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Seven Startup Metrics You Must Track - Forbes

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The Seven Startup Metrics You Must Track
Forbes

Not spending enough time gauging your business’s progress can be just as harmful as wasting your time with needless emails or Excel sheets. You may be so focused on getting your business to the next level, chasing funding and finding the right talent, that you are ignoring developing metrics to monitor your success.

But without strategic planning, you’re lost. And you can’t plan if you have no frame of reference for where you are.

I’ve found that these seven metrics (which roll up into three top-level categories: sales metrics, customer metrics, and finance metrics) are good starting points.

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Martin (Marty) Smith's curator insight, June 21, 2014 12:51 AM

Agree, our Triangle Startup Factory Funded startup is tracking most of these "magic metrics".

malek's curator insight, June 21, 2014 6:19 AM

Conversion to paid rate: if you started with a freemium model

Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, June 21, 2014 10:41 AM

If you want to creat an amazing business you have to keep track of your progress. Test, implement, adjust, keep on creating.

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How to Attract Investors via Equity Crowdfunding

How to Attract Investors via Equity Crowdfunding | Crowd Funding, Micro-funding, New Approach for Investors - Alternatives to Wall Street | Scoop.it

Equity crowdfunding investors are not like other crowdfunding contributors. They are not looking to support a particular item or to get a physical trinket for their support. Investors who you want to attract via equity crowdfunding are interested in long-term rewards, innovation, and growth. Attracting these investors should not mirror the other types of crowdfunding available. The goal is to attract serious investors in a non-traditional, high risk form of investment, also known as your start-up. Of course, the greater the risk, the greater the reward. In order to attract these investors, the issuer must let potential investors see the clarity and strength of the investment and future enterprise.



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Good clean report,  practical and to the point. It teaches a few basic skills when crowdfunding equity for your startup.

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Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, February 28, 2014 3:33 PM

Clear, concise, direct.

Great article, very practical and to the point. It teaches a few basic skills when crowdfunding equity for your startup.

Not the same as 'rewards' crowdfunding.

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Warren Buffet Startup Tips via @HaikuDeck

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Buffet's Startup Tips Are so important I created a @HaikuDeck for his tips and for implied startup tips such as:

* Multiple Money - don't depend on one income source.

* Spending - buying things you don't need means selling stuff you do...eventually.

* Savings - Save then spend not the other way around.

* Investment - Never put all eggs in one basket no matter how beautiful the egg.
* Honesty - Honesty and character and lack of it are expensive and amplifed by money so don't expect from "cheap people".  

http://www.haikudeck.com/p/94SRtkQRzX/warren-buffet-startup-tips  


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Good video, tips (we previously posted them) are good too.

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Martin (Marty) Smith's curator insight, March 12, 2014 2:19 PM

Thought this was a good Scoop to reprise given Buffet's offer to pay $1B for a perfect NCAA Tourney Bracket. Talk about how to get millions in free PR (lol). As if Warren needs "free" anything :). Smart money always makes MORE money. 

Angela Heath's curator insight, March 13, 2014 10:13 PM

Time tested results from the masters.

Tyler Richendollar's curator insight, March 18, 2014 9:24 AM

Simple ways to think about what your business should do when first getting off the ground.  The ideas make sense when you read them out loud, but are often missed.

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15 Blogs For Tech Startup Press Coverage

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Getting your tech startup covered in press isn't easy. Nonetheless, it's one of the most valuable activities which provides your endeavor with links and

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Martin (Marty) Smith's curator insight, January 11, 2014 9:36 AM

Startup Press Coverage
Couple of suggestions on top of this article. Follow these blogs before you send them an email asking for something. Follow their Tweets and get to know their blog voice and tone.

Next check out their writers and publishers on LinkedIn. Get to know their backgrounds and what kinds of stories they like to cover and with whom. Writers have specialties. One writer might do all the new app cover another covers new CMS or CRMs.

Finally make sure your web presence is solid before you seek coverage. Any ASK of a PR contact will result first in a visit to your site. Make sure your site is consistent with your email, engaging, exciting and full of the kind of candy the blog likes to discuss.

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The rise of crowdfunding: 10 things to know

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Crowdfunding platforms are changing the way we finance projects and services, but the laws surrounding them are still ambiguous. Here are 10 facts to get you up to speed.

Crowdfunding is a tool that allows anyone -- be it startup founders, musicians, artists, students, children, or even someone in a developing country who lacks basic electricity -- to attract a pool of people via the internet to invest in their business idea. A funding target is established, and rewards to backers are offered.This new type of startup business model has the opportunity to disrupt industries and change the way we determine success and let the best ideas flourish, rather than the best access to capital. It's exciting, because the venture capital model that powers Silicon Valley and the global startup scene is inherently biased based on geography and connections. According to the Small Business Administration, about 600,000 new businesses are started in the US every year. The number of startups funded by VCs? 300. That means 99.95% of entrepreneurs won't get funded.To affect real change, we have to understand the basics: what defines crowdfunding, how it works best, and how the current laws shape what's possible. We also need to look at the ways the law is changing and what it means for the future of crowdfunding.Here is a list of the 10 most important things to know about this important new buzzword.

