While “hacking” used to have a negative connotation, in today’s give-it-to-me, and-give-it-to-me-now mentality, creating shortcuts by testing different growth hacking tactics is the fastest way to turn a profit and complete world domination. While the biohacking industry booms, growth-hacking has taken over the startup world as an aggressive, analytical way for companies to grow their website traffic and customer base. It’s not enough to grow at a steady pace, investors want to see results, and the want to see them yesterday. (And by “results” we mean “ROI”, “cash”, “da money”.) Through various simple tests, optimizations and improvements, companies can collapse...Continue Reading →
We spent weeks reading hundreds of guides on remote working to compile 50 of the best resources that will help startups understand it’s never been easier to manage a distributed team. The following resources and guides will show you how, and why, you should seriously be considering remote working at your startup. Working Remotely It’s Clearly Undefined, but Telecommuting is Fast on the Rise – This New York Times article discusses the rise of the remote workforce and who is a ‘typical’ telecommuter. 10 Good Reasons Why Working Remotely Makes Sense – Ten reasons and examples why telecommuting is here...Continue Reading →
Silicon Valley might be the startup capital of the U.S., but that doesn’t mean it’s necessarily the best place to start a company. When considering taking your startup overseas, there are a number of factors you must take into consideration – starting with visa regulations. Visa offerings and regulations vary widely from country to country. Not only do all countries have different rules and procedures, but they also treat people coming in from foreign countries differently. An American citizen trying to move to the United Kingdom will have different restrictions and requirements than a citizen coming in from an European...Continue Reading →
Simple Strategies for Startups to Improve Teamwork Teamwork is a vital part of any company, but even more so for startups when the work environment and culture requires all hands on deck working closely together all the time. In the end, teamwork comes down to cooperation and communication and without it, your business can certainly suffer. While the terms “teamwork” or “team building” may bring visions of company retreats practicing trust falls, in actuality building team morale, trust and productivity doesn’t have to involve pricey trips or clichéd exercises. 20 Teamwork Strategies So, if you’re looking for how to improve...Continue Reading →
We reached out to 50 startup entrepreneurs to ask them to share their top 3 social media marketing tips. Hopefully you’ll be able to use some of the advice shared here with your own social media marketing strategies. Tom Tunguz , Redpoint Ventures Create evergreen content that you can recycle and resyndicate. The SEO benefits are substantial. At the beginning, quantity matters a lot. It’s critical to establish a cadence for your readership, so that they keep coming back and they are rewarded with new content. Network with the influencers in your sector and build rapport with them online. They...Continue Reading →
While we naturally think our own newsletter is one of the best tech newsletters delivered on a weekly basis (feel free to subscribe above), we are also fans of many other tech, marketing and design newsletters. What follows is a selection of our favourites. Feel free to check them out and consider subscribing for a dose of tech, design, marketing and other great content delivered to your inbox weekly. Startups & Tech Andy Croll’s Bootstrapping Newsletter – Andy selects a different topic each week and add’s his own commentary to great bootstrap focused content from around the web. SaaS Weekly by Hiten Shah –...Continue Reading →
We reached out to over 50 startups to ask them how they manage their code to hopefully pass on some useful tips you can use when managing your codebase. Heaps of great responses, so grab a coffee, sit back, and let’s geek out. A big thank you to the Raygun team for sponsoring this group interview. If you want to build better software and keep your users happy, Raygun is an amazing error tracking system for software developers. Keep your software healthy and your users happy with Raygun. Get started for FREE today . — We use git, with a...Continue Reading →
The biggest challenge is that most of the times you think that you don’t have resources. You’d like to grow your team but you don’t have resources, you’d like to get national coverage but you have no budget to do what RedBull does, you’d like more customers but… you get it. Solution: I’ve studied a lot what the most successful people do – having done interviews in TV/Events with Jeff Bezos, Steve Ballmer, Al Gore, Seth Godin, Tony Robbins and hundreds more – and I keep seeing common patterns. The solution is always the same. 1) Complaining is not a...Continue Reading →
In business, it often seems like bigger is better… but is that really the case? We’re always hearing that your business should “grow bigger” and “grow faster”. “Most fast and break things” is the common Silicon Valley advice. But is this right? Well, the answer is complicated. The answer is “it depends”. But, before we jump into some of the many benefits of not growing large, let’s first examine some things that are small and perfect just the way they are: Would you want those any bigger? I wouldn’t either. But enough (tiny)horse-play, let’s get into the real reasons and...Continue Reading →
We reached out to 80 startup founders and asked them to share their best productivity tips, tricks and hacks that you can hopefully learn from. Check out part one if you have not yet read the great tips there, and below you’ll find the remaining 40 hot tips you’ll want to test and use to increase your productivity. — When you get an urgent (but not necessarily important) email from a customer or co-worker… WAIT. Don’t jump in and solve the problem right away. Keep working on what you are working on and in a few hours I find most...Continue Reading →
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