Category: A Founders Notebook

What happens when you talk about too many goals

From How Jeremy Corbyn Lost The Election – And Started The Race To Replace Him: One big problem was the sheer size of the manifesto […]

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The key to success? Do less.

Excerpt from How to Succeed in Business? Do Less by Morten T. Hansen: Most top performers in business have one thing in common: They accept […]

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How to manage legal, finance, IT, and HR to enable you to move fast

Edited excerpt from Lean Startup’s Eric Ries on How to Make ‘Gatekeepers’ a Source of Power and Speed: Eric Ries calls functions like Legal, Finance, IT, […]

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Five key takeaways from Peter Drucker’s “How To Be An Effective Executive”

In his book How To Be An Effective Executive, Peter Drucker identifies five key habits of effective executives: 1. Manage time. Use a three-step process: […]

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Why revenue retention is the wrong operating metric to combat churn

Edited excerpt from Why Retention Is The Silent Killer by Brian Balfour: When I ask someone from a SaaS business, or another subscription model business, about their […]

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Mobile vs. desktop usage habits

Edited excerpt from How Meredith built Allrecipes into a digital-to-print, multichannel success by Cobus Heyl: When designing each experience, we look to the unique strength of […]

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Improving retention helps growth in 4 ways

Excerpt from The One Growth Metric that Moves Acquisition, Monetization, and Virality by Brian Balfour: Most people think retention is so crucial simply because it means […]

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Four ways to show you care about your team’s careers

Excerpt from The Front of the Jersey by Doug Weaver: Call out the elephant in the room. “We both know that you won’t necessarily always work […]

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The most important job of a product leader

Excerpt from How to Run a Quarterly Product Strategy Meeting: A Board Meeting for Product by former VP/CPO at Netflix and Chegg, Gibon Biddle: I think the […]

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When freemium makes sense

Excerpt from Subscription Business Models Are Great for Some Businesses and Terrible for Others by Robbie Kellman Baxter: I love freemium, the idea of combining […]

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Managers’ biggest HR mistake, and how to fix it

I was chatting with someone who ran HR for a Fortune 500 company and is now an HR consultant. “What are managers’ biggest mistakes in HR?”, I asked him. […]

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Chris Fralic’s 7 rules for making memorable connections

Edited excerpt from How to Become Insanely Well-Connected by Chris Fralic: 1. Convey genuine appreciation — think about what they know that you don’t. 2. Listen with […]

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If you have any paying customers, don’t quit

Edited excerpt from The Right Sales Metrics For Your SaaS Startup, an interview with Jason Lemkin: Q: You share a lot of advice about business […]

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“Job To Be Done” for seed stage startups (#JTBD)

Yesterday I ran a workshop for seed stage startups about how to use the Job To Be Done framework to raise their chances of achieving product-market fit. […]

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A better format for brainstorming

Maoz is a not for profit which helps leaders in the Israeli public sector make better decisions by inviting input from a network of smart volunteers. This […]

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How to find out in an interview if someone is a giver or a taker

Edited excerpt from 1 Interview Question That Cuts Through the BS to Reveal Someone’s True Character by Betsy Mikel: Organizational psychologist Adam Grant says that the […]

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Don’t let self-criticism become self-flagellation

From The School of Life, via The Difficult Art of Self-Compassion by Maria Popova: To survive in this high-pressured, crazy world, most of us have to […]

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VCs make two common errors, the data shows

Excerpt from the Startup Genome Report — A new framework for understanding why startups succeed: 1. Many investors invest 2-3x more capital than necessary in […]

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How money can mess up your startup

Edited excerpt from MailChimp and the Un-Silicon Valley Way to Make It as a Start-Up by Farhad Manjoo: Start-ups fueled by venture capital often need to figure […]

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Can digital products leave space for silence?

Edited excerpt from I Used to Be a Human Being by Andrew Sullivan: Has our enslavement to dopamine — to the instant hits of validation […]

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