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How To Attract Potential Acquirers for your Startup

I was so sure that I would raise the money.

The whole board was convinced too.

After two long years of hard graft, Spotnight—our mobile app to show you the quirkiest places to go out—finally had traction among a...

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How to Test your Startup Idea with a Landing Page

So you have a new product idea . . . what should you do? Hire a designer, raise seed capital, learn to code? Here’s why you might be avoiding the most obvious answer.

This advice isn’t new. It came out...

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The 3 Daily Mantras Every CEOs Should Repeat

If you’ve ever worked at a startup, you know how chaotic it can get. New issues, new opportunities, and new ideas come out of nowhere. Like a roller coaster, it’s fast and it gets the adrenaline pumping.

But...

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Core Product Principles for Early-Stage Startups

Every new tech product starts with a simple idea. But in the brutal battle of creation, things can get complicated fast. The focus shifts from the big picture to the details, new ideas keep coming, and the scope starts to inflate...

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How To Run Effective Customer Interviews

Common wisdom says to speak with potential users to check that people want something before building it. So I did—but it didn’t go according to plan.

Several years ago, I created a mobile app called Spotnight that...

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How to Lead a Team Through a Crisis

As a young founder, my heroes were the leaders of great tech companies—CEOs like Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg and Elon Musk. I’d watch them being interviewed and admire how they seemed to have it all figured out....

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How to Use Permissions and Commitments to Make Meetings Shorter

Starting meetings with three simple questions can help you control even the most difficult of participants.

Meetings are unavoidable. Team meetings, planning meetings, feedback meetings, one-on-ones, reviews, retrospectives,...

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How to Manage Perfectionism on your Team

What’s the most common answer to the question, ‘What’s your biggest weakness?’ Of course, it’s, ‘I’m a bit of a perfectionist.’ For many of us, perfectionism is a humble brag. My...

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How to Coach Your Team and Get The Result You Want

If you’ve ever found it difficult to get the results you want from other people, try this simple management technique.

Like most of the founders I meet, when I started my first business, I was new to managing...

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The Key Elements of a Startup’s Vision

We expect our leaders to have a ‘vision’. If you’ve ever felt your vision was hard to capture, you’re not alone.

The term vision was always too fluffy for my liking. It...

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