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21 Lessons Learned from My Time at Atlanta Tech Village

Recently, my company and I left @ATLTechVillage. It was bittersweet -- a place I visited right after @davidcummings bought the building, and always wanted to be a member of. As I left, I wanted to write a letter, but decided a list of lessons from my time would be more welcome...— Daryl Lu (@TheDLu) August 9, 2018Here are my 21 lessons learned from my time @ATLTechVillage... to all you Villagers, entrepreneurs, Atlantans, the Community. (Many more sure to come up as time goes & things marinate, but here goes!)— Daryl Lu (@TheDLu) August 9, 20181\Don’t EVER merge into the right-turn lane in front of ATV on Piedmont too late during lunch or afternoon rush hour. Police will yell at you to “unmerge”. Talk-back & get a ticket. Think you got away? Check your rearview. She’s likely running after you.— Daryl Lu (@TheDLu) August 9, 20182\If you want some mid-day entertainment, watch the traffic police during lunch or afternoon rush hour to see the above lesson in action. Warning: 15 mi…
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Business Insulation – The Good and Bad Opportunities

“Business insulation” – I’m going to trademark that to stand for both the visible and hidden layer(s) that stops/ slows businesses from learning outside processes and systems. I think about business insulation for two reasons: It’s common for companies in “typical” industry positions to operate much like they have operated since inception. Many industries and businesses stay closely aligned to original go-to-market strategies. Folks do not realize the opportunities afforded by fast-growing technology companies and the evolution of “best practices”.Companies with business insulation are ripe for both good and bad opportunities. The good opportunities include companies that can be made stronger and grow faster sustainably with streamlined workflows and minor tweaks to business systems. The bad opportunities (“challenges”) include the difficulties for companies to overcome the insulation. How do they learn of opportunities, let alone implement them? Think: change management is the number…

Models and Frameworks for Upstarting Your Startup

I know a few folks who are diving into new ideas. One way of starting up has been fleshing out the Lean Canvas -- a simple one-pager in lieu of a business plan.
Like a business plan, the Lean Canvas helps folks capture the key elements of a business without building out a detailed, largely never-to-be-used-again business plan. It's certainly a good way to get started while thinking holistically.
Another method I've been thinking about after reviewing "landing page how-to's"(see Julian's Landing Pages handbook)is what I'll refer to as the Alternatives-Value-Personas (AVP) framework. This is a