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from http://andrewchenblog.com 77 days ago

Building a great product is not enough Today I read a well-done article by The Verge on the shutdown of Everpix, a photo startup that’s gained a small but loyal following. It’s a great read, and I’d encourage you to check it out. There’s a lot of things to comment ...

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from http://andrewchenblog.com 77 days ago

My friend Gagan Biyani wrote up a great piece how to analyze what your Facebook audience is interested in, and using that to buy ads. He’s generously shared it, below. Gagan is CEO and co-founder at Sprig, and before that was at Lyft and started up Udemy. You can follow ...

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from http://andrewchenblog.com 77 days ago

[Andrew: Christoph Janz has written some of the best essays on SaaS metrics and cohort analyses, and he was kind enough share the latest with us below. A bit about the author: Christoph is co-founder and Managing Partner at Point Nine Capital, an early-stage venture capital fund with a strong ...

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from http://andrewchenblog.com 77 days ago

(If you can’t see the embedded slides above, you can also download the PDF here) A few months ago, I spoke to a group of entrepreneurs at Stanford whose seed stage companies were still struggling to get product/market fit. I wrote down a few thoughts on the topic and turned ...

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from http://www.smallbizlabs.com 77 days ago

Deloitte's Center for the Edge researches and analyzes issues and topics related to corporate growth. It is run by two Silicon Valley luminaries - John Hagel and John Seely Brown.   They recently released The Hero's Jouney Through the Landscape of the Future, which focuses on a topic we've long covered ...

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from http://www.smallbizlabs.com 77 days ago

Gallup has started a quarterly tracking survey on microbusinesses, which they seem to define as having less than 5 employees (their methodology section is a bit hazy on this).   The most recent survey was on how much vacation time microbiz owners take. The results were quite interesting. Gallup focused on ...

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from http://www.smallbizlabs.com 77 days ago

Two of our favorite topics are shared workspaces and small farms. So we're very excited about the the emergence of farm incubators that combine both concepts. According to Fox Business dozens of farm incubators are springing up across the country. Key quote from their article: The goal is to help farmers ...

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from http://www.smallbizlabs.com 77 days ago

LinkedIn's post Why Everyone Needs to be a Futurist contends that due to growing competition and the pace of change, everyone should spend part of their day thinking about the future.   As the title states, it even goes so far to suggest everyone should become a part-time futurist. Key quote: ...

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from http://www.smallbizlabs.com 77 days ago

If you Google "economic uncertainty" you will find many references to its impacts on the economy and business. But you won't find much on its impact on people and society. We find this interesting because we think in addition to having a big impact on the economy and businesses, economic ...

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from http://www.smallbizlabs.com 77 days ago

A recent Freelancers Union post titled 87% of Freelancers Have Multiple Sources of Income covers the gowing trend of freelancers piecing together multiple sources of income - and even multiple careers - to meet their financial, work and lifestyle goals. The data comes from the Freelancers Union study How to Live ...

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from http://www.smallbizlabs.com 77 days ago

7X7SF's A Boat Owned by Two Tech Geniuses is Charting a New Course in Coworking describes the Maritol, a former car and truck ferry that has been converted into a floating coworking space. Key quote on the ship's amenities: While the amenities arms race rages on among well-heeled and well-equipped tech ...

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from http://www.smallbizlabs.com 77 days ago

The AP's Sweet Dog Suites reports on builders adding "doggy suites" to new houses. Standard Pacific Homes is offering a pet suite option in 27 of their developments across the country.   Key quote on the high end pet suite, which is shown in the picture below: The most lavish suite ...

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from http://www.smallbizlabs.com 77 days ago

We really like interesting data visualizations here at Small Business Labs. And the folks at the Atlanta Federal Reserve Bank have created a couple of great charts on part-time U.S. employment.  The Atlanta Fed chart below (click to enlarge) shows the percentage of people working part-time for economic and non-economic ...

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from http://www.smallbizlabs.com 77 days ago

We've been involved in several recent studies that show the importance networks play for freelancers and other independent workers (independent consultants, contractors, self-employed, etc.). The chart below is from the Freelancers Union report How to Live the Freelance Life. It shows how freelancers turn to their network to find work, ...

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from http://www.smallbizlabs.com 77 days ago

The New York Times article A Push to Give Steadier Shifts to Part-Timers covers the growing opposition to the practice of rrequiring workers to be “on call” at short notice or scheduling them for shifts and then sending them home if business looks light.  The issue is nonstandard work schedules ...

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