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How To build an MVP in 60 days

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After a failed attempt at starting a carpool company between 2011 and 2013 in Beijing, I found myself back in the States job searching for startup gigs in the Greater Seattle Area.

Having graduated from the University of Washington with a non-computer science degree, many technical positions were often out of reach.

So during my job search, I started working on a side project to brush up on my technical skills; and I decided that if I was going to build something, it had to fit the following criteria:

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5 Tips to Nail Your Startup Interview

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So you landed an interview with your dream startup. Not only have visions of this position been dancing in your head for weeks—nay, months! —but this company is actually interested. Nervous? Don’t be. Just be prepared.

Interviewing at a startup may not be as formal as donning your best suit for the Big Scary Law Firm, but this encounter won’t be like a relaxing chat with your best friend either. Before you walk through those unconventional doors into a loft, apartment, or co-working space, check out these tips to stay grounded, sound sharp, and put your best, most authentic foot forward.

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Socially Conscious Startup Wins Forbes 400K Pressure Cooker Competition

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Jessica (left), a Digital Marketing graduate from Los Angeles, took a leap of faith two years ago when her long-time friend suggested the idea of launching Enrou. The content-driven marketplace supports consumer brands that are invested in social good and community development. Since, Enrou has taken off, and the team won over a panel of judges including Steve Case, Mike Perlis, and Troy Carter during the Forbes Under 30 Pressure Cooker pitch competition. They walked away with a winning title, a cash prize to fund their business, and immediate bragging rights.

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Music Lover Launches an Accelerator For Aspiring Artists

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Clayton Janes loves music and classic British cars (as you can see in his photograph). Being in the music industry for nearly twelve years, he’s decided to start The Music Accelerator, an accelerator program designed specifically for aspiring artists. After mastering his coding skills, he’s on to his next venture: growing the business and bringing exposure to new talent.

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Better Than LinkedIn? GA Grad Builds New Professional Networking App

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Who says you can’t find a job on your phone? Companies have been dabbling in mobile networking for years now, and Renuka Agarwal thinks she can do it better. With her newfound back-end web development skills, she launched BOND, a user-friendly mobile app that makes networking easy and fun.

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3 Lean Startup Tips for Building Your Business

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“If you build it, he will come,” is the famous line from the film Field of Dreams, in which those mysteriously whispered words convince a farmer to replace his cornfield with a baseball diamond to draw people to use it. But while that may have worked in the film, it’s not necessarily the case when it comes to new apps, products, and services. How can you make sure you don’t invest your life savings in a business idea that users don’t want? That’s where the lean startup philosophy comes in.

If Eric Ries, blogger, entrepreneur, and author of The Lean Startup, were in charge of the cornfield, he would have tried something less drastic — like taking out an ad or building a web page — to find out if there was a need for a new stadium.

Reis’ philosophy is that instead of creating elaborate business plans and bringing fully fleshed-out products to market, it’s best to follow (and repeat) a three-step process — build, measure, and learn — to test and validate ideas prior to a major investment of time and resources.

The following three strategies will get your business on board with the lean philosophy in no time.

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Leave the Suit at Home: Why Applying to a Startup Is Different

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Applying to any job can be stressful and full of pitfalls. No one is a fan of the anxiety, stress, and unwritten rules of the job search and application process regardless of  how well qualified they are. Applying to a startup is similar in some respects to a standard company, but there are also major differences that you should consider before you look into applying for a startup job.

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Is The Freemium Business Model Right for Your Product or App?

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Freemium gets my vote for being the ugliest portmanteau in existence. But despite the unlovely combination of the words free and premium, the freemium business model, which gives away a core product, app, or service, but charges for upgrades, features, and additional space, is hugely popular. When the model works, it can be wildly successful: Think Gaming estimates that the addictive game Candy Crush is raking in $975,000 in revenue a day. But what works well for one product, doesn’t necessarily always lead to success–discover some of the key characteristics of profit-making freemium apps and products to help determine if freemium makes sense for your idea.

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11 Top Entrepreneurs To Follow On Twitter

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The path to entrepreneurial success is a treacherous one; full of sharp turns, menacing boulders, and forks in the road. Once you arrive at your destination (which may not be the one you set out for), it’s likely you’ve acquired some scrapes and bruises; life lessons that you’re happy to share with other brave souls who have the intensity, passion, and grit to follow in your footsteps.

This is certainly true for many of the business leaders who made it onto our Twitter list of both established and up-and-coming entrepreneurs. Each member takes to their Twitter to share their unique perspective and expert tips on a number of promising industries.

Let these entrepreneurs guide you as you trudge the road to startup success.

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The Top 5 Habits of Successful Entrepreneurs

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Whether you’re thinking about starting your own business or already running one, you’ve probably looked at entrepreneurs who have found success and wondered, “How did they do it?” Of course, there’s no simple answer to that question; every path to success is different. But despite those different paths, it is possible to identify some common habits shared by successful founders.

From rap moguls to titans of agriculture—see how many of the below habits you share, and how many you need to embrace in order to reach your goals. Continue reading