How to Build a Growth Team: Lessons From the Front Lines

I joined a growth roundtable at First Round Capital last week, which included some really sharp thinkers like Gina Gotthilf from Duolingo and Ashley Berman from Birchbox. It ended up being an enjoyable and illuminating conversation about growth strategy, acquisition and retention tactics, and org design. While it was a closed session -- so I can't share … Continue reading How to Build a Growth Team: Lessons From the Front Lines

How to Make a Facebook Messenger Bot with Zero Code: A Step-by-Step Tutorial

As a so-so programmer, I recently looked up how to create a Facebook messenger bot that could automatically share new posts from my blog (as an alternative to someone subscribing via email or RSS). Normally, if I can find a suitable Github library or clear enough tutorial, and the app isn't too complicated, I can … Continue reading How to Make a Facebook Messenger Bot with Zero Code: A Step-by-Step Tutorial

Managing A Startup’s Most Valuable Resource: Time

[The following is an excerpt from my essay "Time Management for Startups: Quantify, Prioritize, and Automate" that originally appeared on Sixteen Ventures. To read the article in its entirety, including Lincoln Murphy's forward, conclusion and other productivity recommendations, please go here.] Whenever I write a guest post or article, I start by brainstorming how I … Continue reading Managing A Startup’s Most Valuable Resource: Time

Why It’s Impossible to Hire Good Growth Engineers

I’ve spent a nontrivial part of my last two months at Percolate focused on hiring growth engineers — software developers who are passionate about agile, creative app development, customer acquisition and scalable experimentation. This clearly represents a valuable skill-set, as talented individuals in this role can have a major impact on the overall trajectory of … Continue reading Why It’s Impossible to Hire Good Growth Engineers

The Five Pillars of Growth Hacking

Growth hacking is currently going through a turbulent adolescence. After being thrust into the public spotlight by opportunistic media pundits and loosely-correlated startup success stories, the innovation community has struggled to define and defend growth hacking as a practice or designation with substance.  To borrow from a thoughtful, recent article by Lincoln Murphy, the growth hacker … Continue reading The Five Pillars of Growth Hacking

How I Got My Startup Profitable in 6 Weeks

My previous startup had a sales cycle problem. We sold an enterprise product targeted at agencies and big consumer brands, and — while we could clearly articulate benefits — we could only point to an opaque, fuzzy ROI for the buyer during the sales process. As a result, our sales cycle could stretch for months (including *delightful* hurdles like vendor … Continue reading How I Got My Startup Profitable in 6 Weeks

Quibb: The 10 Right Ways to Launch a Modern App

Quibb is a startup-centric web community for reading and sharing links, created at a time when the last thing the internet needs is another place to read and share startup links. Or, rather, you might think that, right up until the point where it becomes clear that Quibb got its launch strategy exactly right. Unwilling to … Continue reading Quibb: The 10 Right Ways to Launch a Modern App