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from http://andrewchenblog.com 108 days ago

Scaling growth is hard – there’s only a few ways to do it When you study the most successful mobile/web products, you start to see a pattern on how they grow. Turns out, there’s not too many ways to reach 100s of millions of users or revenue. Instead, products mostly ...

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from http://andrewchenblog.com 108 days ago

[Today we have a guest post from Alex Schiff, who's a co-founder and CEO of Fetchnotes, which makes simple, smart tools that help people work together and get things done. Fetchnotes graduated from Techstars Boston in November 2012, and is currently a team of 5 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. -Andrew] Alex ...

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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://venturebeat.com/ 108 days ago

Above: GrowthBeat 2014Image Credit: Michael O'Donnell/VentureBeatSAN FRANCISCO — Start by picking “the low-hanging fruit.” That’s the advice of George Shehata, VP of customer relationship management for natural supplements and beauty products firm Shaklee, at a GrowthBeat 2014 panel today about using data-driven marketing even if you have a small team. ...

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from http://venturebeat.com/ 108 days ago

Above: Alex Schultz, VP of Growth at FacebookImage Credit: Michael O'Donnell/VentureBeatSAN FRANCISCO — Facebook vice president of growth Alex Schultz is a well-respected marketer, in part because he’s a staunch advocate for quality acquisition tactics that will drive engagement — and firmly opposes gimmicky ones that erode user trust. “If ...

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