Going Big

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Going Big

  1. 1. Going Big The three most important factors in predicting the next big thing
  2. 2. What makes a great company
  3. 3. What makes a great company 1. The Market
  4. 4. What makes a great company 1. The Market 2. The Team
  5. 5. What makes a great company 1. The Market 2. The Team 3. The Execution
  6. 6. What makes a great market
  7. 7. What makes a great market 1. Under serviced
  8. 8. What makes a great market 1. Under serviced 2. Growing
  9. 9. What makes a great market 1. Under serviced 2. Growing 3. Highly fragmented
  10. 10. What makes a great team
  11. 11. What makes a great team 1. Hungry
  12. 12. What makes a great team 1. Hungry 2. Passionate
  13. 13. What makes a great team 1. Hungry 2. Passionate 3. Domain expertise
  14. 14. What makes execution great
  15. 15. What makes execution great 1. Bold ideas
  16. 16. What makes execution great 1. Bold ideas 2. Culture of innovation
  17. 17. What makes execution great 1. Bold ideas 2. Culture of innovation 3. Quick iteration
  18. 18. What makes execution great 1. Bold ideas 2. Culture of innovation 3. Quick iteration 4. Listening
  19. 19. What makes execution great 1. Bold ideas 2. Culture of innovation 3. Quick iteration 4. Listening 5. Repeat
  20. 20. What makes execution great 1. Bold ideas 2. Culture of innovation 3. Quick iteration 4. Listening 5. Repeat
  21. 21. What makes a great ecosystem
  22. 22. What makes a great ecosystem 1. Capital
  23. 23. What makes a great ecosystem 1. Capital 2. Climate
  24. 24. What makes a great ecosystem 1. Capital 2. Climate 3. Culture
  25. 25. What makes a great ecosystem 1. Capital 2. Climate 3. Culture 4. Universities
  26. 26. What makes a great ecosystem 1. Capital 2. Climate 3. Culture 4. Universities 5. Supportive press
  27. 27. Search Execution Team
  28. 28. Search Execution Ask Team
  29. 29. Search Yahoo Execution Ask Team
  30. 30. Search Google Yahoo Execution Ask Team
  31. 31. Social Networks Execution Team
  32. 32. Social Networks Execution friendster Team
  33. 33. Social Networks LinkedIn Execution friendster Team
  34. 34. Social Networks LinkedIn MySpace Execution friendster Team
  35. 35. Social Networks LinkedIn MySpace Facebook Execution friendster Team
  36. 36. Why startups fail
  37. 37. Why startups fail 1. Bad idea
  38. 38. Why startups fail 1. Bad idea 2. Bad execution
  39. 39. Why startups fail 1. Bad idea 2. Bad execution 3. Outside factors
  40. 40. Common bad ideas
  41. 41. Common bad ideas 1. Defining your market
  42. 42. Common bad ideas 1. Defining your market 2. Lack of listening
  43. 43. Common bad ideas 1. Defining your market 2. Lack of listening 3. “Gotcha” culture
  44. 44. Common bad ideas 1. Defining your market 2. Lack of listening 3. “Gotcha” culture 4. Preconceived notions
  45. 45. Common bad execution
  46. 46. Common bad execution 1. Taking on too much
  47. 47. Common bad execution 1. Taking on too much 2. Design by committee
  48. 48. Common bad execution 1. Taking on too much 2. Design by committee 3. Poor craftsmanship
  49. 49. Common bad execution 1. Taking on too much 2. Design by committee 3. Poor craftsmanship 4. Lack of iteration
  50. 50. Common outside factors
  51. 51. Common outside factors 1. Competitors
  52. 52. Common outside factors 1. Competitors 2. Disruptive technologies
  53. 53. Common outside factors 1. Competitors 2. Disruptive technologies 3. Improper Capitalization
  54. 54. Common outside factors 1. Competitors 2. Disruptive technologies 3. Improper Capitalization 4. Timing
  55. 55. Jason’s big secret
  56. 56. Jason’s big secret 1. Find a really nice hill
  57. 57. Jason’s big secret 1. Find a really nice hill 2. Imagine it 10x bigger
  58. 58. Jason’s big secret 1. Find a really nice hill 2. Imagine it 10x bigger 3. Imagine it 10x bigger than that
  59. 59. Jason’s big secret 1. Find a really nice hill 2. Imagine it 10x bigger 3. Imagine it 10x bigger than that 4. Assume it will happen
  60. 60. Jason’s big secret 1. Find a really nice hill 2. Imagine it 10x bigger 3. Imagine it 10x bigger than that 4. Assume it will happen 5. Build a plan on that outcome
  61. 61. Jason’s other big secret
  62. 62. Jason’s other big secret 1. Fail fast
  63. 63. Jason’s other big secret 1. Fail fast 2. Argue all sides
  64. 64. Jason’s other big secret 1. Fail fast 2. Argue all sides 3. Fire good people
  65. 65. Jason’s other big secret 1. Fail fast 2. Argue all sides 3. Fire good people 4. Reward obsessive behavior
  66. 66. Jason’s other big secret 1. Fail fast 2. Argue all sides 3. Fire good people 4. Reward obsessive behavior 5. Hire slow / Fire fast
  67. 67. Jason’s other big secret 1. Fail fast 2. Argue all sides 3. Fire good people 4. Reward obsessive behavior 5. Hire slow / Fire fast 6. Sales solve everything
  68. 68. Jason’s other big secret 1. Fail fast 2. Argue all sides 3. Fire good people 4. Reward obsessive behavior 5. Hire slow / Fire fast 6. Sales solve everything 7. Engage your haters
  69. 69. Silicon alley reporter 1996-2003
  70. 70. Silicon alley reporter 1996-2003 1. Built a 16 page newsletter
  71. 71. Silicon alley reporter 1996-2003 1. Built a 16 page newsletter 2. Became a magazine
  72. 72. Silicon alley reporter 1996-2003 1. Built a 16 page newsletter 2. Became a magazine 3. Became a 300 page magazine
  73. 73. Silicon alley reporter 1996-2003 1. Built a 16 page newsletter 2. Became a magazine 3. Became a 300 page magazine 4. Didn’t assume it would happen
  74. 74. Silicon alley reporter 1996-2003 1. Built a 16 page newsletter 2. Became a magazine 3. Became a 300 page magazine 4. Didn’t assume it would happen 5. Didn’t build a plan
  75. 75. Weblogs, inc. 2004-2006
  76. 76. Weblogs, inc. 2004-2006 1. Built a 100 blog network
  77. 77. Weblogs, inc. 2004-2006 1. Built a 100 blog network 2. Assumed it would happen
  78. 78. Weblogs, inc. 2004-2006 1. Built a 100 blog network 2. Assumed it would happen 3. Sold after 18 months
  79. 79. Weblogs, inc. 2004-2006 1. Built a 100 blog network 2. Assumed it would happen 3. Sold after 18 months 4. Grew 8x post acquisition
  80. 80. Mahalo 2007-Present
  81. 81. Mahalo 2007-Present 1. Building a human powered search engine
  82. 82. Mahalo 2007-Present 1. Building a human powered search engine 2. Assuming it will work
  83. 83. Mahalo 2007-Present 1. Building a human powered search engine 2. Assuming it will work 3. Built five-year plan
  84. 84. Mahalo 2007-Present 1. Building a human powered search engine 2. Assuming it will work 3. Built five-year plan 4. Raised capitol to match plan
  85. 85. Mahalo 2007-Present 1. Building a human powered search engine 2. Assuming it will work 3. Built five-year plan 4. Raised capitol to match plan 5. Will let you know in 2012 :)

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