11 Favorite Articles On Startups - 2007

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11 Favorite Articles On Startups - 2007


First off, Happy New Year! I wanted to take a moment to thank everyone that has supported this blog by reading, subscribing, commenting and linking. OnStartups.com now ranks #1 on Google for the term "startups" (even beating out the ubiquitous Wikipedia).

Now that 2007 has come to close, it seems that many blogs are recapping the year with a listing of their best posts. I figured some of the OnStartups readers might also find this helpful. So, here are a list of articles that I think are the most useful. If you want to get caught up on the year of OnStartups.com, the articles below are probably your best bet.

11 Of My Favorites From OnStartups - 2007

1. Startups and The Problem Of Premature Scalaculation

2. Why Some Software Is Not Simpler, Just Suckier

3. Why Startups Have Fewer Dilbertian, Pointy-Haired Bosses

4. Why You Should (Almost) Never Rewrite Your Software

5. Why A Real Market Of A Few Is Better Than A Mythical Market of Millions

6. The Dark Side of Startups: 5 Corrosive Co-Founder Conflicts

7. Startup Marketing: Be The Lesser Of Two Necessary Evils

8. Startup Marketing: Big Bang vs. Darwinian Evolution

9. The Art of Startup Prioritization: Maximizing The Wow-To-Work Ratio

10. 5 Startup Sales Tips from Turkish Rug Dealers

11. Why "Me Too" Startups Are Not Always A Mistake

Now, as we go into 2008, if there are startup topics that you'd like to see addressed in OnStartups.com, please leave a comment. If I feel like I have something useful to say on the topic, I'll write an article.

Posted by Dharmesh Shah on Tue, Jan 01, 2008


Man, what a pile of great work. I actually abandoned my nightly post and just pointed back at this. Thanks for all that good work.

posted on Tuesday, January 01, 2008 at 10:55 PM by Oliver Taco

Thx for your posts. I am in the process of starting a software startup. I have been developing the product for a few months now. I have 2 volunteers to help me out now. Since I cannot pay them, I want to give them options or some profict sharing eventually. What kind of company to start and how would I value my company and how many shares to give out ? I have googled this with not much luck. Any hints appreciated.
-- pady

posted on Wednesday, January 02, 2008 at 7:31 AM by pady

Nice list, thanks. On topic that concerns me right now is the recruiting strategy to get from founder #1 to small team. I realize there are many ways to skin this cat, but I also don't want to reinvent anything I don't have to.
PS to Pady: It's a negotiation... and it depends on many, many factors. All this probably should have been taken care of BEFORE they started doing any work for you. As it is now, they might have ownership rights and even co-founder-type rights. You need to nail this and nail it now. See the VC blogs. See this, for example: http://www.venturehacks.com/articles/option-pool-shuffle#market

posted on Wednesday, January 02, 2008 at 10:24 AM by chrisco

I would love to see some more tales and topics of actually working with customers... in the sense that you need to talk to potential customers and understand their needs BEFORE you build your new widget, not after its done and you're striving for revenue.

posted on Monday, January 07, 2008 at 2:11 PM by Cory von Wallenstein

I find it interesting that the politicians are seeking "simulus packages" instead of encouraging and promoting entrepreneurship and creativity. Nice wok on this post, thanks.

posted on Friday, January 18, 2008 at 10:32 PM by Jim Peake

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