Can generative AI give hard tech projects a boost? It turns out generative AI has skills other than creating fancy images. The three use cases in this piece illustrate the possibilities it can open up for scientists and entrepreneurs.
In Superconsumers, Eddie Yoon takes a look at the small portion of customers who are responsible for a disproportionately big part of a company's revenue. Yoon examines what drives the shopping habits of these people and argues that they can become a reliable and sustainable engine of growth for businesses.
First, a recruitment spree during the pandemic, then, the Great Resignation, and now a massive tide of tech layoffs... Is there a way to avoid these boom and bust cycles in recruitment? The Alliance shows it is possible to build long-lasting relationships in the world of short-term corporate goals.
2023 started with a series of massive layoffs from big tech firms. Bruce MacFadden traces these layoffs back to the excessive hiring decisions made during the pandemic and questions the leadership of some Silicon Valley leaders.
A short, clear take on the most practical way of holding a usability test. No elaborate procedures or intimidating language... Rocket Surgery Made Easy is just the kind of advice you need if you are not a usability professional.
What were the main tech topics and trends in 2022? This piece focuses on four major developments that took place in 2022 and explains what they might mean for the near future trajectory of the industry.
Can you go beyond positioning a product and design the whole market in a way that guarantees your sustainable success? Play Bigger argues that you can and should. The book suggests "category creation" as a strategic tool for creating and dominating a market segment.
Hard tech startups chasing innovative, sophisticated solutions to big problems are gaining a lot of attention from investors lately. This blog post analyzes why investors used to stay away from such projects before and what might have changed their minds.
Africa has been touted as the "next frontier in tech." This piece discusses how no-code technology can kick-start the African tech revival and solve some of the chronic problems of the continent in the meantime.
If you are about to meet some investors, it is best to prepare yourself for some curveballs they can throw you. This blog post highlights three questions from three accomplished investors and discusses the rationale behind them.
Can angel investing get through the current economic turbulence unscathed? Eugene van Ost looks into the crystal ball for the challenges awaiting angel investing in the near future and suggests ways to tackle them.
Artificial intelligence and machine learning seem poised to transform many a business. Can angel investing be one of them? This blog post discusses to what extent algorithms can benefit angel investors.
So many startups count on leveraging network effects for their products when, in fact, very few can do that properly. In The Cold Start Problem, Andrew Chen explains what makes network effects so difficult to master and offers his readers a template they can use to reliably unlock this transformative power.
A well-connected angel investor can plug vital holes in the skill set available to a startup and significantly elevate its performance. In this blog post, we look into the specifics of what top angel investors bring to the table in addition to capital.
"An early-stage investor in Airbnb, Dropbox, Uber..." How can some angel investors consistently pick better startups while others can't? This blog post takes a look at the parameters successful investors consider before pulling the trigger on an investment decision.
What should your game plan be to become more successful at fundraising as a founder? What do D angel investors care about more, bright ideas or the right people? Kelly O'Connor looks into what angel investors prioritize while assessing founders.
With their higher risk tolerance and hands-on approach, angel investors cut a different image from institutional investors. It turns out a higher return on investment is not the only thing that motivates angel investors.
An entrepreneur, an investor, and a visionary blessed with a Midas touch, or a villain determined to destroy the society as we know it? Zero to One sheds light on how Peter Thiel sees the world and what he strives to achieve with his investments and scholarship fund.
Startups are in an uphill battle trying to gain traction against established players. They need all the help they can get. In this piece, Chatty Garrate discusses how no-code/low-code tools can help startups achieve multiple goals in one fell swoop.
Customers and other stakeholders are who you turn to whenever there is a major setback with your business plan. However, getting information from people is not a straightforward process; it is an art unto itself. In Just Enough Research, Erika Hall explains different types of design research and how best to conduct them.
Startups strive to achieve product-market fit but lack proper guidance on how they should position their products. In Obviously Awesome, April Dunford combines her training in engineering with a three-decade-long experience in marketing and comes up with an action plan to end the suffering of startups.
B2C and B2B have been regarded as mutually exclusive marketing strategies for startups—you picked one or the other as you set off. This piece takes a look at a hybrid approach, B2X, which has attained considerable success for companies like Atlassian, Notion, and Slack.
Hearing from entrepreneurs who made it, one gets the impression that being a founder is all about having a great idea. In his book Founder’s FAQ, İlker Köksal shows us that there is more to being a founder than just an idea, and gets into the nitty-gritty of the whole process, from the conception stage to team building to exit.
This is the story of a man who was true to himself in everything he did and made sure that his business reflected his genuineness. In Delivering Happiness, the late entrepreneur Tony Hsieh offers us a glimpse into how culture can be the foundation upon which a billion-dollar business is built.
Micro SaaS is the tech equivalent of the small business in your neighborhood that is growing slowly but surely. It is the way to go for people who lack access to huge funds or VC support: All one needs to do is to find an underserved niche of customers with a well-defined problem, heal their pain, and voila!
Ever since startups replaced finance jobs as a top target for status seekers, volumes of anxiety-riddled text continue to spill out onto the internet in search of the elusive technical co-founder. Practical advice from Y Combinator since its inception hasn't bothered to shelter people from this notion either, 'If you can't convince at least one person to build this thing,' the thinking goes, 'then what does this say about your chances of success?'