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Sean Byrnes

Sean is the founder of Flurry, the leader in advertising and analytics services for mobile applications. He is currently an advisor, mentor and angel investor in the San Francisco bay area. You can read more of his advice and thoughts on building businesses on Sean On Startups and his personal website.

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Advice - If you’ve gotten far enough in building your  business to think about raising investment, then you’ve worked very hard and survived some near-death experiences. It’s been a tough road and you should be proud of the progress...
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Advice - Stop me if you’ve heard this before: It’s just a feature, not a product. It is a popular refrain from skeptics who want to sound intelligent about a new innovation, product or company. On the surface it sounds insightful...
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Advice - So you are building a new product. Great! However, one of the worst mistakes you can make is to wait for it to be done before thinking about how you are going to market it. You should be thinking about how you will reach users and...
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Advice - If you decided to build a house, the first thing you would do is hire an architect to design the house. From the blueprints provided by the architect, you would know what the house will look like, how it will be built and what...
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Advice - There are only four kinds of events in the life of your company that are likely to get covered by the press: Acquisition New Funding Product Launch Partnership Incidentally, those are also in the order of the likelihood...
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Advice - You are a person, and chances are high that everyone you add to your team will be a person too. Teams are, of course, made of people which makes building them significantly harder than building products. Great teams will help you...
Fighting Amongst Yourselves Is a Great Way to Die
Advice - In the early days of developing an idea, it is critical that you challenge every assumption behind that idea. That kind of questioning will either make the idea stronger and more crisp, or it will tear down its facade and reveal that...
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Advice - If you want to start a company you might wonder where you will get the money your new business requires. The good news is that you have many options, as long as your business plan is sound and the market opportunity is big. But,...
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Advice - Your competitors are out to get you. They do not want to compete with you any more than you want to compete with them, and they will look to steal your customers at every opportunity. You should treat them with respect, caution and a...
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Advice - Starting companies is hard, and it is true that the world is out to get you. It is no coincidence that many of the most famous entrepreneurs and CEOs of Fortune 100 companies are borderline narcissists. In order to overcome the...
Everyone Is Successful, Except for You
Advice - If you spend too much time in Silicon Valley, I guarantee that you will start to think that you are the only one who is not wildly successful overnight. Once you step foot here, you are quickly surrounded by stories of easy success...
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Advice - As an engineer, one of the first things you are taught is how to break down a problem into smaller and more manageable problems. Want to build a bridge? First, you’ll need to design the supports and the connections with existing...
Are You Sure You Are Solving a Problem
Advice - “So, what’s your idea?” If you’ve ever talked about starting a company, that is the first question you always hear. It’s a simple question, but it implies that companies are built from ideas – moments of inspiration...
5 Metrics to Run Your Business
Advice - Whether you are running a company, driving a car or flying a jet, you need a dashboard to tell you how you are doing. One of the most common mistakes is to fill up your dashboard with dozens of metrics covering every aspect of your...
Why No One Will Invest in You
Advice - I often have discussions with people who have a great idea and are thinking of quitting their job to pursue it. However, they have fixed costs (rent, car payments, etc.) and can’t afford to work for free. Instead, they want to raise...
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Advice - It is impossible to know everything that you will need to know to build a successful business before you start. While you should have some industry expertise, some experience building products and a decent understanding of startup...

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