The Story Behind How Pocket Hit 20M Users with 20 People

Pocket is proof that size of team doesn’t equal scale of impact. In this exclusive interview, Weiner explains why scaling a company doesn’t always mean increasing headcount (and burn). Instead, he shares the two ways startups can grow a business without a marketing or sales team, and the incredible advantages of staying small for focus, culture and trust.

A really inspiring interview with Pocket founder Nate Weiner on growing the save-for-later app to 20 million registered users with a team of just 20 employees.

30. August 2015
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What I learned in 1 year as a designer at Pocket, a top-notch startup in San Francisco.

All of the design thinking, research, code, marketing efforts, growth efforts need to have an impact. As a company we need to prioritize the right efforts and work efficiently together, while as individual contributors we need to be effective with how we spend our time to maximize our efforts.

A great look at how Pocket, one of my favourite iPhone apps, works and operates from the view of their designer Diego Mendes.

30. August 2015
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Bitcoin Technology Piques Interest on Wall St.

The Nasdaq software will allow the trading of stocks in private companies, like tech start-ups, on a new kind of blockchain. This will replace the existing system in which private companies issue and trade shares using paper certificates — a process that means that even basic trades can take weeks to complete.

It’s hard to see a world where blockchain technology doesn’t end up changing the way we think about asset ownership.

29. August 2015
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Why You Shouldn’t Take VC Money

And the thing is this: twenty-five to fifty percent of all the businesses I have ever looked at were more than capable of being a little scrappier. A little less cush. A less nice office. They all could have built an amazing business with less money. It pays to be scrappy in the early days.

Gary Vaynerchuk reminding entrepreneurs there’s a viable alternative to raising outside funding when building startups.

28. August 2015
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Your Job As a Founder Is to Create Believers

Belief is the most important component for a startup. Most companies are born and die with one believer.

Wise words from Joseph Walla at HelloSign on the importance of startup founders being evangelists.

28. August 2015
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The Awesome WordPress Plugins We Use To Power FoundersGrid

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We are huge fans of WordPress here at FoundersGrid. The ease of use, great community and the vast amounts of functionality available via plugins are just some of the reasons why WordPress, in our eyes, is the best content management system on the market.

We thought it would be fun to take a look at the different plugins we use which allow us to take a fairly bare bones WordPress install to what we have here at FoundersGrid today – a pretty robust engine that has served close to half a million startup founders since we launched.

Page Links To – If you curate as much content as we do, there are a couple of different options available to turn the page title into a link to the source. Page Links To is one easy option that we used in the past.

DF-Style Linked List is also a viable option, which does the same thing as Page Links To, but also creates a dedicated post on your blog, which means a) better improvements from an SEO standpoint and b) you can direct people to your site/post.

Share Drafts Publicy – We write a lot of reviews, and this beauty allows us to send a preview of the review just as it will look like when it’s live on the site (reach out if your interested in a review).

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27. August 2015
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How I Increased Lonely Planet’s In-App Purchase Revenue By 30%

Human brain prefers to make decisions between similar and easily comparable options. It tries to avoid options that are hard to compare. This is powerful. It allows you to craft choices in a way that is easy for people to digest and react upon.

An interesting case study on how we use comparisons in purchase decisions.

27. August 2015
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Typographic Patterns In HTML Email Newsletter Design

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A great in-depth report on how email designers handle responsive typography.

27. August 2015
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Million Dollar Products

It feels like the hobby programmers of today are only interested in building Unicorns — a really stupid name for companies valued at a billion dollars or more. People don’t start hacking on projects anymore, they become CEOs and start looking for funding. If it doesn’t capture the entire market, what’s the point of showing up?

A family business renaissance. Inspiring and spot on.

27. August 2015
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10 Ways You Need to Change How You Think and Talk to Succeed at Sales

My goal is to lay out a number of mindsets you’ll encounter in sales. The more you can recognize, anticipate and welcome these new ways of thinking, the more successful you’ll be.

Peter Kazanjy, co-founder of TalentBin, shares a great read with actionable tips on sales mindsets. A must read for every founder and sales professional.

26. August 2015
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