My journey as a #startup #founder – step 6 – @founding

Step 6 - when the going gets rough... I took me some time to decide to write this post... I think I just went through my first air pocket and although I had planned to write on Tuesday evening after our session, I was simply not up for it... too much to do, too stressed, … Continue reading My journey as a #startup #founder – step 6 – @founding

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My journey as a #startup #founder – step 5 – @founding

Step 5 - Preparing for Hot Seat and programme drop-out Our next session is coming fast and i decided to adopt a different strategy this time. As said during the class, the programme is hard and testing because entrepreneurs have to learn fast for previous mistakes and avoid making new ones.. so this week, in … Continue reading My journey as a #startup #founder – step 5 – @founding

My journey as a #startup #founder – step 4 – @founding

Step 4 - customer interviews Most of the weekend was spent conducting customer surveys to talk about the problem, the proposed solution and the different pricing models. What was supposed to be a simple interview of 15min with 10 "simple" questions often turned into a one hour long, deep conversation into the ins and outs … Continue reading My journey as a #startup #founder – step 4 – @founding

My journey as a #startup #founder – step 3 – @founding

Step 3 - the Madlibs and my first customer interview So, the day started early and I posted my Madlibs in the Slack Working Group to get feed-back from my peers. For those who don't know, MADLIBS is a great way to build the killer opening sentence of any pitch. Obviously the first sentence will … Continue reading My journey as a #startup #founder – step 3 – @founding

My journey as a #startup #founder – step 1 – @founding

Step 1 - getting to know each other and forming teams! After waiting patiently for a couple of weeks, this day has finally come. Today is the first day of the Founder Institute programme. It's March 7th, I am starting this journey from a blank page... Well, sort of... because the idea has been with me for … Continue reading My journey as a #startup #founder – step 1 – @founding

My journey as a #startup #founder – step 2 – @founding

Step 2 - my first real "Hot Seat" presentation It's March 8th. After yesterday's introductory session, the "really thing" starts today with the Vision and Ideas session. I am really looking forward to what this programme will bring me. Overnight I completed all but one of the tasks that were required. The most important task … Continue reading My journey as a #startup #founder – step 2 – @founding

My journey as a #startup #founder – step 0 – @founding

Step 0 - making a baby leap from employee to ENTREPRENEUR! A few days ago, i registered for the #founderinstitute #FI Zurich programme, and I sat for the entrepreneur DNA tests... The Founder Institute is the world's premier idea-stage accelerator and startup launch programme. The Founder Institute does not provide superficial startup education and encouragement, … Continue reading My journey as a #startup #founder – step 0 – @founding

3 priorities for #product strategy for #assetmanagement firms in 2017 via @DSTkasina

Interesting views from Larry Petrone at DST Kasina about strategic priorities Asset Management firms should follow for their product strategy, in the context of clients shifting from active to passive strategies: promote over-performing funds confidently and adequately explain the fees required to support such products close or merge failing products (or cut fees) as do-nothing will only lead to … Continue reading 3 priorities for #product strategy for #assetmanagement firms in 2017 via @DSTkasina

8 steps to a #VC-investment in a #startup via @surangac

This useful post here from Suranga Chandratillake, General Partner at Balderton Capital, lays out for entrepreneurs the various stages of a VC-investment. No surprise, I find the process followed by business angels networks, like Go-Beyond Investing where I am an active member, not far from it, although our process is probably less rigorous and less scary, especially step 5 … Continue reading 8 steps to a #VC-investment in a #startup via @surangac

Why #big-company experience can help a #startup #founder via @micahjay1

As a 20-year "big company" guy who is taking some interest in entrepreneurship and has been told countless times that it's better to start young and fresh, I found this article from Micah Rosenbloom on the contrary very supportive. Great motivational read! Micah is a seed stage investor at Founder Collective and writes about his reasons to fund … Continue reading Why #big-company experience can help a #startup #founder via @micahjay1