Our 5 Favorite Startup Digest Reading List Articles From Last Week

5 hand-picked articles from across the Startup Digest Reading Lists. Sign up to receive great weekly content on various topics from expert curators.

 

1. Startups Are Everywhere

By Steve Blank

Digest: Customer Development
Curator: Nathan Monk

Steve Blank has discovered SoundCloud and it is a great thing for us he did. Check out his podcasts and information in this episode of ‘Entrepreneurs are Everywhere.’ Read More

More in this reading list: http://eepurl.com/bTTtF5

 

2. Inside Instacart’s fraught and misguided quest to become the Uber of groceries

By Alison Griswold

Digest: Product
Curators: Sophie-Charlotte Moatti & Reza Ladchartabi

The challenge of on-demand companies to become the next Uber. Read More

More from this reading list: http://eepurl.com/bTSB9X

 

3. Facebook Messenger now lets you hail a Lyft car

By Andrew J . Hawkins

Digest: Mobile
Curator: Edith Yeung

Lyft is also expanding its API program, in which developers can use Lyft’s application program interface to embed a button in their apps to hail a Lyft car. The announcement is a sign that API integration is quickly becoming yet another space for these two ride-hail giants to compete with each other. Read More

More from this reading list: http://eepurl.com/bTR93b

 

4. An unforgettable welcome for your new hire

By Jennifer Kim

Digest: Leadership & Resiliency
Curator: Sarah Jane Coffey

Every time a new employee signs their offer, the team at Lever records a personalized welcome gif. Sometimes it is the thought that really counts. Read More

More from this reading list: http://eepurl.com/bTREBP

 

5. Spend Time with A+ People in Other Industries

By Hunter Walk

Digest: Startup
Curators: Zubin Chagpar & Chris McCann

“From my experience you’ll find that many of them are open to chatting because they’re happy to talk about what they do and want to learn more about technology. So the quid pro quo is that you go to their office, or set up a call, and say ‘Hey, if you’ll give me 20 minutes to talk about what you do, I’ll share some ideas and trends about where tech may be impacting your industry.'” Read More

More from this reading list: http://eepurl.com/bTSSpr

 

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How to Win at Startup Weekend – pt 3

In part 1 of our series, we learned what to expect at Startup Weekend. In part 2, Steve Blank introduced some tools to make the best of your weekend. In our final part of the series on how to win Startup Weekend, Steve Blank goes over some examples of customer development.

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How to Win at Startup Weekend – pt 2

In part 1 of this series, Steve Blank introduced us to the concept of Startup Weekend, and what to expect at the event. In part 2, Blank continues with some tools to help you at SW, including Agile Development, the Business Model Canvas, and Customer Development. Extremely valuable guidance.

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How to Win at Startup Weekend – pt 1

This is the first of a multi-part series with tips on how to win at Startup Weekend.

The legendary Steve Blank, professor at Stanford as well as a handful of other universities, is an evangelist of sorts for Startup Weekend. His backstory can be found here. Now, we could explain the concept and process in words. But Steve has taken the time to put it on video. He is a master at customer development and is spot on with his explanation of our weekend event.

So here is a primer from Steve, including the judging criteria. It’s a little dated, but still holds true. Enjoy!

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