startup data

How fast can you move when you’re f’d up?

This tale was told to me by a founder of a startup that is no more.   Like many startups these days, X planned to improve their signup rate through site design. Along the way to designing their site, they got ready to A/B test various versions of content, visuals and the signup process itself. […]

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Where are they now

Where are they now

The first TechCrunch Disrupt conference I went to was in NYC, May 2010. Here’s how the 20 companies that TechCrunch selected for the Startup Battlefield are doing (as of October 2011). Many of them seem to still be quite small in terms of usage, though most of these numbers are not public. One public statistic […]

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Selling Shovels in the New Gold Rush

Back during the 1849 California Gold Rush, few prospectors struck it rich. Most of the people who made money back then were those who “sold shovels” or provided other services to the same miners who traveled far to live hard lives panning for gold. Is it any different today? In the Gold Rush that is […]

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Why I don’t write about startup news

When I was in college I used to spend 2 hours a day reading newspapers. I’d start with the NY Times, go to the Wall Street Journal, maybe pick up the Financial Times, El Mundo, South China Morning Post, or for kicks People’s Daily. Few of those news stories meant anything lasting to me. I […]

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How to be worth your 0%

I was contacted to be a mentor for a graduating student who wanted to work at a startup, something I was happy to do. But the first question he asked me when we met was “What percentage equity should I get? Because I don’t want to get screwed.” I almost ended the meeting right then. […]

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Secrecy and Startups

The word “stealth” used to be commonly heard in startup circles. Ten years ago. Today you’re more likely to be scoffed at for saying you’re a stealth startup and not openly discussing your work. As many have said, it’s not likely that someone you meet will want to drop everything they’re doing and copy your […]

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Old startups never die, they just fade away

OK, sometimes they die. But there’s a lot more fading away.   The startup world is like an iceberg — you only see the small bit that pops above the surface. The big ones that made it, that got major press, the ones you signed up for, the ones you really used, that you know […]

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