Startup Community to Local Corporations—Hey, I’m Over Here!

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Great startup communities have meaningful connections from every actor in the ecosystem. The problem with the corporation–startup community connection, or lack thereof, is that the value for each actor is many times not obvious. By Chris Heivly, Entrepreneur in Residence at Techstars.

Growing a Startup Ecosystem in Louisville, KY

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Techstars, the worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs succeed, and the Louisville Entrepreneurship Acceleration Partnership (LEAP) together announce the launch of the Techstars Startup Ecosystem Development program in Louisville, Kentucky. Photo courtesy of University of Louisville.

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The Compare Game For Startup Community Leaders

TechStars

I find that that the same compare game is weaseling itself back into my soul as I work with startup communities around the world. We have all seen this in the rankings of various startup communities. Building a startup community in your city?

The most exciting Latin American SaaS Startups

SaaStock

We had a closer look at who the young upstarts of Latin America are in search of the most exciting Latin American SaaS startups. With them in mind, we have created our Startup Program , tailored especially for SaaS startups. Articles Lating America SaaS Startups

Growing your Startup? Find the Right Startup Financing for Your Capital Needs

Entrepreneurs are facing unprecedented circumstances right now. The capital choices you make will have a lasting impact on the trajectory of your company. Knowing the right questions to ask and how to compare your options is vital to making the best decisions. Download the Startup Finance Playbook to learn more.

15+ of The Top Sales & Marketing Mistakes SaaS Startups Make

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Hire stretch reps if you want, but someone without any closing experience likely can’t close at your startup no one has ever heard of. Startups are a journey and you need reps that want to be on the journey.

From Zero to Tech: Growing Startup Culture in Bhutan

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How does a country go from lifting a national ban on television in 1999 to nurturing tech startups in 2019? What does a startup ecosystem look like in a United Nations’ classified Least Developed Country? Techstars Startup Weekend Bhutan (Women). Progress For a Startup Nation.

How do VCs value startup?

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The post How do VCs value startup? There is one common factor, that founders know, but often lose track of in their pitch: every VC, at any stage, is looking for outliers.

The Startup Sectors Most Impacted by the Coronavirus

Tom Tunguz

Which startup sectors are most affected by coronavirus? Roger Lee is maintaining Layoffs.fyi , which is a table of all the startups who have unfortunately cut staff. On the brighter side, it is a resource for startups looking to hire as they grow.

Introducing the SaaStock Asia Startup Program

SaaStock

Christina Villa had a simple launch plan for Cledara: do it at the SaaStock Startup stage on October 16th, 2018. Having applied for the SaaStock Startup Program, she was in a race against time – the platform needed to be functioning by the time she got on the stage to pitch.

Debt Financing Fuels Your Growth - on Your Terms. Zero Dilution.

The landscape of startup financing is changing. Learn why SaaS founders are turning to debt capital options like revenue-based financing.

What Customer Demand and Your Startup Balance Sheets Imply about Your Startup's Strategy

Tom Tunguz

Among the most useful frameworks I’ve found to manage a company in this era is the 2×2 matrix above. This matrix answers the question: what should the company’s stance be. It also raises the question: when should it change?

Are startup CEOs happy?

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The post Are startup CEOs happy? The best start-up CEOs are: driven. unhappy if they are not building. truly enjoy doing great things with their team. are grateful for those on the journey with them. want very happy employees. incredibly proud of the crazy things everyone has pulled off.

What makes a startup a huge success?

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Q: What makes a startup a huge success? The post What makes a startup a huge success? My definition of “success” has changed over time. Yours may well too: At first, just being part of something “successful” was enough. Just being part of a hot start-up working with great people.

Meet Gunars Grundstoks: Startup Digest Curator in Latvia

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As an original co-founder and board member of TechHub Riga, the first TechHub expansion from London, I cultivate collaborative spaces for emerging entrepreneurs and tech startups to come together to learn, share, and grow. Why did you decide to start curating Startup Digest?

AR Management Playbook - Secrets to Reduce AR Aging and Increase Cash Flow

If you’re like many SaaS startups, billing and payment management is a big challenge. With this playbook, we’ll show you how to implement an AR management process to handle late payments, subscription renewals, and other recurring billing functions.

A Look Ahead to Techstars Startup Weekend in 2020: More Connected than Ever Before

TechStars

As we get ready to ring in 2020, we’re thrilled to announce some exciting new additions to our Techstars Startup Weekend programs. We’ve seen great successes at events like Global Sustainable Revolution and Global Startup Weekend Women , which we’d like to build on in 2020. .

Techstars Startup Weekend Goes Small Town: The Small Town Tech Advantage

TechStars

To do so, we are working with community leaders from across the States to support the first ever Techstars Startup Weekend Small Town Advantage Initiative, and we are super excited about it. Accelerators small town advantage Startup Weekend

Startup Reads: 11 Books Every Early-Stage Entrepreneur Should Read

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I haven’t always been a big reader, but I’ve got more into it over the past few years of working with startups. The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses , by Eric Ries. Know what the biggest startup killer is?

Setting up for early success as a SaaS startup

SaaStock

On this week’s podcast, we talk with Cristina Vila, Founder of Cledara, which was crowned the Best SaaS Startup of 2018 during SaaStock18 in Dublin last year. . What’s the most important feature of a Best SaaS Startup. SaaS Revolution Show Product Startups

4 Competencies of a Successful Sales Team

Speaker: Collin Stewart, Co-Founder & Co-CEO, Predictable Revenue

As you scale your SaaS business, you want to be armed with all the necessary tools to ensure optimal growth, which ultimately stems from how effective your sales team is. After identifying that you have a great product that the market needs, the next step is to determine if you have the proper messaging, if you are using the correct channels, and if you have the most effective tactics in place. Join Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Predictable Revenue Collin Stewart to learn how to use this formula to fast-track your startups’ growth journey.

