#NotesOnTactics: Relationship Management Hacks For First-Time Early Stage Tech Startup Founders

Note: I published a post titled “Relationship Management for Your Startup” on January 13, 2014 at Tekedia.com. This post is inspired by that one, and portions of this post are exactly identical to the original. It appears the post at Tekedia is no longer online. This post updates that one, with lessons I have learned […]

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#NotesOnStrategy: Mental Models About Demand, Supply, and Markets For Early Stage Technology Startups

Alternate Title: An Exhaustive Introductory Guide To Demand, Supply, and Price Theory; For First-Time Tech Startup Founders. To know that we know what we know, and that we do not know what we do not know, that is true knowledge. – Henry David Thoreau Introduction I am always surprised when I am speaking with founders and […]

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How To Make Africa More Innovative And Entrepreneurial

Note: This blog post is a consolidation of a 4-part series I wrote for Tekedia. They were published between June 10, 2012 and July 22, 2012. This version is substantially identical to the originals from which it is compiled, with only non-material updates. My exam is behind me now, and I can turn my attention […]

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#NotesOnStrategy: Tips For Early Stage Startup Founders on How To Build A Culture of Accountability

CULTURE EATS STRATEGY FOR BREAKFAST, OPERATIONAL EXCELLENCE FOR LUNCH, AND EVERYTHING ELSE FOR DINNER. – Bill Aulet During one of our weekly Monday morning team meetings we were talking about one of the startups in our portfolio . . . Things are going well; the product is pretty good and improving, sales are increasing, revenue […]

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“Liking” Facebook’s Business Model – The #EconomicMoats Remix

Note: I published “Liking” Facebook’s Business Model on December 26, 20011 at Tekedia. This article updates that discussion by incorporating developments since then. It also folds in discussion of the economic moats that Facebook has developed around its business. Large segments of this article are exactly identical to the post that was published by Tekedia […]

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Connecting The Dots: Economic Moats & Early Stage Technology Startups

I started writing about economic moats in September 2014. Since then I have written about Network Effects, Switching Costs, Intangibles, and Efficient Scale and Cost Advantages. The purpose of those posts was to outline how I think about economic moats while I am studying a seed stage startup and trying to determine how things might unfold […]

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User Manual: The Early Stage Startups I Want To Hear About Most in 2016 and 2017

At KEC Ventures, I have been largely focused on finding and meeting the founders that we can become most excited about and partner with. I will continue to maintain that focus over the course of 2016 and 2017. Here are some notes for the founders of the startups I am most eager to meet. About […]

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Revisiting What I Know About Efficient Scale, Cost Advantages, & Early Stage Technology Startups

This is the fourth post in my series of blog posts on economic moats. I have already written about Network Effects, Switching Costs, and Intangibles. In this post I will discuss how Cost Advantages and Efficient Scale might develop as an early stage startup travels through the discovery phase of its life-cycle. 1Any errors in appropriately […]

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The Path To Disaster: A Startup Is Not A Small Version of A Big Company – The Office Hours Remix

Note: This is a remix of The Path To Disaster: A Startup Is Not A Small Version of A Big Company, a blog post I wrote for publication at Tekedia on August 20, 2012. This remix is based on my experience meeting early stage startup founders in NYC since then. Each time I hold office […]

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