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Alan Jones
Plane with detachable cabin
First, don’t pitch to investors ‘cold’ if you can possibly avoid it, because your conversion rate will be very low. (By ‘cold’ I mean pitching to investors you don’t know, who don’t know your startup. ‘Warm’ pitches, by contrast, are when you are introduced to the investor by someone you both know, and who believes the introduction...
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An amateur photographer
Industry dinosaurs like me can still remember when there was no such thing as a startup pitch competition. But times have changed: the glaciers have retreated, bipedal mammals have become the dominant life form, and there are now more startup pitch competitions each year than there are apps in an app store. Good for startups, right? Yes and...
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Students and staff from Chang-Won University with BlueChilli's Alan Jones.
Thanks to the staff and students of South Korean Chang-Won University’s software engineering class who visited BlueChilli today. They receved a few hours’ rapid introduction to Lean Startup Methodology and some good career advice (“Do not take a job at a large corporation! Start your own startup with a friend! If you’re a marketer, learn...
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Slidebean - Presentation Software Simplified
Slidebean is a new browser-based platform for quickly creating well-designed slide decks. I decided to test it out by capturing some of the hidden drawbacks of startup founder lifestyle. I’m happy with the output. Like Hemingwayapp the constraints imposed by a platform like Slidebean can help you finish and publish something you’d otherwise tweak around with for days...
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7th July 1959: Moulds used to make spaceship couches
Lean Startup Machine is not a hackathon or conference, but an educational workshop that teaches entrepreneurs the process of validating business ideas through hands-on experimentation and mentorship. Three days is an extremely short amount of time, but it’s enough to test multiple business concepts, identify which one has the most potential, and even collect some revenue from customers....
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If all goes according to plan, in exactly a week (to the hour) I will be here: And that will be in the middle of the night, in the middle of nowhere, and seven days from now. Want to know how I know that? Because I have a detailed plan to refer to. Next Friday, the other...
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Robots vs Zombies, vs Ninjas vs Pirates
The single biggest mistake you can make when you start using Twitter is to use a machine to impersonate you. But to understand why that’s a bad idea, we should first talk about what social media is for. Along the way, we’ll explore something you have in common with Mennonite Christian fundamentalists, Neolithic hunters and the people...
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