Andreesen Horowitz on Product Market Fit

Andreesen Horowitz recently syndicated an article written by Tren Griffin of 25iq.com. The topic was Product Market Fit, and Griffin does an outstanding job of detailing 12 important points, drawing quotes from some of Silicon Valley's biggest names. You should read the whole article here or here, but I've put together a quick 30 second synopsis…

What is Performance Psychology?

Russel Wilson has one on staff. Most college and pro teams have several.¬†But what does a Performance Psychologist¬†actually do? Elizabeth Boyer, PhD, describes it this way: Develop strategies to build consistency and satisfaction in sport and life Identify solutions for challenges and concerns. Get support to successfully navigate se…

6 Business Lessons To Learn From Bruce Springsteen

3 hours and 45 minutes. That was the amount of time Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band played at Key Arena on Thursday night. What can a musician teach a business person in 4 hours? Here are some simple lessons of which I was reminded. 1) Treat your customer right How do you get you most ardent fans, all who have seen you play multiple tim…

How Tidal Goes Against All Current Product Development Theories

I'm not an expert in the music industry. I have no idea what the future olds for Pandora, Spotify, iTunes and now Tidal, Jay-Z's new streaming service that describes itself as, "Introducing the first music streaming service that combines the best High Fidelity sound quality, High Definition music videos and expertly Curated Editorial." However, …

Quirky Has Become My Favorite Product Site

I was talking about Quirky.com to a few people this week and was shocked - shocked I say - to hear they hadn't heard about it. How to describe Quirky... Imagine every crazy idea you ever had for a product was suddenly being built and you could order it for a pretty good price. Doesn't that sound like a good deal? You should visit Quirky. You …

Does Pronto Have Their Pricing Wrong

Since I work downtown a lot, and I am always rooting for startups, I've been keeping an eye on the bike-renting service "Pronto." I think it's a cool idea, and with enough manipulation, you can kind of shove this square peg into the circle hole of The Collaborative Economy. So that intrigues me as well. [caption width="500" align="alignnone"] Vi…

Calling All Startups

It's that time of the year again - almost the beginning of school. Once again, I'll be teaching the Entrepreneurial Marketing Class, MKTG 555, at the UW Foster School of Business. While I'm switching up the curriculum a good deal, I'm still incorporating hands on work for students. If you work with a start-up and have an interesting problem …

Looking for Some Teachers to Give Insight on a Website to Help Teachers

There's a little company based in New Jersey called PortfolioGen. Started by a teacher and a Vice-Principal, its mission is simple - To make it easier for teachers looking for jobs to find employment with schools who need their skills and expertise. Traditionally, teachers have had to lug around an offline portfolio when they go interview. Teach…

Geek Stars Shine Bright at Annual Geekwire Awards

There was more Polo than Prada. More Ralph than Lauren. And Levi's outnumbered Louboutin's about 5 to 1. But there was enough revelry, camaraderie and fun at Geekwire's "Oscars of Seattle Startups" last night at EMP that you expected Ellen to organize a group selfie. You can get the full results of the 13 Geek Awards over at Geekwire.com. But ma…

Helping the JOBS Act Get Through

From the entrepreneur's perspective, more access to capital is better than less. We have a current ecosystem that involves Angels and VC's, but there are many reasons why we should make it easier for people to make informed decisions about investing in new ventures. There's a hearing in the Washington senate on this Tuesday, 2/25. Here's a good …