It had been quite awhile since I last went on a field trip of any sort. I say that because, to be honest, I was a little skeptical about going down to Detroit. Not because I dislike the city, or I thought the people wouldn’t be worthwhile, just simply because it was the Friday before… Continue reading Down to Detroit
In the early days of startups, you hear the stories of how Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs made Apple from their garage. As if it were a mythical story of two super geniuses that hid in their lair until their product was completely finished. That was not the case then — and definitely is not… Continue reading Building, Measuring & Learning
If you’re lucky, the next time you encounter an ad on YouTube you can skip it after five seconds. If you’re not, you’ll have to watch the entire ad. A growing number of people are annoyed with advertisements — or, at the least, the unnecessary time wasted consuming them. The average American encounters 360 advertisements… Continue reading Would You Pay Us for This?
The cliche of ignorance being bliss does not apply to creating a new media startup. By ignoring the competition in your market, you do nothing but set yourself up to face them later in the development of your company. This only reinforced what I wrote about in my blog post from last week, with startups,… Continue reading Know Your Enemy to Survive the Startup Game
Prior to this class, I had always thought that of startups as haphazardly put together companies that through some stroke of luck ended up to be wildly successful. Yet, as each week passes and I further my knowledge of startups I am continually reminded of how misinformed my assumptions were. In Chapter 3: The New… Continue reading Be Strong, But Know Where You Are Weak
Disclaimer: I read both of the assigned articles for this week but I was too enthralled with Paul Graham’s How to Get Startup Ideas article so this blog post is going to be exclusively talking about it. I’m not sure if I’ll be marked down for this but it’s a risk I’m willing to take.… Continue reading I Have No Ideas … But Now I Know Where to Look