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How Do You Know If You Have a Good Idea for a Business?

by Noah Parsons

How do you know if you have a good idea for a business? One of my biggest challenges at Palo Alto Software is figuring out which ideas to pursue and which ideas to put on the back burner. I have the luxury of working with a bunch of really smart people, so new ideas for... Read more »

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How Lean Startup Principles Shaped My Business

by Allison Berliner

Despite learning about "lean startups" in business school and at panel discussions, I often wondered if the theories were just a gimmick—until it came time to build my own business. Read more »

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Why Even Lean Startups Need a Business Plan

by Bailey Koharchick

A good business plan accomplishes much more for a startup than just intriguing investors and lenders; a good business plan actually maps out the business, and guides its growth. Read more »

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10 Things Every Small Business Needs To Do

by Sabrina Parsons

If you're looking to start a new small business, there are a lot of factors to consider. But boil it down, and you're left with just these ten things to focus on. Read more »

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Talking Lean Analytics With Alistair Croll

by Ashley Verrill

When launching a new company or marketing campaign, your major concern shouldn’t be whether or not you can execute on the plan. It should be whether the idea is worth investing in at all. This was the major theme behind a discussion my company hosted recently with “Lean Analytics” author Alistair Croll. He suggests that... Read more »

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Introducing Lean Planning: How to Plan Less and Grow Faster

by Noah Parsons

Today, I want to introduce you to a new concept for starting and growing successful companies: Lean Planning. Lean Planning is a set of tools for discovering a business model that works, building an action plan to test your assumptions, creating financial models and a plan for a viable business, and tracking your performance so... Read more »

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Lean Planning Drives Growth For Small Business

by Sabrina Parsons

These days more than ever, as a business owner and entrepreneur, you need to innovate or die. This mantra is most true for any business in the technology sector. We constantly need to move forward, create new things, better and faster. The pressure that a small business owner has to leverage innovation into growth is only emphasized by the... Read more »

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Starting a New Business? Focus on Business Process

by Cheryll Calvin

Business process is one of the most important aspects of new business planning. Usually a need or an idea lights the new business fire but it is process that keeps the business alive and enables it to grow. Facebook’s latest IPO is an excellent example of a company that has yet to fully understand (or... Read more »