If you are a startup founder you are very likely spending an hour or two a day reading and writing email. Some days it may seem that you spend most of your time responding to emails from prospects, customers, partners, cofounders, service providers, and spammers.
Theresa and I attended the JPK Group Product Intelligence and Experience Summit in San Francisco, March 15-16, 2017. I gave a talk on “Extracting Insights from A Competitor’s Software Demo.” Here is my de-brief from the event.
I collect quotes for entrepreneurs from a variety of sources and tweet them on @skmurphy about once a day where you can get them hot off the mojo wire. At the end of each month I curate them in a blog post that adds commentary and may contain a longer passage from the same source for context. Please enter your E-mail address if you would like have new blog posts sent to you.
Dorothea Brande wrote “Becoming a Writer” in 1934. The book remains in print today, offering valuable tips for both writers and entrepreneurs.
Your value hypothesis is your best theory for why customers will pay for your product or service in preference to the status quo or other alternatives available to them. One of the key challenges entrepreneurs face in launching a new offering is understanding the value it offers a target customer in addressing a need or solving a problem. Our February 2017 newsletter explores the challenges of crafting and testing your value hypothesis.
I collect quotes for entrepreneurs from a variety of sources and tweet them on @skmurphy about once a day where you can get them hot off the mojo wire. At the end of each month I curate them in a blog post that adds commentary and may contain a longer passage from the same source for context. Please enter your E-mail address if you would like new blog posts sent to you.
The following is an edited transcript of Elena Krasnoperova‘s “Learning Hacks for Bootstrappers” briefing at the Bootstrapper Breakfast on Fri-Dec-2-2016. She had a “cheat sheet” she handed out that is interleaved here in her remarks. We have added hyperlinks where they help to clarify or elaborate on her remarks.
We are mixing it up in 2017 with our email newsletter: we are going back to a monthly publication schedule but will dedicate one issue a quarter to a roundup of events and activities we have planned for the coming months and some key milestones our clients have achieved.
Let’s face it, finding customers can be quite a challenge. In this interactive workshop, we will cover a variety of proven marketing techniques for growing your business: attendees will select one or two that fit their style and develop a plan to implement them in their business in the next 90 days.
I ran into Shane Reiser (@ShaneReiser) at the Intrapreneur Conference in Silicon Valley and was impressed by his new startup (Your Ideas are Terrible) with cofounder Carie Davis to bring lean thinking to corporate innovation. What follows is a Q&A we conducted over email with hyperlinks added for context.
Q: I am in the process of forming a scientific advisory board for my startup in the healthcare / facility management space and I would welcome any insights or suggestions.
We are excited to announce that Jeff Allison will be collaborating with us on a new set initiatives for intrapreneurs in 2017, including a new Mastermind group specifically for intrapreneurs and change agents.
There are a lot of misconceptions about finding early adopters of a new product or technology. It’s a question that comes up often in early market exploration: this post is a summary of my experience and current best thinking.
Jeff Allison – Program Manager
Jeff has 30 years of experience in the high technology computing and networking industries. He has held various roles in Hardware Engineering, Marketing and Engineering management. He has a proven track record of developing high power cross functional teams to solve complex engineering issues and drive methodology changes throughout the organization. At Cisco he built and managed global engineering development and services teams to deliver next generation routing solutions. He was also responsible for driving and implementing many continuous improvement and product quality initiatives to improve overall customer satisfaction.
A collection of quotes of interest and use to entrepreneurs: these quotes for entrepreneurs were identified in December 2016. You can follow @skmurphy to get these quotes for entrepreneurs hot off the mojo wire or wait until they are collected in a blog post at the end of each month. Enter your E-mail address if you would like have new blog posts sent to you.
Some thoughts on Christmas Day 2016: “peace on earth, good will to all men.”
We can grow apart from friends and family we don’t see that often. Christmas Eve 2016 is a chance to reconnect with family and see friends.
Theresa Shafer came up with a clever reconceptualization of a common logo for Wifi as a Christmas tree for the OpenSensors holiday greeting: “Have a Holly Jolly IoT-Enabled Holiday.”
Some quick answers to common questions about how to protect your intellectual property (IP) and when to incorporate.