Archive for August, 2011

Challenges of Getting Early Adopters, Acquiring Customers & Monetizing

I've gotten some requests recently to write a post on how we've gotten early adopters at my startup BizeeBee and how we got them at Mint.  I hate to burst everyone's tech bubble but there is no secret for getting early adopters.  I also want to address two concepts in this posts getting early adopters vs. methods for customer acquisition.  The reason for the dichotomy is that an early adopter is essentially a product tester and product evangelist.  They will stick around forever and are highly ... Read more

Cinnamon Spiced Israeli Couscous with Chicken

When I'm crunched for time I love making one-pot meals that have a good balance of protein, complex carbs, and fruits and vegetables.  This dish is great for when you have company over as well because it serves about 4 people, and you can save the left overs in an air tight container in the fridge for a couple days.  I usually make it on fall evenings, but you can make it year round because the ingredients aren't seasonal. Prep Time 15 ... Read more

Sesame Ahi Tuna with Spicy Mango & Avocado Salad

This is my take on the more traditional ahi tuna tartare that's served as an appetizer at restaurants with a little bit of kick.  I make it when I'm craving a healthy summer fish dish with a sweet & spicy complement!  I also intensify the flavor of sesame by using seeds and cooking the fish in sesame oil.  Its pretty healthy dish that can be made quickly and easily.  If you're cooking for one, you can just cut the ingredients in ... Read more

Getting Your Startup Team to Understand Your Customer

Its been 8 months since we launched our first product at BizeeBee.  When we launched we had 3 customers (yoga studios), they saw the value in what we were building, so much that one studio owner  worked very closely with me for almost year.  Since launching my desire to please customers hasn't stopped.  The buzz bee and I spend nearly every week talking to customers either on Twitter, Facebook, via email, or on the phone.  I'm always asking for feedback on the ... Read more