The best entrepreneurs are always looking for a new edge, and increasingly, podcasts have become an unparalleled source of applicable advice. A bunch of podcasts focusing on tech, startups, and the challenges of growing your business have launched in recent years. Forbes has sampled a whole bunch, and recommends these 12 as some of the best and most educational out there.
We live today in a golden age of writing and resources for entrepreneurs. There are books on most (but not yet all) of the critical topics about startups, and of course a massive amount of information on blogs and Twitter. Elite VCs – from Brad Feld to Reid Hoffman to Peter Thiel – write books and tweet constantly (or at least one does). As the ecosystem develops, this information is getting more and more specialized, which is awesome. But it was not always this way! Even 10 or 15 years ago, when I first cut my teeth as an entrepreneur, there were very few things to read. Mostly we read business books designed for established enterprise and tried to read through the lines to find ways to apply their wisdom to startups.
- Pick good cofounders
- Launch fast
- Let your idea evolve (most ideas appear in implementation)
- Understand your users (many successful startups make something the founders needed)
- Better to make a few users love you than a lot ambivalent
- Offer surprisingly good customer service
- You make what you measure (measuring something has an uncanny tendency to improve it)
- Spend little
- Get ramen profitable (just enough to pay the founders’ living expenses)
- Avoid distractions (the worst type are those that pay money like day jobs and consulting)
- Don’t get demoralized
- Don’t give up
- Deals fall through
I was scared after I was thrown out of school. I didn’t want to spend my life in prison. I didn’t want to have a 9–5 job. I understand not every 9–5 job is bad.
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1- Because nobody cares.
2- Because an idea is 1% and execution is 99%.
3- Because the same idea executed by different people will lead to totally different products/businesses.
4- Because there are no revolutionary ideas anymore.
5- Because the most successful businesses are basic ideas perfectly executed.
6- Because if you think Uber and Airbnb were first of their kind, you’re wrong. Thousands have failed with the exact same idea.
7- Because you need to focus on what really matters and work without restrictions.
8- Because you don’t have the answers, your market does. Talk out loud, go out there, become an expert, speak, network, and collect feedback.
9- Because you don’t want to tune yourself to this level of thinking, and have better things to focus on.
10- Because people you’ll interact with will never sign your shitty NDA to know more about your idea they don’t give a sh*t about in the first place.
Or, Checkout These Hilarious Comments on the TechCrunch Launch Articles of Twitter, Instagram, Uber, and Pinterest.
Every early stage startup has doubters, naysayers, and skeptics. These people will tell you that you can’t do it, that you shouldn’t do it, that you are wasting your time. They will tell you that your idea is stupid and that you are burning your investor’s money.
We talked to founder and CEO Ryan Hoover about Product Hunt’srapid rise to prominence.
Ryan is very much still in the weeds. Although his company, Product Hunt, has many hundreds of thousands of users (400,000 in October, and “much, much more than that” today), the company has a lot of work to do in building a sustainable—and profitable—business.
How do you make sure an important story is heard even though there are no ‘masala’ ingredients in it? No maverick, tantrum-throwing founder, no wicked VCs, no mega-funding, no mass layoffs. The absence of these elements is precisely what makes Voonik’s story so noteworthy. In a confusing world where the mantra for building a business changes every morning, Voonik has created a solid company from scratch in a fiercely competitive market, quietly and efficiently. Every hopeful entrepreneur should take heart from this story.
From the week of January 3rd to the week of January 10th, Voonik was the fastest growing android phone shopping app in India by active users, behind Paytm, Flipkart and Amazon.’
We had no money.
We changed our business model and had 3 months worth of cash left to turn things around. If we didn’t we were toast. Done.
We needed to find customers. But no one knew who we were.
A marketing budget? Please. We were just trying to keep the lights on.
This was our situation a year and half ago at Crew. We knew we had to grow but we didn’t know how we were going to do it in a substantial way.
Things like blogging work but can take months before they have a big impact.
Building a great product to generate word-of-mouth is a must but that takes time too.
Even though we were working on these things, we needed to find a way to accelerate “normal” growth if we were going to survive.
Around this time, we were creating the homepage of our website. While searching for a photo to use, we noticed every photography option was either too crappy, too expensive, or both.
Instead, we hired a photographer and took a bunch of photos at a coffee shop. We only used one photo so we had extras. We thought, there’s probably a bunch of people having the same issue as us so let’s post these photos online and give them away for free.
“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers.
The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently.
They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them.
About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward.
While some see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.”
—Apple Inc. ad, 1997, after Steve Jobs returned to Apple