Category Archives: Growing new Business

HE SAID IT WAS THE STUPIDEST IDEA HE HAD EVER SEEN

The BBC’s weekly The Boss series profiles different business leaders from around the world.  When Abigail Forsyth first came up with the idea of making and selling reusable coffee cups, one of the first designers she approached to help was utterly dismissive.  Rather than being upset or deterred by the initial negativity they faced, Abigail says it made them determined to work as hard as possible to make the business a success. “It was a real wake-up call,” says the 48-year-old.  Fast forward to today, and KeepCup has now sold more than 10 million cups around the world. The company estimates that this has prevented some eight billion disposable ones going into rubbish bins.  Looking behind coronavirus, Abigail says she wants KeepCup to be seen as the business “that kick-started the demise of the disposable cup”.  Read More >>

FORMER GOOGLE HR CHIEF LASZLO BOCK AIMS TO REVOLUTIONIZE PEOPLE MANAGEMENT WITH HUMU

Laszlo Bock has become a household name in terms of HR due to his strategic take on the common department. Two and a half years ago, Bock co-founded a company, Humu, that helps executives ensure that teams are as productive and happy as possible. He leveraged his experience at Google and GE to develop what “nudges” or reminders, timed at just the right time to impact behaviors in a positive fashion. Bock describes the genesis of Humu, the technology behind these nudges, and the impact he intends to make at companies as a result of Humu. He believes that we are on the cusp of a revolution in human resources akin to the operations and manufacturing revolutions of a century ago. He takes inspiration from his parents, who immigrated from Romania and inspired change with their businesses in America.  Read More >>

Ready For Meat Grown From Animal Cells? A Startup Plans A Pilot Facility

Memphis Meats, a California based company, plans to build a pilot production facility to grow meat from animal cells. They have funds raised from high-profile investors including Bill Gates, Richard Branson and Kimbal Musk, as well as two giant players in the animal protein and feed space: Cargill and Tyson Foods. The company says its latest funding round has brought in $161 million in new investment. Memphis Meats is still technically made from animals, but helps fight against the environmental impact of livestock agriculture. Read More >>

5 Tips for Pitching Your Startup to Investors

Venture capitalists sit through hundreds of pitches a year. Entrepreneurs can make the most out of the opportunity by having their pitch stand out and have enough information to be taken seriously. If executed properly, entrepreneurs can obtain enough capital to jump-start their businesses. By cutting to the chase, investors can lean-in and gain interest right away. Having a specific potential market will increase the venture capitalists’ confidence in the company. Endorsements from fellow team-members in the company is endearing, and something investors like to hear. Automating demonstrations can prevent awkward glitches that can arise. The secret to funding is to have a buffer: ask for double the amount needed.  Read More >>

How To Measure The Performance Of Your Remote Startup Team

Hiring remote workers gives access to talent and cost savings. Remote workers tend to accomplish more in less time, experience lower levels of stress, feel more connected with their colleagues, and are less likely to quit their job. Today, no matter the location, budget or the skills needed, as long as there is an internet connection, a team can be built and managed. Remote employees can come with challenges as well. Without proper management, transparency, low reliability, poor communication, low productivity, and security issues can arise. Drawbacks can be avoided by hiring to delegate, having expectations quantified and qualified, and by shortening evaluation cycles. Read More >>

Start-ups: The Founding Team Is a Real Magic Bullet

The majority of new ventures fail prematurely.  A lot of this failure is due to a lack of collaboration within founding teams.  Important, early decisions are prone to conflict. Examples of these decisions include funding, development, etc.  Because tensions are so high, investors often look at the team-dynamic as much as the start-up product itself. Strong teams can overcome and navigate turbulence, leading them to success.  Founders of start-ups are in a unique situation, as they can build and craft their whole team from the ground-up. Teams should be made of both unique skills, and people with interpersonal skills.  The culture that the originating team sets usually lasts long after the staff rotates out.  Read More >>

Deciding How Much Equity to Give your Key Employees

The new trend within tech start-ups is giving offering potential talent equity shares.  Giving worthy job candidates a share of equity could be the difference of them picking your company over someone else’s.  This also motivates workers, and decreases employee turnover. Equity encourages employees to stay long-term, because they are motivated by the idea of the company enters the public stock-market, or if it is sold in the future.  Equity acts as a foreign currency, and the amount depends on timing, need, and expertise. It is also very good for attracting potential advisors to the company. Advisors can triple the value of a company, so the equity would eventually pay for itself.  Read More >>

The Science of Building Great Teams

While teamwork may have been fostered in youth, it is an incredibly useful skill in the workforce.  A study generated over five years of 19.9 million scientific papers and 2.1 patents showed that people produce more work in teams than as individuals.  Teams are more important than they used to be because there is much more to learn within a given field. When it comes to building the teams themselves, team-members’ ability to coordinate effectively trumps the individuals on the team’s respective talent.  Additionally, teams have their own level of intelligence, which is measured by a group’s ability to perform tasks. Read More >>    

Can Calculations help build a profitable startup?

 Entrepreneurs must perform certain calculations in order to evaluate their ideas against those characteristics, vision, and goals before proceeding further because every idea has different viability, validity, feasibility, capital requirement, and potential characteristics. Irrespective of the bussiness model whether it is on-demand, SaaS, e-commerce, the marketplace, subscription or others, the two most important key metrics in a startup are customer acquisition cost and customer lifetime value. Without a product, it is hard to obtain all the numbers necessary to perform calculations to validate the revenue model thus it is advisable to use figures from benchmark companies to understand the fixed costs, variable costs, how much it cost them to acquire the customers and a customers lifetime value. All these values help the founders to deduce the breakeven point after which the company will be profitable. This gives the founders an understanding of their big vision and helps them plan in advance without having much to lose. In conclusion, the objective is to estimate the viability and feasibility of the idea given your goals and resources. Better know this sooner than later in order to change execution strategy, market or idea.Read More>>

The science behind collective intelligence

A study carried on 19.9 million scientific papers and 2.1 million patents generated over 5 decades shows that teams produce more work than individuals do and the teams are getting bigger over time, It was further observed that these teams produced work that was more often cited than the work of an individual. It is strange that the team have a combined level of intelligence known as collective intelligence which is not really the sum of all intellects on the team. A study on collective was carried out on various teams by involving the members in solving visual puzzles, brainstorming and other exercises. It was concluded that teams performed better when the members were more perceptive to their teammate’s feelings and opinions, It also suggests that with more women on the team the success rate improved because woman are more perceptive and when turns were given to all the members to speak out rather than being dominated, teams performed significantly better. Thus it becomes imperial that a manager assembles and handles his team in order to reap the benefits of all the individual talents. Read More>>