There are three factors to increasing revenue: acquisition, retention, and monetization. In my experience working with over 8,000 companies, I’ve found most companies ignore the third: monetization. At ProfitWell, both pricing and monetization is our calling. Most companies use a
I’ve often heard others talk about the downside of running a startup away from Northern California. While there are undeniably some disadvantages to being elsewhere, there are also considerable benefits to growing a company outside the Silicon Valley bubble. Furthermore,
When I was a Stanford undergraduate in 2012, everyone seemed to be building apps. The sexiest tech startups—Snap, Uber, Facebook—were almost synonymous with the word “app,” and that the world was moving increasingly towards “mobile-only” software. Mobile fever was everywhere,
Update: Based on high demand and great feedback, we’ve also packaged this blog up into a PDF guide so that you can save it and reference it later. — As Justin Kan’s Chief of Staff, I am actively involved in
The best founders figure out what works for them. I co-founded TaskRabbit, where I served as VP of Technology for more than seven years before launching my current company, Guideline, which simplifies 401Ks for employers. Now that I’m a second-time
In 8 months, my co-founder/best friend and I have iterated through four different blockchain products, raised money, and built a company with customers. It’s been a crazy journey — with many learning moments that can be applied to startups in
Between starting my own companies and helping to scale Github, I realized that I could have more impact in product than as an engineer. When my company, Easel, was acquired by GitHub, I began a journey from engineering into product.
Twice a year, I get a ton of cold emails asking some version of the following question: how can I do well in my Y Combinator interview? Rather than try (and fail) to respond individually, I put together the following
I’m not a designer. I have a degree in Computer Science and have worked as an iOS developer and a frontend developer. These days, my role as CEO of Krit consists of a combination of sales, marketing, and product management.
Since starting my first company at 22, I’ve invested in over 70 private companies. I’ve seen some great financial returns, but have also realized a number of other benefits. When the topic of investments comes up among entrepreneurs, I’m surprised
David Heinemeier Hansson, better known as DHH, needs no introduction. He is the creator of Ruby on Rails, founder and CTO at Basecamp, and the author of two NYT bestselling books (to name just a few of his accomplishments). He’s
When I asked Andrew Chen about “startup growth,” I immediately realized my mistake. “I think maybe we’ll use more precise terminology,” he kindly offered, before making a key clarification. “I think of startup growth in two distinct stages that require