When the Leader has to be the Guinea Pig
MARCH 8, 2012
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.
What Is Your Inner Animal Spirit?
FEBRUARY 5, 2013
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.
Profound Life Lessons From the Experiments of a 'Human Guinea Pig'
MARCH 30, 2016
Experimenting is a part of life that A.J. Jacobs takes to the extreme
6 Creative Ways to Figure Out If You’ve Got a Good Business Idea
Up and Running
DECEMBER 5, 2014
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.
Take Your Profit First, Always
AUGUST 1, 2014
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
MARCH 19, 2016
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.
5 Ways Buying Facebook Fans Can Hurt Your Business
Duct Tape Marketing
MARCH 14, 2014
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.
A New Way to Teach Entrepreneurship – The Lean LaunchPad at Stanford: Class 1
MARCH 8, 2011
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.
Bootstrapping Lessons From a Startup Disaster
NOVEMBER 26, 2013
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.
10 Essential Economic Blogs
DECEMBER 26, 2011
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.*
How Email Is Ruining Your Health
JUNE 10, 2013
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.
Money-Making Subscription Services (That You Can Start Too!)
Up and Running
AUGUST 15, 2016
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!
How to Use LinkedIn Groups to Generate Quality Leads Continuously
Duct Tape Marketing
MARCH 16, 2017
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.
Book Review: Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
Ben Casnocha: The Blog
OCTOBER 23, 2016
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.
Silicon Valley Is Hacking Your Food
JULY 3, 2013
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.
Digital Currency: Coming to a Store Near You
JANUARY 17, 2014
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.
One Secret to Enjoying Your Free Time More
FEBRUARY 15, 2012
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.
7 Awesome Gift Ideas Made By Entrepreneurs
DECEMBER 10, 2013
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.
15 Entrepreneurs Explain Why They Started Their Business
OCTOBER 9, 2016
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 Innovators Behind Wimbledon
JUNE 25, 2012
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.
If you build it, they won't come, unless.
A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks
OCTOBER 11, 2010
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.
New Business Book, Surge by Mike Michalowicz, Demystifies Market Timing
MAY 31, 2016
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.
Reinventing the Office: How to Lose Fat and Increase Productivity at Work
MARCH 12, 2012
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.
Twitter Link Roundup #153 – Small Business, Social Media, Design, Copywriting, Marketing And More
NOVEMBER 9, 2012
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.
Rock Star Treatment: Meet the Agency That Reps Programmers
JULY 22, 2013
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
My Big, Fat Social Media Experiment
NOVEMBER 23, 2011
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.
Lessons Learned: Validated learning about customers
Startup Lessons Learned
APRIL 14, 2009
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.
Disruption Comes (Finally!) to Commercial Real Estate
APRIL 30, 2012
The Bracy brothers, who are fraternal twins, grew up with missionary parents in Papua New Guinea and taught themselves programming after moving to Vermont at age 13. How Jason Freedman and 42Floors cooked up a killer business idea that could turn commercial real estate on its head.
Technology Reaches even the Salad Bar
NOVEMBER 7, 2013
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?
User-generated content for startups
The Startup Toolkit
OCTOBER 28, 2011
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.
Did you ‘try’ it before you committed?
Code as Craft
OCTOBER 11, 2011
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.
Pragmatism with Flavor
FEBRUARY 13, 2013
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.
You Can Build A Plan Around Anything
START-UP BUSINESS TALK
JUNE 9, 2010
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." Today, we went over our "experiment."
the world without altgate
JANUARY 1, 2009
Legal Marijuana Industry Is Slow to Catch Fire
NOVEMBER 19, 2012
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.
Who are we? And where do we come from? (2011 edition)
APRIL 11, 2011
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.
Delicious Closing Leaves a Bad Taste in My Mouth
This is going to be BIG.
DECEMBER 17, 2010
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 del.icio.us (I still like to use the old naming convention)… note the date.
SlideShare Kicks Ass, Picks Up $3M From Venrock & Friends (+ me.
MAY 8, 2008
Master of 500 Hats A blog about Geeks, Entrepreneurs, & Startups in Silicon Valley, by Dave McClure. The Internet Revolution, Act III.
The Small Joys of Family Business
DECEMBER 7, 2011
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.
12 Questions: Meet Sandie (USA)
FEBRUARY 6, 2013
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.