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Provoking: Startup Community, Developing World Founders, Popular and Fun

Practical: Startup Decisions, Accelerator Design & Education, Lean Startup, Customer Development, Business Models, Team

Or, if you're interested in what I'm up to, check out my projects.

Popular and Fun

A Visual Language For Finance Patterns

Why my cofounder is my biggest rival

Why the startup rules have changed, and we're plodding along blindly.

The History Of Lean Startup (and how to make sense of it all)

Why innovation is alive and well: Peter Thiel vs the Science Fiction masters.

Self-improvement vs self-confidence

Seriously, WTF?

Startup Decisions

6 quick checks to avoid wasting time on tough decisions.

Better learning through velocity. How to use Kanban to learn faster.

Tips on choosing your customer learning method

The question that almost always lifts conversion, or points to a pivot.

What do we do about bad startup advice?

"The best questions are the ones that create the most uncertainty.”

Recording the right information to make better strategic decisions.

What's your learning bias?

Where your sphere of control meets your potential

Why Lean Thinking Doesn't Just Hand You Answers

Accelerator Design & Education

Accelerator Design - 5 Questions That Define Success

Two accelerator design approaches I admire

Can Creatives Be Accelerated?

Startup Community

Small town advantages for startups

Bulgarian Optimism?

How we get a Leancamp started.

What can Google Campus teach us about Paul Graham's perspective on startup hubs?

If it can't scale, can it spread?

Should you invest in community? Where's the payoff?

Developing World Founders

A Startup Accelerator For The World's Poorest

Why the startup rules have changed, and we're plodding along blindly.

I am Jack's wasted opportunity

Lean Startup

The History Of Lean Startup (and how to make sense of it all)

The future of Lean Startup - 9 areas I'm watching for faster market traction

Why Lean Thinking Doesn't Just Hand You Answers

How do Lean and Agile teams deliver working code faster? A technical explanation for non-techies.

Commonly missed benefits of Lean & Agile

What can stop Lean Startup from becoming dogma?

Will your customers bite? The Dogpark Test.

Learn, and Confirm

First, seek to understand.

Tips on choosing your customer learning method

The question that almost always lifts conversion, or points to a pivot.

How to get statistical confidence from your tests with small amounts of data.

Customer Development

Cocktail CustDev - and the risks of over-formalising your interviews

Essential Customer Development skills - Softball, Anchor and Deflection questions

What spies can teach us about Customer Development

5 Traits of Earlyvangelists, aka How to solve problems that pay.


Business Models

How investors gauge your opportunity - beyond your business model.

Business model trigger questions - a way to spot viable options quickly

Recording the right information to make better strategic decisions.

If it can't scale, can it spread?

Web Business Models, Lean Startup & The Missionary Position.

Team

How I found cofounders that stuck through the hard times

Why my cofounder is my biggest rival

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