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5 common mistakes by first-time startup founders and how to avoid them

OnStartups

Startups are hard. If you’re a startup founder you already know these statistics and yet you are irrationally proceeding forward. This may seem like a gross generalization, especially since you probably just quit a job to launch your startup based on an idea you think is very good.

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Founder-Led Sales Strategies For Startups

Predictable Revenue

Breaking down sales strategies that founders and entrepreneurs need to adopt to amplify revenue, specially in startups. The post Founder-Led Sales Strategies For Startups appeared first on Predictable Revenue.

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The Complete Guide to Business Startup Costs

The Daily Egg

The post The Complete Guide to Business Startup Costs appeared first on The Daily Egg. The top challenge for small business owners is cash flow and the cost of running the business is the second biggest challenge.

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10 Tips to Avoid SaaS Burnout

SaaStr

One piece of “evidence” — a lot of fairly successful SaaS startups all sell at about the same point in time … about 5 years in. After the first year, the stress and drama of a startup will be too much on your family. Any startup can drive up its NPS.

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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.

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Building Startup Sales Teams: Tips For Founders

OnStartups

All the points below have been pulled from startup sales teams that I think work pretty well (including the team at CRM software company, HubSpot). Building Startup Sales Teams. First off, just to be clear, I’ve never been a sales person. I’ve never even played a sales person on TV.

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Dear SaaStr: When Should You Sell Your Startup?

SaaStr

Dear SaaStr: When Should You Sell Your Startup? Most startups never get a single good acquisition offer, ever. The post Dear SaaStr: When Should You Sell Your Startup?

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Startups: Tools Are Bought, Transformations Are Sold

OnStartups

One thing that I wish I had learned earlier in my entrepreneurial career is this: Tools are bought, transformations are sold. Here's a clip of a talk I gave at the SaaStr conference that elaborates on this. First, let's talk about the difference?

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Growing up without growing old: How to keep the startup spirit as you scale

Intercom, Inc.

“You grow into the big, bloated company once you stop being a startup” This talk I gave at Web Summit 2021 is about pushing back against that. Here, I dive into how to remain a startup, what to look out for as you scale, and how to grow up without growing old.

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VCs and The Three Types of Struggling Startups

SaaStr

So even more than usual, VCs have to decide what to do with their struggling startups. The thing is VCs know 3 almost conflicting things: The best startups just grow at an insane rate, at least most of the time. And yet … Almost all the top startups had one rough year.

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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.

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Dear SaaStr: How Do You Know If Your Startup Idea Already Exists?

SaaStr

Dear SaaStr: How Do You Know If Your Startup Idea Already Exists? And more data here on how 70% of SaaS public companies are just new versions of old ideas: (note: an updated Classic answer) The post Dear SaaStr: How Do You Know If Your Startup Idea Already Exists?

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ForgeRock: Top Startup Valuations Fell 19.95% in February and March

SaaStr

These platforms are used to trade shares in the largest, late-stage startups: Forge Global, which just SPAC’d / went public itself, found the clearing price for trades for top startups fell 10% in February and another 10% or so in March , after just starting to go down in January.

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Dear SaaStr: How Do VCs Verify a Startup’s Revenue?

SaaStr

Q: Dear SaaStr: How Do VCs Verify a Startup’s Revenue? The post Dear SaaStr: How Do VCs Verify a Startup’s Revenue? It varies based on the stage: Many pre-seed investors sort of take the founders’ word for it that their financials are accruate.

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How to prepare your startup for acquisition

Chart Mogul

Selling a startup can be an exhausting, overwhelming process, but the right preparation can make it much easier. 4x entrepreneur Andrew Gazdecki shares how you can better prepare yourself for your startup's acquisition, and make the journey a rewarding one.

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Scaling Your Startup and Getting Funded: Key Lessons from Seasoned Pros

Speaker: Brian Chang, Managing Director of Warburg Pincus & Scott Schwan, Chief Product Officer of A-LIGN

Scaling your SaaS business to the growth stage requires a strong product/market-fit, an optimized marketing funnel with repeatable sales processes, and a strategy for customer retention. But how do you truly get to that coveted phase of continued growth and profitability?

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Dear SaaStr: Why Do Most SaaS Startups Fail?

SaaStr

Dear SaaStr: Why Do Most SaaS Startups Fail? The post Dear SaaStr: Why Do Most SaaS Startups Fail? I’d like to suggest that web start-ups founded by quality teams often fail due to time. I know those hot start-ups seem to be lapping you, Growing faster, Raising bigger rounds.

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Practical Thoughts on Branding for Software Startups

Kellblog

In general, I think branding is a potential marketing rathole for startups, particularly early-stage ones. Some startups put the cart in front of the horse. For startups, fewer is better. For tech startups they tend to fall into a few patterns. (I’ll Who are we?

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Every Venture Backed Startup is Now Competing for Reserves

SaaStr

If as a VC you invested at $10m pre initially, and say it’s 2021 and that same startup is doing a 100x round at a $300m valuation, this early VC fund can pick and choose whether to invest more or not.

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Dear SaaStr: Do CEOs of Successful SaaS Startups Ever Have Any Free/Down Time?

SaaStr

Dear SaaStr: Do CEOs of Successful SaaS Startups Ever Have Any Free/Down Time? A related post here : Branson image from here The post Dear SaaStr: Do CEOs of Successful SaaS Startups Ever Have Any Free/Down Time?

