It’s important to look for lessons beyond software companies, and the success story of this against-all-odds pizzeria is a prime example.
While every entrepreneur is wise to keep tabs on their own and similar markets for inspiration, don’t discount the value that can be found in seemingly unrelated fields. Brant Cooper and Peter Vlaskovits, authors of the bestselling book, The Lean Entrepreneur, detail one of their favorites in this video. Starting with next to nothing, the man behind this San Diego pizza restaurant is the ultimate example of a lean entrepreneur.
Tis’ the season for much-needed productivity, but if you can’t answer, “Yes!” to these seven questions, then it’s time to say, “No” to meetings.
With less than four weeks of actual work time left in the year (thank you, holiday season!), it’s officially crunch time for many startup and expansion-stage software executives and managers.
The last thing any of those leaders needs is another meeting request to pull them away from the task at hand. Yet, meetings are far too often a daily (if not hourly) occurrence in the business world, and conventional wisdom suggests that they’re critical to a company’s ability to strategize, iterate, and problem solve.
When staring down a Goliath, every David needs to fully leverage their advantages and disruptive innovation can give you the upper hand.
Huge enterprises tend to cast a huge shadow, making it difficult for any entrepreneur to figure out where to catch a ray of sunshine. But because that huge shadow moves ever so slowly, small companies can use their nimbleness to reimagine existing markets or create entirely new ones. This video from the Harvard Business Review explains disruptive innovation and offers some classic examples of the wild success it can generate.
Even if you feel like you’re cranking out some great ideas, you’ll quickly become out of touch with your customers if you work in a bubble.
We’ve all heard the old adage “the customer is always right.” Well, it doesn’t apply exclusively to retail and restaurants. Even in a creative field, if what you’re churning out doesn’t resonate with your customer base, you’ll see that base start to shrink. Quickly. In this article at 99u, Christian Jarrett explains how to avoid becoming out of touch with your customers.
The fact of the matter is, freemium will only work for you if your product lends itself to a very specific set of circumstances.
If it sounds too good to be true, well, it just might be. Even if you know similar companies are offering a freemium model for their SaaS service with spectacular results, you still obviously can’t just roll out your own model and expect the same.
Think starting a business with your friends will be fun? Think again. Triberr co-founder Daniel Cristo shares his take on what really makes the best partnerships and why it’s such a crucial decision.
Sometimes things become a cliché for a reason, like not mixing business with pleasure. That’s because combining the two doesn’t rarely leads to success in either realm. So if you’re thinking of starting a business with your close knit circle of friends, watch this video with Triberr co-founder Daniel Cristo to really consider what you’re getting into.
Think SaaS buyers care about how or why your product works? Think again. As AtTask CTO Ted Hoy explains in this video, SaaS customers simply want a full-service solution that quickly — and easily — solves their biggest business problems. That’s why you should be hell-bent on building a scalable services organization.
When a homeowner goes out and buys a lawnmower, they typically have a very basic list of expectations for that product — it needs to start, work reliably, and perform the job it was designed to complete. When homeowners hire a lawn service, however, they have a very different list of expectations. Namely, they don’t care how or why that lawn service’s equipment works or how the lawn gets cut, they simply care that, when they get home, the job is done and their lawn looks great.
As the leader of a growing company, you’re being pulled in numerous different directions every day. Seven CEOs share their tips for cutting down on distractions and focusing on few things that really matter.
It’s Monday morning and you’re feeling energized and excited about the week ahead. As you head to the office, you begin to think about the two or three things you really need to tackle this week and begin to visualize how you’ll structure your workday to address key corporate objectives. Then you walk through your company’s front door and those plans go out the window.