Five ways to make yourself more efficient and cut down on decision fatigue

There is such a thing as decision fatigue. This means the more decisions you make in a day, the worse your choices become. This is an important phenomenon for entrepreneurs to be aware of, because they tend to have to make a lot of decisions on a daily basis.When starting a company, there are so many things coming at you--many of them you never expected--that the idea of … [Read more...]

So you founded a startup, now what?

      Raising capital is a crucial process in building a successful company. In the digital age, there are an array of paths that can be taken when it comes to raising capital. However, prior to even considering an investment strategy a company must demonstrate that it knows what it’s doing. It is imperative to know your … [Read more...]

How to kickstart your startup’s marketing efforts

As a founder, launching a startup is a grueling process. Late nights of meticulous planning in an effort to deliver a polished product almost always takes the lead over marketing efforts. However, to truly be successful, having a solid marketing plan in place come launch is a necessity. While every product will have its own tailored launch strategy, let's take a look at some … [Read more...]

How to stand out at tech startup conferences

Tech startup conferences attract startups from all walks of life--big and small, new and old, east and west coast, VC funded, or still on the lookout for funding. If you’re anyone or anything on the tech scene, it is essential to put in the time and show up at the conference. While showing up is half the battle, it is also not enough. There are certain rules and protocols which … [Read more...]

The U.S. pet industry: How it’s the perfect foundation for getting into franchising

The pet industry is incredibly lucrative right now in the United States and all signs indicate that it isn't going anywhere. And if you are thinking of starting a business, getting into this particular industry has a number of distinct advantages.Do What You LoveThere's almost nothing as important as job satisfaction. When you are happy with your work, your whole life … [Read more...]

Going to business rather than business school

Quentin Tarantino, when asked what film school he went to, famously said, “I didn’t go to film school, I went to films.” Many of the most successful entrepreneurs took a similar approach, forgoing business school and going straight to business. I did it myself.In many cases, going direct to business means you can expect to fail--possibly many times--before you ultimately … [Read more...]

The most crucial piece of advice entrepreneurs will never read online. Until now.

Entrepreneurs with the goal to launch the next 'Uber' are constantly turning to VCs, colleagues and industry experts for the crucial advice and insights they will need to build a successful online marketplace. It makes complete sense as many of these entrepreneurs are in uncharted territory. The sharing economy has significantly impacted the startup world, creating 17 companies … [Read more...]

Strategy: The ultimate business insurance

As a business owner, you are constantly making decisions about how to manage your time and resources. It can be difficult to make room on the calendar or in the budget for planning and strategy development, but the truth is that strategic planning is a must.Whether it's sweat equity or capital outlay, strategic planning is the single most important investment in the future … [Read more...]

Validating the various kinds of startups

If you have been following the articles here on StartupBeat, you may have, by now, realized the importance of validating a business idea before executing the plan. In a nutshell, validation is the process of spending minimal resources to test your business idea to see if there is a market for it and if your target customers are ready to pay you for your product or service. By … [Read more...]

Rise, you’re fired!

I attended the launch of Rise London (UK) last December - a re-branding of the Barclays accelerator, the banking giant’s flagship innovation programme designed to redefine banking through tech. The event took place in East London and was mostly attended by ambitious quasi-hipsters. The type with a sort of well-rehearsed but frighteningly egocentric career-pitch and a well-waxed … [Read more...]