Sending cold emails is a tough but highly effective way to form new relationships and generate new business. The average white collar worker receives 121 emails every day. The average business email is opened by 7.58 to 27.31% of its recipients, depending on its topic. When you send a cold email, the numbers are — to put it lightly — very much stacked against you. Despite this statistical disadvantage, it’s surprisingly easy to bring your cold email open rate (the percentage of recipients that open your email) and conversion rate (the percentage that respond to your email) far above the...Continue Reading →
Thanks to its ease of doing business and generous tax exemption for offshore companies, Hong Kong has become a major hub for technology startups and e-commerce businesses that sell to a global market. Until recently, one part of setting up and running a Hong Kong-based online business has been a major challenge: accepting payments. (more…)Continue Reading →
Sales are fundamental for every business and organization, Statistics show that traditional sales tactics remain effective and their value should never be underestimated. At the same time, however, new forms of sales techniques are emerging as businesses become more digital, connected and automated. By 2020, Gartner predicts that 85% of customer interaction with enterprises will be automated. With business increasingly being conducted online and new models such as software-as-a-service and crowdfunding emerging, the sales world is changing. From email conversion rates to PPC and optimized landing pages, there are many approaches, techniques and innovations to keep up with. Whether you’re...Continue Reading →
Christina Hawatmeh is the Founder and CEO of Scopio, a social image agency that streamlines the copyright process for user generated images and videos. 1. First of all, can you tell us a little about your role and what you do at Scop.io? I am the Founder and CEO, I invented the company as a social experiment during my masters at Columbia University, and fell in love with the power of images, and it has been 3 years now in the making. We streamline the copyright process for user generated images and videos in real-time. People get paid for their...Continue Reading →
Earlier this month, Stripe launched Relay — an API that lets online stores publish their products and sell them directly through apps like Twitter and ShopStyle. For example, a company that’s active on Twitter can tweet about a product, complete with a fully functional Buy Now button. Instead of clicking through to the merchant’s website and filling in a long order form, customers can buy products directly within Twitter, ShopStyle or any other supported apps. Relay makes it easier than ever for customers to shop for products online, avoiding the difficult process of working through a long, confusing checkout form on a...Continue Reading →
With a wide range of options and new players continuously entering the industry, it can be difficult to know which online payment solution will best compliment your startup’s ecommerce platform. We took our top choices in the market and break down the pro’s and con’s for you to help you make an informed choice. Before we get into the actual solutions, we think it’s important to cover the basic lay of the land to accepting payments online, and go into some important trends happening in ecommerce. After that we will give you our top payment solution choices, their features, and...Continue Reading →
With world famous startups like Snapchat and Beats, the Los Angeles, California startup scene is on the rise and gaining more and more attention. Venture capital in L.A. continues to rise, with incubators and accelerators like Amplify, Disney Accelerator, and Science Inc. are providing lots of early stage opportunity, and the diversity in these accelerators and venture firms is telling to the depth and diversity of the L.A. talent pool. Los Angeles top value for entrepreneurs is the opportunity it provides for the merger of technology and entertainment, with studios and entertainment agencies offering a strategic value to entrepreneurs that...Continue Reading →
The United Kingdom is home to over 30 startup accelerators that provide pre-seed funding to entrepreneurs in return for equity. Every year, they attract thousands of applicants from around the world, competing for a handful of positions in each programme. As a non-European entrepreneur you will not only need to beat the competition to get into the accelerator. You’ll also need a visa if the accelerator requires you to stay in the UK during the programme. Here’s the thing: There are five accelerators in the UK that can potentially give you an advantage in the visa process. These accelerators can...Continue Reading →
Chicago is a startup hub that does not have one defining characteristic. The tech community and coworking culture spreading throughout the city encompasses a variety of industries from social good and health tech, to food accelerators and real estate. Known for having one of the top ranking economies in the world in both size and diversity, Chicago attracts a highly educated talent pool, and stable infrastructure as the tech sector is split amongst diverse focuses. Chicago also has great funding opportunities with angel investors like Hyde Park Angels and Cornerstone Angels, to coworking spaces, incubators and accelerators like Lightbank, TechStars...Continue Reading →
As a bootstrapped company ourselves, we are always curious and inspired by the stories of companies who go from bootstrapping operations in the early days, to raising millions in VC capital just a few years later due to growth. There is a wealth of knowledge to learn from stories of how a company got from point A to point B, and our team was thrilled to get an insider interview from an example of one of those success stories with Brit + Co. Former employee of Apple and Google, Brit Morin, decided to pave her own path by combining her...Continue Reading →
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