Andris Berzins on Get feedback on your future startupVC investor, former startup founder, startup activist, weekend warrior3 months ago
How can I focus on a very specific market segment when I have to pitch VCs with a story about a massive market opportunity? Surely this means I have to start off selling to a broad range of customers? I hear founders struggling with this conundrum a lot. The answer is that at the very early stage you have to focus super-sharp on a small niche, but have a compelling argument and data for why that represents the tip of a very big iceberg. Without extreme focus, it is extremely hard to make good progress delighting your first set of customers. Which is why I keep drilling many young startups on focus.... The last TechChill conference in Riga had a great talk by Patrick Lee of Rotten Tomatoes who explained this very well: https://youtu.be/iIPYtvUr9MA
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Andris Berzins on Get feedback on your future startupVC investor, former startup founder, startup activist, weekend warriorabout 1 month ago
Great podcast with James Currier of NFX interviewing Keith Rabois, legendary startup co-founder and investor, now with Founders Fund. Keith talks about what a contrarian really is, how important teams are in determining startup success, all with fantastic stories from Square, PayPal and his other startups and investments. https://www.nfx.com/post/how-contrarians-think-with-keith-rabois/
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👌thx for sharing Andris Berzins
Andris Berzins on Get feedback on your future startupVC investor, former startup founder, startup activist, weekend warrior2 months ago
This is a fantastic detailed post on what it takes to be Series A ready. By Louis Coppey of Point Nine Capital. https://medium.com/point-nine-news/9-tricks-to-be-series-a-ready-f93b2a050c85
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Andris Berzins on Get feedback on your future startupVC investor, former startup founder, startup activist, weekend warrior3 months ago
Building a startup is hard. But there are great lessons to learn from other successful teams. On their tenth anniversiary the Supercell team just listed ten +1 great pieces of advice for building a great company. Almost all applicable to any business: https://supercell.com/en/news/10-learnings-10-years/7436/
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Hi qooritos! How to train your creativity muscle? A vital part of today’s startup is content marketing. Not only you show that you an industry expert with interesting insights, but over time can share long term vision and it becomes easier to lead others. Unfortunately, you cannot get lots of help from copywriters, since they will be telling their version of future, not yours. So how to keep those content ideas coming? Sharing what works for me. First, always be for lookout for some interesting ideas: whether its a chat with friend, colleague, or news article. The world is full of ideas and as an expert you will naturally react to it. As CEO, you will get privillege of exposure of even more ideas: feedback from customers, employees, industry experts. Some ideas resonate with you, some are b*#&! - either reaction is great. Mark all of them down on the paper so you don’t forget. You will likely discard 90% of the ideas as not newsworthy, but thats ok! Train you creativity muscle. My friend shared the story of Onion writer, who had to produce 25 content sketches per week. No excuses. Initially it sounds hard or almost impossible, but after few weeks it becomes as normal as brushing your teeth. The awesome side-effect is that this creativity spills into product as well. As long as you can filter out crappy ideas in objective way - you are good! Finally, some ideas expire. My product and industry (CityNow - real estate interactive map and news outlet) is changing rapidly. Sometimes I look into sketches of content which I started a month ago, and don’t get excited anymore to write about it or the news are no longer relevant to the audience. It feels like fishing - the fun and productive part is 1% of the time spent. But maybe tomorrow you will get inspiration for your best PR idea? Ready to train your muscle? Write us ([email protected]) your 5 ideas, how you would improve CityNow product and help us. Also let me know what you would like to hear about and lets make it interactive :) Cheers
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