Category: Startup

Want To Build An Incredible Product? Strive For The Delta Of “Wow”

Wayne Chang, JetSmarter

When companies or first-time entrepreneurs create products, they tend to work toward an MVP: Minimum Viable Product. I have been building products for a long time. My last company, Crashlytics, was acquired by Twitter and then Google acquired it from Twitter. The product is in over 1 million apps and lives in almost 3 billion monthly active devices. Continue reading “Want To Build An Incredible Product? Strive For The Delta Of “Wow””

Why Trello Failed to Build a $1 Billion+ Business

Hiten Shah, Quick Sprout

In 2011, Joel Spolsky launched his company Fog Creek’s new product at TechCrunch Disrupt called Trello. It looked a lot like a whiteboard with sticky notes translated into a web browser and an iPhone App. Instead of physically moving a sticky note on a whiteboard, you could drag and drop cards on a board from your web browser. Continue reading “Why Trello Failed to Build a $1 Billion+ Business”

YC’s Essential Startup Advice

Geoff Ralston, Y Combinator, Michael Seibel, Y Combinator

A lot of the advice we give startups is tactical; meant to be helpful on a day to day or week to week basis. But some advice is more fundamental. We’ve collected here what we at YC consider the most important, most transformative advice for startups. Whether common sense or counter-intuitive, the guidance below will help most startups find their path to success. Continue reading “YC’s Essential Startup Advice”

We Need to Talk About Kevin: My Attempt to Build a Trustworthy Twitter Bot

Marty Santalucia, MFStrategies LLC

Kevin Brown’s twitter profile (@kevbrown618) describes him as a 26 year old progressive from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He’s an active member of #TheResistance and readily contributes to liberal social media campaigns such as #FireHanity (an effort to convince Fox News host Sean Hannity’s sponsors to turn their backs on his program, effectively stripping it of funding). His insights earned him retweets and likes by CNN contributor Jason Kander and hundreds of other people; his content has been seen over 131,000 times in just over 6 weeks.

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