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Chargify Blog | Beware the $5/mo Business
If you're thinking about running a webapp business, read this: "Beware the $5/month Business"
entrepreneurship  pricing  business  startups  saas 
july 2013 by charliepark
Engineering Management - Hiring
A fantastic post on hiring and its importance in a startup.
entrepreneurship  management  hiring  startups 
october 2012 by charliepark
Engineering Management
Includes links to subtopics:
1. Hiring is number one
2. Let process be implemented by those who practice it
3. Promotion from within
4. Tools are top priority
5. Technical Leaders
management  leadership  entrepreneurship  engineering  yishan_wong 
october 2012 by charliepark
Made Better in Japan - WSJ.com
By keeping their spaces small, their staff skeletal and their selection limited, they have the chance to develop their cuisine without the financial pressure of a larger business. Even when these ventures succeed, as Quintessence most definitely has, their aim still isn't to serve hundreds of guests a night. All of which indicates something different—and better—about dining in Japan: Whereas Gordon Ramsay and other superstar chef brands seek to expand and conquer the city, the country, the world, the goal here is to connect a chef with the people he's feeding.
japan  entrepreneurship  culture  customer_service 
october 2012 by charliepark
Why “saving money” and “ROI” are probably the wrong way to sell your product by @ASmartBear
First, create so much value (efficiency, time-savings, cost-savings, happiness, whatever) that there’s no need to “compute” it. Make the so-called pay-back period less than a month. Change someone’s workflow so drastically for the better that they can’t live without it whether it’s saving money or not. Improve your customers’ marketing campaigns so obviously and drastically that they don’t need a spreadsheet to understand its value.

Second, price according to willingness and ability to pay rather than as a direct function of so-called “value.” The software development department has a budget for tools and different companies have different ways of arguing internally for expanding that budget — you have to match those constraints regardless of “value delivered.” The marketing department might be willing to pay for services but not for tools.
startup  pricing  entrepreneurship 
october 2012 by charliepark
People are often copying the wrong ideas. Why copy a reading list site or make y... | Hacker News
A good example of someone actually *making* something. One of the more encouraging things I've read at Hacker News.

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People are often copying the wrong ideas. Why copy a reading list site or make yet-another-alternative-HN-view site, when you could start a real business?
I find Patrick's posts and comments invaluable. He's made a real business selling bingo cards to teachers. He pays contractors and venders thousands of dollars per year.
He has this way of writing that makes what he does sound easy: "a SQL query here, A/B test there, and whoopsie, I just made $35K."
I set out to copy BCC. I asked my wife, "Is there a software product you wish existed, but doesn't?" She wanted a site where she can make custom cupcake wrappers. So I set about making it. It's been nearly a year, and we're only now over $200/month in revenue and +150 unique users per day. It's been a lot of hard work, but along the way, interacting with customers, I realized there's an opportunity to build a real business. We're about to buy a cutting machine and custom dies so we can move from just selling PDFs to fulfilling physical orders. Who knows, with all the emails I've collected, we may start a selling custom web hosting for bakers and party planners.
So, I just want to say: by all means copy something. Clone someone's successful website if you must, but copy their hard work. Copy their market validation. Build a real business.
passion  entrepreneurship 
february 2012 by charliepark
There's already a word for a lifestyle startup: a business.
"There's already a word for a lifestyle startup: a business." - Paul Graham
startups  business  entrepreneurship 
october 2011 by charliepark
Airbnb Victim Speaks Again: Homeless, Scared And Angry | TechCrunch
"Part of the issue is that young fast-growth CEOs don't major on empathy, typically. It's somewhat contrary to the necessities of the job. These co-founders have absolutely no concept of how this woman feels, or if they do, they have determined that they won't let her know about it. The best thing say Paul Graham could do would be to hire them a crisis management coach, stat. " - Peter Vessenes

