7 Steps To Making A Great Entrepreneur Impression
MAY 4, 2014
In the book “ You Are the Message ,” media executive Roger Ailes wrote that your first impression will be solidified in the first seven seconds.
Gust Blog - Thoughts on startups by investors that fund them
JUNE 19, 2012
And in January I saw that digital music overtook physical media for the first time in 2011, something I expected since 1998. Subscribe by email.
Crowd-Funding Success Usually Brings New Challenges
NOVEMBER 2, 2014
Even online, the type of people who may respond to social media requests may bear very little relationship to the intended market.
Startups Need the Right Team Mindset to Survive
JANUARY 20, 2013
Image via Facebook.com. Since the days of Henry Ford, mass production has been the Holy Grail of business, rather than build-to-order. John M.
Entrepreneurship Is All About Taking Smart Risks
SEPTEMBER 23, 2012
Of course there is work involved to find the right media, and balance the investment against the return. Take the strategic risk.
Customer Engagement Is Key To Branding Yourself
MAY 18, 2014
In fact, we are all media companies now, with our cell phones, computers, and professional-looking publishing tools. David L.
How To Build Startup Credibility Before Your Brand
JUNE 23, 2014
Since a startup by definition is not a recognized brand, you are the brand, based on the social media culture of today. Find potential partners.
Copywrong Again: Founding the Next Pinterest or Napster?
JULY 3, 2012
Is Instapaper like collecting press clippings? (If If so, do you have to buy a copy of each paper first?) Rose likes Gust. What gives?
How Reed Hastings’ Facebook Status Update Landed Netflix in SEC’s Crosshairs
JANUARY 31, 2013
What could be wrong with more transparency? The key words worth repeating here are “ perfect information.” Or its blog?
Forget Presidential Politics: Here’s How We Create Jobs — And How You Can Help
NOVEMBER 8, 2012
Yet amidst all the partisan cheerleading and name-calling, there has been some discussion of substance. As The Economist put it, comparing U.S.
Startups: A Verbal Wave at Social Media Means Diddly
NOVEMBER 12, 2013
If you don’t understand the broader implications of social media, content marketing, curation, engagement, and relationships, then you desperately need a great reason why not. Don’t think for a second that a verbal wave at “social media” means anything anymore. Startups: Investors expect new marketing. You have to really know it. .
Gust Startup Trend Map
SEPTEMBER 25, 2012
Unsurprisingly the dominant industry for new startups in August is Internet/Web Services, but other top industries include Consumer Products and Services, Media and Entertainment, as well as Financial Services. Gust Startup Map & Trends Analysis – August 2012. Attention startup enthusiasts! Take a look below! " Invested Interests
Intellectual Property for Startups in the Real World
JANUARY 4, 2012
The quicker the startup establishes a strong brand identity that “sells itself” through word-of-mouth and social media, earning goodwill in its name, the sooner it can effectively chase away knockoffs that try to use confusingly similar names , logos, or domain names. What kind of advantage will this create vs. our competitors ?
“AirB&E” and Disaster Response for Consumer Startups
SEPTEMBER 13, 2011
In the age of social media, word travels lightning fast of this kind of incident. The “system” as it existed at the time broke down, with every point of failure costing innocent lives. There are many kinds of business crises beyond the natural disasters and acts of terrorism that come to mind. Essentially, get inside the bad guy’s head.
Second-Class Investor Citizens: Facebook’s IPO and Dual-Class Equity Structures
MAY 24, 2012
Options and warrants, when issued, are also typically exercisable for shares of Common Stock. To take one example, as long-suffering Yahoo!
Up-to-date Investors Want Social Proof from Startups
DECEMBER 3, 2013
I just read Social Proof Is the New Currency on the Social Media Today blog. To me, the underlying reality is that startups and their founders are traceable on social media. Startup founders will be judged by their social media footprint. Invested Interests Social Media Today social proof Author Daniel Lay writes: .
What are the advantages of stationing your startup in New York City opposed to Silicon Valley / SF?
SEPTEMBER 13, 2014
Access to many, many more world market centers (advertising, finance, fashion, media, food, etc.). The world’s fastest growing tech startup ecosystem. A much more tightly knit startup community, compared to the larger but more diffuse West Coast community. The world’s largest Tech Meetup (not to mention Meetup.com itself).
Nuts & Bolts of Intellectual Property for New Startups
DECEMBER 22, 2011
This includes website content and software code as well as the more obvious examples in media and publishing. So you’ve chosen a name for your startup, product, or both. Tech startups are at the other extreme. The gulf has widened with the proliferation of social Internet / user-generated content and mobile application startups.
How To Size Your Marketing Budget For Funding
MARCH 9, 2014
Use social media and Search Engine Marketing (SEM) to start. Image via Flickr.com. Get exposure for your expertise.
Digital.NYC: The First Ecosystem Hub
OCTOBER 29, 2014
In the first 36 hours, mentions of the hub were viewed more than 42 million times on social media, and Read more >. On October 1st, 2014, after more than two years of partnership and development, Gust proudly joined the Mayor of the City of New York and IBM in announcing the launch of Digital.NYC, NYC’s new official hub for tech and startups.
