency: Coming to a Store Near You

Inc Startups

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. The Royal Canadian Mint is testing its own crypto-currency later this month--marking a big stride toward legitimizing digital currencies.

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.

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!

The Innovators Behind Wimbledon

Inc Startups

The prize for winning was 12 guineas—about $1,200 today. A sports event steeped in tradition has gone 2.0. Here's a look at the pioneers turning Wimbledon high tech.

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.

Silicon Valley Is Hacking Your Food

Inc Startups

Then he decided to become his own guinea pig, ingesting solely this powder concoction composed largely of carbs, amino acids, fiber, and vitamins. "I This 24-year-old founder thinks humans can live healthier by just not eating.

Rock Star Treatment: Meet the Agency That Reps Programmers

Inc Startups

That triptych of talents--entrepreneurialism, programming knowlege, and musicianship--made him a perfect guinea pig for 10x. Booking shows for artists such as John Mayer was big business--last decade. This agency has found what could be a new path to a bright future. Before Will.I.Am

Technology Reaches even the Salad Bar


The service was tested last spring at a staff restaurant in Helsinki, Finland, and the well fed guinea pigs have provided the designers with positive feedback. Technology has infiltrated nearly every aspect of our live, but the salad buffet?

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. In another area of New Guinea, it has been customary to gouge out pigs’ eyes, so that they cannot even see.

The Small Joys of Family Business

Inc Startups

They were the human guinea pigs who tested the prototype. Entrepreneurship, for all its challenges, can bestow on families unexpected benefits beyond the obvious financial ones. Although my husband, Gary, is CEO of Stonyfield Farm, his name doesn't appear in the company's phone directory.

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.

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. This makes it very important to test your code before committing; otherwise, you will be holding up everyone else from committing and deploying since trunk always needs to be clean.

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.

Legal Marijuana Industry Is Slow to Catch Fire

Inc Startups

billion, it seems most marijuana industry insiders are reluctant to be the guinea pigs in a market that's not only new to consumers, but still very much illegal on a federal level. Recreational marijuana is now legal in Colorado and Washington.

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.

My company is post-revenue.

Jessica Mah

In my selfish ploy to get your feedback on Indinero, I’m giving out 50% discounts to the first 100 entrepreneurs who are willing to be guinea pigs for new ideas and features. It’s almost sad that I’m proud of this, but my internet company is finally post-revenue. In other words, people are using the product, people are paying to use it, and this marks the beginning of a long and beautiful relationship between me and the company I helped start.