Startup Show-N-Tell: April 10, 2015
As a distributed startup with team members living and working across the world, we’ve taken to Slack (who hasn’t?) to stay in touch handle some aspects of just about every mission critical business process. One of those processes is sharing interesting business tactics, thought provoking posts, and general randomness that we come across on a day to day basis. Each week, we collect some of the things that got us talking here in our Startup Show-N-Tell post.
Does your team or company do something similar? Let us know what you are reading, watching or buying on Twitter and we’ll give you a shoutout in next week’s post!
The Startup Market
- In light of the SEC adopting Regulation A+, Alphaworks explores where it came from and how it got to where it is today in part 1 of a 3-part series.
- Ben Thompson of Streatechery dives into all of the recent bubble talk, exploring how new business models and the changing nature of capital make this cycle different than the dot-com bust.
- Here are the startup and VC resources CBInsights shares with new employees during the onboarding process. This list from Adam Besvinick of Deep Fork Capital is great as well.
- It wouldn’t be a link roundup without something from Fred Wilson. Here, he proposed saving founders the time and frustration of going after investors who aren’t a great fit by building a product to reverse engineer VC strategies.
- There are three things we do in business: Appeal to people’s instinct to survive, their ability to love and their desire to propagate…As you move down the torso, the margins get better.
- Since SaaS business rely so heavily on retaining customers over the long term, churn should be top of mind. GrowthHackers.com has a great collection of posts on the topic.
- Conversion is king and an effective home page can help you ascend to the throne.
- Felix Salmon’s interview of Jonah Peretti is long (veeeerrrrry long) but is required reading for people hoping to create contagious products and content.
- StackOverflow conducted their largest developer survey ever – over 26,000 people from 157 countries.
- “Everything We Wish We’d Known About Building Data Products” – yet another great post from First Round Review
Culture and Hiring
- Thinking about how to effectively work as a remote team is key to our success as a company and Zapier’s free eBook does a great job of helping to set up the framework for productive distributed teams
- Articulate your preferences around the cost of living and other quality-of-life measures like traffic and pollution and the healthcare system, and Teleport will help identify cities that best match your requirements.
- Whether we’re working from a beach in Costa Rica or the snowy streets of Chicago or Moscow, we like our coffee. And as OXX knows, the stronger the better.
- While Nerf guns play a prominent role in our office, we’re thinking about stepping it up a notch with the XM42 Handheld Flamethrower
- The Lollapalooza lineup came out back at the end of March. Mista Cookie Jar and the Chocolate Chips the act we’re looking forward to the most…by far.
- This quarter, we’ve adopted OKRs to track our progress and stay focused on what matters here at Visible
- Building Your HR Early – Tools & Culture
- We’re hiring a designer! If you are interested in applying (or know someone who would be a fit), send our CTO Karel an email
— Visible (@VisibleVC) March 5, 2015