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'Traction Trumps Everything,' Says GrowLab's Jonathan Bixby at Startup Grind

This was the first StartupGrindVan event in a long, long time that wasn’t set against the gloom of a rainy night. Between the sunshine and the excitement for the evening’s speaker there was an energy to the networking session before that hadn’t been seen in the two months prior.

A slight change to the layout of the event made a surprisingly large shift. The previous set-up staged the networking (and the beer) in a smaller, more intimate zone of the space—Wednesday night’s chat had the formal seating there instead, which lead to a pleasantly community-centric event.

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How to Validate Your Startup Idea the Right Way

There are so many articles out there about idea validation, most of them offering generic, worn-out advice such as “trust your gut feeling," “interview potential users,” and “conduct a survey.”

Most of these articles, in addition to being unhelpful, fail to mention that idea validation is a limited concept; that no amount of research can predict the actual adoption of a product.

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