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. It can be incredibly difficult to find good test subjects with enough of a knowledge base to give you intelligent feedback on these kinds of sophisticated products.

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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Pet Business Ideas That You Can Start Online And At Home


For example, provide guinea pig cage or reptile cage cleaning for people who don’t want to do it themselves. We’re all looking to make a little extra cash, right? If you are a pet lover, why not use what you love to your advantage?

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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. It’s great for testing out new product ideas in a short period of time. You can easily include a new product category for a period to test and see if it proves to be profitable.

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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. Photo by meriç tuna on Unsplash. But not just any business model will do; you need one designed for your specific business and one that can be adapted as and when you need it to be.

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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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. You’ll become a sought-after investor, or maybe you’ll buy a vacation home in a sunny, tropical locale and bask in your newfound fame—and it’s all thanks to this game-changing business idea.

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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. Then he'll describe his cutting-edge platform — cloud-based, scalable, distributed version control, continuous integration, one-click-deploy. Maybe you'll even get a wobbly demo.

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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. It is even supported – scratch that, required – by Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), which is enforced by the SEC in the United States and the International Accounting Standards Board internationally. GAAP’s fundamental formula for profit is simple: Sales – Expenses = Profit.

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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. This was about three months before Union Square Ventures closed an investment in the company—and a month before I actually joined them fulltime.

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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. It was designed to bring together many of the new approaches to building a successful startup – customer development, agile development, business model generation and pivots.

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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. You know, you keep seeing someone often enough at group events that eventually you think you know one another despite actually never having a 1:1 conversation?

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. It could be more revenue, hiring clients or launching a new product or service, where setting goals presents a fresh opportunity to achieve different objectives.

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. 5 Ways Buying Facebook Fans Can Hurt Your Business written by Guest Post read more at Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing It is guest post day here at Duct Tape Marketing and today’s guest is Chris Norton – Enjoy!

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! Once again, it’s time for our weekly Roundup!

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. It is almost 3 years since we opened the doors to crowdSPRING and in that time we have grown dramatically. In May of 2008, we started out with fewer than 600 registered users.

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. No matter if the business is a Goliath like Wal-Mart, or a local business owned by a couple or family, the business has roots in an idea.

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. In this post – 5 Steps to Restart, Recharge and Revive Your Marketing Right Now! – I introduced an aggressive initiative to help any business owner struggling to stay on plan with their marketing for the year.

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Togo El Salvador Montenegro Tonga (Nukualofa) Equatorial Guinea   Mozambique Turkmenistan Eritrea Myanmar (Burma) Tuvalu Micronesia Namibia Uzbekistan Fiji Nauru Vanuatu   Gabon Niger Vatican City Georgia Palau, Republic of Yemen Guinea   Papua New Guinea Zambia   Guinea–Bissau Paraguay Zimbabwe   Guyana   Republic of Congo Lastly, something that Google Analytics doesn't do is allow you to see where visitors are going when they leave your site. 

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.

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. These posts and videos are about logo design , web design , startups, entrepreneurship, small business, leadership, social media, marketing, and more! Here are some of the links that I’ve liked and shared this past week! The image above is one of 25 very creative tip jars at businesses around the U.S.

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! Wouldn’t it be great if, instead of having to fight, hunt, and practically beg for each new sale, you could set up a business in such a way that all your customers paid you regularly, time and time again? Well, you can—that’s the beauty of offering a subscription service.

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

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.

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. For these interviews, we pick people who add value to our community – in the blog, in the forums, in the projects. Plainly – activities that make crowdSPRING a better community.

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.

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. If you’re a professional or job seeker (which, if you’re on the DTM blog, you obviously are), you’ll know that LinkedIn is the biggest, baddest kids on the block.

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.

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. Get some sanity back in your inbox, take control of your inbox. Get all that stuff outta there that is dragging you down. I’m going to give you a special offer later in this show.