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What Your Culture Really Says - Pretty Little State Machine
"Culture is about power dynamics, unspoken priorities and beliefs, mythologies, conflicts, enforcement of social norms, creation of in/out groups and distribution of wealth and control inside companies. Culture is usually ugly. It is as much about the inevitable brokenness and dysfunction of teams as it is about their accomplishments. Culture is exceedingly difficult to talk about honestly. The critique of startup culture that came in large part from the agile movement has been replaced by sanitized, pompous, dishonest slogans."
culture  business  management  power  startup  cliche 
february 2013 by tsuomela
Start-Ups Keep Revenue at Zero to Cash In on Acquisition - Disruptions -
"Getting acquired while producing no revenue is like performing a card trick without the deck of cards: the magician simply explains how magical the trick is, never actually showing it. (And we are supposed to step back in sheer awe.)

For start-ups, fewer numbers in the equation mean a projected valuation can be plucked out of thin air.

Look how well this worked for Instagram, which had zero in revenue and was bought for $1 billion."
business  silicon-valley  startup  bubbles  internet  venture-capital  economics 
april 2012 by tsuomela
Blake Masters
"Here is an essay version of my class notes from Class 6 of CS183: Startup. Errors and omissions are my own. Credit for good stuff is Peter’s entirely. This class was kind of a crash course in VC financing."
business  startup  monopoly  capitalism  competition  entrepreneur  technology 
april 2012 by tsuomela
Frighteningly Ambitious Startup Ideas
"This phenomenon is one of the most important things you can understand about startups. You'd expect big startup ideas to be attractive, but actually they tend to repel you. And that has a bunch of consequences. It means these ideas are invisible to most people who try to think of startup ideas, because their subconscious filters them out. Even the most ambitious people are probably best off approaching them obliquely."
business  entrepreneur  entrepreneurship  startup  ideas  inspiration 
april 2012 by tsuomela
Organic Startup Ideas
"So if you want to come up with organic startup ideas, I'd encourage you to focus more on the idea part and less on the startup part. Just fix things that seem broken, regardless of whether it seems like the problem is important enough to build a company on. If you keep pursuing such threads it would be hard not to end up making something of value to a lot of people, and when you do, surprise, you've got a company."
business  startup  ideas 
april 2011 by tsuomela
DIYbio | An Institution for the Amateur Biologist is an organization dedicated to making biology an accessible pursuit for citizen scientists, amateur biologists and biological engineers who value openness and safety. This will require mechanisms for amateurs to increase their knowledge and skills, access to a community of experts, the development of a code of ethics, responsible oversight, and leadership on issues that are unique to doing biology outside of traditional professional settings.
citizen-science  biology  diy  science  genetics  cooperative  startup  hacking 
october 2010 by tsuomela
Tony Wright’s Startup Front-End
Tony Wright is a startup front-end generalist (currently between gigs). He recently stepped down as founder/CEO of RescueTime, a badass/growing startup backed by YC and True. He blogs about conversion-centric design, SEO, PR, startups, viral marketing, & more.
weblog-individual  startup  business  seo  marketing 
august 2010 by tsuomela
This site is designed to identify, explore, and showcase information technology/web based startups within the state of Minnesota; it is a work in progress – far from finished and far from perfect!
minnesota  business  startup  technology 
september 2009 by tsuomela
An International Comparison of Small Business Employment - CEPR
Contrary to popular perceptions, the United States has a much smaller small-business sector (as a share of total employment) than other countries at a comparable level of economic development, according to this new CEPR report. The authors observe that the undersized U.S. small business sector is consistent with the view that high health care costs discourage small business formation, since start-ups in other countries can tap into government-funded health care systems.
business  employment  entrepreneur  small-business  international  comparison  comparative  statistics  health-care  startup 
september 2009 by tsuomela
PhilSci Archive - The importance of pairwork in educational and interdisciplinary initiatives
An early and prominent employee of Google, Georges Harik, recently made the assertion that pairs working together in startups are 20 times more productive than individuals working alone. The author has also personally experienced the boost of what is here termed pairwork in a university setting during the startup phase of several educational and interdisciplinary initiatives. The paper briefly explores pairwork in the history of technology and constructs both qualitative and little quantitative models of pairwork. The quantitative model under reasonable assumptions easily recovers Harik’s 20x boost. The paper also briefly examines the author’s recent experiences with pairwork in four interdisciplinary and educational initiatives.
groups  work  labor  productivity  startup  psychology  organization  efficiency  collaboration 
may 2009 by tsuomela
Great Men vs. Great Entrepreneurs | No Map. No Guide. No Limits.
My interest is in the nature of greatness and how it might contribute to the entrepreneurial life.....“Great men,” Christopher Buckley notes, “are not content to leave well enough alone.”
entrepreneur  startup  personality 
may 2009 by tsuomela
Be Relentlessly Resourceful
There probably are other fields where "relentlessly resourceful" is the recipe for success. But though other fields may share it, I think this is the best short description we'll find of what makes a good startup founder.
entrepreneur  business  resources  startup  by(PaulGraham) 
march 2009 by tsuomela
Entire U of MN At-Your-Fingertips | Minnov8: Minnesota Innovation in Internet
The wish list was extensive and reinforced their challenges in accessing the UofMN’s opportunities and resources: ready-for-hire graduates
minnesota  business  entrepreneur  startup  university  innovation 
june 2008 by tsuomela
Startup Weekend
Startup Weekend recruits a highly motivated group of developers, business managers, startup enthusiasts, marketing gurus, graphic artists and more to a 54 hour event that builds communities, companies and projects.
business  startup  conference  community  event  entrepreneur  innovation 
may 2008 by tsuomela
Ether: Earn money selling what you say.
Web service to help people charge for what they write or say.
business  service  career  web2.0  startup 
march 2006 by tsuomela
digg style bookmark tagging system.
social-networking  bookmarks  tagging  startup 
april 2005 by tsuomela

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