All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Startups’
A recent article by Zoli Erdos really got me to thinking about startup hiring. The article was titled "Startups: Executive Hiring Challenges or Beware of the Suits".
If you’ve ever trained a newbie, you know that there’s a lot of routine stuff you’ll sigh your way through. Questions or comments may bring up entirely new ideas, however, and it’s for this reason that many businesses, whether they’re new or old, can learn from tips for startups.
I’ve been reading startup blogs for as long as there have been startup blogs.
I’m a fan of Joel Spolsky. I’m impressed with his wit and humor. Some of his older stuff was really good, but most of his newer stuff just hasn’t struck me in the same way. But, maybe that’s just me.
I’m a fan of Paul Graham. I’m impressed with his intelligence and ability to really cover a topic well in a way that makes sense and appeals to my analytical side.
It’s a well-known fact that Google frequently lets its employees do their own thing on company time. Many of those employees then come up with brilliant ideas, but the search engine giant – wealthy as it is – doesn’t have money to pursue them all. In the long term, do those employees go on to get rich, or get screwed?
Don Dodge wrote a couple of great articles recently titled “Why Startups Innovate While Big Companies Incrementally Improve” and “What do the PC, Mac and Xbox All Have In Common“.
So, do cheapskates make the best early customers for a startup. In a word: No.
Are the names and faces of your nocturnal exploits beginning to fade into a maybe-I-should-get-tested blur, there stud? Liar, they are not. But if your fantasy world is rich enough, and if you’re worried your mom’s going to find your little black book (she’s not here, is she?), then maybe you should move that top-secret information online.
The last dot-com boom was all about getting wired. The next boom will get everyone unwired. And that’s a good thing.
Venture capitalists invest in new and rapidly growing companies that have very significant growth potential. Part of their role includes assisting companies in the development and commercialization of new products. To make a startup firm profitable, it is critical that the VC help the firm develop products that have significant profit margins. While business plans always show significant profit margins, the product cost estimates in the business plans can rarely be met using the first designs. In these cases Design for Manufacturability (DFM) can help close the gap between the actual cost and the target cost found in the business plan.