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Lean Culture: Seed Funding Without Loans – An Introduction to SBIR Grants

  Paul Scott shares lesson learned writing SBIR grants. His presentation covers the Grant Writing Application Process: – Letter of intent – Concept paper – Full proposal About the Speaker: Paul Scott has been a technical writer for over 20 years. He uses his training and experience as a scientist to help clients convey highly …

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Entrepreneurs Cannot Rely on a Cookbook or a Manual

Entrepreneurs starting their first business often hunt for a cookbook of recipes to make sense of a journey that is alternating between bewilderment and frustration. But startups fight for existence in a competitive and evolving environment, where changes in the technical or social substrates can invalidate their strategy or enable competitors without warning.

Pricing model key lever for profitability

Your Pricing Model is a Key Lever for Profitability

There is a natural tendency for technical founders to base their pricing model on an engineering oriented value proposition. Looking at the full impact on business can enable higher prices, which in turn means more profit and faster growth. Wojciech Bulaty of Traffic Parrot describes the mental shift Sean Murphy helped him make to transition …

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40 Tips for B2B Customer Development Interviews

This post on B2B customer development interviews builds on one of my most popular. If you would like help preparing for customer development interviews or reviewing results from recent interviews, contact us. Here are my lessons learned from taking part in interviews where the startup planned to offer a product or service to a business. …

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Mastering The Skill of Entrepreneurship

Expertise in a complex skill, like the skill of entrepreneurship, requires mastery of a constellation of techniques and methods. I use an essay by Ursula K. Le Guin “Where Do You Get Your Ideas From?” as a point of departure to explore the “continuous cultivation of a disposition, leading to skill in performance.”

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