Archive | How and Why

Revisiting What I Know About Network Effects & Startups

  ‘One IPO that is probably worth the hype.’ – Chris Beauchamp on the #  with @kerushton in the Telegraph. — IG (@IGcom) September 1, 2014   The recently announced IPO of Alibaba got me thinking last week about network effects1 – what they are, how they develop and evolve, and how network effects can […]

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Why Tech Startups Can Gain Competitive Advantage from Operations

Started From the Bottom Now They’re Here: Why Startups Are Racing to Build Operations Teams [new blog post] — Hunter Walk (@hunterwalk) August 8, 2014 Hunter Walk’s blog post serves as the inspiration for this one. He points out that operations is key for startups operating in the on-demand economy. I want to pick […]

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A Note On Viral Marketing – Part III: How Dropbox Grew

Dropbox is another example of a product that has experienced remarkable growth since its launch. In this case study I will explore how Dropbox has achieved such rapid growth and try to identify strategic themes that other startups might consider for experiments centered around user acquisition and revenue growth.1 What is Dropbox? Dropbox is a personal […]

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A Note on Viral Marketing – Part I: What is it?

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” […]

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In Early Stage Investing, Should Investors Bet on the Jockey or the Horse?

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 […]

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