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You Can't Argue with Validation at Lean Startup Machine

This weekend I had the opportunity to be a mentor at the Lean Startup Machine workshop in NYC. This was my second time as a mentor, and what happens in the span of 48 hours is quite remarkable.

9 Questions You Must Ask Before Hiring a Development Partner

One of the most difficult and critical decisions and entrepreneur has to make is deciding who will built the product.

Here's the 12 most important questions you should be asking your development partner before you make a final decision:

Attracting Your Earliest Adoptors

I often tell people before we begin working with them that we do the easy part. Sure, writing code and building a functioning app is a skill that most people don't possess, but it's what comes after development that most people underestimate.

Lessons From Fake Grimlock

Yesterday we had the most epic of all coffee meetings so far. David and I had the pleasure of meeting with Fake Grimlock while he was in town for a secret stealth mission. We took full advantage of the opportunity and want to share what we learned.

The Firehawk Creative Process

There is one simple question that can provide so much valuable information. It can reveal expertise and competence or stunning weaknesses and inefficiencies. In essence, this question is what separates the children from the adults.

Need More Coffee Meetings

I've had a couple of really productive coffee meetings in the last few days, and I want more. Mark Suster and Gary Vaynerchuk have hammered home this point with Why You Need To Take 50 Coffee Meetings and Why Taking Random Meetings Matters So Much, so I don't need to explain the why.

Surfing and Startups

Last summer, Howard Lindzon gave a talk to us at the TechStars Boulder class and said, "Just like a surfer, you have to position yourself to ride the one big wave that will change your life".

How Long Will It Take to Build My MVP

If you are wondering how long it should take to build your MVP, you are not alone, but you might be looking at things from the wrong perspective.

MVP to World Domination

You want your product to change the world. I'm all for it. In my opinion, you can't dream big enough, but I need you to realize that Rome wasn't built in a day. So I've compiled a list of some companies that I'm sure you've heard of but might not have recognized their lean startup approach or their MVP roots...

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