7 Key Culture Elements That Drive Value In A Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

I recommend that every aspiring entrepreneur and serious business professional take each one of these to heart from day-one of their startup: Talent is the whole ball game. Kip Tindell startup team culture values

The Virus Survival Strategy For Your Startup

Steve Blank

With the Covid-19 virus a worldwide pandemic, if you’re leading any startup or small business, you have to be asking yourself, “What’s Plan B? If you’re running a startup or small business, your first priority (after your family) is keeping your employees and customers safe.

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7 Keys For Moving A Startup To A Sustainable Business

Startup Professionals Musings

For example, entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson has started or grown over 400 companies, from record labels to space travel, so for him the joy is clearly in the startup. With a startup, everything is an experiment. growth business startup sustainable business

Startup Boards

Both Sides of the Table

Startups that are backed by professional financial investors almost always have a Board of Directors that consists of some set of founders, investors and sometimes independent directors. It is worth pointing out that there are actually three levels of governance in venture-backed startups.

Building Healthy Innovation Ecosystems for Your Projects

Speaker: Nick Noreña, Innovation Coach and Advisor, Kromatic

In this webinar, Nick Noreña will walk through an Innovation Ecosystem Model that he and his team at Kromatic have developed to help investors, heads of product, teachers, and executives understand how they can best support innovation in their own ecosystem. He'll also go over metrics we can use to measure the health of our ecosystems as we build more resources for innovators.

5 Startup Challenges That Derail Many Entrepreneurs

Startup Professionals Musings

As a mentor to entrepreneurs, I tend to see many of the same obstacles appearing in every new startup, and since I don’t want to appear to be a downer , I’m not sure how to properly warn people ahead of time to be on the alert for these challenges. business challenges entrepreneur startup

5 Misconceptions You Should Know About Before Launching Your Tech Startup

ReadWriteStart

With multibillion-dollar tech companies and growth startups making headlines left and right, it’s natural to want to get a piece of the action. The post 5 Misconceptions You Should Know About Before Launching Your Tech Startup appeared first on ReadWrite. Startups startups tips

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6 Benefits of Outsourcing and Freelancing In Startups

Startup Professionals Musings

I just finished a new book for entrepreneurs, “ Secrets to a Successful Startup ,” by Trevor Blake, which makes the same points, based on his own real-life experience with three successful startups. Outsourcing can give your startup a more mature image.

8 Funding Proposal Red Flags Every Startup Can Avoid

Startup Professionals Musings

Being first to market is not a strong competitive argument for startups, since larger existing players can easily overrun this position. business plan investors red flags startup

Playing Startup

View from Seed

I’ve observed what may be an emerging trend, at least in some startups, that I find somewhat unsettling. But I think it’s important to discuss, particularly given today’s heady environment for startups. But I’ve witnessed more and more “playing startup” in recent months.

5 Startup Cost Realities Most Founders Underestimate

Startup Professionals Musings

It’s amazing how fast your startup will outgrow your garage or home office. Every startup I know, in this changing world, has incurred delays and strategy pivots before they zero-in on the best customer solution and business model. costs new venture startups underestimate

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7 Best Free Tools for Bootstrapped Startups

ReadWriteStart

The post 7 Best Free Tools for Bootstrapped Startups appeared first on ReadWrite. Operate Startups bootstrapping business growth Entrepreneur free tools startup startup apps startup operations startup tools Tools

Why Successful Startups Often Have A Pair Of Founders

Startup Professionals Musings

In my work with new startups, I often find people who believe that the terms “ entrepreneur ” and “ inventor ” are interchangeable. co-founders entrepreneur inventor startup success

5 Strategies For Startup Partnering To Win Long Term

Startup Professionals Musings

A partnership was announced with the City of New York, to connect and grow NYC's startup ecosystem. This facilitates technology growth and innovation for startups in Silicon Alley, as well as positioning IBM for growth down the road.

The Startup Bubble

Start Up Blog

There are few things any established industrial economy needs more of than new businesses, but I’m here to say that ‘startups’ might not be the answer. So, what is a startup? The post The Startup Bubble appeared first on Steve Sammartino.

