HNpod 10: Unsexy Startups with Dan Shipper and Ilya Lichtenstein
Our guests today are Ilya Lichtenstein co-founder of MixRank, a tool for companies to monitor their competitors' ad strategies (http://mixrank.com/), and a blogger (http://influencehacks.com/) and Dan Shipper, who has just released Firefly for screen-sharing support (http://usefirefly.com/) and also a blogger (http://danshipper.com/). More on our guests can be found at: http://www.hnpod.com/guests
Michael Mahemoff (http://player.fm/)
Unsexy Startups: We talk about startups that don’t fit into the status-quo; the companies are everything a “sexy” startup isn’t. We define unsexy startups and break down the steps unsexy companies are taking to generate real revenue and build sustainable businesses.
Also related is Paul Graham's “Black Swan Farming” article from last walk. We talk about Y-Combinator's view on unsexy startups, and differences between YCombinator and 500Startups in this regard.
Ilya: FaceBook’s to monetize search.
Michael: Xiki (http://xiki.org/), a fascinating console tool.
Dan: Tiny Habits by BJ Fogg.
Dan Shipper Founder of Airtime for Email
Student, blogger, and founder of AirTime For Email (http://www.airtimehq.com/) and previously DomainPolish (http://domainpolish.com). Dan also recently released Firefly for screen-sharing support (http://usefirefly.com/).
Ilya Lichtenstein Co-founder of MixRank
Co-founder of MixRank (http://mixrank.com/) (YC S11). He previously ran an online performance marketing company and wrote the first ad optimization tool for Facebook.