In tech startups, The Engineer’s Conceit is thinking that: a) you know what needs to be built b) you create value by rolling up your proverbial sleeves and coding it yourself Need a CMS? I’ll code it myself. Screw WordPress, Drupal, Joomla or any of thousands of CMS already built…
In tech startups, The Marketer’s Conceit is thinking that: a) you only have one chance to ‘make a good first impression’ b) your ‘brand’ matters (usually conflated with your logo) Until your startup has significant momentum and traction, your brand doesn’t matter — and The Marketer’s Conceit shouldn’t keep you…
Because the current criticism of lean startup and customer development is, for the most part, so markedly atrocious, so lacking concrete insight and usually amounts to no more than an annoying child playing with a noisy cap gun loaded with sour grapes and Freudian projection; I will happily provide the…
Penicillin was discovered on September 28, 1928 by the serendipitous efforts of Scottish scientist, Alexander Fleming. Legend has it that Fleming noticed an open petri dish that had failed to show bacterial growth due to a mold growing in the agar. The penicillium mold produced a toxin that inhibited bacterial…
An entrepreneur named Nick Jones recently reached out to me after reading The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Customer Development. Nick is the founder of Lavish Longboards. “Skateboards?”, you might be asking yourself? Yes, I might answer you, “skateboards”. You might then ask, “But don’t Lean Startup and Customer Development only pertain…
I am taking a quick creative break from editing The Lean Entrepreneur, and as I poke my head into my Twitter stream, I invariably come across tweets drawing an equivalency between the Apple Maps debacle and the concept of Minimum Viable Products. This is a mistake, one that demonstrates misunderstanding of…
“We aren’t losing deals to other VCs, we are losing deals to startups that continue to bootstrap.” -anonymous venture capitalist lamenting the state of affairs to me We’re now long into a new startup reality. One that will be characterized by constant change. The rules of the game are changing,…
The mania and confusion about the concept of a Growth Hacker is now getting ridiculous. As one of the three people who helped to define (but I am certainly NOT a Growth Hacker)  in 2010 over mint juleps, let’s set the record straight. @PatrickFoley @leanstarter @danmartell I was first to blog about…
Today, the 500 Startups Mentor thread has had some very interesting back and forth about how to mentor startups  and more importantly,  how to measure mentor quality and advice.  While I cannot share the previous thoughts on the thread, I can share my two cents: A lot of thoughtful comments…
TL;DR: Brant Cooper & I have a new book coming soon. Go buy The Lean Entrepreneur AppSumo Bundle while you can. It is 96% off, has a bunch of apps + pre-order of The Lean Entrepreneur.     It has been too long since I last blogged. This blog post…

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