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Great articles roundup: Startups, MVP, customer development, content marketing

By Daylin Mantyka

As a regular feature, we provide our readers with a roundup of some of the best articles we have read in the past week. On the podium this week are Mark Suster, PandoDaily, Jason Cohen and MarketingProfs.

How to configure your startup team

Mark Suster, 2x entrepreneur and current VC, has been known to base 70 per cent of his early investments on the team — in an unpredictable market with competitors, funding requirements or PR disasters for example, only great teams will pull through. Suster posts his slide deck on “How to build out your early team” and summarizes the key findings.

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Great articles roundup: MVP, innovation, niche communities, and startup marketing tips

By Alexandra Reid

As a regular feature, we provide our readers with a roundup of some of the best articles we have read in the past week. On the podium this week are ReadWriteWeb, Fast Company, Forbes and VentureBeat.

Why you can’t settle for the “minimum” in your minimum viable product

Many startups scramble to create a “minimum viable product,” or MVP, to get a version of their product to market quickly for testing. It’s a great way to cost-effectively test a website or app with real users. But be careful. If your MVP is too minimalist, it could torpedo your company’s future.

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Hard-cabled for success

By Jeff Campbell

I recently had a very refreshing day in terms of strategic marketing. I spent several hours with two entrepreneurs in Toronto who are building a great business. It is the way they are going about building the business that is so refreshing to me. It is a well-focused, pragmatic, and calculated strategic campaign to ultimately be the 800 lb. gorilla in a well-defined niche market. I am speaking of Shaun Ricci and Somen Mondal, co-founders of N4 Systems, and their safety and compliance service, Field ID. More about their success and future plans in a moment.

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Why I like customer advisory boards

By Jesse Rodgers

Seeking out customer feedback and using it to build a great product is not a new concept. Great designers have been doing it for a long time as have great companies. The Lean Startup manual (or startup bible to many) talks about involving the customer while developing that minimum viable product (MVP): “The minimum viable product is that version of a new product which allows a team to collect the maximum amount of validated learning about customers with the least effort.

Where that generally leads people is straight to building a simple application that might not be sexy in its design but it is functional or a landing page about a new product that might not exist yet. Using Google Analytics and collecting email addresses along with some “conversion” points becomes what you focus on. However, if you forget to actually talk to customers as well you could be wasting a lot of time. Especially when you are moving past your MVP or have a product that people are paying for.

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June roundup: What does it take to bring technology to market?

By Alexandra Reid

We are bringing you our roundup a little earlier than usual this month because we will be celebrating Canada Day early next week when this post would otherwise be published.

We covered a lot of ground this month on our blog, from RIM to training your boss, tribal marketing to productivity tips. We even launched content marketing as a new service offering.

In case you missed any of our posts, here’s a handy roundup:

June 6: Getting the marketing right at an event product launch by Francis Moran and Alexandra Reid

June 14: Putting Ottawa’s puzzle together by Leo Valiquette

June 18: Balancing investment, Minimum Viable Product, and time to market by Peter Hanschke

June 20: Training your new boss by Francis Moran and Leo Valiquette

And on a related note…

In addition to our series, our associates and guest bloggers were also busy writing on a great range of topics. Here are our other posts from June, as ranked by the enthusiasm of our readers:

June 4: Why RIM could and should bounce back: Mobile needs to innovate by Jesse Rodgers

June 5: Levering the power of teamwork to drive a successful content marketing program by Alexandra Reid

June 11: The evolution of branding and advertising by Rob Woyzbun

June 26: Ottawa entrepreneur Scott Annan comments on the relaunch of Mercury Grove by Alexandra Reid

June 12: Content marketing tips: SEO implications for rebroadcast articles by Alexandra Reid

June 7: We launch new content marketing service offering by Alexandra Reid

June 19: 10 questions B2B companies should ask before selecting a content marketing service provider by Alexandra Reid

June 27: 7 ways to stay sane and productive by Leo Valiquette

June 21: PR people really are dead and mindless sheep by Francis Moran

June 8: Is it spring time for venture capital in Canada? by Francis Moran

June 13: Product marketing vs. brand marketing: Separate your product or separate your users? by Ken Rosen

June 25: Tribal marketing for ‘Generation Me’ by Bob Bailly

June 28: Why is there a lighthouse on your brochure? by Francis Moran

June 22: Social Media Breakfast Ottawa: Digital measurement and consumer understanding by Alexandra Reid

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