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
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Hiring your first engineer at a startup is incredibly hard. As a founder, you’re already stretched dangerously thin on time. There are bugs to fix, customers to close and any number of urgent existential fires that demand your full attention.
TL;DR The SEO playbook for seed-stage startups is different than for established companies. Young startups often lack domain authority, volume of content, and a strong social media following, all of which makes it hard to compete with large players. But
In my 10+ years as an entrepreneur, I’ve sold two companies: Clickpass, a single sign-on mechanism sold in 2008, and Heyzap, a mobile ad network that sold in 2016. Heyzap pivoted at least 4 times over its 8 years —
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My advice for getting acqui-hired: don’t. But if you are going to get acqui-hired, learn from my mistakes. While there are many benefits to launching a startup, I’ve come to believe the biggest one is learning. A few years ago,
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Growing companies is just as important as starting companies. Making a really successful startup requires two very different skills: Product development Company development Looking back at what Y Combinator (YC) has accomplished, we’ve put out more free content on creating
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The key to meeting VCs isn’t cold emails or playing a high-volume game — it’s all in the introductions. And anyone can get them.