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10 Tips for Landing Page Optimization

10 Tips for Landing Page Optimization | FastStart | Scoop.it

More websites than care to admit have lackluster landing pages. Some even surpass lackluster and border on horrendous. But more times than not, its your own fault. By sticking to the basics of landing page optimization (LPO), you can take your landing pages from ‘hideous’ to ‘heeeeeeello!’ in no time.

 

Apply these 10 tips to your landing pages passionately and your website will be converting visitors into customers before you know it.

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What's this business model thing?

"A short description of what the Business Model Innovation method is. Enjoy. The method was developed by Alexander Osterwalder"

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Crowd Business Models

Crowd Business Models | FastStart | Scoop.it

This is our Crowd Business Models framework, which groups the 22 categories of crowdsourcing services shown in our Crowdsourcing Landscape into 8 business models, including non-profit. The second page shows the monetization models and success factors for each business model.

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Best Web Metrics / KPIs for a Small, Medium or Large Sized Business

Best Web Metrics / KPIs for a Small, Medium or Large Sized Business | FastStart | Scoop.it
Learn the best web metrics / key performance indicators for a small, medium or large sized business. Measure Acquisition, Behavior & Outcomes effectively.
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How to Measure the Metrics that Determine Real Progress

These are the slides from my recent Skillshare class.
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Top 10 Ways Entrepreneurs Pivot A Lean Startup

Top 10 Ways Entrepreneurs Pivot A Lean Startup | FastStart | Scoop.it
The popular view of a real entrepreneur is someone with a big vision, and a stubborn determination to charge straight ahead through any obstacle and make it happen.
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12 Tips for Early Customer Development Interviews — giffconstable.com

12 Tips for Early Customer Development Interviews — giffconstable.com | FastStart | Scoop.it
12 Tips for Early Customer Development Interviews (Lean Startup)...
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15 essential tools every lean startup can't live without

15 essential tools every lean startup can't live without | FastStart | Scoop.it
Lean Canvas If you're an early stage startup the last thing you want to have to do is write a 30 page business plan. Wouldn't it be great if you document your business model on one page, allowing you to focus on actually building your business?
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Methods for the Business Model Generation

Methods for the Business Model Generation | FastStart | Scoop.it

 

The Business Model Generation is about people who strive to defy outmoded business models. They are visionaries, game changers, and challengers who want to design tomorrow’s enterprises. To succeed on this journey they will require new tools, such as the Business Model Canvas and Steve Blank’s Customer Development. In this post I outline how they fit together.

 

This post comes mainly as a reaction to the various attempts by others to adapt and merge the Business Model Canvas with Customer Development for the entrepreneurial context.

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Raising Money Using Customer Development

Getting “funded” is the holy grail for most entrepreneurs. Unfortunately in early stage startups the drive for financing hijacks the corporate DNA and becomes the raison d’etre of the company...
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The Lean Start Up by Eric Ries

The Lean Start Up by Eric Ries | FastStart | Scoop.it
There's a lot of waste in entrepreneurial efforts today. I should know; I wasted a lot. Wasted time. Wasted money. Wasted efforts. Finally, wasted dreams. The.
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Innovation Excellence | Business Model Canvas Set to Explode

Innovation Excellence | Business Model Canvas Set to Explode | FastStart | Scoop.it
From what I can see is the Business model is about to go through a really important (further) tipping point and cross that chasm (thanks Geoffrey Moore) into mainstream adoption. Why?
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Optimism Should Be at the Top of an Entrepreneur's Checklist

Optimism Should Be at the Top of an Entrepreneur's Checklist | FastStart | Scoop.it
Above all, great entrepreneurs are optimistic. Their passion, their belief, their can-do attitude all lead to a positive vision for the future. In fact, you might wonder, what is better than an optimistic entrepreneur?
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Entrepreneurship Isn’t About Money, It’s About Changing the World

Entrepreneurship Isn’t About Money, It’s About Changing the World | FastStart | Scoop.it
Small Business, Entrepreneurship & Startup Blog | Sprouter - The Sprouter blog covers hot startups, advice from entrepreneurs, founder interviews, and global small business issues.
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4 Factors That Determine Whether Your Business Will Survive or Die

4 Factors That Determine Whether Your Business Will Survive or Die | FastStart | Scoop.it

Before you start chasing your entrepreneurial dream, consider why some startups thrive while others fizzle.

