A challenge that startups and high growth businesses face is finding the right talent – from identifying the right skill set to attracting and retaining the best people. Many get it wrong and struggle through this process, learning the hard way from experience about what works and what doesn’t. Here are some tips from my friend and fellow Brooklynite, David Osborne, who founded Team Theory to help startups build great teams.
Here are highlights from Lenore Kantor's recent interview for the CEO Talks Series on Create Your Life, Kevin Brown’s radio show and podcast, along with Eric Fondren, CEO and Founder of iTell.io.
What's the price you pay for where you work? Sure, you may get a paycheck if you're an employee or your clients pay you as an independent contractor, but does that cover how you feel at the end of the day?
So many business and product launches start with the best intentions and then they somehow get sidelined. There are multiple ways this can happen. This is the first in a series of articles about potential Launch Lapses and how to anticipate and fix them. What happens when you get no response to your launch?
While many companies and leaders think their business brand is the corporate name and logo, branding encompasses much more than that. Your brand is the impression that anyone who interacts with your company forms based on their experiences with your business. It is the sum total of all your customer touch-points and interactions. Are you fully aware of all the aspects of your brand that impact your sales and influence users so that you can have more leverage?
Can you easily describe what you do for clients in 1 sentence? Is the way you summarize your offering and what you do the same as your head of sales, COO and CFO? Does your company have a consistent story that explains your value proposition to your target clients? Companies that lack a clear message can hurt their impact. Learn how to quickly tell if your company has a messaging challenge
As a founder or leadership team, you are setting the vision and agenda for your your company's growth. When you decide to consider possible exit strategies, such as a merger, acquisition or IPO, here are areas that you should be considering for your company and preparing yourself. These comments were from our recent LaunchTalks founder roundtable.
As companies reach a certain point in their growth, an exit strategy can be an important milestone or the next natural stage in the business evolution. It’s important to consider investments that can help to scale the business and expand distribution to get to the next level or bring in new management, for example through a merger, acquisition or capital raising. Here’s a summary of when an exit makes sense and what founders should be thinking about from our recent LaunchTalks founder roundtable.
All too often, fintech companies focus on product without understanding customers. What if customers were at the heart of every aspect of your product design? We interviewed Vicki Zhou, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of WiseBanyan, which has built a successful mission-driven company completely product-focused, but not at the expense of its clients. Here are some insights on their unique approach to growth.
Leveraging a strong brand and client endorsements is a highly effective way to drive organic growth. Increasingly fintech companies are applying this strategy and also seeing the value of doing well by doing good. Vicki Zhou, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of WiseBanyan, has great insights from her experience building WiseBanyan into a great product that is extremely focused on its mission and on customers. Outlined below is WiseBanyan's referral strategy.