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Alibaba IPO: Jack Ma's Original Sales Pitch in 1999
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  • We should position Alibaba as a global website.Our competitors are not in China, but in Silicon Valley (overseas).
  • We’ve got to learn to work very hard. If we will come to work at 8am & leave at 5pm, Alibaba will never be successful.
  • Believe in yourself. “Chinese brains are just as good as theirs (American)”, “We can beat government agencies and big companies”
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Steve Jobs talks about managing people
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  • Apple is organized like a startup. We're the biggest startup on the planet
  • Teamwork is dependent on trusting others they would come up with their part
  • If you wanna hire great people, and have them stay with you, you have to be run by ideas not hierarchy
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“Sprints” — things I learned while doing them at Spotify. — Sprint Stories
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  • What’s a Sprint? It’s a user-centered design methodology for teams to brainstorm and test solutions before building an idea.
  • If you’re leading the sprint, follow your timeline and know what you’re going to say before hand.
  • Make sure the decision maker believes in the purpose of the sprint.
  • Let everyone know (involved in the sprint) that any form of sketching is ok. It’s not a design contest.
  • If someone in the group is distracting your timeline don’t point them out specifically, just remind the group as whole to keep going.
  • When it‘s time to do user testing interviews with your prototype, I suggest you find a savvy friend that can help you run them
  • Make sure your record the interviews and share them with the rest your team, that couldn’t be part of the sprint.
https://sprintstories.com/sprints-things-i-learned-while-doing-them-at-spotify-587ee49b59a1#.kr9jq4ryo
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Career Advice on becoming an Entrepreneur by Sir Richard Branson (Full Version)
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  • Business is like painting a picture. You've got a canvas and want to create every single bit of that canvas as perfect as you can.
  • There two ways of developing entrepreneurial skills one through your own mistakes, another at school, although it doesn't teach well.
  • There is a very dividing line between success and failure. I've been right there.
  • Business is life. All aspects of life. Everything around us has been created by someone. It is fascinating.
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Life is Short
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  • When I ask myself what I've found life is too short for, the word that pops into my head is "bullshit."
  • Bullshit is unnecessary meetings, pointless disputes, bureaucracy, posturing, dealing with other people's mistakes, & traffic jams.
  • Eliminate the bullshit is an absolute necessity for the victory at the entrepreneurial voyage.
  • Relentlessly prune bullshit, don't wait to do things that matter, and savor the time you have. That's what you do when life is short.
http://paulgraham.com/vb.html
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PayPal co-founder Thiel's startup advice
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  • Do one thing uniquely well, better than anybody else in the world.
  • What do you know that's true that nobody else understands?
  • What great business exist that nobody is building?
  • Technological improvement involves brilliant breakthrough idea, incremental​ improvement & complex coordination.
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How we got from $0 to $75,000 MRR with zero marketing budget — Lifecycle Marketing — Medium
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  • Every company can benefit from Influencer Marketing, but you can get the most out of it if you have a tangible product to send out for free
  • Start with searching on YouTube. Create a list of influencers/
  • Reach out to them by writing a personal email and offering a free product for a video review.
  • Highly recommend using an email management tool like www.persistiq.com to build email sequences.
  • Create unique coupon code or bit.ly link for each influencer to see how much sales he has generated
  • This method is pretty slow, because requires a lot of manual​ work, but it helped us to achieve $75,000 in MRR.
https://medium.com/lifecycle-marketing/how-we-got-from-0-to-75-000-mrr-with-zero-marketing-budget-b20101b09a76#.kzlaooaeu
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The Top 12 Wantrepreneur Bullshit Excuses and How to Finally Get Past Them (Plus the Last Startup Book You'll Ever Need!) : Entrepreneur
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  • 1. “I WANT TO START BUT I HAVE A FEW MORE THINGS TO SOLVE”
  • 2. “BUT I HAVE NOTHING TO SELL”
  • 3. “I’M TRYING TO RAISE CAPITAL!”
  • 4. “BUT WHAT ABOUT SCALABILITY?”
  • 5. “I DON’T HAVE THE TIME RIGHT THIS SECOND, BUT…”
  • 6. “BUT I NEED TO VALIDATE!”
  • 7. “The MARKET IS SATURATED”
  • 8. “OKAY COOL LET ME GET STARTED ON MY BUSINESS PLAN”
  • 9. “LLC/CORP/WHAT STATE TO FILE IN”
  • 10. “OKAY BUT I NEED TO RESEARCH”
https://www.reddit.com/r/Entrepreneur/comments/4ivuhb/the_top_12_wantrepreneur_bullshit_excuses_and_how/
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Take care of people, products and profits, in that order - Horowitz
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  • Taking care of the people means that your company is a good place to work. Most workplaces are far from good.
  • Work should be efficient, effective, and make a difference for the organization and individuals.
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Choosing between specialists and generalists
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  • Hire the best people is what we hear all the time, but what does it actually mean?
  • “The best” usually refers to the specialists in a specific field.
  • If you run a startup, you probably don’t need specialists, but rather generalists, who can get the work fast.
  • Hire the best people is what we hear all the time, but what does it actually mean?
  • “The best” usually refers to the specialists in a specific field.
  • If you run a startup, you probably don’t need specialists, but rather generalists, who can get the work fast.
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