Over the past 6 months I have been spending more time meeting many first time founders in New York City and elsewhere. One question has arisen over and over again. What are the most important things a venture capitalist wants to know about my start up in order to invest? I will attempt to answer […]
Hotmail is one example of a product that spread through the use of viral marketing techniques. This case study will cover the early days of hotmail, explore some of the underlying factors that led to its spread, and examine one model that has been used to model growth of its number of users.1 Ray Tomlinson […]
Recently, I have had to immerse myself into studying about viral marketing in order to understand some challenges faced by startups I am studying or assisting as part of my responsibilities at work. This series of posts on Viral Marketing is my attempt to document some of what I have learned.1 The term “Viral Marketing” […]
This post continues the discussion about how behavioral psychology might affect the outcome of a meeting at which a startup team is pitching to a potential investor. You can get caught up by reading part I and part II. My goal is to offer some advice on how entrepreneurs pitching to early stage investors might prepare to […]
Manoush Zomorodi tells us how two groups of people that shy away from many technologies — Amish and Mennonites — are actually on the cutting edge when it comes to genetics.
This post continues the discussion about how behavioral psychology might affect a pitch. You can get caught up by reading part I. My goal with this series is to offer some advice on how entrepreneurs pitching to early stage investors might prepare to mitigate the problems that might arise due to the behavioral traits of […]
Many startup pitch meetings start out on a promising note, but things fall apart during the conversation between the startup and its prospective investor. Sometimes this could have been prevented if the startup team had studied a little bit of behavioral psychology beforehand.1 Traditional finance theory tries to tell us how investors should behave, if […]
This story from Ars Technica is about a man who spends his nights making Facebook better.
The horse is too small, the jockey too big, the trainer too old, and I’m too dumb to know the difference. – Charles Howard, owner of Seabiscuit addressing comments about his horse, Seabiscuit and the team of people he had assembled to train and race Seabiscuit. Red Pollard was Seabiscuit’s jockey and Tom Smith was […]
People talk more on Android powered smartphones. People text more on the iPhone. Overall, the iPhone is used 53% more than comparable Android smartphones. iCharts