When Planning A Startup, A Top Priority Is Location

Startup Professionals Musings

Even in this age of globalization and virtualization, the geographic area where you choose to live and work can still make or break your startup business. Of course, there are always exceptions, but how much added risk do you need for your startup? business location questions startup

8 Major Legal Risks Faced By Startups

ReadWriteStart

One of the biggest mistakes made by new business owners is not to engage startup legal services to handle possible issues for their new venture. Beginning an enterprise needs planning not only for marketing and growing the business but also to eliminate the legal risks faced by startups.

7 Ways Growing Companies Drift From Startup Thinking

Startup Professionals Musings

No company can afford to lose the agility, flexibility, and innovation of a startup. Every startup I know has pivoted at least once, and expects failed experiments to lead them to the true market. growth slowdown Jim Dewald longevity startup

Tips For Startup Success

YoungUpstarts

You didn’t bring your startup to life just to see it struggle and flounder at the bottom of its market. Forget what you’ve done in the past and focus on ensuring that your startup is successful in the future. To find two tips for startup success, be sure to read on.

10 Keys To Surviving From A Startup To An Enterprise

Startup Professionals Musings

Very few startups are cash-rich enough to self-finance aggressive second-stage growth. Many startups are family businesses, and these don’t need to be grown into large enterprises. daniel weinfurter enterprise startup survive

8 Key Business Elements Set Startup Investor Interest

Startup Professionals Musings

They know from forums such as Shark Tank on TV that asking for either too much or too little will derail credibility in the eyes of the investor, and leave the entrepreneur with no money and a struggling startup. funding investors startups valuation

10,000 Startups – Startup Weekend Next

Steve Blank

Today we are announcing the biggest entrepreneurial program ever launched – Startup Weekend Next. Our goal– to inspire, educate and empower hundred’s of thousands of entrepreneurs and help create 10,000 startups. The result – Startup Weekend Next.

Technical Writers are Vital for Technology Startups

ReadWriteStart

The post Technical Writers are Vital for Technology Startups appeared first on ReadWrite. Entrepreneurs Startups Tech Technical Writer technical writers startupA technology start-up without a Technical Writer is similar to a new small business without a marketing plan.

How Minnesota Became the Land of 10,000 Startups

ReadWriteStart

The post How Minnesota Became the Land of 10,000 Startups appeared first on ReadWrite. Startups minnesota startups twin citiesMinnesota is no stranger to big business. It’s home to such names as Target, Best Buy, General Mills, and Ecolab — all of which have made their homes in Minnesota for generations and have become a source of pride. But a new industry — technology — is taking Minnesota by storm, boosting the local economy […].

7 Ways To Jeopardize Key Startup People Relationships

Startup Professionals Musings

Don’t jeopardize the future of your startup, and your chosen lifestyle, by assuming you can wing it. business relationships investors startupRelationships are the key to survival and success for entrepreneurs, and first impressions usually turn into lasting impressions.

Building a Startup Culture that Encourages Wellness

ReadWriteStart

Tight deadlines and thin margins force employees to do more with less and to put in unreasonable hours to keep a startup functioning as it attempts to gain traction […]. The post Building a Startup Culture that Encourages Wellness appeared first on ReadWrite.

Trademark Protection for Startups

ReadWriteStart

As a startup one of your most important assets is your brand and that brand is usually embodied in your company name and logo. The post Trademark Protection for Startups appeared first on ReadWrite. Branding Grow Marketing ReadWrite Startups Web

6 Insights To Current Funding Trends For Your Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

Venture capitalists (VCs) have long been seen as the top of the pyramid for startup funding sources, but in fact angel investors now fund over twice as many companies, according the Crunchbase. The cost of entry for tech startups continues to go down.

10 Startup Quandaries That May Redefine Your Business

Startup Professionals Musings

Most entrepreneurs struggle with many startup founders quandaries in building their business, and these key dilemmas are probably the biggest source of pain and failure for the entrepreneur lifestyle. Otherwise exit and startup with another idea. dilemma Noam Wasserman startup

Is the Lean Startup Dead?

