Rock Paper Scissors

Written by Sean Murphy. Posted in skmurphy

Technology markets look like a game of rock paper scissors. Startups have to find an effective counter to a competitor’s offering not just a slightly better version. Their pebble cannot beat the incumbent’s rock, they have to use paper (and scissors is a really bad idea). 

Alastair Hood: Lessons Learned Bootstrapping Verdafero

Written by Sean Murphy. Posted in skmurphy

Compare notes with entrepreneurs who eat problems for breakfast.Dr. Alastair Hood, PhD, CEO of Verdafero, was our featured attendee at this morning’s Bootstrapper Breakfast® in Palo Alto.

He offered a candid assessment of lessons learned bootstrapping Verdafero since 2009. The Verdafero platform is used by businesses to capture, analyze, visualize their waste, water, and energy utility bills. It allows them to compare locations normalized for temperature and key business transactions (e.g. nightly occupancy for a hotel, pizzas sold for a pizzeria, daily check-ins at a health club, etc..).

Here are my notes for his remarks:

How To Test Your Leap To A Solution

Written by Sean Murphy. Posted in 3 Early Customer Stage, checklist, Sales, skmurphy

In your early customer discovery conversations to assess demand for a new offering a wide range of customer needs and symptoms can trigger a leap to a solution, which just happens to be yours. Guard against this by probing to understand the root problem–have at least three questions that allow you to dig out the details–and consider questions that would disqualify your solution.

Newsletter: Retrospectives, Post Mortems, and After Action Reviews

Written by Christ Ann Tabunar. Posted in 3 Early Customer Stage, 5 Scaling Up Stage

SKMurphy December 2015  Newsletter

This blog post summarizes our December newsletter, you can subscribe to the monthly SKMurphy newsletter using the form at the right

 

Retrospectives, Post Mortems, and After Action Reviews

The end of year is always a good time to look back and assess what you have accomplished and what you have learned doing so. This goes by several names: retrospectives, post mortems, and after action reviews being the most common. If you kept a copy of the goals you set for yourself for the year, comparing that list with your list of accomplishments may offer further opportunities for insight.

 

Ten Rules of Thumb from”101 Things I Learned in Engineering School”

Written by Sean Murphy. Posted in skmurphy

Ten rules of thumb from”101 Things I Learned in Engineering School” by John Kuprenas and Matthew Frederick that I think entrepreneurs will find particularly useful. It’s a great book full of very clear illustrations and examples for most of its 101 two-page chapters. I purchased it as a Christmas gift for my sons and could not stop reading it once I started. I have preserved the numbering from the chapters in the book.

Moore’s Law Enables New Uses For Old Algorithms

Written by Sean Murphy. Posted in skmurphy

Moore’s Law and the rise of cloud computing models that enable collaboration in networks of up to hundreds of thousands of individual CPUs on a single algorithm mean that old algorithms can find new applications and address much larger problems. I believe that this will have as profound an impact on knowledge work over the next two decades as the personal computer did transforming clerical jobs in the 80’s and 90’s.

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