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?

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

TechStars

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.

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.

4 Competencies of a Successful Sales Team

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Design Hacks for Non-Designers: Ask Expert Laura Klein

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

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.

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 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. .

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.

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

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 Early Discipline of Remote Startups

Tom Tunguz

In a recent interview, Sid Sijbrandij, the founder of Gitlab observed something about remote teams that I think is absolutely true. I’ve seen it in many of the remote/distributed companies we work with. He said: Remote forces you to do the things you should be doing any way earlier and better. As company scale, they need to develop infrastructure to successfully manage and coordinate large numbers of people.

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.

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.

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.

SaaStr Comes to Art Basel!! December 5 at 500 Startups Miami!

SaaStr

Come join us on December 5 hosted at 500 Startups Miami for an evening of SaaStr talk, mentorship, unicorns, VCs and more. Make plans to escape it, join the fun of Art Basel in Miami all week , and hop over to SaaStr-at-Art Basel at 500 Startups on Dec 5!

Knowable and Audio Startups

Andreessen Horowitz

And while I very much enjoy the feel and smell of physical books, lately, I’m far more likely … The post Knowable and Audio Startups appeared first on Andreessen Horowitz. I love reading — learning new things, taking in new information — whether via books, podcast, video, news, comics, or other form.

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.

“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

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%.

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.

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

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.