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?

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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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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. .

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?

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.

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.

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

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.

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 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?

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?

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

How can anyone start a big business by small startup?

SaaStr

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.

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. .

What makes a startup a huge success?

SaaStr

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.

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.

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.

5 Growth Hacking Ideas for Startups

Teamgate

Startups – they can either be exciting, scary or both at the same time. But growing a startup (and keeping it afloat) is easier now more than ever. For the past years, growth hacking has been the way to go to make even the newest startups flourish. .

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.

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.

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%.

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.

“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

Is there a successful startup that has outsourced its MVP?

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Q: Is there a successful startup that has outsourced its MVP? The post Is there a successful startup that has outsourced its MVP? It’s more common than you think. We partly outsourced our MVP at Adobe / Sign.

What should a startup know before rejecting an outside investor?

SaaStr

Q: What should a startup know before rejecting an outside investor? Startups are … raw. And startup investment periods are often compressed. And yet … and yet when you see a startup you think is in the top 5%, you want to invest.

What is the core difference between a startup and an established firm?

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Q: What is the core difference between a startup and an established firm? The core difference is startups can execute without regard to legacy products, people, and systems. Startups are still startups when the majority of their efforts are toward doing something new.