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Feb 16 2015
By Joseph Knecht in Insights
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Feb 2 2015
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Jan 15 2014
By Proteus in Insights

I spent some time recently thinking about what companies that grow up to be extremely successful do when they are very young. I came up with the following list. It’s from personal experience and I’m sure there are plenty of exceptions. While plenty of non-successful startups do some of these things too, I think there is value in trying to match the patterns.

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Dec 27 2013
By Proteus in Insights

On Monday December 9, on one of the coldest days of the year, a thousand people came together to the Lean Startup Conference in San Francisco. I had been looking forward to this conference for a while, and despite the brisk walk up a very large hill to the Masonic Center, was delighted to meet and learn from some of the best practitioners of the Lean Startup movement.

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Dec 16 2013
By Proteus in Insights

Financial statements are a Rosetta Stone for startups. They reveal the strategies and the tactics of how to bring a product to market. These are the ten metrics I look at when sifting through a startup's operational model, whether when considering an investment or in a board meeting.

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Dec 11 2013
By Proteus in Insights

Going off on your own is no easy feat, and many would-be entrepreneurs quickly become unsettled by the hard work and uncertainty of the lifestyle. You can’t prepare yourself for every aspect of running your own business, but here are some key questions to ask yourself before taking the plunge.

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Nov 7 2013
By Proteus in Insights

In 2012 I got together with Alexander Osterwalder, Henry Chesbrough and Andre Marquis to think about the Lean and the future of corporate innovation. We had some radical thoughts how companies were going to have change to remain competitive in the 21st century in a blog post. What we didn’t envision was that one creative corporate VP would take that post and build a world-class corporate innovation program around it.

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