From Zero to Tech: Growing Startup Culture in Bhutan

TechStars

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.

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

TechStars

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.

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?

Growing a Startup Ecosystem in Louisville, KY

TechStars

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.

Design Hacks for Non-Designers: Ask Expert Laura Klein

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

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

How do VCs value startup?

SaaStr

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.

Meet Gunars Grundstoks: Startup Digest Curator in Latvia

TechStars

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?

Are startup CEOs happy?

SaaStr

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.

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

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.

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

Marc Nager & Dave Mayer on building rural startup communities

TechStars

Marc Nager, Co-founder of Startup Weekend, and Dave Mayer, Founder of Aspen Entrepreneurs, are pros at building ‘non-urban’ startup communities. Listen for insights into how Give First helped them grow startup ecosystems in Telluride, in Aspen, and beyond.

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

TechStars

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.

The Startup Funding & Financing Guide

Baremetrics

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.

Becoming the Partner of Choice for Startups

TechStars

For the past year, we’ve been promoting—both internally and externally—the concept of QBE becoming the “partner of choice” for startups. The need to collaborate with startups—and the benefits of collaborating—are unquestionable; however, too often we’ve seen partnerships fail and result in disillusionment on both sides. Here are a few of our key learnings for successful collaborations between corporations and startups.

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.

Announcing The 2020 Startup Sales Playbook

Close.io

We've been helping startups succeed in sales for years.and today we're taking it one step further. Learn from our friends at Predictable Revenue, PandaDoc , Vidyard , and LeadFuze —start accelerating your startup sales and lay the foundation for your future success. startup sales

A Mental Model for Prioritizing Your Startup's Energies

Tom Tunguz

I’ve playing with a new mental model for early-stage startups: a pendulum. At the moment a startup is founded, the business is product limited. This pendulum oscillates between the limiting factors of the business at different stages. There only two limiting factors in this mental model: product and go to market. You can’t do much without a product. After the company establishes product market fit, the pendulum swings to go-to-market.

How should startup founders think about exit strategies?

SaaStr

The post How should startup founders think about exit strategies? I think there are two different phases you’ll go through, and your exit strategy should evolve. Phase Early: You Can Be Killed. This is probably up until $8m-$10m ARR in SaaS, although it can vary.

“I Learn From Startups All The Time”—Comcast NBCUniversal LIFT Labs’ Danielle Cohn Has 4 Rules for Startup Mentors

TechStars

As she explained, “Really, our team was side by side with the startups the whole time they were in the program.” She and her team met with the 10 startups in the program every week, helping them refine what they were looking for from their other mentors. “We

When and how should SaaS startups offer reduced pricing?

SaaStr

The post When and how should SaaS startups offer reduced pricing? For most SaaS apps, you want to at least start with “just right”, Goldilocks pricing: Too high a price, and you start to add friction to the sales process. Deals take longer, leads shop other vendors, etc.

Sell More Faster: The Recipe for Startup Sales Success

TechStars

Sell More Faster is the book that every early-stage startup needs to help it find product-market fit. Every startup, at any stage, needs to get—and keep—more customers. You know your startup needs to sell, sell, sell. No Better Expert at Startup Selling.

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%.

Career Decisions: What To Look For In a Software Startup

Kellblog

So, you’re thinking of taking a job at a startup, but are nervous about the risk, perhaps having trouble telling one from another, and unsure about knowing what’s really important in startup success. Startups are about people.

Redpoint SaaS Startup Key Metrics Template

Tom Tunguz

Over the last decade or so, I’ve compiled a metrics sheet to summarise a SaaS business. While no living document like this is ever perfect, this is currently the best board-level summary of the overall health of a business I have found. I’m sharing it so that others may benefit and improve it. If you have suggestions, please email me. Redpoint SaaS Metrics Template. The template is broken into six sections: People, Bookings & Revenue, Cash, Sales, Marketing, Customer Success.

Techstars and Innovation Leader Reveal Best Practices for Leveraging Startups in Corporate Innovation

TechStars

Research shows corporations create coherent partnering and investing strategies with startups. Survey research found that large corporations range in their experience and willingness to work with startup entities.

The Two Dimensions of Startup Performance

Kellblog

When it comes to evaluating a startup’s performance, I think there are two key, orthogonal questions that need to be examined: Is the company delivering growth? Growth is the primary driver of value creation in a software startup. state of market, stage of startup).