Steve Blank

Reading the NY Times article “ Jeffrey Katzenberg Raises $1 Billion for Short-Form Video Venture, ” I realized it was time for a new startup heuristic: the amount of customer discovery and product-market fit you need to find is inversely proportional to the amount and availability of risk capital. It’s the antithesis of the Lean Startup. Startups wrote business plans, generated expansive 5-year forecasts and executed (hired, spent and built) to the plan.

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7 Startup Risks That Come With Other People’s Money

Startup Professionals Musings

One of the myths I often hear as an advisor to many entrepreneurs is that their lifestyle would somehow be better if they could more easily find other people’s money to build their startup. Usually it pays to move a startup slower rather than risk relationships.

Tariffs and Hardware Startups

Feld Thoughts

It also became apparent, almost right away, that startups had a huge disadvantage over larger companies that had significant U.S. Once I accepted the reality that the startups were going to have to pay the tariffs directly, that they had little control on what the tariffs would be, how and when they would change, and whether or not they’d get exemptions, I started operating under the assumption that 100% of the cost associated with the tariff would fall on the startup.

4 Customer Decisive Moments That Your Startup Can Win

Startup Professionals Musings

This can be an advantage to startups who don’t have the resources and brand awareness of mature businesses, if they understand and position themselves to win in the decisive moments of the new customer buying process.

The Average Startup Overnight Success Takes Six Years

Startup Professionals Musings

Every startup founder knows implicitly that startup success is a long hard road. overnight success Seth Godin startupYet we always dream that we are the exception to the rule. So once in a while it’s good to look at some facts to temper our imagination.

21 Best business or startup ideas for Indians in 2020

Our Own Start-up

Read through this list of startup ideas for instant inspiration for applicable business lessons from some of the most unconventional (yet successful) startup ideas.

High Functioning vs. Low Functioning Startup Boards

Both Sides of the Table

This is part of a series on a Board of Directors at a Startup. High Functioning Startup Boards High-functioning boards have a tight-knit relationship between all members based on mutual trust and admiration. Want to read more about Startup Boards ? startup

Lean Startup Interns Needed!

Grasshopper Herder

Learning how to coach startups, Learn how accelerators work and how to improve them, Interview thought leaders, Research and write case studies. Lean Enterprise Lean Startups interns internship

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Startups Are Not Just The Realm Of Young Generations

Startup Professionals Musings

One of the biggest myths in the business world is that startups are no place for Baby Boomers, that aging generation born between 1945 and 1964. Today people over 55 are almost twice as likely to create successful startups as Gen-Y, age 20 to 34.

5 Startup Financial Questions Every Investor Will Ask

Startup Professionals Musings

For maximum value with the least effort, focus on only the “what ifs” that are the highest priority in your mind for your own startup. The cost to acquire a customer, or traffic to conversion ratios, are critical to the success of most startups.

6 Ways to increase productivity in a startup

Our Own Start-up

What you need to keep in mind is that increasing productivity in your startup is definitely not a difficult matter. Startups increase productivity in a startup productivity in a startup startup success tips startup tips successful startup Ways to increase productivity in a startup

“Nail It Then Scale It” - The New Mantra For Startups

Startup Professionals Musings

I found their five phases of the process to be compelling, based on my own years of experience mentoring startups: Nail the pain. Only then is it time to focus on the get-big-fast strategy, and the transformation of three key areas from startup to a managed growth company.

10 Realities Today Cause Startups To Bypass An IPO

Startup Professionals Musings

In the old days, every entrepreneur dreamed of easily taking their startup public, and making it big. Today the rate of startups going public (IPO – Initial Public Offering) is up from the dead zone, but is still half the rate back before 2000. high risk IPO startup

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7 Essentials Your Online Startup Needs to Follow

ReadWriteStart

Starting an online business requires you to be extremely smart because 9 out of 10 startups fail and just 10 percent are lucky to enjoy the sweet taste of success. But there are essentials your online startup needs to follow.