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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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Question Everything; My Remarks At FOCUS100 2014

Background: I gave these remarks at Digital Undivided’s FOCUS100 2014 Conference which was held between October 3rd and October 4th in New York City. A number of investors were invited to explain to the audience how they ought to pitch venture capitalists in order to win funding. Digital Undivided is a social enterprise that develops programs […]

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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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