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‘Emotional attachment to a vision shouldn’t override the messages the market is sending you.’

13 Mar

‘It turns out that “never give up” is a dangerous lesson to take to heart with start-up companies. Emotional attachment to a vision shouldn’t override the messages the market is sending you. When the feedback from the market is not positive, when customers are not buying, when you have tried to pivot several times and you still haven’t gotten a foothold, it is wise to make a real and carefully considered evaluation and decide if your vision truly makes sense.’

Face It: You’re Clinging On to a Zombie Start-Up | WSJ

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Takeaways: ‘Managing Startup Teams: Building Culture’ with Anne Libby at GA

12 Mar

Class: Anne Libby of Anne Libby Management Consulting on “Managing Startup Teams: Building Culture”, via GA

Date: March 6 2012, 18:00 – 19:30

When it comes to building teams – especially when those teams consist of people in far-flung offices around the world – I’m yet to be persuaded that anything is more important than culture*.

And by culture I mean the shared stories, the common values, that explicitly articulated and implicitly understood characteristics that inspire people to rally around that cause, that product, that service. The why-you-want-to-work-here-when-X-would-pay-you-twice-as-much. The-this-is-why-I-get-up-in-at-dawn-on-a-day-when-I’m-not-even-supposed-to-be-in-because-the-team-needs-me-and-hey-they-didn’t-even-have-to-ask factor.

I’ve worked on two projects that I may claim to have helped build and shape; both of these projects had quite distinct cultures.

But what they had in common was excellence über Alles. And yes, that included being excellent to each other (or put another way, jerks need not apply).

Two of my favourite blogs both recently featured culture-as-it-relates-to-startups as a theme, and I thought I’d highlight them as the lesson is relevant to the takeaway from the General Assembly class (which was, not surprisingly, all about culture). Continue reading

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“Networks beat utilities in the age when everyone is connected to everyone else.”

11 Feb

“Networks beat utilities in the age when everyone is connected to everyone else.”

A VC: Utilities vs Networks

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Pissed off users = progress

11 Feb

“If you create a platform on the internet, if your users start screaming in rage on Twitter or in their blogs about something you’ve done, rejoice. You matter. You are successful vs. your 50 potential competitors who no one cares about enough to complain. Now, listen. Respond. Fix it.”

Just because you can make money from something doesn’t mean you should, and other rules of the web | Rex Hammock’s RexBlog.com

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WordPress Headline Split Tester | Cogblog

10 Feb

WordPress plugin for A/B testing headlines. Handy.