Bala KamallakharanpostedBeing able to sell is an important skill for an entrepreneur. Do you have a sales methodology like Scrum for your startup? you don't? here are some ideas on how to build one. http://startupiceland.com/2014/09/12/scrum-for-sales/
Bala KamallakharanpostedIt is easy to say build a rapid prototype, but actually being able to do that is the important part. I wanted to follow up my post with actual methods, hacks and process that enables anyone to build a culture of design thinking and rapid prototyping to build great products and services, that is way great startups or companies are built http://startupiceland.com/2014/09/07/advice-is-cheap/
Bala KamallakharanpostedWhen you are trying to figure out your Product to Market fit, focus on rapid prototyping don't waste time on figuring out the supply chain and talking about distribution channels etc. Time is the most valuable resource you have as an entrepreneur. I see so many startup founders focusing on the wrong things and wasting time. You need to stop that. Check out the story of CarsDirect.com narrated by Bill Gross http://startupiceland.com/2014/09/05/time-is-your-most-valuable-resource/
Bala KamallakharanpostedToo often, companies and individuals assume that creativity and innovation are the domain of the “creative types.” Creativity and innovation are both ingredients in Entrepreneurship and Startups, I believe anyone can do this, but must be willing to make the sacrifices. IMHO this is the only argument against a Basic Income Guarantee, read more to find out what I mean by this. http://startupiceland.com/2014/09/02/a-case-against-basic-income-guarantee/
Bala KamallakharanpostedWhat tools and methods do you use to reconcile differences of opinion, disagreements and conflicts? Here is a good tool to enable you to do that. It is the guiding philosophy of Rotary International. http://blog.startupiceland.com/2014/08/22/the-4-way-test/
Bala KamallakharanpostedIn life everybody faces choices between doing what's popular, easy and wrong vs doing what's lonely, difficult and right. These decisions intensify when you run a company, because the consequences get magnified 1000 fold - Ben Horowitz
Why do you want to do a Startup anyway? http://blog.startupiceland.com/2014/08/21/why-do-you-want-to-do-a-startup/
Bala KamallakharanpostedPeople problems are the leading causes of failure in startups. Listening to Founder's Dilemma a book by Noam Wasserman. What do you think? I can say based on my limited experience this is very much the case. http://blog.startupiceland.com/2014/08/18/founders-dilemma-a-book-review/
The updated version of No Vision all Drive happened because of a coincidence. I wrote the first edition ten years ago, just after I left my first startup. My purpose then was to preserve the memories of something that David Cohen and I had built together. Ali Berman at Techstars recently discovered it and ordered a bunch of copies, so I felt compelled to read it again, probably for the first time in a decade. I had no idea that I would be gripped by it, reading it in one sitting, captured both by the trip down memory lane as well as how much I realized I have learned since I wrote the book.
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Getting into an accelerator is increasingly difficult. While there has been a proliferation accelerators around the world, there has simultaneously been a dramatically increasing number of companies applying to accelerators. In my world, supply and demand never balances out, so if you are on the application side of this equation, it’s important to do everything you can …
SandyGrasonpostedLove this: "For centuries, the myth of the lone genius has towered over us, its shadow obscuring the way creative work really gets done. The attempts to pick apart the Lennon-McCartney partnership reveal just how misleading that myth can be, because John and Paul were so obviously more creative as a pair than as individuals, even if at times they appeared to work in opposition to each other." http://www.theatlantic.com/features/archive/2014/06/the-power-of-two/372289/?utm_source=pocket&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=pockethits
SandyGrasonpostedI love this article by our upcoming author Rajesh Setty about the story gap between your true potential and your potential as perceived by your core group: http://www.rajeshsetty.com/2014/02/22/why-many-smart-people-dont-get-the-support-they-deserve/