Troy Henikoff on how #GiveFirst grew the Chicago startup ecosystem

TechStars

How does a startup ecosystem grow? Troy Henikoff , Managing Director of MATH Ventures and Co-founder of Excelerate Labs, which became Techstars Chicago, remembers the early days of Chicago’s startup ecosystem, and how #GiveFirst helped it grow.

Why Excel is a Startup’s Worst Enemy

CloudKettle

The post Why Excel is a Startup’s Worst Enemy appeared first on CloudKettle. SaaS Sales and Marketing B2B B2B SaaS excel Saas SaaS sales Salesforce startup killer subscription revenueThis blog post was born out of an off-hand tweet written by our President and Founder.

One Call to Make Before Picking Your Startup's Headquarters

Tom Tunguz

If you must choose a long term headquarters for your startup, call an executive recruiter who focuses in that city. After establishing product market fit, the startups grow their management team to scale. Startups typically promote several leaders from within the business and hire a few from outside. Without a large pool of talent to mine, a startup will struggle to hire teams. Some startups solve this problem with distributed teams.

Startup Founders’ Guide to Software Outsourcing

Incredo

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.

What are the core management roles in a SaaS startup?

SaaStr

The post What are the core management roles in a SaaS startup? There are plenty of folks to hire, but there’s a basic suite of VPs you’ll need to add on the way from $0.1m to $10m in ARR: Marketing, Sales, Customer Success, Product and Engineering.

Startup marketing: strategies for year one

Inside Intercom

The most important tasks for any early stage startup are to write code and talk to users. Founding a startup is a lot like this. I didn’t have a perfectly mapped out startup marketing strategy. A lot of startups spend untold time and resources cooking up some fancy marketing matrix when in fact you just need to have lots of real life conversations with like-minded people about their problems, and mutually explore how you can solve them.

The Benefits of and Questions Facing Remote and Distributed Startups

Tom Tunguz

Today, China, Brazil, India, Argentina, France, Ireland, Germany; you name it, there’s a startup with a remote office there. These new models afford startups flexibility in the way they build their companies and the talent pools to farm. In 2013, Scott Berkun authored a book called The Year Without Pants. Scott shared his experience working remotely for Wordpress.

What is the difference between a startup mentor and an angel investor?

SaaStr

The post What is the difference between a startup mentor and an angel investor? The best angels and seed investors can often serve the role of a mentor quite well, especially if they were CEOs or had similar operational experience.

Startup Sales: Everything You Need to Know About Building Your First Sales Team

Chart Mogul

But sales is the one thing founders cannot oversee — without it your startup will die. Startup founders are stretched thinly like silly putty. Without sales, your startup dies. Your startup sales playbook is your evergreen guide to securing happy, paying customers.

Which startup did you leave too early?

SaaStr

The post Which startup did you leave too early? My own. When we sold EchoSign to Adobe in 2011, we were profitable, doing $1m a month growing ~100% YoY, had 37% usage market share and 31% revenue market share, and the entire market was probably $50m in size.

Techstars Alumni Can Apply to the $5 Million 43North Startup Competition for Free

TechStars

The startup ecosystem in Buffalo, NY is on the rise. Today, Buffalo has more startups than ever, as well as a growing community of enthusiastic startup employees, customers, suppliers, mentors, and storytellers, all supporting this groundswell of entrepreneurial activity—more than Buffalo has seen in generations. All this made Buffalo the perfect city to launch our inaugural Techstars Startup Ecosystem Development Program—and made 43North the perfect partner. .

What successful startups were launched while the founders worked 9 to 5 jobs on the side?

SaaStr

The post What successful startups were launched while the founders worked 9 to 5 jobs on the side? I’m not aware of any huge successes in SaaS that were active side projects while the founders worked at different companies.

Lesa Mitchell joins The Heritage Group Accelerator Powered by Techstars to help startups disrupt legacy enterprises

TechStars

The Heritage Group (THG) and Techstars are working together to help entrepreneurs and startups disrupt these legacy industries through The Heritage Group Accelerator Powered by Techstars located in Indianapolis.

The Startup Founder's Almanac

Tom Tunguz

High Growth Handbook shines as a straightforward manual for startup founders. ” The longer I’m involved in the world of startups, the more firmly I believe this. I first met Elad Gil when I became an associate product manager at Google. Back then, he had an unusual habit I noticed right away. Most people carry their laptop in the same way. The laptop is closed, in hand, between the hand and the hip.