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Doing it right vs. Doing it on time

You have a choice how to get there: Launch quick, launch big, or launch great.  You can hit a deadline, feel proud, and get a thumbs up from the boss (or investors).  You can follow the very trendy strategy of “minimum viable product” and launch something that’s just OK and make it better later (if […]

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Every test is a win

When you test ideas, it’s always good. The moment you do a test, you’re winning — you’re learning something new, you’re finding a better way, or you’re avoiding a mistake. There’s no such thing as a “failed” test. Tests aren’t Pass vs. Fail. Tests are A vs. B. You always learn something about A and […]

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The only way to run a business

I got to the third page of Derek Sivers’ book, Anything You Want, and I had to stop and blog this. I also bought the book for everyone in the company. This is so right: Business is not about making money. It’s about making dreams come true for others and for yourself. Making a company […]

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The entrepreneur’s decision time

A friend is deep in a startup that isn’t going as expected. He’s out of money, and he’s exhausted. He has some choices: Switch to a lean-and-mean, do-it-with-three-people-and-no-cash strategy around the original vision. Or shut it down. Or focus on customer acquisition to get it big enough to sell (and bet it all on a […]

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Man Bites Dog: There's an easier way to start your company

A startup is hard and expensive. You can be out $100,000+ just to get going. And if you have to take on investors, you’ve already lost a chunk of the company before you’ve even opened the doors. Find an easier way. What to do: Take your startup and chop out 90% of the features. Find […]

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What if you fired all the average performers?

Interesting quotes from Netflix CEO Reed Hastings: Like every company, we try to hire well. But, unlike many companies, we practice “adequate performance gets a generous severance package.” We’re a team, not a family. We’re like a pro sports team, not a kid’s recreational team. Coaches’ job at every level of Netflix to hire, develop […]

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