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And Maxine Waters stops me dead in my tracks from reading the rest of this trash… “Perhaps you believe that youu2019re above the law, and it appears that you are aggressively increasing the size of your company, and are willing to step over anyone, including your competitors, women, people of color, you own users, and even our democracy to get what you want . . .u00a0Inu00a0fact,u00a0you haveu00a0openedu00a0upu00a0au00a0seriousu00a0discussionu00a0about whetheru00a0Facebooku00a0shouldu00a0beu00a0brokenu00a0up.u201c What a ridiculous, race baiting, gender war inflaming, “Big Tech” hating, garbage statement that is. At every damn turn, especially when it doesn’t apply at all, the left will invoke race and gender to continue to try to divide our nation while keeping “vulnerable persons” slaves and beholden to the left and to the government to fight all their “injustices”. And to think, this is where this “journalist”, writer, observer… whatever the hell TC thinks they are, this is where they decided to start this story. I can’t tell if Maxine actually said “YOU own users” or if this is another classic case of Tech Crunch posting a story before proofreading it. Both seem equally likely. Absolute and unadulterated BS.n”,”link”:”https://techcrunch.com/2019/10/23/zuckerberg-testimony/#comment-677248″,”type”:”comment”,”author_avatar_urls”:”24″:”https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/85fd0eff7009e706647898da7a368405?s=24&d=identicon&r=g”,”48″:”https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/85fd0eff7009e706647898da7a368405?s=48&d=identicon&r=g”,”96″:”https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/85fd0eff7009e706647898da7a368405?s=96&d=identicon&r=g”,”techcrunch”:”avatar”:”https://ct.yimg.com/cy/1768/39361574426_98028a_64sq.jpg”,”company”:”(no company found)”,”title”:”(no title found)”,”user”:”Y7Q5JPFNWL24VESPFUY2EGVH2M”,”_links”:”self”:[“href”:”https://techcrunch.com/wp-json/wp/v2/comments/677248″],”collection”:[“href”:”https://techcrunch.com/wp-json/wp/v2/comments”],”up”:[“embeddable”:true,”post_type”:”post”,”href”:”https://techcrunch.com/wp-json/wp/v2/posts/1901401″]]],”author”:[“id”:1603003,”name”:”Josh Constine”,”url”:””,”description”:””,”link”:”https://techcrunch.com/author/josh-constine/”,”slug”:”josh-constine”,”avatar_urls”:”24″:”https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/fd3b857e7f0024396cdbd36c4c102a5d?s=24&d=identicon&r=g”,”48″:”https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/fd3b857e7f0024396cdbd36c4c102a5d?s=48&d=identicon&r=g”,”96″:”https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/fd3b857e7f0024396cdbd36c4c102a5d?s=96&d=identicon&r=g”,”links”:”homepage”:”http://www.JoshConstine.com”,”facebook”:”http://www.facebook.com/JoshConstine”,”twitter”:”https://twitter.com/joshconstine”,”linkedin”:”https://www.linkedin.com/in/joshconstine/”,”crunchbase”:”https://www.crunchbase.com/person/josh-constine”,”position”:”Editor-At-Large”,”cbDescription”:”

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Previously, Constine was the Lead Writer of Inside Facebook through its acquisition by WebMediaBrands, covering everything about the social network.nn

Constine graduated from Stanford University in 2009 with a Master’s degree in Cybersociology, examining the influence of technology on social interaction. He researched the impact of privacy controls on the socialization of children, meme popularity cycles, and what influences the click through rate of links posted to Twitter.nn

Constine also received a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors from Stanford University in 2007, with a concentration in Social Psychology & Interpersonal Processes.nn

Josh Constine is an experienced public speaker, and has moderated over 120 on-stage interviews in 15 countries with leaders including Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, whistleblower Edward Snowden (via on-stage video conference), and U.S. Senator Cory Booker. He is available to moderate panels and fireside chats, deliver keynotes, and judge hackathon and pitch competitions.nn

