Benjamin Yoskovitz

Halifax, Nova Scotia

Entrepreneur, author, opportunity-seeker.

Areas of Expertise:

  • startups
  • entrepreneurship
  • lean startup
  • analytics
  • operations
  • marketing
  • social media
  • product management
  • consulting
  • speaking
  • writing
Ben Yoskovitz is a serial entrepreneur with 15+ years experience in web businesses. He started his first company in 1996 while completing university. In 2007 he co-founded Standout Jobs, a B2B software company in the recruitment space. The company raised $1.8M from venture and angel investors. In 2010 after exiting Standout Jobs, Ben co-founded Year One Labs, an early stage accelerator that provided funding and up to 1-year of hands-on mentorship to 5 startups. Year One Labs followed a Lean Startup program, making it the first accelerator to formalize such a structure. Three of five companies graduated from Year One Labs and went on to raise follow on financing. A great deal of Ben's experience and thought leadership around Lean Startup and analytics emerged during this time.

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September 2012

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Localmind Acquired by Airbnb – Year One Labs has its First Exit

December 13 2012

Today, I’m pleased to announce that Localmind has been acquired by Airbnb. See Techcrunch’s story and Airbnb’s blog post for more info. Localmind was Year One Labs’ first investment, and it’s our first exit as well. It’s a fantastic day for the team: Lenny Rachitsky, Beau Haugh and Nelson Gauthier. They worked… read more

The Difference Between Stealth Mode and Quiet Mode

November 27 2012

A lot of companies still talk about being in stealth mode and aiming for a big hoorah type launch. It doesn’t usually work. Worse still, startups that are in stealth mode rarely talk to customers, prospects, users, partners or anyone else before their big reveal, which means they have little… read more

The Two or Three Things You Need to Raise Capital

October 24 2012

Yesterday I chatted with an entrepreneur that was looking for advice on raising capital. I’ve written quite a bit about fundraising in the past, but it’s a hard topic and a challenging thing for people to get through. Most people have never raised funding before, and even with all the… read more

I have 1 year of savings, so I’m giving this startup thing a try…

October 05 2012

Making the jump from a day job to starting a company is a scary one. I don’t believe there’s a ton of real risk –after all, you’re probably highly employable (particularly if you’re a developer)– but it’s still a big leap. And often, people do it after they’ve saved up… read more

Quiet and Boring: How to Build a Successful Startup

September 27 2012

A few days ago, Indeed (a job aggregator site) announced that they had been acquired by a Japanese company called Recruit Co Ltd. One story I saw pegged the acquisition close to a billion dollars. I’ve heard through the grapevine about some very happy investors. Indeed is a very successful company.… read more

Check out a Sneak Peek of Lean Analytics Book

September 21 2012

In July I announced that I was writing a book on Lean Analytics with Alistair Croll. Today I’m very excited to be sharing a sneak peek of that book with you. Download the Lean Analytics book sneak peek! (pdf) The sneak peek contains the first few c read more

Webcast: Understanding the Value of Lean Analytics: Using Data to Build a Better Startup Faster
October 25, 2012
Duration: Approximately 60 minutes. Cost: Free Watch the webcast in its original format > The Lean movement has revolutionized how we create products and companies today. It focuses on customer development and tackling the risky parts first. ...

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