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from http://andrewchenblog.com 76 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 76 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 76 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 76 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 76 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 76 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 76 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 76 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/ 76 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/ 76 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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from http://venturebeat.com/ 76 days ago

Above: Matt Marshall of VentureBeat, and Max Cantor of doxIQ Image Credit: Michael O'Donnell/VentureBeatSAN FRANCISCO — They battled hard with their polished pitches, informative videos, and demos, and now our Innovation Showdown judges have selected the winners: doxIQ wins the early-stage category, and Leanplum is the late-stage winner. DoxIQ lets ...

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from http://venturebeat.com/ 76 days ago

Above: Billy Rios of Qualys at Black HatImage Credit: Dean TakahashiLAS VEGAS — It’s been more than a decade since 9/11 brought a stringent screening process to all airports. But can someone still get a weapon through Transportation Security Authority (TSA) airport screening devices? Yes, according to a security researcher ...

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from http://venturebeat.com/ 76 days ago

Image Credit: Social TablesThese days, venture capital seems to flow toward startups using a software-as-a-service (SaaS) delivery model in virtually all industries. The hospitality industry is no different. One young SaaS company servicing that industry, Social Tables, has just found itself on the business end of a new $8 million ...

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from http://venturebeat.com/ 76 days ago

Get all the tech funding news of the day delivered straight to your mailbox! Sign up for Funding Daily and never miss a deal. Here’s our roundup of all of the notable funding news of the day: Druva, using data protection as a starting point for analytics, picks up $25M ...

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from http://venturebeat.com/ 76 days ago

Image Credit: Fab.comA report today says Fab.com, the design-conscious lifestyle e-commerce site, is just one good offer away from selling itself. The company says it’s already been in discussions with several suitors about a sale, Fab.com CEO Jason Goldberg told Forbes in an email message: “… We have had a ...

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