It’s Episode 3 my little “Loveline for startups.” Introduced a few months ago as an Austin event, I’m now doing this live audio advice column to the web, taking phone calls from startups around the country. My co-hosts were Bob Walsh and Patrick Foley, hosts of the well-known Startup Success Podcast. It’s awesome having podcasting experts on board, Bob with pithy advice and Patrick producing and organizing the show which is a lot more work than you might imagine. You can listen by subscribing to my podcast on iTunes, or it’s enclosed in this blog’s RSS feed, or you can just download the mp3 of the first hour. Why listen? Especially if you don’t normally listen to podcasts? Because then you’d miss out on:
- Whether it’s better experience to build a complete, tiny startup or to do more in-depth customer development for a meatier problem.
- How to move from a free to a paid product without losing all your users
- How to differentiate yourself in a crowded market (and when perhaps you shouldn’t try)
- How cofounders can collaborate without going crazy
- Why you need to focus on a specific niche, especially in a field with dominant players like CRM
- When you don’t need to pursue outside funding and how to deal with people who insist you do
Here are the companies who called in:
- Ryan Montgomery from Chext
- Michael Abernethy from ChurchHubs
- Mark Smith from DigMyData
- Noel Sequeira from Creative Riot
- Mel Bugai from Booker
If you have feedback and advice for the companies on the call, or feedback for me about the show itself, please leave a note in the comments!