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What in a name? If you’ve ever tried to come up with a new name for a company or product that is memorable and available, then you know just how difficult it can be. These tools with make it quite a bit easier to come up with excellent names.
The following business model tools will help your startup team explore your business model assumptions, product market fit, and customer experience timeline. These are some of the most valuable tools that you can put to use.
If you do anything with images; websites, social media or the like…you should take a look at these quick tools available on the Internet that make life much easier for designers. This is part of my Lunch & Learn presentation at UCI’s Applied Innovation.
These color tools were discussed in a presentation that I did at UCI’s Applied Innovation’s Lunch & Learn series: Awesome Startup Tools – Color Your World. You will be surprised at how helpful these little tools can be related to your branding.
These tools are part of my UCI lecture on Awesome Startup Tools – Putting on the Show: great presentation tools you should know about as a startup founder.
These startup tools were part of my presentation at UCI’s Applied Innovation’s Lunch & Learn Series: Awesome Startup Tools. This set of tools deals with equity and valuation, and will help you estimate the financial value of your startup and how to handle it at various stages of growth.
According to Amy Cuddy in this TED Talk, your body language can change your confidence level and your interaction with others.
This is an excellent parody of the Game of Thrones crossed with Silicon Valley…. an excellent job!
In lieu of investing your development time in user onboarding, you should do whatever it takes to help your new users achieve success. Reach out to them personally via email, install a live chat product, set up demos, etc.
Startups are around twice as likely to show their pricing than their enterprise SaaS big brothers. In fact, 39% of the 389 startups I analysed had pricing clearly available.
Alexis Ohanian on branding and making something people love.
Richard Harroch has created a great checklist of things that startup founders should know related to angel investors. This is an essential set of material that every founder should study and understand.
This is a short intro to the fundamental question of ‘What exactly is branding?’ It’s a beautifully design video that will capture your attention for the two minutes that it runs, and leave you wanting more when it ends.
SKOOL helps designers design better, and in this video lesson they’re discussing the specific branding needs of startups in various stages of their growth. As a startup, you can learn a lot from their discussion. Learn what you might want to have designed for your startup at this stage of your launch.
Case studies are an invaluable way to learn what works and what doesn’t. This case study about the importance of branding and storytelling is written as (surprise!) a story, and as such is a great read.
Branding is way more than just a logo. Lauren Perkins, Founder of Perks Consulting, explains why you need to focus on branding from the beginning, and how to approach the early stages of branding.
Not all gender and age inequities are due to overt discrimination, however, I’m also constantly appalled at how often discrimination against women, and more mature business participants, is still taking place. Maura McAdam give a UK perspective on this issue for The Conversation.com.
We all know that startup founders are amazing, but how many words can you find that describe startups in this great word find puzzle by Entrepreneurfail?
The survival of your company rests—particularly when faced with a disaster—on whether or not you have a solid plan in place that will enable you to protect your assets, and allow your organization to rebound quickly.
Manoj Bhargava will inspire you, and perhaps by inspiring a new generation of entrepreneurs, he will help lead us to a point where we solve the big problems the world faces, and enter a golden age of the human race.
There are many funding options for entrepreneurs, from government grants and funds to competitions, angel investors and VCs. As a founder it is your duty to understand them all as well as the advantages and disadvantages of each.
The report from the Journal of Business Venturing “…suggest that business angels prefer investment proposals characterized by the moderate use of positive language, moderate levels of promotion of innovation, supplication and blasting of competition, and high levels of opinion conformity.”
Silicon Valley has become enough of a hotbed of innovation that the USPTO has opened a Silicon Valley Regional Office right in the Valley (October 15, 2015).
Growth is what founders and investors alike are constantly searching for. Growth enables startups to quickly create tremendous value in the market. Without growth you’re dead in the water. But accordingly to Paul Graham, there’s a silver lining: “…if you get growth, everything else tends to fall into place.”
Use this great little online tool to generate an excellent color palette for your brand.
Accelerators provide seed investment, mentorship, and the connections necessary for success. By the end of the program, companies that go through our accelerator for instance have found more value in the experience than the $50,000 we invested in them.
Some fast-growing Boston tech companies are choosing to forgo chasing after venture capital. For those companies, doing so would simply distract from focusing on building the best product possible—and ultimately, they strive to achieve financial sustainability by way of their customers alone.
Humans are awesome at certain things, like closing enterprise sales deals, delivering rousing speeches, and comforting small children. For these tasks and lots of others, humans are far superior to code.
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