Tag Archives: Startups

The startup secret – don’t be stupid

I’ve been reading and studying around the new thinking on ‘Entrepreneurship’ (I don’t find that a useful  word. Let’s call it “starting companies”). I was pointed at The Lean Startup because “you talk about the same stuff as is in the book”; and I loved it. I was already a big fan of Business Model […] Read More…

Drowning in opportunity

Whether you are building a startup, establishing your consultancy or developing your reputation as a freelancer, you probably think that your struggles are down to a lack of something. It’s our natural inclination to look for what’s missing, so conditioned are we by a focus on our faults. Actually, lack is not the problem. You […] Read More…

Don’t forget, they can hit you back

    I just saw a Wired article headed “Facebook could sink Skype with video call app update”. The style of the headline is pretty common, especially in tech, where the latest new thing is going to kill off whatever we all use now. Of course, we have seen massive changes and the rapid demise […] Read More…

“Me and my mates” is not a statistically significant sample

People get very excited about their idea for their start-up. They’re supposed to, that’s why they are doing it. And they get that they need to be solving a problem, meeting a need. They have read “The Rework” and often they are trying to solve their own problem, which is good. Only, when I ask […] Read More…

Henry Ford was not the visionary you think he was

“If I’d have asked people what they wanted, they’d have said a faster horse”. People (well, geeks and start-ups types) love to trot this quote out about Henry Ford. He didn’t use market research or focus groups, he saw a need people didn’t know they had. It shows what a great visionary he was. Only […] Read More…

Don’t pitch me Bro 5 review

  Last night I attended the excellent “Don’t Pitch Me Bro”event at the Wayra UK Academy, run by the multi-facetted 3beards (who also run Silicon Drinkabout and Digital Sizzle). You may have spotted it has been subtly retitled for Movember – you can support the Digital Sizzle team here. This is a ‘show and tell’ […] Read More…