Mental Models for Hiring Salespeople at Startups

Tom Tunguz

When you interview salespeople for your startup, do you consider their experience at a market leader or market challenger? Few startups have answered these questions at the early stage. These are two mental models that are useful in evaluating salespeople and matching them to the stage of the startup Have you ever sold a product while working at the market leader? How about from the market challenger?

What is your advice for startup CEOs?

SaaStr

Q: What is your advice for startup CEOs? But if you deep down aren’t sure you want to do this startup for 10 years, assuming it does even just reasonably well … then you don’t have the fire. The startups that can build more great software, faster, often win.

Six Startup Disciplines for Challenging Times

Tom Tunguz

Speaking with startups, I’ve collected a list of disciplines that are going to become very important in the next period. Some startups may face meaningful attrition within their customer bases. I wrote earlier this week about estimating the impact to growth rates during this challenging time. First, transparent communication. David Sacks wrote Happy Talk versus Hard Talk , which is an excellent post on how to communicate during a crisis.

Why Your Startup's Org Chart is Limiting Your Growth

Tom Tunguz

This is the theoretically ideal organizational chart of a startup. This is the org chart of the typical startup. As a startup evolves from product market fit to scaling, organizational design becomes an executive imperative.

Design Hacks for Non-Designers: Ask Expert Laura Klein

Speaker: Laura Klein, Principal at Users Know and Author of UX for Lean Startups

We all have to make quick decisions about product interfaces, and there's not always a designer around when you need one. That doesn't mean that you're doomed to failure, though. Learn a few really common user experience design mistakes and how to avoid making them. Join UX designer and product management expert Laura Klein for a no-holds-barred Ask Me Anything session on UX design. Laura—principal of Users Know and author of Build Better Products and UX for Lean Startups—has over 20 years of experience helping companies innovate responsibly and improve their product development processes.

Should Your Startup Differentiate On Pricing?

Tom Tunguz

Startups are innovation machines. They identify market opportunities, develop novel products and go out to change the world. Some companies want to change the world in one dimension: a better product or a disruptive go-to-market.

What is the reality of startup life?

SaaStr

The post What is the reality of startup life? A few things that surprise you especially as a founder: Things are sort of … slooow. Yes, lots is always seemingly going on at a start-up. But the reality is, major releases happen only a few times a year.

Which Categories of Seed Startups are Thriving? Which Aren't?

Tom Tunguz

Which sectors see more startup company formation than others? Eight years ago, there were nearly zero AI startups seeded. Blockchain - another exponential curve that shows growth from 0 to 200 startups in eight years. The answer has changed quite a bit over the last 8 years.

The State of the Startup IPO Market

Tom Tunguz

Over the weekend, there was quite a bit of press about the challenged state of startup IPOs this year. As the sentiments in the markets shift, they will impact startup valuations.

Why You Should Consider Eliminating the Title “Implementation Consultant” from Your Startup

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I’ve worked with several startups that fell into the following pattern: Selling a SaaS application at a healthy price (e.g., HR Organizational Behavior Professional Services SaaS Startups Uncategorized Venture Capital Implementation Consultant organization design PSO

Mary Grove on the origins of Google for Startups & Startup Weekend

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From Google for Startups to Startup Weekend to Rise of the Rest and beyond, Mary Grove is passionate about community-driven change, and helping make it happen. Over 14 years, she went from working on the IPO deal team to starting Google for Startups. Startup Grind.

What Customer Demand and Your Startup Balance Sheets Imply about Your Startup's Strategy

Tom Tunguz

Among the most useful frameworks I’ve found to manage a company in this era is the 2×2 matrix above. This matrix answers the question: what should the company’s stance be. It also raises the question: when should it change?

Startup Founders’ Guide to Software Outsourcing

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It’s a big challenge to reach business growth in a time when thousands of startups are founded on a daily basis. There are many reasons why a lot of startups fail: wrong budget management, uncertain business objectives, lack of expertise, etc.

The Most Frequent Mishire in Startups

Tom Tunguz

The most frequent mishire in startups is the first head of marketing. Each of these kinds of marketers have critical skills for a startup. Though the startup may have achieved product market fit, the company may not understand the fit. Many different disciplines fall under marketing’s purview. The question facing founders recruiting marketers is: which is the most important to prioritize?

How can anyone start a big business by small startup?

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Q: How can anyone start a big business by small startup? A Fortune 100 company doesn’t want to risk everything with a raw startup. The post How can anyone start a big business by small startup? Why would any big business take a risk on a start-up? They wouldn’t.

Selling Your Startup? 5 Things To Think About

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The post Selling Your Startup? A few more existential thoughts & learnings if you get an offer to buy your start-up: 1. The “quality”/brand of the acquirer is less important than we tend to think. Selling is selling. It’s not yours anymore.

The Startup Funding & Financing Guide

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There are more funding and financing options for startups today than there ever have been before. There’s also been an explosion in debate and transparency about navigating startup funding and financing. Let’s explore the funding and financing options for your startup. Funding Your Startup. For Companies A, B, and C, they all exchanged equity for capital, leveraged debt, and used profits from customers to fund their startup.

Why Latinx In Tech Startup Weekends? To Develop the Next Gen of Latinx Entrepreneurs

TechStars

The world of tech startups and entrepreneurship is not diverse, and this lack of diversity can be mostly attributed to limited access to capital, network, and education for these historically underrepresented groups, including those who identify as Latinx. .

Series A SaaS Startup Benchmarks for 2018

Tom Tunguz

More money enables startups to achieve greater milestones before raising the next round. How far along was the typical SaaS Series A in 2018? The median business was at $1.8M in ARR and growing at 250%.