Joseph Walla of HelloFax/HelloSign gives amazing insight in to what he's learned growing 2 products to over $1M in revenue. A couple of my favorite lessons that he mentions are "Hone in on ‘deal breaker features’, not feature requests" and "Small variances in churn can have a massive impact on revenue growth over time". This is a must-read for startup founders.
Sam Altman (President of Y Combinator), finds some commonalities of "super successful" companies. One interesting point: "The founders are nice. I'm sure this doesn't always apply, but the most successful founders I know are nicer than average. They're tough, they're very competitive, and they are ruthless, but they are fundamentally nice people."
We tell stories to our coworkers and peers all the time — to persuade someone to support our project, to explain to an employee how he might improve, or to inspire a team that is facing challenges. It’s an essential skill, but what makes a compelling story in a business context? And how can you improve your ability to tell stories that persuade?
It's possible to have amazing growth...and it be completely meaningless. Make sure you aren't pursuing vanity metrics and fooling yourself about how much real progress you're making.
After pumping out content for weeks, months or years on end, you definitely start having dry spells of ideas. Paddy Moogan covers a programatic way to get past that wall.
Ben Porterfield (Co-founder & VP Engineering at Looker) explains how all founders can nail down an analytics infrastructure from the very beginning — and shares his wisdom on where to store data, the best tools to use, common mistakes to dodge, and what you should measure to start making the right moves today.