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In the meantime, a lot of exciting things happening. I recently created Carnaby Labs Ltd to launch a few projects that I’ve been working on (both online and offline).
- WSJ - German Firms Seed Web Shopping in the Developing World
- Possible Insight - Seed Bubble Watch 1st Half 2013
- Silicon Valley Business Journal - Andreessen Horowitz, Google Ventures are besties with everyone (almost)
- Tomasz Tunguz - Why Quotas Aren’t the Most Important Number for Startup Sales Teams
- Design Staff - The product design sprint: a five-day recipe for startups
- Techcrunch - The Rise Of The Hedge Fund Startup Investor (Again)
- Sequoia Capital (Grove) - Why We Visualize the Customer Experience
- WebHistory.org – Proposed new tag: IMG
At the intersection of product and marketing lies the growth hacker. The term du jour for the person responible for acquiring new users.
Sitting between these teams, today’s growth hacker will be able to shorten the build-measure-learn loop. Improving the cost of acquisition and top line number of users, through each iteration. Rather than focusing on vanity metrics, the growth hacker will pay close attention to this funnel: Acquisition > Activation > Retention > Revenue > Referral.
An excerpt from What They Don’t Teach You At Harvard Business School:
Several years ago I met a Venezuelan oil and shipping businessman by the name Rafael Tudela. As I have come to know, respect, and admire him, he has impressed me as the quintessential street-smart executive. He has built a billion-dollar business from scratch in less than twenty years. He seldom deals in written contracts because his word is his bond. He has always made his own breaks. And his principal business, which is oil speculation, relies on his constant process of seeing opportunities where no one else does and taking advantage of them.
In other words, Rafael Tudela is a genius at taking the edge. One of the best illustrations of this –of how he has the facts, knows what people want, and figures out a way to give it to them- is the story of how he got in the oil business in the fist place.
- Correlated Causation - How much to raise using Crunchbase data
- First Round – The 30 Best Pieces of Advice for Entrepreneurs in 2013
- Groove – Results of the 2013 SaaS Small Business Conversion Survey
- VentureBeat - Evernote’s Phil Libin shows how to do startup PR the right way
- Saar Gur - Why Most Startups Fail at Acquiring New Customers (and how you can succeed!) [Slideshare]
- Nathan Kontny – Not Wanted
- Satya Patel - Homebrew’s 1%: The VC Metrics Behind Investing in One of Every 100 Companies We Meet
- DataFox - The Current State of Startups from Naval Ravikant
- Teehan+lax - Prismatic for iOS & Why designing content systems is hard
- HBR - How Netflix Reinvented HR
- Quora - How did Udemy get 5,000 courses online so quickly?
- Tomasz Tunguz - Your Startup’s 10 Most Important Metrics
- NYTimes – Disruptions: Betting on Bitcoin
- Farnam Street – How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big
- Marc Andreessen, Chris Dixon, and Eric Ries @ The Lean Startup Conference [YouTube 42min]