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7 Components That Make For A Great Startup Company Culture

Startups boast about their culture, but most of the time they can’t even explain why it’s special. Culture is not about perks, it’s about why and how you do what you do and how that happens in the day to day; culture is about connecting the 3 P’s: purpose, people and processes.

The 3 P's of Culture

Eat The Bug: Do What Others Can’t Or Won’t Do

Every organizations lives and dies by its strategy. What makes a good strategy? The best strategies are simple and answer 5 fundamental questions: who, what, where, how and why.

Still, developing a strategy is hard. There’s a tendency to make it a very complex activity, which I believe drives most organizations to fall for many traps; one being the the copy-paste approach.

Startups, by their very nature, do not fall for this trap. But this doesn’t mean their path to victory will be easier; but much more harder.

How Do You Overcome The Early Adopter Challenge?

There are three forces needed for innovation to happen: ability, infrastructure and market. When all three exist you have an industry. Creating a new industry is a long-term challenge, which many people and organizations will not take on. When starting out, every startup is in a race to create find product-market fit. It’s not about being first to market, it’s about getting the business model right.

How to Boost Your Startup’s Attractiveness to Venture Capital Investors Using The Business Model Canvas with Martin Luenendonk

big bang podcast 50 Martin Luenendonk

My guest for this episode of the podcast is Martin Luenendonk, CEO of RoadToFunding.com, who just published a super actionable, in-depth 7,000+ words guide on how to boost a startup’s attractiveness to venture capital investors using the Business Model Canvas. He looked deeper into what does a venture capitalist really want from your business in order to invest $1m to $5m.

Oil and Water: Why Corporations and Startups Rarely Mix

what you know limits what you can imagine

Illustration by Christian Laborin

There are many  experienced, talented and well intentioned people who are, without knowing, blockers to innovation. I’ve seen and experienced this way too many times, and experienced it again recently while advising iAir Platform; who have developed a potentially ground breaking technology that could be used in the various industries with a wide variety of applications.

How Startups Slay Giants

Killing giants

Illustration credit Christian Laborin

Slaying giants is fun, almost every new disruptive company slays a giant or two. Last week I had a chat with a team based in Puebla Mexico working on a cool augmented reality application for museums. They asked for my thoughts on their app and business model, I happily answered their questions. One of those questions comes up every time I talk with startups: How do you protect yourself from giants who might copy your idea?