Archive for May 2012

Great article on priorities by Tom Tunguz (VC at Redpoint Ventures) on what start-ups should focus on after building their product: distribution, engagement, and monetization.

Doesn’t seem interesting, right?  But when he lays it out on a table, I just slapped the side of my head and thought: ‘Wow, that’s so simple – why haven’t I seen that before?’ Sometimes you need to reframe what you already know to make it fall into place.

There is also a good discussion after the post about when you can focus on what.  Obviously it’s difficult for a startup to focus on all three with the same level of effort.  So you may focus first on distribution and engagement, and worry about monetization later (say Pinterest?).  As the company matures, monetizaion obviously grows more important after you have found some distribution channels that work and know how much they cost to maintain.

You can follow Tom here: @ttunguz

Blake Masters wrote a great piece on the importance of distribution for your product.  It doesn’t matter how great your product/service is; you still need to get it in front of people.  Many people – myself included –  often underestimate how hard it is and underestimating it will crush your company.

How lucky is Blake to have Peter Thiel as a guest lecturer, and kudos to Blake for sharing the knowledge on Tumbler and Twitter.

Follow me @petershiau.

I love David Heinemeier Hansson (DHH) from 37signals.  He never beats around the bush.  This post is another ‘gentle’ reminder of something that people forget: that everyone is responsible for making the product/service work.

Here is also a link to one of my favorite DHH talks – ‘Unlearn Your MBA‘ – which is ironic since I have an MBA.