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Making digital products customers love. Insights into product strategy & emerging technology with 3D, CAD, Visualization, PLM, AEC, BIM, and downstream 3D. #mobile, #cloud, #game-changing. Curated by Jed Fisher www.4Dpipeline.com @4Dpipeline
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Expectations vs. Reality: 8 Lessons From The First Year As CEO

8 lessons learned from an entrepreneur's first year as a CEO.
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Excellent article.

1. Identifying customer needs is only a fraction of the product-market-fit battle.

2. Nobody gives a sh't about what you are doing (at least at first).

3. Early evangelists are worth twice-- no, make that 3x-- their weight in gold.

4. Some people are just not that into you.

5. A full sales funnel cures all ills.

6. Don't sell the product-- sell what users can do with the product.

6. “Thought leaders” are like supermodels—great if you can land one, but…

7. Building product is waaay more fun than expected.

8. People will surprise you in awesome ways.

(two 6's)

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How much to raise using Crunchbase data

How much to raise using Crunchbase data | 4D Pipeline - Visualizing reality, trends and breaking news in 3D, CAD, and mobile. | Scoop.it
Raise enough to hit the next milestones to raise the next round plus a healthy buffer.
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New Year Blog Catchup - how much $ to raise!

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Startup Metrics, a love story. All slides of an 6h Lean Analytics w...

Everything you need to know about Startup Product Metrics. This is a slideshare exclusive. The full 8hour workshop deck. #iCatapult Workshop - 2013-08-12 Lin
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So many startups and new product offerings go wrong when it comes to watching metrics. You finally get your product out the door, you have done everything as well as possible, but then you fail on the Deploy, i.e. learning and watching metrics to see how your product is doing.
If you product is not working, why? is it wrong market fit or not reach your market? is it conversion, or the product not keeping them. Your metrics are your best friend, measure everything, see what works and what does not. Look in the mirror and no matter what you see do something about it.
This article is a nice overview of some of the basics and key concepts.  

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Here's what we look for in cloud software startups

High search volume, virality, and an economic moat are just some of the factors that help Point Nine Capital's investors decide if a cloud-software startup is worth funding.
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Nice article by Christoph Janz at PNC. 

I would like to argue that almost any business (cloud or not) should have "virality". Virality is one of these overused words which does not mean much, Christoph does a nice job of explaining two forms - sharing and publishing.

Another one is the economic moat, find a way to have lockin, ideally for the right reasons (vs sabotaging the user so that they are forced to you product).

Good read.

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How Do You Want to Spend Your Next 4 Years of Your Life?

How Do You Want to Spend Your Next 4 Years of Your Life? | 4D Pipeline - Visualizing reality, trends and breaking news in 3D, CAD, and mobile. | Scoop.it
As our Lean LaunchPad for Life Sciences class winds down, a good number of the 26 teams are trying to figure out whether they should go forward to turn their class project into a business. Given th...
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At 4D Pipeline we help businesses work out a brilliant plan, a tighter value proposition, clearer targeting, clear market data, great goto market, a solution to have your product spread, and then a way to monetize it all. 

However, Blank reminds us there is another very important question that must be asked - is this what you want to spend the next 4+ years of your life doing?! And is this the type of business you want to build?

Seriously - if you are in a startup - this is compulsory viewing.

Steve asks one final very important question, i.e. if you didn’t make any money after 4 years, would you have any regrets?

Life is short! Work on something you enjoy.

Brilliant Blank. 

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