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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.

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Startup marketing: strategies for year one

Intercom, Inc.

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.

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Startup 411: Building for Scale with Google Cloud, Stairwell, Mashvisor, and Inworld.ai (Video)

SaaStr

To convert an idea into a successful venture, startups need to be equipped to scale. Hiring a reliable team is an all-encompassing issue where startups dive in head-first but fail to optimize it for success. . Startups have ups and downs.

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5 Tips For Choosing The Best Domain Name For Your Startup

OnStartups

Finding a domain name for a startup is tricky. Finding a Great Startup Domain Name. By doing so, a startup establishes a solid brand clients will remember. As a startup, you often can't compete, nor are you likely to have the resources to do so.

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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. The Startup day will offer mentoring, coaching, pitch practice, a masterclass and many other essentials to the success of any SaaS startup. The startup is comprised of expert researchers from academia and financial markets.

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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.

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Dear SaaStr: What Were Aspects of Your Startup That Were Easier Than Anticipated?

SaaStr

Dear SaaStr: Dear SaaStr: What Were Aspects of Your Startup That Were Easier Than Anticipated? More here : The post Dear SaaStr: What Were Aspects of Your Startup That Were Easier Than Anticipated?

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Dear SaaStr: What Happens When a VC Loses All Their Money on a Startup Investment?

SaaStr

Dear SaaStr: What Happens When a VC Loses All Their Money on a Startup Investment? The post Dear SaaStr: What Happens When a VC Loses All Their Money on a Startup Investment? It’s a question being asked more often these days, unfortunately. And the answer?

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Dear SaaStr: What is the Process You Follow When Investing in an Up-and-Coming Startup?

SaaStr

Dear SaaStr: What is the Process You Follow When Investing in an Up-and-Coming Startup? There are too many startups out there that want to meet, have coffee, do a Zoom, etc. A strong warm referral (“this is the best startup I’ve met this year”) is a clear Must Meet.

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Guess the Startup

Tomasz Tunguz

I’m going to tell you a bit about two startups and I’d like you to guess the name of each company. Both startups provide database software to developers to build applications.

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Scaling to the Masses - Fit Your Product for a Larger User Base

Speaker: Dustin Smith, Sr. Product Manager, Incubator

The classic product story goes like this: A small team puts a great idea to work. Said idea becomes a wildly successful app. Team makes lots of money and attracts talent from all over the globe, quickly dotting the map with international offices. In a matter of years, a very small company becomes a global superpower. Romantic notions aside, the story neglects to mention the most essential variable to product success: scalability. If a product can't withstand a growing user base and diverse team, it'll never leave the think tank. Whether you're running a small startup or trying to get your idea to take off in a large corporation, you'll need the right tools and the perspective to scale your product. Join Dustin Smith, Senior Product Manager of the Innovation Incubator at Indeed, and learn how to scale your product for greatness.

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Dear SaaStr: Why Are We Seeing Such a Big Drop in Startup Fundraising?

SaaStr

Dear SaaStr: Why Are We Seeing Such a Big Drop in Startup Fundraising? Cooley is one of the top law firms representing startups , and so they have data that no one else quite has. The post Dear SaaStr: Why Are We Seeing Such a Big Drop in Startup Fundraising?

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Why Big Companies Buy Startups

SaaStr

There are a lot of subtle pros and cons and issues, but for most Big Tech Companies, the pro to buying a startup is time and scale: Being able to enter a space or category quicker. The post Why Big Companies Buy Startups appeared first on SaaStr.

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The People Roadmap for Startups

Tomasz Tunguz

Startups create products. When a business is ready to scale, a startup ought to develop an organizational roadmap. The question for early-stage startups is how to start building this structure. Most startups begin either with a product marketer or a demand generation specialist.

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Is Every SaaS Startup Worth Half of What It Was Last Year?

SaaStr

But what about startups? Most VC funds “carry” startup investments at their last round price, unless their value has been materially impaired. Even if the startup isn’t quite a rocketship anymore, most smaller VC funds will stay hold it at the same value.

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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.

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Dear SaaStr: What Are Some Signs a StartUp Team is Going to Underperform or Overperform?

SaaStr

Dear SaaStr: What Are Some Signs a StartUp Team is Going to Underperform or Overperform? The post Dear SaaStr: What Are Some Signs a StartUp Team is Going to Underperform or Overperform? Let me take a stab at signs a team will be underperforming.

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The Top 5 Mistakes European Startups Make in US Expansion

Kellblog

Bernard , Suranga , Alice , Rob ) as well as my other European startup colleagues (e.g., The US poses numerous, often unique, challenges for a European technology startup. With that introduction, I believe the top five mistakes European technology startups make in US expansion are: 1.

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Dear SaaStr: Is it Bad to Leave a Failing Startup?

SaaStr

Dear SaaStr: Is it Bad to Leave a Failing Startup? If you’re a critical resource and leave a struggling startup — would that increase the odds it fails? The beauty to startups is its OK if they fail and it won’t hurt your resume, not usually.

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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. are usually pretty excited to get to work on Monday. but … happy themselves? It’s just … a bit too hard for “happy”. A bit too hard on the family. A bit too hard hitting the plan each and every year.

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100 Pipeline Plays: The Modern Sales Playbook

For the first time, we’re sharing the winning plays that took us from scrappy startup to a publicly traded company. Use our proven data-driven plays to grow your pipeline and crush your revenue targets.