Founding Partner at 500 Startups
Hillbilly Venture Capitalist. Nose-picker extraordinaire.
agree with Retention, but both Activation & Retention together are important. you need to have an initial call-to-action (CTA) to USE and EXPERIENCE the product for the first time (or at least explain it / see how it works) in order to have a shot at Retention to then work.
IMHO the Activation-Retention loop is super important to get working -- at least at a basic MVP level -- before you start really driving hard on Acquisition, Referral, or Revenue.
Last year, I had the pleasure of teaching the "Stanford Facebook Class" with Dave. Along with BJ Fogg, Dave turned a classroom full of 80 students into the most exciting and rewarding little 10-week incubator that may have ever existed at Stanford.
To most of us who took and taught the class, Dave was more than just a teacher - he was (and is) an advisor and mentor who helped open our eyes to the wonders of entrepreneurship.
Though he may not admit it, Dave is an terrifically inspired teacher and if Stanford ever lets him teach a class again (I kid, I kid), I would definitely recommend it. I might even re-enroll in Stanford just to take it...
Dave understands the nuances of Silicon Valley and the new web marketing strategies better than just about anyone. He is an excellent idea man when it comes to understanding how to use the web to get people talking about, and adopting, your brand. Dave laying the critical foundation for Mint.com pre-launch is a large part of why we are so successful today.
Dave and I taught a new Facebook class together at Stanford. I learned that he is very smart and motivated. He's got great experience and intuition. I hope to collaborate more with him in the future.
Dave is an industry thought leader, and lead the charge for the Graphing Social Patterns conference series. He's done a great service to the industry, and I turn to him for advice on understanding the latest in startups involved with social networks.
Dave is a great idea guy when it comes to marketing. He set forth the strategy for our personal finance blog prior to Mint.com launching. By the time we launched, our blog alone had as much traffic as our leading competitor.
As Chairperson of the Graphing Social Patterns conferences, Dave produced the best conferences on this space to date. Dave's unique combination of experience and relationships brought together a fantastic group of panelists, speakers, and attendees for these events. Both GSP West and GSP East were very productive (and fun!) for all involved.
As a former conference director, I relied on Dave to deliver entertaining, informative talks; he was a hit in the US and Japan. With his real-world experience, technical know-how and excellent B.S. detector, Dave also served as an inventive, invaluable member of the editorial program committees of several international events. Hes bright, articulate and endowed with super-human Frisbee ability.
I worked with/for Dave for close to 5 years, starting with Aslan Computing Inc. in 1995. Aslan was your quintessential silicon valley garage startup, and trust me, we had to work close, very close. Once I got past the body odor (KIDDING!!) issues, Dave taught me most of what I know about running a company, working hard and dealing with customers. Easily one of the best managers I have ever had.
It's hard to summarize how much Dave McClure has influenced me - he is both visionary and analytical - a rare combination in such an entrepreneurial type. Working for him was one of the highlights of my career - he taught me much about the Internet, business and how to enjoy life while working.
Working with Dave over the years has been a rewarding experience. He has demonstrated time after time, his in-depth knowledge of the startup world, his ability to architect and launch technology solutions that address the market needs, and seize unique market opportunities, . Most importantly, I am always impressed with Dave's relationship building ability. Great buy to work with.
Dave was one of the earliest team members at Simply Hired. He brings deep knowledge of the Web 2.0 space along with extraordinary creativity. He has been a passionate advocate for the mission of Simply Hired, and brought a unique energy and voice into creating a great service for the job seeker. Best of all, he kept his sense of humor (especially with our users!).