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Know Formula for Most Effective Investor Update Email

Know Formula for Most Effective Investor Update Email

Let’s talk about crafting the perfect investor update. And more importantly, how to get them to respond. his is a must-follow rule for any communication, but especially true with the investor. ...

Instead of a Business Plan, write a Thesis Plan

Instead of a Business Plan, write a Thesis Plan

Plan which, instead of predicting your achievements and the results of those achievements, identifies the unknowns you plan to make known, aka the hypotheses you plan to validate ...

Trust Your Gut When Hiring for Your Startup

Trust Your Gut When Hiring for Your Startup

Hiring well is what defines success, but damn, it’s hard. And firing fast, after you find out things aren’t working, is even harder. ...

Are You Building a High-Performance Growth Hacking Team?

Are You Building a High-Performance Growth Hacking Team?

Growth hacking is a marketing strategy when the company can significantly improve its performance indicators by the continuous process of experimenting with innovative, non-standard and usually free ...

The Value of Inconvenient Design

The Value of Inconvenient Design

Over time, we’ve increasingly tied the value of technology to the revenue it can generate as opposed to the benefit it can deliver to the humans who use it. echnology makes seemingly inconvenient ...

Realistic Startup Fundraising Timeline

Realistic Startup Fundraising Timeline

Fundraising is an extraordinary process in the life of a startup. With a lot of luck it only takes a 1–2 months. Sometimes it takes nine to twelve months. ...

Building a Business Model – Follow the Money

Building a Business Model – Follow the Money

Startups will follow an established business model because it’s easier to get the traction that way. Or at least something that looks like traction. In fact, in a startup, it’s the other way around. ...

Learn More About Orios Venture Partners

Learn More About Orios Venture Partners

Orios Venture Partners look to back innovators who are working in unchartered territories, on ideas that have the potential to disrupt the traditional ecosystem. ...

The Power Of Early Beta Users

The Power Of Early Beta Users

you want to successfully launch an MVP, gain traction and end up building a valuable product, you should find your potential customers and collaborate with them ...

Why Training Your Customers is Extremely Important

Why Training Your Customers is Extremely Important

magine you could sit down with each one of your customers and show them the ropes of your product. Sure, it would be very effective, but can it scale? It turns out that sometimes, it can. ...

Tips to raise seed round manual for founders: strategies, pitch prep, valuation, traps, tips and more.

Tips to raise seed round manual for founders: strategies, pitch prep, valuation, traps, tips and more.

Seed investments today look more like the Series A. Founders guide to new age fund raising- what does it take to run a successful seed round? ...

Designers Need the “Regret Test”

Designers Need the “Regret Test”

What are the ethical responsibilities of companies that are able to manipulate human behavior on a massive scale? It’s a question one hopes technologists and designers ask themselves when building ...

What I learned from 100 Startups that raised seed capital

What I learned from 100 Startups that raised seed capital

Starting a company is difficult. Raising capital is a necessary step for many startups. It can be a frustrating process for first-timers ...

How to Build a Startup & Understanding Venture Capital

How to Build a Startup & Understanding Venture Capital

Many first-time founders seek advice when thinking about what ideas would be great for a startup company and receive the wrong advice. ...

Leadership Guide for First-time Founders

Leadership Guide for First-time Founders

Leadership can seem as though a person must be born with the wings of an angel. It can seem out of reach, difficult and not worth pursuing ...

The Startup Fundraising Dictionary

The Startup Fundraising Dictionary

Whether you’re new to the startup world as a current or aspiring founder your guide to the Players & Basic Terminology of the startup world ...

Inside Investor Expectations: A Pitch Deck Study

Inside Investor Expectations: A Pitch Deck Study

Building an effective pitch deck is a unique topic of conversation in the startup ecosystem. many early stage companies I speak with are still looking for guidance ...

First-time Founder’s Guide – How to Build Your Investor Pipeline

First-time Founder’s Guide – How to Build Your Investor Pipeline

As a founder, you should treat fundraising like you treat sales. And that means building a strong funnel and pipeline. Both funnels need to have a high volume of relevant and qualified leads at the ...

How to Build Your Startup Without Hiring A Single Person

How to Build Your Startup Without Hiring A Single Person

Expectations on founders have never been higher — not just from investors but from talented employees, too. Here’s how to create your way into business. ...

10 Steps to Perfect Your Startup Pitch

10 Steps to Perfect Your Startup Pitch

Pitching a startup to venture capitalists is like online dating, says Guy Kawasaki, who has pitched and been pitched to more times than he can count. ...