Welcome to Startup Junkies
The focus of Startup Junkies is the startup stage which, by our definition, includes both opportunity identification and launch.
If you’re an entrepreneur who needs to get going fast with a new venture and wants to learn from others, this is the place for you.
We bring together both the theory and practice of successful startup entrepreneurship.
While our backgrounds are in the technology sector, the lessons shared here will be beneficial to almost any entrepreneur.
Our preference is for creating low-cost startup strategies so that the chump’s game of chasing outside capital can be avoided.
Since 2004 Startup Junkies has been designing, managing, and curating a world-class ecosystem of entrepreneurs, angel investors, venture capitalists, academics, mentors, advisers, consultants, and partners, in which it applies the best practices in everything from execution to deployment, launch, funding, growth, and exit.
Lean Startups? Ho-hum.
One of the results of having been around the block a few times is that you start to realize that few ideas are original and that most are simply incremental variations on a theme. The lean startups approach has been widely touted recently as a breakthrough in the business of launching companies. Actually, nothing could be further from the truth. This approach has been around since the first cash-strapped entrepreneur scrambled for ways to get his startup off the ground.
If you want proof that the lean startup model is nothing new, go read the works of Professor Amar Bhide from the 1980s on how to do lean startups. Just beware that he didn’t use that term. Instead he talked about the “high hustle” approach. Where The Lean Startup uses the annoying “pivot,” Dr. Bhide used the much better “try-it;fix-it” phrase. You can find articles by Dr. Bhide at the HBR site as well as his famous book on entrepreneurship at Amazon.
All that Lean Startups has managed to do is systemize the obvious in a manner that makes you want to read the phonebook instead. Now Steve Blank, a man we normally respect, has jumped aboard the lean bandwagon and touts it as if it is something truly new. You can see his latest attempt at making what’s been painfully obvious to entrepreneurs for a very long time sound like the discovery of the millennium.
If you have ever had to fight the urge to strangle a 20-year old Y Combinator grad who talks about pivoting incessantly, you will enjoy this video. Be forewarned that it does contain a few F-bombs.
In Silicon Valley, snarky blogs make a comeback
The Editorial Team at Startup Junkies does not condone snark.
Just look at our history.
Sheryl Sandberg’s best-seller, Lean In, has been all the media rage for the past few months. Prior to this Sheryl had acquired a well-deserved reputation as a scold who spent her Facebook work hours admonishing men to step down and make way for the Sheryls of the world. Not surprisingly, men being the chauvinist pigs that they are felt that the book had little to offer them.
Well, not anymore. Now there’s a Lean In for Men and guys being guys, we don’t need a book to belabor a simple concept such as “lean in.” We can manage with a one-page manifesto. So, here it is:
The Lean In for Men Manifesto!
We told you that there would be consequences to Linkedin’s ill treatment of its members.
If you infuriate millions of users with a bad policy and refuse to fix the problem there will be consequences.
Now the cows have come have come home to roost.
Please Participate and Help Save the Internet!
Does anyone remember the Bee Gees? For a year or so in the 1980s they were the biggest thing in music. Their songs dominated the Top 40 chart. You couldn’t go more than 10 minutes without hearing a Bee Gees song. Everyone loved them.
Then it all changed.
Boy did Linkedin and Reid Hoffman ever mess up with last fall’s big anti-spam move. Apparently millions of Linkediners have now lost their ability to post and carry on conversations as a result. So what happened? Well the geniuses at Linkedin decided to introduce a new feature to fight spam. The feature allows any group moderator to tag a user as a spammer and block them from posting again. However, what happens now is that the user isthen blocked from posting in any of his or her 50 groups. Before last fall, moderators only had the ability to block a user from their own group. Now it’s global.
Infographic: How Colors Affect Conversions
Color has a powerful psychological influence on the human brain. Discover how websites harness it and how you can do the same.
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Are Retro Frame Designs Coming Back?
Is anyone here old enough to recall sites built with frames? Yes, those really annoying box things that made a site unbearable to look at after about 10 seconds. They were popular back in the 1990s. Well, it looks like they are back.
We reported this breaking story first. The word is now spreading over the great Linkedin fiasco.