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Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, April 30, 2014 8:44 AM

Startup or small business looking for funding? Here is a great introduction to crowdfunding, with links to funding platforms and a good overview of how crowdfunding works.

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How Venture Capitalists Make Investment Choices

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In order to increase your odds for receiving funding, here are some criteria considered by venture capitalists.

It's easy to dislike angel and venture capitalist investors. For entrepreneurs looking to raise capital for their start-up businesses, these early-stage investors can be awfully hard to find, and when you do find them, it's even tougher to get investment dollars out of them.

But, think again: angels and venture capitalists (VCs) are taking on serious risk. New ventures frequently have little or no sales; the founders may have only the faintest real-life management experience, and the business plan may be based on nothing more than a concept or a simple prototype. There are good reasons why VCs are tight with their investment dollars.

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In order to increase your odds for receiving funding, here are some criteria considered by venture capitalists

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Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, January 25, 2014 7:31 PM

Excellent article explaining VC funding and what it takes to be considered.

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Startup & Life Tips From Warren Buffet

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There are reasons other than sheer brillance Warren Buffet has way more money than most. He lives by a strict code and these tips share some of that code. Great #startup and life tips. 

My favorites are learning to spend only AFTER saving (hard lesson that one) and the tip about honesty being expensive so don't expect it from "cheap people". I suspect Warren means "cheap" in much more than the monetary sense.  


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Just plain old fashioned good advice

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Sieg Holle's curator insight, January 25, 2014 4:01 PM

Works for the free spendng government nanny groups as well- particularly on expectations

Jeremy Barton's curator insight, January 30, 2014 8:57 AM

Simple and obvious. I guess that is why Warren Buffet has got what he has got.

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Intel Capital Invests $65M In Startups Ranging From Interactive Video To Wireless Electricity | TechCrunch

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Intel Capital has announced investments in 16 companies, totaling $65 million. The investments spanned cloud services, datacenter technologies, mobile and..

Intel Capital has announced investments in 16 companies, totaling $65 million. The investments spanned cloud services, data-center technologies, mobile and consumer-related services.

The investments are as follows:

CloudFX of Singapore is a cloud strategy consulting company that helps companies re-architect IT infrastructures, operations and helps institute DevOps style practices.Cloudian of Japan and the United States, is an object storage platform that is compatible with Amazon Web Services, Citrix Cloud Platform, Apache CloudStack, OpenStack and other cloud services.CSDN is a Chinese company that provides a community website and services platform for IT professionals in China. According to Intel Capital, it has 27 million registered users and 500,000 enterprise partner members. The company owns several Chinese IT communities such as CMDN, a mobile developer community and IT recruiting website Pongo.DotProduct provides software for real-time capturing and processing of 3-D data on Android tablets. Use cases include documenting crime scenes to imaging movies sets for gaming and entertainment applications.Wayz Japan is a service to store, manage, access, share and organize files anywhere on any device.Interlude is an Israeli platform provider to create interactive videos that allows viewers to determine what happens next in the viewing experience.  Its authoring platform.-Treehouse, allows video creators to map, build and publish Interlude videos on Web, mobile and social platforms. Pretty cool.Lintes Technologies, is a Taiwan-based company that makes the Thunderbolt peripherals that provide high-speed data transfer. According to the company website, Thunderbolt was developed by Intel, and brought to market with technical collaboration from Apple.Perpetuuiti TechnoSoft Services of Singapore and India, offers advanced data recovery technologies that help businesses in complex  IT environments, orchestrated across virtual and physical computing resources in different data centers.Prism Skylabs, which today received $15 million in funding, helps companies use footage from existing security cameras to provide retailers and other businesses with “web-style analytics.”Reduxio Systems, of Israel, boasts it offers infinite data recoverability through real-time primary storage deduplication and protection technologies.Rocketick, also of Israel provides software simulation acceleration for chip verification, helping reduce time-to-market of new designs.Savaari Car Rentals is an online car rental company that offers car rentals across 60 cities in India to both retail and corporate customers.SBA Materials develops “nano-porous dielectrics” that for example, can help improve the performance of advanced chips used in mobile devices while reducing their power consumption.SkySQL, of Finland, announced it has raised $20 million to deepen its support for MariaDB, the fast growing open-source relational database and the emerging database of choice for Wikipedia.WiTricity specializes in wireless electricity. The company was founded in 2007 with clients in consumer electronics, automotive, medical devices and defense.

Intel Capital is an active venture group. According to CB Insights, it is the third most active investor in security technology companies. The analyst group reports that it has recorded the highest number of security exits among investors since the start of 2012. Among Intel Capital’s recent security exits include FireEye and Palo Alto Networks.

For links to each of those companies, click on the title to see the original article on TechCrunch.

 

 


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Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, October 23, 2013 12:28 PM

More and more VC capital is coming from cash rich companies like Intel.