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CEO shares insights from 20+ years of startup experience”,”content”:{“rendered”:”

Why do serial entrepreneurs keep jumping back in? What things might you learn the third, fourth, or fifth time around?n

To find out, Extra Crunch Managing Editor Eric Eldon spoke to Drift CEO and founder David Cancel at TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco. Cancel has spent more than 20 years founding SaaS companies, with exits including Compete (acquired by TNS), Lookery (Acknowledge), Ghostery (Evidon), and Performable (Hubspot.)n

In their thirty-minute conversation, they cover everything from finding your first customers, to what he’s seen change over the last two decades in the industry, to why he’s willing to cut a check to employees who want to leave. Rather watch them talk for yourself? We’ve embedded a video of their chat at the end of this article.n

To find what people really want, ask for money u2014 any money.n

One thing Cancel says he’s learned over the years: when you’re just getting started, you need to charge for your product right off the bat because you never know how someone really feels about a product until you ask for money.n

“If you’re creating a paid-for product, you have to start charging from day one,” he says.n

He outlines an experiment he calls the ‘dollar test,’ where if someone seems interested in a product before it’s even available, he’ll promise them lifetime access if they’ll hand over whatever’s in their pocket u2014 be it a dollar, ten, twenty, whatever.n

“What it teaches the entrepreneur is that most of the people who will tell you that they love this thing will not give you a dollar,” actionable information that can save time, money and stress. The dollar test “shortcuts things; most people will end up spending so much time coming back to you because you keep telling [them] you love it, because you’re a nice person and you don’t want to hurt [their] feelings.”n

Cancel also uses this approach after a product launches, using it to gauge which new feature requests customers find most important.n

“They’d say ‘I love your product, but it doesn’t do X, Y, or Z. My company is special, we need X, Y, or Z feature.’”n

“Let’s say they were paying us $5,000 a month. I’d say, ‘it’s only going to be $20 more a month, then we’re going to build it for you and you’ll be the first ones to have it.’”n

“What would happen, almost every single time, is there would be this awkward pause. They’d say ‘I have to go talk to my manager, I need to go talk to someone, I’ll get right back to you,’” he said, adding “Almost every single time that person continued to be a customer and never asked for that feature again.”n

“When it’s free to ask for anything,” says David, “people will just keep asking.”n

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Letting people go isn’t always a bad thingn

If someone asks David for a recommendation on an engineer, he’s willing to recommend his own employees.n

His reasoning is twofold; on one side, it means he knows his teams are made up of people who want to be there; on the other, it means employees know he’s looking out for them.n

“I want people on the team who want to be on the team. If people ask me, ‘hey, do you know a really great engineer who does X, Y, Z?’” I say ‘Eric does, and Eric’s on my team.’ I’m like, you should talk to him. And if Eric wants to go, he should go, because we only want people who actually [want] to be there. Then that person knows that I’m looking out for the best interests of them, for them u2014 and even if they go, we may end up working together again later.”n

Similarly, if an employee says they want to leave and start their own company, David says he’s often the first to write a check:n

“We would attract, in the early days, people who wanted to learn how to start their own company. One of the things I would say, and I still say to everyone: Look, if you come on board, and work with us for some days, if you want to leave at any point and start a company, myself and my co-founder Elias will be the first checks in whatever you want to start, no questions asked.”n

“And so we have done that for companies in Boston, companies in San Francisco, companies all over the place. And we continue to do that.”n

For finding customers and employees, he turns to LinkedInn

Thanks to recruiter spam and “work anniversary” notifications, LinkedIn tends to be the butt of a lot of jokes u2014 but Cancel says, used right, it’s still quite valuable.n

“We built a lot of marketing within LinkedIn, which I think is a place that I would advise people to go spend time on now. You can find your buyers, you can find the people that you recruit.”



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