One of the things I really find interesting is the hoorah-alpha-male-startups-are-the-most-important-thing-ever voice I see represented on Hacker News, Quora, and other places, contrasted with the make-the-customer-happy-emphasize-customer-service-above-all-else-"beta"-male activity that seems like the epitome of good small businesses (even online startups). Not sure what to do with that dichotomy, but it's interesting.
startups  entrepreneurship  alphamale  airbnb 
july 2011 by charliepark
Simple is Marketable | Andrew Chen (@andrewchen)
When a product isn’t working, often the knee-jerk response is to “fully bake” the product by adding more features. However, I’ve found that when examining the data of new startups, the problem most often lies on the first couple pages of a product- often an unattractive value proposition, or clunky signup flow that kills the new user experience. Adding metrics to simple products often makes it clear exactly what’s going on, and most of the time, it’s a fundamental issue that needs to be fixed on the first page.

In this way, simple products with the “right” value prop will end up with better signup rates- this lets you put your attention on top-of-funnel issues rather than low-impact feature add-ons that won’t 10x the destiny of your product.
startup  simple  entrepreneurship  minimalism 
july 2011 by charliepark
How to Demo Your Software Product | innonate
A successful demo is comprised to two important outcomes, no matter the audience:

As a whole, the audience comes away with some level of consensus that you’re a smart, self-aware person doing worthwhile things.
At least 1 person in the audience has an “ah-ha” moment and comes away with a mission to help your product succeed, either by providing a critical feature idea, a hire candidate, potential partnership, or — in the case of a demo to investors — the desire to fight to invest.

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The Core: Software is Magic. A Demo is a Magic Show.

All software have this in common:

1. There are inputs.
2. Those inputs get processed by all of our hard work and labor that goes into our software.
3. And there are outputs which are nothing short of magical.

The Preamble: Demo the Problem. Don’t Talk to it.

Two small but still important points: Keep it Simple and Stay Cool

... People are drawn to those who handle stress like nothing ever happened. If you can keep your cool, keep talking, get a few jokes out, and find a creative way to let the show go on, you’ll win more hearts and minds than if all the technology even worked. Remember, generally speaking the point of a demo is to get people to think that you’re a smart person doing worthwhile things.
entrepreneurship  startup  demoing  presenting  marketing  vc 
june 2011 by charliepark
How to hire a product manager - by Ken Norton
1. Hire all the smart people
2. Strong technical background
3. "Spidey-sense" product instincts and creativity
4. Leadership that's earned
5. Ability to channel multiple points-of-view
6. Give me someone who's shipped something
pm  productmanagement  entrepreneurship  startup 
may 2011 by charliepark
The 100 Rules for Being an Entrepreneur | Altucher Confidential
A great — and accurate — list of "rules" for entrepreneurs. Brilliant, really. I especially liked NN) You have no more free time.
entrepreneurship  startup  business  from delicious
april 2011 by charliepark
Call Me Fishmeal.: Success, and Farming vs. Mining
SPOT ON. A great writeup by Wil Shipley on businesses, startups, and how ideas are worthless.
business  entrepreneurship  startup  execution  from delicious
april 2011 by charliepark
Rude Q&A
When you're contemplating an exciting new idea, you don't want to hear questions that might contradict your concept. And of course, that's exactly when you need the biggest, baddest, smartest, devil's advocate to challenge all your assumptions.
entrepreneurship  startup 
february 2010 by charliepark
Our Shortcomings | GiveWell
I had a chip on my shoulder about GiveWell from a few years back, when they astroturf'd MeFi. But I really admire this: They have a page on their site where they list their shortcomings — the date, the issue, the resolution. Very cool.
startup  humility  entrepreneurship 
december 2009 by charliepark
Seth's Blog: The secret of the web (hint: it's a virtue)
The irony of the web is that the tactics work really quickly. You friend someone on Facebook and two minutes later, they friend you back. Bang.

But the strategy still takes forever. The strategy is the hard part, not the tactics.
entrepreneurship  startup  strategy 
august 2008 by charliepark
ideas are just a multiplier of execution - O'Reilly ONLamp Blog
"To me, ideas are worth nothing unless executed. They are just a multiplier. Execution is worth millions."
startup  entrepreneur  execution  ideas  web2.0  entrepreneurship 
august 2008 by charliepark

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