How to prepare your startup for acquisition

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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.

Using NBA Metrics to Scout Superstar Startups

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In fact, just as in tech companies, many sports franchises are trying to … The post Using NBA Metrics to Scout Superstar Startups appeared first on Andreessen Horowitz. Uncategorized go-to-market key startup metrics

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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. For startups, the challenges are simple: Stay alive, Introduce and validate their product idea, and. I will go out on a limb and say to my corporate friends that the onus falls a little more on you than the startup.

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. Using the Techstars’ startup ecosystem development model—with a focus on the interactions between attitudes, actors, and activities—the findings of the assessment include analysis of Louisville’s culture, capital, talent, institutions and density.

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.

The Compare Game For Startup Community Leaders

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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. One of my mantras is this: Startup communities are like children—they should never be compared. Startup community building is a nuanced game with a thousand small actions that hopefully conspire to create an environment where great things can happen.

My Top 8 Mistakes Investing in SaaS Startups

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The post My Top 8 Mistakes Investing in SaaS Startups appeared first on SaaStr. Q: What are some of the most costly mistakes done by novice investors?

Techstars and HBCUvc Launch 10-City Startup Weekend Tour to Promote Diversity in Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital

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October 2, 2019 – Techstars , the worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs succeed, and HBCUvc , a nonprofit fellowship program providing Black and Latinx students with training and mentorship in venture capital, today announced the launch of a joint 10-city Startup Weekend tour across the country. In just 54 hours, participants will experience the highs, lows, fun and pressure that make up life at a startup. . Diversity Startup Week diversity and inclusion Startup Weekend

Introducing the SaaStock Asia Startup Program

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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. The feat was so impressive that Cristina ended up winning the SaaStock ‘Best SaaS Startup of 2018’ competition. The Startup Program Day. Articles SaaStock Asia Startups

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. Your pitch, your team, your metrics, your market position, your vision, your TAM, your everything, should honestly and transparently but aggressively and positively show how you can be an outlier. It is hard to make money as a VC, as odd as that may sound.

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.

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. 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.

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? What role does startup culture play in a country that measures success via Gross National Happiness rather than Gross Domestic Product? . Techstars Startup Weekend Bhutan (Women). This is the remarkable story of a country building a startup culture from the ground up.

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. The post 15+ of The Top Sales & Marketing Mistakes SaaS Startups Make appeared first on SaaStr. A little while back we put together some of the top sales & marketing mistakes SaaS companies and founders make, especially in the early days.

5 Things that Kill Startups with Y Combinator

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Y Combinator CEO Michael Seibel is featured in one of our most-watched SaaStr videos of all time — so we were delighted to have him back during our SaaStr at Home event to share the top 5 things that kill startups after their seed rounds, and how to avoid them. In this tactical session, he highlights the trends he’s seen most commonly seen in startups that die and offers insights on the causes, symptoms, and solutions. #1 Startup in a space you have organic insights in.

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.

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. While I’m a curator at StartupDigest for Latvia, I’m also an active supporter of the burgeoning startup scene in the Baltic Rim and Nordic countries. Why did you decide to start curating Startup Digest? Hello Gunars! Could you briefly introduce yourself?

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. That was all I wanted at first. This was my first start-up job. It was great. Then, I just wanted to be a founder and build something successful and have an “exit”.

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.

Setting up for early success as a SaaS startup

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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. . The aptitude for entrepreneurship only increased from there, and on June 30th, 2018, Cristina left the startup she had been working for in order to start her own. What’s the most important feature of a Best SaaS Startup. In 2019, we will be running our signature startup program at each of our events around the world.

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.

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

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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. Techstars Startup Weekend is a hyper-inclusive, 54-hour event that lets you experience the highs, lows, fun, and pressure that make up life at a startup. Accelerators small town advantage Startup Weekend

Becoming the Partner of Choice for Startups

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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.

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

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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. . The verticals themselves have been chosen based on the most popular Startup Weekend verticals. Thinking of running a Startup Weekend in 2020? 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. This book may make you rethink why you’re building what your startup—but it will also surely help you tell your story better… or get you to work on something more aligned with your why. . 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?

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.

What is the reality of startup life?

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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. Really Big sales deals don’t close every day. I first came from a services business where everything was fast and mission critical (IPOs, $1b acquisition, financings, big corporate deals).

What is your advice for startup CEOs?

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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. Notwithstanding the prior point, you’re not the first to have done 98%+ of what you plan to do in your startup. The post What is your advice for startup CEOs?

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. One of the most common mistakes that many startup founders make is trying to do everything on their own thinking that it’s more effective and reliable.

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. Google for Startups very first partner was Startup Weekend, which Mary helped to spread from a few dozen to 140 countries, vastly broadening its impact. Google for Entrepreneurs – became Google for Startups.

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.

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. Unless, the gain way outweighs the risk. And yet … they do all the time.

The Startup Funding Bible: How to Raise Money Like a Unicorn

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From Facebook to Workday, Airbnb to Dropbox, fairytale stories of billion-dollar startups seem to be everywhere. In fact, the link between funding and startup success seems so ubiquitous that many startup founders race headlong into the maw of waiting investors without a second's hesitation.

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

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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. . For the past four years Techstars has partnered with the Kapor Center to focus on this opportunity—city by city—as we co-launched Latinx in Tech themed Startup Weekends across the U.S.

Micro Startup Acquisition: The Definitive Guide to Buying and Selling Small Startups

Neil Patel

The problem with selling your startup is the long exit time. Who wants to wait almost a decade to buy a startup when the face of tech is evolving at such a rapid pace? Micro startup acquisitions. Micro Startup Acquisitions: What Are They, and Why Should I Care?

Marc Nager & Dave Mayer on building rural startup communities

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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. Marc is the Co-founder of Startup Weekend, the former CEO of UP Global before it was acquired by Techstars, and Techstars Chief Community Officer after the acquisition. Techstars Startup Weekend.

Tracking the Trends: AI, WebRTC, Crypto, and Full Stack Startups

Andreessen Horowitz

Any one of these trends would be notable on its own, but we cover all four in this hallway-style chat, as a16z General Partner Chris Dixon talks … The post Tracking the Trends: AI, WebRTC, Crypto, and Full Stack Startups appeared first on Andreessen Horowitz.

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

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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 I’ve had a couple of startups myself,” she said. “I’ve She’s the first to say how much she learns from other startups. “I I work with startups every day, and it gives me a reality check when I have my own.

The Cadence: How to Turn Your SaaS Startup into an Army with David Sacks (Video + Transcript)

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Really, the better the startup is doing, the more chaos there is, because they’re growing faster, this isn’t a problem that you solve by not growing fast, this is actually caused by growing fast. So, the first insight is that there’s two key systems in a startup.

Your Startup is a Series of Cycles

Tomasz Tunguz

I used to think of a startup as a series of funnels. Startups should manage, cultivate, and foster their employees, and this will drive the cycle again with referrals, better employee brand, and greater success with future candidates. Modern leaders in each of the critical functions of startup teams have been telling me this for a while, describing it in different forms. There’s the customer conversion funnel, the recruiting funnel, the customer success funnel.