We must seek our individuality as there is no other way to shine. To understand individuality requires answering three simple question:
Who are you?
What do you have to offer?
With whom do you create this offering?
These are the simplest question, but most of us fumble on these. I don’t think there is an easy way to answer this, but one must seek these answers.
“Who are you” requires us to be lost, to collide with the world, to fail, to fight against odds. In Andy Rachleff’s words this is being “non-consensus”. …
Growing up in India, I saw the radical transformation that connectivity brings. First, cable television changed the 90s in India (yes, thats when cable TV entered India), followed by Internet in 2000s and ultimately the smartphones in 2010s. India provides such a massive information impoverished landscape, that each inflection point is magnified for its impact and accelerated in its adoption.
When I moved to the USA in 2015, a country over-flowing with information, I knew the secret to my American dream will be finding a similar inflection point in the local economy. …
The lure of adventure of silicon valley, its glitzy unicorn economics, and the age-old California dream attracts the adventure seekers and builders from across the world. Its like a mating call to those who have an yearning for more and can hustle and operate at the highest level of mental endurance and physical stamina.
I am fortunate that the “call to the west” found me 4 years ago, in the form of love. Today, as I am surrounded by wonderfully smart, driven human beings who are clearly amongst the very best our species have to offer. The one question keeps coming up again and again is “What should I do?” or to be more precise “What should I do next?”. I am surprised how many smart people spend hours debating this question, trust me, I spent 1 month once deciding between a VC gig and a Hedge fund gig for the summer. …
Mobile is everywhere, almost 3 billion people will own smart-phones this year. No business today can ignore the impact of mobile on their business and each country and category has their own Mobile Growth Experts.
We spoke with Growth Experts from top apps like Pinterest, Yelp, Jet.com, Twitter, Box, Buzzfeed, Zynga, Flipboard, Tinder, SoundCloud, Grindr, Greylock Partners and hundreds more to put together the most comprehensive resource for mobile growth in 2016 — The 2016 Mobile Growth E-book.
A snapshot of our Mobile Growth Community
An annual ritual that started in 1995, the valuable and insightful Mary Meeker Internet Trends Report was once again released this year on June 1st.
At Branch, we care deeply (pun intended) about mobile developers, marketers, founders, and anyone who works in the mobile landscape. So, we decided to sift through the 213 slide report and pick out all the nuggets of information that will be relevant to you.
Sit back, sip that coffee, and enjoy as we take you through a five minute summary of all that’s relevant to mobile.
a. Alphabet (Google) was higher than Apple for during after-hours trading yesterday (Feb 1st 2016), but is currently $10bilion less than Apple. A lead that lasts then 24 hours is best described as a blip.
b. But it seems like, eventually Alphabet (Google) will overtake Apple for a consistent period in this quarter.
The facts as of today hint towards that Apple stock may not rally much in near term but Alphabet’s might.
a. “Can’t do without”: In one way or the other almost everyone who came to class mentioned this in their own way and most describe it as product-market fit. I think a simple way to think about this would be that your product has found a core-group of users of significant size that cannot do without your product, use it at high frequency and find it awesome. Cracking this “magic sauce” is a sure indicator that gears should shift to blitzscaling and bring your product to more and more users. If as a founder you take a no BS approach to your data and user stories, one can feel this inflection point. …
At this juncture the company starts representing a city/village. Employee counts are normally in few hundreds and the large no. of people are carrying out specific operations.
I think one of key aspect after listening to Marissa, Reed, Brian, Shishir, Elizabeth and others talk about was moving from creator to curator.
Move from creator to curator [in all aspects of the company]
What resonated the most was the repeated message by almost everyone on writing and articulating your vision, things that are important for the company, key goals almost every week consistently to make sure every team member works in the same context. …
The biggest learning or focus as a company moves from “Family” stage to “Tribe” stage is how to scale — how to conquer the world with its product. Once the team has toiled for the first 6–24 months or longer to find the product-market fit, its ready for OS2 or Tribe stage.
John Lilly’s was the perfect story to begin this series of lectures focused on scaling. John’s example of Mozilla’s mission, “Making web more participatory” really resonated with me.
By this stage, the founders should be able to articulate their war-cry. This will drive business decisions, people hiring, culture — all of which is very apparent in Mozilla’s case. His clear vision allowed for a distributed team despite John’s personal dislike, high spend on public relations and other decisions specific to Mozilla. …
Having been a founder of a bootstrapped company and constantly fighting uphill battles for 4 years (it like going to the gym for hard workouts for 4 years, now very little can wind you out — but its insanely painful) — these are my picks
Resonated the most: Make quick product decisions / get the product out quick and keep the momentum / speed and agility to move really fast on product is critical. Product! Product! Product! that’s the war cry and be very agile on it. …