startup data

A college level class in growth hacking?

In a few days I’m teaching the first class in Growth Hacking at USC. I created this class because no matter what you feel about the “Growth Hacker” term, I find the role to be sought after by graduating students and the skill set to be appreciated by businesses. As far as I know, this is the […]

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Startup Sacrilege for the Underdog Entrepreneur

 I’m now 80% done with the book  I’ve been writing on startups outside of the mainstream. Thanks to those of you who have offered to read and help me improve it. Update July 2016 – I made a PDF of the book available for free download here: “Startup Sacrilege“. What do you think of the cover […]

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What’s the best way for a startup to measure its progress?

Across public talks and internally in the accelerator I co-founded, I’ve taught and advised on metrics that matter for startups. I could add to the lengthy body of knowledge of startup metrics but there’s a qualitative metric that people don’t mention because it’s hard to measure and few see it in person. Startups in their […]

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When Would You Give Up?

If you’re a startup founder and you feel good about yourself, you just might justified. But you’re much more likely to be delirious, experiencing that temporary elation that comes from something that makes no difference to your actual business. For example, you’ll meet a lot of startups feeling good about themselves on the way home […]

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When Does a Startup Accelerator Succeed?

There’s a lot written about startup accelerators. At least, there’s a lot written by outside casual observers; very little is written about them from the inside. There are reasons for that. In my experience running an accelerator, I wouldn’t share much about the startups until after demo day (more about why in a later post).  […]

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The Recommended Daily Intake Approach to Startup Activities

You’ve probably seen the “Recommended Daily Intake” used as a way to gauge how much of a particular nutrient or substance we should ingest in a given period. I was thinking about how startup people spend their time and ended up writing this table of “Recommended Startup Activity Intakes” for early-stage startups. Reading popular tech […]

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Why Startup Lists Don’t Matter But You Read Them Anyway

It just turned 2013 in Hong Kong and I feel like it’s 2008 in New York. Usually when I say that it’s because the startup growth I witnessed (and hope helped) in New York years ago reminds me of what I’ve seen in Hong Kong recently. This time, however, I’m talking about the latest in […]

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Are the TechStars Results accurate?

Are the TechStars Results accurate?

I have total respect for TechStars and what I know about it tells me it’s a great program. So when I recently saw TechStars’ results page with a 80% success rate I had to learn more. I’m always very interested in “success/failure” at startups so I looked through their list of previous classes, going back […]

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Chief concerns of new round of student participants

Chief concerns of new round of student participants

I just started a new Startups Unplugged group for Columbia students (undergrad and MBA) and recent grads. I was psyched that so many people signed up. There were 25 people in the first session, each of which had submitted information about their startups or concepts beforehand.  Here’s the breakdown of the chief concerns of this group (more than […]

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Steve Blank quote

Steve Blank quote from GigaOm video interview: “I did this at SXSW. I said ‘There are 500 people in this room. The good news is, in ten years, there’s two of you who are going to make $100 Million dollars. The rest of you, you might as well have been working at Wal-Mart for how […]

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