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The Art Of the Start

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The Art of the Start - Guy Kawasaki

The Art of the Start - Guy Kawasaki


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  • 1. Guy Kawasaki Managing Director Garage Technology Ventures
  • 2. 1. The Art of Starting • Make meaning • Ask women • Get going
  • 3. 2. The Art of Positioning • Seize the high ground • Make it personal • Niche thyself
  • 4. The Art of Positioning Ability to provide Stupid X unique product Dotcom Price Value to customer
  • 5. 3. The Art of Pitching • Explain in the first minute • Answer the little man • Follow the 10/20/30 rule
  • 6. The Art of Pitching 10 slides Title Marketing and sales Problem Competition Solution Team Business model Projections Underlying magic Status and timeline
  • 7. The Art of Pitching 20 minutes
  • 8. The Art of Pitching 30 point font This is 30 points This is 20 points This is 14 points This is 12 points and what you’re using now
  • 9. 4. The Art of Writing a Business Plan • Pitch then plan • Focus on the executive summary • Write deliberate, act emergent
  • 10. 5. The Art of Raising Capital • Build a real business • Get an intro • Clean up your act
  • 11. 6. The Art of Bootstrapping • Manage for cash flow, not profitability • Build a bottom-up forecast • Focus on function, not form
  • 12. 7. The Art of Recruiting • Hire infected people • Double check your gut • Apply the shopping center test
  • 13. 8. The Art of Partnering • Partner for “spreadsheet” reasons • Ensure that middles and bottoms like the deal • Cut win-win deals
  • 14. 9. The Art of Branding • Create a contagion • Lower the barriers to adoption • Foster a community
  • 15. 10. The Art of Rainmaking • Let a hundred flowers blossom • Suck down • Go after agnostics
  • 16. 11. The Art of Being a Mensch • Help a lot of people • Do what’s right • Pay back society
  • 17. “Guy has done it again–evangelized something useful and meaningful. This time, it’s a bottom-up business approach profound in its simplicity: Focus on what’s real and forget the fluff. And, please, read the last chapter first.” — Pierre Omidyar, founder of eBay and co-founder of Omidyar Network “A successful entrepreneur requires three things: a garage, an idea, and this book–Guy’s irrepressible guide to the raw essentials of life in a young company. I wish we could post all this information on Sequoia Capital’s web site because it would make our jobs much easier.” — Michael Moritz, partner, Sequoia Click on to buy Capital “When God made the universe, He took Guy’s advice and started small and put his whole heart into it. Okay, not everything turned out perfect, but as The Art of the Start m akes clear, there are no guarantees, only great opportunities. Read this book and then go do something wonderful.” — Geoffrey Moore, author of Crossing the Chasm

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