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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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.”
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.
Bill Reichert has his top 10 rules list for web companies wanting seed money: he co-founded his venture company with Guy Kawasaki. This list outlines the things Web 2.0 start-ups should be doing when pitching for venture capital from companies like Garage Ventures – in other words it’s also what venture capital companies (or angel investors) are looking for in a start-up.
Are investors behiving badly with extra large funding rounds?
Your MVP is complete. Some seed funding is in the bank, or maybe even a Series A. You’re anxious to see if your product flies off the shelf. It’s time to make that first sales hire.
This is a big step. The right call can establish the rocket-ship revenue chart every founder dreams of. The wrong call can be bring down the company.
Choosing a business entity as a startup requires taking a number of business issues into consideration.
Learn to pitch with your four differentiators to catch an investors ear.
How to take one step forward when challenges hit you in business.
Bootstrapping is one alternative funding direction for scrappy entrepreneurs.
Admitting my bias since I’m a “designer and technology” Founder, I am enormously thrilled by the 2015 report on Design in Tech. According to this new report from John Maeda of Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers: Silicon Valley, designer-lead companies are some of the most profitable and successful.
Don’t know where to start with social media? Start here. #ArtofSocial Media. Think you know it all? You don’t. #startupmanship
You may have noticed the term “Native Advertising” in the news lately. Investors seem to love it, the FTC warns that it may be illegal, and Google seems to be playing both sides of the fence. So, what are native ads?
In this You Tube video, Steve Blank gives a lesson on what it takes for a high tech startup to survive and thrive in today’s high stakes world of technology.
In order to gauge the pulse of today’s tech startup ecosystem, we spoke to a group of New York-based entrepreneurs and investors and asked what they’re looking for when they evaluate a company.
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