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Startup Resources

Steve Blank and The Two-Way Coffee Meeting

One of the core beliefs that animates everything we do at 99U is: "Learning is a lifelong project." To that end, we're launching an incredible new event next month: The first 99U Pop-Up School, which will take place this September 18-20th here in New York.




I finally picked up the Isaacson book on Steve Jobs. Figured enough time has passed to give the proper amount of perspective. It must be a big book because I've spent the past two weekends on it and I am only 50% through according to the Kindle app.

Success metrics for new startups

This article is a good reminder of how to set metrics at startups. The choice of metric will vary depending on the business but this piece of advice is universal: My number one tip is to start simple, by developing high level success metrics that, based on your best assumptions, are the key drivers of your business.

The Similarities Between Building and Scaling a Product and a Company

This has been a theme of mine since Roelof Botha put it in my head a few years ago. He said that entrepreneurs should approach building a company with the same passion that they have for building a product. I've been thinking about scaling the team a lot this week.

Eight startup lessons you don't hear very often

This morning everyone has been retweeting Slava Akhmechet's 57 Startup Lessons. It's a great list (although there are a couple of lessons I don't agree with), but if you don't have time to read through 57 lessons you can find my top eight here.

- - Honesty and Relationship Building with Investors

There's been a lot of innovation in the startup fundraising world in the last couple of years--Angellist, Second Market, accelerators, etc. One thing you can't innovate around, however, is building a human relationship. That's why I really liked two posts on the topic of investor/founder relations that I read this weekend.

Startup Lessons: Marketing

This is the 4th installment in the Startup Lessons series I have been writing in the wake of my experience with Get Satisfaction. We are getting into the topics that are much more specific to Get Satisfaction, therefore I have an obligation to redact certain details that are confidential however in the spirit of shared learnings I will cover as much as I feel is appropriate.

Startup Lessons: Board Management

This is the 5th installment in the Startup Lessons series I have been writing in the wake of my experience with Get Satisfaction. This one will certainly inspire a lot of head shaking around the table as anyone who has been involved with a startup can relate to this.

The Importance of Realism in Startups

I've done a lot of video interviews. This is one of my favorite if not my favorite outright. It's only 12 minutes long and if you're a first-time entrepreneur (or second time, frankly) I encourage you to watch it if for nothing else than to get a sense that your struggles are universal.

One Metric to Rule Them All

A well instrumented business will have literally hundreds of metrics that they track to understand the key parts of their business. Each group within an organization likely has a key metrics dashboard that guides their department functioning and informs their decision making.