Category Archive for: Life in a startup

A little joy….

Running a company of any size is really tough and there are complex and multifaceted reasons we do it.  It’s important to remember the simple joy, even when everything else isn’t simple or easy to remember.

How we count the ways…

Well, it’s been a while since I commented on this, but rVibe has moved from b2c to b2b. And that is a good thing. But now we’re faced with crossing the chasm.  Going from early adopters to mainstream sales.  And that is tough.   So we’ve actually not exhausted our early adopters, we’re just starting,…

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Running a startup feels a little like hang-gliding…

Generally speaking boot-strapped start-ups are all between 60 days and 9 months from guaranteed bankruptcy, and at the same time about to shoot up the hockey stick and make hundreds of millions in revenue.  Of course, neither is actually true, but when you are constantly looking at your financial reports and projections, it’s hard not…

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On a new tag line for our company

How does an internet company pick a tag line?

The missing link in internet pure plays – customer intimacy

When you look at business operating models, there are generally only three from which to choose:  Operational efficiency, Product innovation and Customer intimacy.  To understand these, it’s effective to look at three companies that exemplify these models: Operational efficiency:  Wal-Mart.  Wal-Mart’s goal of lower pricing is driven by operational efficiency. Down to prioritizing their long-haul…

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How to change strategic direction

One of the greatest things about a small company and even better about a startup is the ability to change strategic direction – quickly.  Unlike larger corporations with large investments in human capital and infrastructure, a nimble startup can identify opportunities and action them fast. Of course, a large company typically has greater resources at…

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Just pitched to the NY Angel Group

In our fund-raising quest, I just pitched to the NY Angels investment group. The pitch went very well:  there were three screening members, one of whom clearly was familiar with the space and technology, and the other two extremely sharp on understanding the business.  They were engaged, asked good questions and really got it. And…

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Potential versus performance, hiring, investing and outlook on life

So – I am one of those people who likes to enumerate things and attempt to fit life into bivalent categories. Most of the time I fail miserably (when will I learn), and my company’s product woefully defies simple categorization, and life is far richer than that, but I attempt to anyway. And here, as I…

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Seed versus early stage

Definitions on the status of companies change pretty regularly and early on there seems to be some confusion around what is seed and what is early stage.   Here’s my take: Seed stage:  When a company has just formed, has the beginnings (or even early complete) business plan, an incomplete team and is developing a prototype…

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Migrating to new blog – info.rvibe.com/blog

We new have a blog over at rvibe.com. So for now anyway – I will be postig over there…. rVibe Blog

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