Atlanta Startup Village #34

In less than 30 minutes, Atlanta Startup Village #34 will take place at the Atlanta Tech Village. With 600 RSVPs, it’s the largest monthly gathering of entrepreneurs in the Southeast. Here are tonight’s presenting startups: Placemint – Find developers where software is built, not where connections are made. uTalk – Broadcast your voice and talk…

6 SaaS Product Management Tips

Product management in a Software-as-a-Service (Saas) startup is one of the most important functions, and one of the most difficult — great product managers are hard to find. While product management is hard, there are a number of great resources online. Start with David Cancel’s blog (former head of product at HubSpot) and go from there.…

3 Core Operating Documents to Complement the Meeting Rhythm

In addition to a strong meeting rhythm at Pardot, we developed three core operating documents to run the business. Of course, we used great line-of-business applications like Salesforce.com, Pardot, and Zendesk to run different departments, but we needed a central view of the business for accountability, alignment, and visibility. Here are the three core operating documents we used:…

Video of the Week: Simon Sinek’s Start With Why

Simon Sinek is the best-selling author of Start With Why. From the site: “It doesn’t matter what you do, it matters Why you do it.” With a little discipline, anyone can learn to inspire. Start With Why offers an unconventional perspective that explains the reasons some leaders and organizations are more innovative, more profitable, command greater…

Develop a Meeting Rhythm

At Pardot, we worked hard to develop a consistent meeting rhythm. As the business grew, communication and alignment became harder and harder. The effort necessary to get everyone on the same page at 50 employees was significantly more than when we were 5 employees. As such, we were constantly testing out the frequency and types of meetings.…

Watching a Startup’s Core Engine Grow

Continuing with the idea that if you can get to 10 happy customers, you can get to 100, there’s also another element that’s fun to watch: the growth of the core engine. The core engine is the main product value and all the human elements that support it. Think of the customer count growing, the recurring…

The Importance of Customer Love

After talking to several entrepreneurs at a conference today it became clear that there needs to be more focus on customer love as one the first foundations of a startup. Many people think that the process for startup success is a) raise money, b) sell a bunch of product, and c) sell the business. In reality,…