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Wasting Time Validating Assumptions?

"Since so much of the focus in an early stage startup should be spent validating assumptions, an essential task is to prioritize the assumptions that need to be validated."

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The Dirty Little Secret Of Overnight Successes

The Dirty Little Secret Of Overnight Successes | FastStart | Scoop.it

"What do Dyson, Angry Birds, and Groupon all have in common? They were "overnight successes"--or were they?"

"Angry Birds, the incredibly popular game, was software maker Rovio’s 52nd attempt. They spent eight years and nearly went bankrupt before finally creating their massive hit."

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How to Road-Test Your Business Model

How to Road-Test Your Business Model | FastStart | Scoop.it
Two steps that can save you precious time and resources in the early days of your start-up.
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Startups Are All About the Execution, So Tell Me How

"When entrepreneurs come to me with that “million dollar idea,” I have to tell them that an idea alone is really worth nothing. It’s all about the execution, and investors invest in the people who can execute, or even better, have a history of successful execution. Execution is making things happen, and for startups it usually means making change happen, which is even more difficult."

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Whom Should You Hire at a Startup? (Attitude over Aptitude)

Whom Should You Hire at a Startup? (Attitude over Aptitude) | FastStart | Scoop.it
Startups. We know the mantra: Team matters. Is this philosophy exaggerated? Overrated? Cliché? No. Team is the only thing that matters. Whatever you’re working on now it’s irrelevant unless you continue rapid innovation.
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The $50 Santa: A Customer Acquisition Cost Primer

The $50 Santa: A Customer Acquisition Cost Primer | FastStart | Scoop.it
How much should acquiring a customer cost you? A campaign checklist to prevent spending more than you'll make.
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Online Testing Essentials: An infographic on what online marketing activities to test.

Online Testing Essentials: An infographic on what online marketing activities to test. | FastStart | Scoop.it
A well-built sales funnel is never complete until every part of it has been tested and optimized. For maximum success, marketers should dig deep and experiment with every customer interaction point.
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10 examples of minimum viable products - Venture Hacks

10 examples of minimum viable products - Venture Hacks | FastStart | Scoop.it

Do minimum viable products seem abstract? Here’s 10 examples:

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3 Ways To Predict What Consumers Want Before They Know It

3 Ways To Predict What Consumers Want Before They Know It | FastStart | Scoop.it
The insight that sparks innovation appears to occur randomly. After all, the iconic shorthand for innovation is a light bulb, implying that ideas come from sudden flashes of inspiration.
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The Lean Startup: Applying the Scientific Method to the Art of Entrepreneurship

The Lean Startup: Applying the Scientific Method to the Art of Entrepreneurship | FastStart | Scoop.it

Eric Reis says his first startup experience was just like that one in The Social Network. But only the first half.

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How To Increase Site Performance Through A/B Split Testing | UX Booth

How To Increase Site Performance Through A/B Split Testing | UX Booth | FastStart | Scoop.it

Ever had the desire to change something on your website, but you were afraid the change might have a negative impact on performance? Welcome to A/B Split testing, the practice of testing multiple variations of the same site to see which works better.

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Generation Y Is Born To Startup

Generation Y Is Born To Startup | FastStart | Scoop.it
There’s a fundamental difference between the rebels of the past and today: Generation Y are born entrepreneurs.
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HighTable - Beta List

HighTable - Beta List | FastStart | Scoop.it
Beta List provides an overview of upcoming internet startups. Discover and get early access to the future. (HighTable: Find and share first hand expertise to make better, faster business decisions).
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Analysis Paralysis (and Blaming Lean Startup)

Analysis Paralysis (and Blaming Lean Startup) | FastStart | Scoop.it

"The goal of Lean Startup isn’t to slow you down, but it is designed to make you think critically about what you’re doing and amass (some form of) proof that you’re heading in the right direction before barreling ahead. Those that go through the early customer development and Lean Startup process may feel paralyzed or derailed for a bit, but they come out the other end with a much clearer picture of where to run. And then, you run. As fast as you can."

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The 11 Hottest Industries For Start-Ups

The 11 Hottest Industries For Start-Ups | FastStart | Scoop.it
Looking to build a business but don't know where to start? Food, booze, and cost-saving firms top IBISWorld list of industries with low barriers to entry and high growth potential.
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What Comes Before The Business Plan? Everything.

What Comes Before The Business Plan?  Everything. | FastStart | Scoop.it

"Those that need entrepreneurship education are nascent entrepreneurs—those thinking about starting a business and going through some of the early motions.  However, standard entrepreneurship courses target new business owners—typically not the students sitting in the seats. Nascent entrepreneurs can, of course, progress into new business owners, but we are not paying enough attention to these prospective entrepreneurs. If anything, traditional entrepreneurship education is scaring them away as opposed to unleashing their potential. Why?  Blame the business plan."

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The 7 Rock Solid Elements of Executing Business Model Innovation

The 7 Rock Solid Elements of Executing Business Model Innovation | FastStart | Scoop.it

"If you’ve been liv­ing under a rock for the last five years…

First off, wel­come back we need you. Sec­ond, let me get you up to speed. The hottest two busi­ness con­cepts over the last 24 months have been pivot and busi­ness model innovation."

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9 Steps to Write Your Ultimate Home Page Headline

I’m not talking gimmicks. I’m not talking overhyped promises. I’m talking about a logical approach to writing headlines that will actually take you from [cliché alert] zero to hero in exactly 9 steps.
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How to test the viability of your online business idea

I didn't invent this method, I first learned about it in the book "Four hour work week" of Tim Ferriss. In this article, I will explain the method and add some practical tips to it based on my own experience.

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10 Qualities of a Successful Entrepreneur

10 Qualities of a Successful Entrepreneur | FastStart | Scoop.it
Successful people have many things in common with each other. Here are 10 things that every successful entrepreneur has.
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Balance Your Media Diet

Balance Your Media Diet | FastStart | Scoop.it
Practicing good nutrition keeps your mind sharp, your body fit, and your life long. The same could be said for consuming media. (Seriously, knowledge is power.) When you add it all up, the average American spends roughly nine hours a day glued to some kind of screen, and like your diet, quality is as important as quantity.
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The Essential Fuel for Startup Success – “Monetizable Pain”

The Essential Fuel for Startup Success – “Monetizable Pain” | FastStart | Scoop.it

The more important the problem is to your customer, the easier it will be to build a business despite a less-than-perfect product or a less-than-perfect team.

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10 Lean Startup Machine Tips and Tricks

10 Lean Startup Machine Tips and Tricks | FastStart | Scoop.it

1) Problems don’t exist. You can’t go out and talk to a problem. Focus relentlessly on people. 2) Cash in hand beats bullshit on slide. A pretty powerpoint isn’t impressive. Go get a real customer to hand you money.3) If your teammates don’t buy in, then test fast and let reality convince them. You’re not going to win by arguing, you’ll just wind up working alone.

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Finding Your Co-Founders

The number one question you all asked after reading my last blog post about starting a business from scratch was "how do I find my co-founders?
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Why Landing Pages Are an Indispensable Part of Marketing

Why Landing Pages Are an Indispensable Part of Marketing | FastStart | Scoop.it
Learn why landing pages are a critical component of your lead generation and inbound marketing strategy.
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