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If you expect people to sign up and perhaps pay for your startup, you have no chance in hell if you don’t explain in credible detail who you are. Here’s an example (as of Wednesday; May 10, 2017) – everydaycheck.com, a habit-building saas going for $12/year. Looks awesome, and attractive. Chance of me or normal person with a credit card signing up? Zero. There’s a small link to Joan Boixadós Twitter account in the footer. That’s…

Pat and I interviewed Professor Steve Blank, one of the key thinkers behind the whole Lean Startup movement, and that interview is up today! If you’ve wondered what Customer Discovery really is, if it’s more than a Silicon Valley buzzword, this interview will give you the facts from the man who created it. And if you are wondering what’s in Prof. Blanks brand-new, eagerly-awaited book, The Startup Owners Manual, we have the details before anyone…

By David Feinleib VC, Entrepreneur, and Author of Why Startups Fail: And How Yours Can Succeed Startups fail for many different reasons. Turn failure into success by avoiding some of the most common causes of startup failure: Failing to drive demand Building a product people don’t want A lack of passion Running out of money Scaling too fast Small markets Failing to focus Drive Demand! As I wrote in Seven Ways To Market Your Startup,…

By Jarie Bolander Founder, EnduranceLeader.com Thomas Edison was famous for saying: Invention is 1% Inspiration and 99% Perspiration. What he should have said was: Invention comes through practice. Just like the endurance athlete, innovators need to practice. Practice takes many forms. From the thought experiment, to the mockup all the way to beta, it’s all practice for the big event – shipping a product. Innovative Deep Practice I’m a big fan of The Talent Code…

By Brian Noll Code Complete Software A few typical things can happen when developers sell and market development tools to other developers. Here are some things to be careful about: Overselling OK, here is the deal.  It’s plain and simple, but sometimes forgotten.  Developers, engineers, and any scientific thinking person tend to reject outlandish marketing that overpromises.  Also, that same disgust and rejection is now directed towards “management speak”. How many sites, sales processes, and…

By Jim Rhoades Founder Crush Apps In the article “How to be a successful iPhone developer”, Bob Walsh offered some thoughts on why apps succeed or fail. As a developer who has had an app in Apple’s app store for a few months now, I thought I’d add to the discussion with some hard data and thoughts on what I think I’ve done right, and what I could be doing better. Ten months ago, I…

It’s been an axiom of mine for a long time: everybody wants justice, but you’ve have to have the money to buy it. And for bootstrapping startups and microISVs, lawyering up even when you desperately need to has been too damn expensive. Legal River, a new Washington D.C based startup is standing that on its head. Instead of a sellers market based on relying on recommendations of friends or the local bar association, Legal River has created…