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How to Find Online Success Anywhere in the World

How to Find Online Success Anywhere in the World | FastStart | Scoop.it

"Let’s face it—we are only beginning to scratch the surface when it comes to the possibilities of Internet commerce. Every day businesses launch new products, programs, and platforms that they hope will be the next big thing. With the Internet touching so many lives, in so many places, it’s never been easier to run a business online."

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Lean Startup and Bootstrapping

Lean Startup and Bootstrapping | FastStart | Scoop.it

"While not the same thing, Bootstrapping and Lean Startups are quite complementary. Both cover techniques for building low-burn startups by eliminating waste through the maximization of existing resources first before expending effort on the acquisition of new or external resources. While bootstrapping provides a strategic roadmap for achieving sustainability through customer funding (i.e. charging customers), lean startups provide a more tactical approach to achieving those goals through validated learning."

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Stanford's Entrepreneurship Corner: Alexander Osterwalder and Steve Blank - Tools for Business Model Generation

Entrepreneur and business model innovator Alexander Osterwalder discusses dynamic, yet simple-to-use tools for visualizing, challenging and re-inventing business models.
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How Zynga Uses Ghetto Testing, A/B Testing, Minimum Viable Products, and Lean Startup Methods

Ever wonder how Zynga makes games that go from 0 to 20 million users so fast? They test everything.
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The rise of the subscription commerce startup

The rise of the subscription commerce startup | FastStart | Scoop.it
A number of companies are emerging to build businesses with recurring revenue streams based on serving up monthly packages of food, beauty, clothing and other products.
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Business Model Generation

Business Model Generation | FastStart | Scoop.it

Systematically understand, design & differentiate your business model. A handbook for visionaries, game changers and challengers. The global best-selling phenomenon, available in 18 languages.

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António Antunes's comment, March 2, 2012 11:09 AM
Publicaste um video muito bom sobre este conceito no dia 3 Fev.
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Entrepreneurship as a Science – The Business Model/Customer Development Stack

Entrepreneurship as a Science – The Business Model/Customer Development Stack | FastStart | Scoop.it

Over the last 50 years engineers have moved from building computers out of individual transistors to building with prepackaged logic gates. Then they adopted standard microprocessors (e.g. x86, ARM.) At the same time every computer company was writing its own operating system. Soon standard operating systems (e.g. Windows, Linux) emerged. In the last decade open source software (e.g LAMP) emerged for building web servers. Each time a standard solution emerged, innovation didn’t stop. It just allowed new innovation to begin at a higher level.

 

In this post I want offer a solution stack for Entrepreneurship. It’s the combination of Business Model Design and Customer Development.

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Lessons Learned: What is customer development?

Lessons Learned: What is customer development? | FastStart | Scoop.it

What is customer development?

(by Eric Ries)

 

When we build products, we use a methodology. For software, we have many - you can enjoy a nice long list on Wikipedia. But too often when it's time to think about customers, marketing, positioning, or PR, we delegate it to "marketroids" or "suits." Many of us are not accustomed to thinking about markets or customers in a disciplined way. We know some products succeed and others fail, but the reasons are complex and the unpredictable. We're easily convinced by the argument that all we need to do is "build it and they will come." And when they don't come, well, we just try, try, again.

 

What's wrong with this picture?

 

Steve Blank has devoted many years now to trying to answer that question, with a theory he calls Customer Development. This theory has become so influential that I have called it one of the three pillars of the lean startup - every bit as important as the changes in technology or the advent of agile development.

You can learn about customer development, and quite a bit more, in Steve's book The Four Steps to the Epiphany. I highly recommend this book for all entrepreneurs, in startups as well as in big companies

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Daniel P's comment, February 24, 2012 6:29 AM
the beginning of something ... point to the light at the end of the tunnel.
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Four Years as a Lean Startup & a gift for you! | New Relic blog

Four Years as a Lean Startup & a gift for you! | New Relic blog | FastStart | Scoop.it
New Relic celebrates its fourth birthday and celebrates by giving away free copies of The Eric Ries's book, the Lean Startup, to new and current customers.
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