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Industry Study: Ocean Freight Shipping (#Startups)

Co-author: John Azubuike (@jnazubuike), KEC Ventures. Note: This article does not necessarily reflect the opinion of KEC Ventures, or of other members of the KEC Ventures team. Supplying the world with nearly everything is an enormous and complex job: there are things to discuss.  – Rose George (2013-08-13). Ninety Percent of Everything: Inside Shipping, the […]

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Economic Moats – For Early-Stage Tech Startups (Presentation)

This presentation distills the essence of the following blog posts into a presentation format. The target audience is early-stage startup founders, and investors. Economic Moats Blog Post Series Network Effects Switching Costs Intangibles Efficient Scale, and Cost Advantages Connecting The Dots #OpposingViewpoints: Do Economic Moats Happen By Accident?

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#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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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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Notes on Strategy; Where Does Disruption Come From?

Marc Andreessen’s brilliant explanation of @claychristensen‘s disruptive innovation theory in 15 tweets: pic.twitter.com/3ic1teQbRW — Vala Afshar (@ValaAfshar) June 24, 2015 Introduction You can imagine my surprise when I was browsing my Twitter feed one night last month and came across one of Marc Andreessen’s tweetstorms. This time he was tweeting about Clayton Christensen’s Theory of […]

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6 Things I Have Learned About Building High-Performing Teams

I spend a lot of time thinking about teamwork; how teams function, how they operate, how they fail or succeed, and how the most successful teams make their success repeatable in the face of changing conditions. This post is my attempt to synthesize what I have learned so far.1 What is a team? For the purpose […]

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A Note on Developing and Testing Hypotheses

This post is a continuation of the discussion I started in A Note On Startup Business Model Hypotheses. In this post I will describe how one might go about developing and testing a hypothesis about any aspect of a startup’s  business model.1 I will use a fine-dining restaurant as a motivating example. To ensure we are […]

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A Note on Startup Business Model Hypotheses

One of the observations I have arrived at over the course of meeting founders of early stage startups is that often it is not clear during our conversations if they have spent time examining the hypotheses that underlie the business model for the startup they are building. This post1 is my attempt to outline some […]

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What Is Your Business Model?

“It is a B2B2C business model.” is generally not what I am hoping to hear when I ask “What is your business model?” #BusinessModelGeneration — Brian Laung Aoaeh (@brianlaungaoaeh) February 2, 2015 Invariably, when I am meeting the founder of a startup for the first time to discuss the possibility that KEC Ventures might invest […]

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Revisiting What I Know About Switching Costs & Startups

Switching costs are another aspect of a startup’s business model that I pay attention to. Together with Network Effect, Intangibles, Cost Advantages, and Efficient Scale they form the source of economic moats.1 In this post I will discuss switching costs; what they are, how they develop and evolve, and how switching costs can help or […]

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