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Eric Ries is often cited for his belief in developing the “Minimum Viable Product” in order to get to market as fast as possible, test some theories on whether it solves the core problem you’re aiming at, and iterate from there.  We did that with Ramamia and truly believe in it.   There’s a problem beyond the Minimum Viable Product and it’s often overlooked by most entrepreneurs and that’s asking What is the Minimum Viable Market? In Short: What is the smallest sector/niche of your TAM (total addressable market) that you can launch to and completely dominate in order to test your hypotheses about the minimum viable product? Don’t Spray and Pray Too many entrepreneurs go with the whole spray and pray approach to launching their product.  How many times have you heard an entrepreneur say “We just need 1% of a 10 billion dollar market, we’ll be multi-millionaires”.  This often ends…Continue Reading
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All Credit Goes To Dave McClure.  Wanted to grab these quotes before his Twitter stream had more posts added in, making them hard to find.  Following quotes were from Paul Graham’s talk at FBFund at Facebook headquarters in Palo Alto: “one thing at YC we learned that determination matters FAR more than intelligence.” “we’ve learned if yr talking 2 bunch startup founders & can’t tell who leader is, that means there *isn’t* one.” “VCs like charismatic founders. however, that’s not always correlated w/ success. sometimes Nerds have good ROI.” “Pattern recognition is what you fall back on when you don’t quite understand something…” “Startups rarely die from competitors. They die of *SUICIDE*.” (stupidity, lack of money, lack of customers) “Running a tech startup w/o a tech founder is about as hard as playing pool with a piece of rope. “investors notice you the *third* time they hear your name.” (keep…Continue Reading
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I realized that you could see which domains did and didn’t use Google Apps (or at least signed up for it on that domain) by typing in: http://mail.google.com/a/companydomain.com .  Just replace companydomain.com with the domain name of the company you want to know about  I thought, wouldn’t it be funny if Microsoft used Google Apps?  Low and behold they do, and not for just one product, but a few. The best one of all: They setup Google Apps for Office.com (click on picture for full resolution) What about XBox.com and Xboxlive.com? YUP.   (click on picture for full resolution) Oh, but maybe Google displays this page for any and all domains.  WRONG.  Yahoo was smart enough to find some value in the $300 million+ spent on Zimbra to not use Google Apps.  Here’s what it looks like if you enter a domain that has not had Google Apps setup.  (click…Continue Reading
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**Dear people from Draper Fisher Jurveston (DFJ) who frequently visit this post (multiple times a week and close to 50 times total according to my analytics)-  You should say hi via email.  Nope, not looking for funding or to “pitch” you.   I just enjoy talking to smart people who want to change the world, which you guys and gals definitely like to do.** What needs serious disrupting and can change the world?  This is my favorite conversation to have with fellow entrepreneurs / VCs / startup enthusiasts. After leaving Publictivity in January, I’ve spent a ton of time thinking about this topic in regards to what I’m passionate about and really want to start.  At some point you can’t do any more thinking, and you need to dive in head first.  I’m at that point, so I wrote everything down/synthesized from tons of documents.  I figured I’d share the…Continue Reading
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Looks like it’s a direct shot at twitter considering the name.  It doesn’t work yet, but will be located at lite.facebook.com.  Update: It’s gone already. Update 2: Added full screenshot  Ideas on what this could mean: This is what Facebook and Friendfeed have been casually talking about with acquisition talks accelerating things Facebook is planning on this being the twitter client / penguin FB. Moreso, Facebook may be making a Friendfeed of sorts of its own and twitter is one of many places it could post to. Either way a friendfeed acquisition, basic search integration, and now this makes their intentions of going after Twitter clear.  The war is on… And of course there’s already outlash with an FACEBOOK LITE SUCKS GROUP: