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.
They’re back! Find the link to the free treasures which typically include ebooks, courses, and other items such as audio/videos materials for small businesses. It’s well worth your time. Gifts will vary over time.
The Men Who Made Us Spend – BBC
Here’s the acclaimed BBC series on how marketing manipulates us all into spending our hard earned money on mostly worthless junk.
We buy things we don’t need with money we don’t have to impress people we don’t like. – Dave Ramsey, The Total Money Makeover
What Killed Google+?
Steve Faktor conducts an autopsy on the demise of Google+:
In the end, it was a network without purpose. To most people, interacting with strangers around common interests ranks somewhere between ironing socks and learning Hungarian.
Google+ will continue for a while, but it’ll likely end up in neglect and disrepair like Blogger, Reader and every bridge in America.
Google Begins to Quietly Drop the Egregious Google+
As a brand, Google+ is about at toxic as you can get. Any mention of the service getting close to a Google product usually results in instant rage among the denizens of the Internet.
It’s the beginning of the end for the universally reviled and ignored service that no one asked for. We hate to say we told you so, but we told you so. The absolutely worst attempt at a social networking platform ever conceived is quietly being dropped. Mark Zuckerberg is dancing a happy jig on its grave.
Google really screwed it up. It wasn’t just the G+’s impossible to use interface that drove users mad. No, it was Google’s belligerent attempts at forcing everyone to use it. First there were the threats from Larry Page:
Ignore Google+ and Google search will ignore you. - Larry Page, Google CEO
When that wasn’t enough, Google forced a G+ account on everyone who had a Gmail or YouTube account.
When the masses scrambled to disable their new G+ accounts, Google borrowed a favorite Facebook tactic and started changing accounts settings so that disabled G+ accounts were reactivated magically while we slept. This was like throwing gasoline onto the fire.
Finally, with an angry mob practically ready to storm its HQ, the company conceded that G+ was a failure and that it needed to go.
The G+ mastermind then got the bum’s rush:
Business plans are about as objective and honest as personal ads on dating sites. – AVC
Business plans have fallen out of favor over the past 16 years or so. Most people now use executive summaries, pitchdecks, websites, and live presentations instead. However, here’s how you write a business if you must.