How I Created A $350 Million Software Company Knowing Nothing About Software


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shutterstock_240136183 I’ve always wanted to make a lot of money, have people pay a lot of attention to me and do a lot of exciting things. I just never knew how. Many of my friends who are founders of their own companies tell me how they exhibited the entrepreneurial spirit as a kid — they sold candy out of their backpacks, had a landscaping business during the summer, etc. They created value and… Read More

Having Success With Code Bootcamps: Where To Work As A Bootcamp Grad


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The following is part three of a guest post series by Rob Gonzalez. You can find part 1 here and part 2 here. Rob is the co-founder of Salsify, a leading cloud-based product content management and syndication solution that I invested in in 2013 and where I currently serve on the board. Prior to founding Salsify, Rob...

A Rich Library of User Onboarding Analysis


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When I was at Google, we worked with a user experience team frequently to help us design changes to the AdWords front end. After having reviewed our designs within our product team for weeks, we often thought the design was complete and foolproof. But we were consistently proven wrong by the UX team whose work surfaced face-slapping oversights. At UserOnboarding, Samuel Hulick has taken this approach with more than 40 different on-the-mark and a bit irreverent UX critiques of many top internet and mobile services.

A Rich Library of User Onboarding Analysis


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When I was at Google, we worked with a user experience team frequently to help us design changes to the AdWords front end. After having reviewed our designs within our product team for weeks, we often thought the design was complete and foolproof. But we were consistently proven wrong by the UX team whose work surfaced face-slapping oversights. At UserOnboarding, Samuel Hulick has taken this approach with more than 40 different on-the-mark and a bit irreverent UX critiques of many top internet and mobile services. Reading through the breakdowns reminded me of those UX sessions at Google and reaffirms the insight a fresh pair of eyes can offer when looking at a product. Samuel’s critiques also surface the positive practices of products like Slack which provides concise descriptions of each step, and clear calls to action. Great design is opinionated design on the right assumptions to make and while Continue reading "A Rich Library of User Onboarding Analysis"

Having Success With Code Bootcamps: Hiring Lessons For Employers


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The following is part two of a guest post series by Rob Gonzalez. You can find part 1 here and part 3 here. Rob is the co-founder of Salsify, a leading cloud-based product content management and syndication solution that I invested in in 2013 and where I currently serve on the board. Prior to founding Salsify,...

Is Now a Good Time to Start a Company?


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The fundraising markets have infused more cash into startups in 2015 than in any year since 2001. But, the venture backed IPO markets touched five year lows and whispers of a bubble have become a meme in the past six months. What’s really going on? And should that impact when founders start companies? No one can time the financial markets. If you can, you should be trading stocks, bonds and options and retiring very soon.

Is Now a Good Time to Start a Company?


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Bismuth Crystal grows like this. It can levitate frogs. The fundraising markets have infused more cash into startups in 2015 than in any year since 2001. But, the venture backed IPO markets touched five year lows and whispers of a bubble have become a meme in the past six months. What’s really going on? And should that impact when founders start companies? No one can time the financial markets. If you can, you should be trading stocks, bonds and options and retiring very soon. The financial markets will rise and fall, and shouldn’t factor heavily into when a founder decides to start a business. One founder I admire greatly left Google to start a business only after he saw the signs the public financial markets had soured. He rationalized he would have a much easier time recruiting the best talent. In addition, the turbulence in the stock market would keep risk averse candidates from clogging his recruiting pipeline. Only Continue reading "Is Now a Good Time to Start a Company?"

How to calculate the Discount Rate to use in a Discounted Cash Flow (DCF) Analysis


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We look at how to compute the right discount rate to use in a Discounted Cash Flow (DCF) analysis. This post is a supplement to a blog post titled “What’s your TRUE customer lifetime value (LTV)?  – DCF provides the answer“. My thanks to my partner Stan Reiss, who co-authored this piece with me, providing...

What’s your TRUE customer lifetime value (LTV)? – DCF provides the answer


This post is by David Skok from For Entrepreneurs Blog


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Overview The old formula that everyone uses for customer lifetime value (LTV)) –average gross profit per customer divided by churn – ceases to work properly when you have very long customer lifetimes and negative churn. LTV can become infinite, which clearly doesn’t reflect reality. This post offers a new way to calculate LTV based on discounted...

Are You Present?


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Last week, I was chatting with an old friend who after I told her how busy and ragged I sometimes felt, she asked me, “Are you present?” To which I immediately replied, “At work?” And she laughed, and said, “I meant at home, but I have my answer!” The conversation reminded me of a man at Google named Chade-Meng Tan. In Building 42 of the Mountain View Campus, which is the main building in the center of the headquarters, there used to be a poster on the wall of Chade-Meng with many world leaders including several presidents and the Dalai Lama among others.