For the last couple months I’ve been researching a business opportunity using a Lean Startup process. If it’s true that we learn best from our mistakes, I’ve done some really solid learning over the last several weeks. ;) I had previously posted 9 Tips To Improving Your Lean
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When I changed from being a startup executive to an EIR at a venture capital firm, I didn’t realize how ill equipped I was for my most important task: market validation. I had a general idea of where where I wanted to start a business, and some good direct
9 Tips To Improving Your Lean Startup Validation
A decade of freemium business models and cloud computing have reduced the cost of starting a new business to all-time lows. It seems like a lifetime ago that new startups had to spend exorbitant fees with hardware manufacturers, service providers, and design firms to get their businesses off the ground.
Top 10 Tools for the Bootstrapped Startup
Last week I had an opportunity to guest lecture at the University of Massachusetts Boston in their Venture Development Center. The class consisted of students who were actively launching new businesses, with products that ranged from green surf boards to African-inspired dresses. Below is a slightly shortened version of my
My Guest Lecture at UMass Boston
Bill Brown was one at my last startup. He was the CTO of a VAR turned MSP in South Carolina that had spent his entire professional career in IT. When we found him, he had already cobbled together parts of a solution that for all intents and purposes had the
The Most Important Customer You Will Ever Know
Any time you get enough Boston venture investors and entrepreneurs together, the discussion inevitably turns to a debate on Boston versus the Silicon Valley. Last week’s Future Forward executive retreat at Wellesley College was certainly no exception. The late morning panel discussion, "Changes in the World of Seed-Stage