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from http://andrewchenblog.com 108 days ago

This is a guest post by a friend of mine on retention. Jamie Quint is Managing Partner of Quint Growth, a full-service growth consultancy that works with companies like Twitch and Hipmunk. Previously, he was the PM of Growth at Swipely and a Y Combinator alum. -Andrew Jamie Quint: There ...

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from http://andrewchenblog.com 108 days ago

The reality of consumer products I’ve never met an entrepreneur who’s happy with their metrics. Whether you’re talking about sign up rates, retention rates, or how often your users create content – on face value, the metrics always seem terrible. The secret is, almost everyone’s consumer product metrics are horrible, ...

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from http://andrewchenblog.com 108 days ago

Social products need mass before scaling growth I often write on the topic of how social products can scale growth, resulting in inbound emails to the effect of “how do I get my product to go viral?” The problem is, until you have a strong baseline of engagement, it’s nearly ...

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from http://andrewchenblog.com 108 days ago

Social products share a common ancestry and set of problems It’s been a decade after Friendster popularized the notion of the social network, and we’ve seen hundreds of flavors of social products. Many of them are very different from each other, showing that success can come from many variations. I’ve ...

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from http://andrewchenblog.com 108 days ago

I’m happy to congratulate my kid sister Ada Chen (@adachen) who joined SurveyMonkey as their VP Marketing this week. Awesome. Ada is exceedingly modest for a successful entrepreneur. She has two successful exits and a deep background in marketing (yes, it runs in the family!). After attending UPenn and joining ...

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from http://andrewchenblog.com 108 days ago

Like many folks over the last couple days, I downloaded Secret and started playing with it over the weekend. The NYT even wrote an article about this category of apps. A few thoughts went through my head- is this a gimmick? Are the push notifications too much? Will I have ...

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from http://andrewchenblog.com 108 days ago

Happy new year! Here’s a quick list of some of the essays I wrote (and guest posted) for 2013. Long form stuff Zero to Product/Market Fit (Presentation) Here’s a presentation I gave to a group of entrepreneurs talking about the issues starting out and getting to product/market fit. Given that ...

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from http://andrewchenblog.com 108 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 108 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 108 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 108 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 108 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 108 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 108 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 108 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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