Category: Startups

  • Three Most Underutilized Marketing Strategies for Early-Stage Startups

    Disclosure: We have a  one-day workshop coming up with Sean Percival at Coloft that focuses on these three marketing tactics. Regardless of whether you join us for the workshop, I think you’ll benefit from knowing these strategies exist. I had the chance to chat with Sean Percival, who recently joined the Distribution Team at 500 Startups where […]

  • Developing a Curriculum for Entrepreneurship

    This Summer, I have the honor of teaching an accelerator program for the Santa Monica Youth Tech Program. 14 hand picked high-school students will split up into teams and work on two civic tech startup ideas out of Coloft, 5 days a week for 5 weeks. Two hours each day, their minds are mine to […]

  • Best Online Resources for Entrepreneurs, Organized.

    This will most likely always be a work in progress. Please don’t hesitate to add resources or input in the comments! I tried not to have too many services that were similar to each other, and mostly went with venture backed solutions where it existed. Hoping to turn this into a more interactive resource down […]

  • Tech Tools for People with a Startup Idea

    Here’s a few tools to get you started… First figure out what you’re trying to sell. Use Google Trends and Google Keyword Tool to identify the keywords that someone would use to find your product. This should give you a vague idea of the market, if it’s growing or shrinking, and the set of keywords […]

  • 147 Online Services for Entrepreneurs: Ver 1

    Version 1 (in no particular order): WordPress Mailchimp Eventbrite Twitter Facebook Google Drive Pinterest Instagram 1Password Hootsuite Buffer App PRweb Crunchbase Angellist Github Heroku Treehouse Codeschool Codecademy General Assembly Lynda Tuts+ Quora Google Analytics Google Keyword Tool Google Trends Google Apps Godaddy Bluehost Tumblr Flickr iStockPhoto Elance Odesk 99designs Craigslist Taskrabbit Recurly Chargify Shopify IFTTT […]

  • 7 Simple Productivity Tips Backed By Science

    Here’s 7 productivity tips I like from the Buffer blog. Read the original article if you want to know more about any of these. For me, just simply glancing through the 7 key points is enough to inspire me. Help someone today – it will make you happier and more productive. Develop a daily routine. […]

  • Testing Facebook Ads

    I’m currently learning to test Facebook ads. I had a few ads run week, but they had horrible click thru rates (CTR), time to get aggressive with testing. Before I start just setting up ads like I did last week, this week I’m first documenting a logical process for doing this. So here we go: […]

  • Stats About Facebook Ads: Click-Thru Rates (CTR) & Cost Per Click (CPC)

    What’s a good Click Thru Rate (CTR) for Facebook ads? A CTR is calculated by dividing the number of times your ad has been shown to people (impressions), by the number of times people clicked on the ad. Optimal CTR: 0.11%-0.16% Above Avg CTR: 0.07%-0.09% Average CTR: 0.04%-0.05% Below Avg CTR: 0.02%-0.03% Poor CTR: 0.01% […]

  • Older Workers Should Continue to Learn and Teach More

    A recent study that analyzed 80,000 profiles on Stack Overflow found that older developers are more proficient than younger developers even in newer programming languages. They analyzed the reputation of answers on the Q&A site in different languages, and programmers apparently continued to have answers with better reputations, up until at least 50 years of […]

  • I have $5. What is the best way to invest and grow my money? [via Quora]

    Every once i while, there’s a Quora answer that just blows your mind. This is one of them, I had to share: SOURCE: Investing: I have $5. What is the best way to invest and grow my money? I remember reading Tina Sellig’s (executive director of the Stanford Technology Ventures Program) book- What I wish I knew when […]