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Derian Baugh: Provide the best experience for one before the masses

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(Guest post by Derian Baugh) It's been said that it takes money to make money, however, this begs the question: How do you make money if you don't have any? There are several books and articles written on the subject of customer validation, grassroots marketing, lean startup principles and harnessing a business model that will propel your company to success. I'll try my best not to regurgitate those things here, but I will tell you how we got Men's Style Lab off the ground…   read more

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Meissner: RaceNote needs credibility, face time for success in race world

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Founder Friday is a weekly guest post written by a founder who is based in or hails from the Silicon Prairie. Each month, a topic relevant to startups is presented and founders share lessons learned or best practices utilized on that topic. September's topic is how to market your startup without a full-time marketing department. About the author: Zach Meissner is the co-founder and COO of RaceNote, an Omaha-based software company that serves the motorsports industry.  read more

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Kyle Rogers shares what’s worked, what hasn’t to market Knoda

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(Guest post by Kyle Rogers) My co-founder James Flexman and I both hail from marketing backgrounds. We worked together at Sporting Kansas City under some brilliant marketers, but promoting a previously unheard of consumer internet company requires very different tactics from those required to promote a sports team. Today we’re happy to share some of the lessons we have learned over the past nine months since Knoda launched.  read more

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Chris Cooley shares how SpiderOak’s distributed team works

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SpiderOak started with the intention of being a distributed team. Our core product is built around encryption and the pool of talent that understands it. Cryptonerds, as they refer to themselves, tend to be deeply involved in their trade but the pool is very small. As a developer-heavy organization, it just made sense to start as a distributed organization. It all began in 2007 and now we’re just over 40 employees—we have offices in San Francisco, Chicago and Kansas City with employees across the U.S. ranging from Hawaii to rural Colorado to Washington, D.C. We even have foreign employees who hail from Australia, Germany, Honduras, Bulgaria and Argentina…  read more

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Raymonn Adams: Don’t let managing too many tools steal your valuable time

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At some point in time, the amount of tools we used seriously reached more than 20. The very reason we used tools was to gain back time we needed to push out great work. But there are so many amazing options—and so many damn good ones I might add—we wanted to try them all. However, the problem is we ended up managing the vast amount of tools used to get our daily tasks done, thus stealing away more valuable time.  read more

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Amanda Morrow shares the tools she uses to design at Change

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(Guest post by Amanda Morrow) Now, I'm not really one to obsess over tools. I try to take a pragmatic approach and focus more on what needs to be accomplished, then find the best tool for the task at hand. When others ask me what to use for designing apps or websites, I often suggest whatever tool they're most comfortable with. If you like sketching on notecards, grab a marker. If you like MS Paint, start placing those pixels.  read more

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