Don’t sell what you can make, make what you can sell.
First product: a tool to learn what you should’ve built in the first place.
We’re all liars.
Most startups don’t know what they’ll be when they grow up. (e.g. Flicker)
Analytics can help. Measurement of movement towards your business goals.
Purpose: iterate to product/market fit before the money runs out.
A Good Metric:
Metrics make you know yourself.
Acquisition-oriented versus Loyalty-oriented.
Must learn to look at data properly. Don’t drag yourself down with the past.
Eric’s three engines of growth:
Dave’s Pirate Metrics: Acquisition -> Activation -> Retention -> Revenue -> Referral.
Virality before revenue: cuts down the amortized cost for each customer.
Prepaid problem: months before you find out that customers are gone. Trick: send out emails some time after subscription. (would you like to cancel model)
Business model diagram.
Focus is hard to achieve. Find one metric that matters.
Drawing some lines in the sand. Not knowing what normal is makes you do stupid things.
Lean Analytic Cycle:
AirBnB case with professional photography:
Circle of Friends case study.
Not about building things, but people caring about what you build.
We pay attention to interesting things.
Lagging / Leading Metric Correlation / Causality
Growth hacking demystified: Pick a metric to change -> Find correlation -> Test causality -> Optimize the causal factor
Growth “hacking” is making a system to do something it wasn’t supposed to do. (e.g. LinkedIn API, early day AirBnB and Craiglist, Airport baggage delivery system)
A vision that obvious in hindsight + Take baby steps to get there.
Why businesses die:
An entrepreneur is (maybe) not a founder. The goal is to discover a new business model in an uncertain environment. Learning trumps planning. A startup is an organization desgined to search for a sustainable repeatable business model.
Degrees of uncertainty: Market with unmet need -> Job to be done -> Business diagram -> Business model -> Business plan
Early on, growth is everything. Need customers to keep learning. Also a substitute for solvency.
Three currencies of the Internet: Reputation, Attention, and Money. Startup success is often about your exchange rate between the three.
Business model – keep it simple. Start with the customer journey. Job to be done.
Your growth problem is probably a marketing problem.
Message map. Like a funnel.
People do things because they want to get laid, paid, made, or afraid.