3 Essentials for Selling Your Marketing Plan to Investors
AUGUST 29, 2012
If and only if that potential market seems to come alive, it needs credible plans to move from ideas and messages into media and concrete marketing programs with some backbone and metrics to them. Nobody buys the hand waving at “online marketing” and “we’re going to be big in social media” anymore.
The Gust-DEMO Fall 2012 Scholarship
JULY 18, 2012
Products that have been widely covered by technology and business media. Following the huge success of the Gust-DEMO scholarship earlier this year, Gust and DEMO have teamed up again to offer Gust start-ups a full scholarship opportunity for DEMO Fall 2012. The deadline to apply for the full scholarship is August 17, 2012. SCHOLARSHIP.
Probable and Improbable Lobbying Wins: The 1,000-stockholder Rule
NOVEMBER 23, 2011
Without these two laws (or their equivalent), the social media revolution of the past decade would have been stillborn. Talented entrepreneurs are nothing if not resilient in the face of change: Market forces, competitive threats, technological shifts, you name it. See this blog post for a full discussion.).
Social Media is a Boon to Startups Who Do It Right
NOVEMBER 7, 2011
If your startup can’t be bothered with social media, or has no plan to take advantage of it, then you are definitely at risk these days.
Digital.NYC: The First Ecosystem Hub
OCTOBER 29, 2014
In the first 36 hours, mentions of the hub were viewed more than 42 million times on social media, and over 100,000 pages on the site were perused. News outlets from USA Today to Mashable to Brooklyn’s Technical.ly praised the hub and its place in the community. For the Gust team, we couldn’t be happier about the warm welcome.
Assume Your Market is People Like You, Then Fail
JUNE 24, 2012
Use social media, search engine optimization, blogging, and mobile media. Face reality. Don’t forget to ask them what they want and need.
Who Makes the Money on an Inevitable Shoe Dropping?
JUNE 19, 2012
And in January I saw that digital music overtook physical media for the first time in 2011, something I expected since 1998.
Mark Suster’s “Never Negotiate Piecemeal”
JUNE 5, 2012
He tells the story of his baptism by fire in startup-dom, a series of negotiations including office rent, sublet, getting people on board, getting the media to care, dealing with recruiters, dealing with the tech prima donnas, and (a favorite of many) “dealing with pesky VCs.” Nothing tells a truth better than a good story.
Keep It Under Your Hat: Valuation Caps and the $650 Million Sale of MySpace for $125 Million
NOVEMBER 4, 2011
Never missing an opportunity for a good war story, I’d like to revisit one high-profile transaction, the $650 million acquisition of MySpace by Fox Interactive Media in 2005, on which I spent many sleepless nights along with the rest of the deal team. The cap is irrelevant if the next equity financing is at a valuation below the cap amount.)
Investors: Avoid These Investment Event Problems
NOVEMBER 11, 2011
Local media cover it. Many local angel investment groups work with a local event that creates the illusion of a business pitch contest, awarding investment to the winner. There are multiple benefits to this type of arrangement. The event generates local buzz. And new angel investors are trained and oriented. Are they worth the risk?
Gust: Venture Forward
SEPTEMBER 12, 2011
I’m not referring to the use of viral media to spread good ideas; I’m referring to. Most of us love the idea of a new beginning, a makeover, and a fresh start. Yet, despite the tremendous amount of innovation in our space, there is still a huge. amount of, (excuse the graphic word), regurgitation going on in our blogosphere. authorship.
Why Your Brand’s Social Media Impact is Low
JUNE 27, 2016
The client had just finished their “father’s day campaign” and the social media impact on sales seemed a little disappointing.
7 Social Media Marketing Habits That Lead To Failure
NOVEMBER 27, 2015
If your campaigns are using a range of social media marketing habits that lead to failure, then it's time to make a change. Sign me up. .
2016 Social Media Trends And Statistics That Were Crazy!
OCTOBER 24, 2016
Social Media has become an essential part of everyone’s life, it is addictive! Not sure how to work with social media? Start HERE.
11 Best Social Media Tools For Small Businesses And Individuals
JUNE 30, 2015
But does it all end at fancy social profiles or does social media marketing run deeper? Which social media tools can you use? Hootsuite.
Why Do B2B Companies Need To Prioritize Social Media
MARCH 24, 2016
If you’re wondering whether your B2B company need to prioritize social media, this is for you. On social media. Trust is Shifting.
A Day In The Life of A Social Media Manager
OCTOBER 2, 2015
One may think social media managers are very lucky. So, let us have a look at a typical work day of a social media manager. Gif via.
How To Revolutionize Your Social Media
OCTOBER 21, 2015
Before, I start, here’s a quick reminder: Why is social media helpful? ’ How To Revolutionize Your Social Media. Offer help.
How Can You Get More Social Media Fans?
OCTOBER 9, 2015
Building up a social media following can be a very tedious affair. These are legit ways to grow your social media fans. via GIPHY.
Is Social Media Making Us Stupid?
SEPTEMBER 19, 2015
In their contemplative moments, many people do ask: is social media making us stupid? Debate: Is Social Media Making Us Stupid For Real?