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If you’ve been following along my journey on this blog, you probably know by now that I only use Snapchat to document my #StartupLife which is why you’ll see a lot of my Stories revolving around what I do day to day. I often say it’s not easy. But, in all honesty, it’s the most rewarding thing I’ve ever done. It’s a long road to get to where you want to be.
I’m a borderline millennial and all my friends don’t use Snapchat at all. They keep looking at me like I’m crazy when I mention it sometimes. When I do mention it, they keep telling me why I’m fussing all about it. It’s a weird world that we live in. Now that Snapchat is going public and they see the valuation since the press is eating it up, they are now asking me about it a ...
The Snapchat effect. People call it that nowadays because everybody’s jumping on the bandwagon now. Disappearing messages and using them to give updates about your day to your friends and followers. From Line’s Snow, Instagram Stories, to Facebook Messenger, heck, even Viber has joined in, at least for disappearing messages.
As founders, a lot of what we choose to do gets scrutinized. This is especially the case when we take in investments and new partners. Eventually, friends, family, peers, and even the media that cover your work, will jump in and do the same thing to you and your startup. It can be overwhelming for many founders and worse, it can drive you to make the wrong decisions, which co ...
I was in a conversation among my team members and the topic of “fears” was brought up. From there, I heard different things, from fear of the company failing, to one of the founders quitting, to Facebook funding a local competitor and going against us… I’ve tried my best of the past year (we’re almost a year in) to squelch those thoughts and it seems to have paid off for the most part.
Whether it’s about your project, your startup or your school work, we all go through this issue in life. We always try to do more than we actually have to. For entrepreneurs like you and me, we tend to want to 10x everything and just work harder than everybody else, which sometimes can go against us. For startup founders, this tends to happen with our products as well.
I see a lot of new people nowadays in the startup scene that give the weirdest advice. Sometimes, I really think some of these guys haven’t even tried being in the trenches. One of the more recent things I’ve heard was during a conversation where a founder asked their investor/advisor if he should be serving people that were asking for a solution that wasn’t in their original plans.
If there’s one thing that we founders hate, it’s the word DELAY. From launching your product or MVP, to releasing a small patch or a big feature, we all Sure we can live with it. We know it’s something that will happen from time to time. BUT IT SUCKS. It costs time, money and potential improvements in acquisition, retention and sales.
Here’s the thing. You have that one goal for your startup, right? In many cases you have more than 1 but there’s always that one big one. As you slug along and go through the up and down journey with your startup and as an entrepreneur to reach that one goal, you’ll come to a point that you’d start asking yourself if you are doing the right thing.
Startups are built for a single reason, and that is to be able to scale. For startups to be successful, you need a core group of people that are ready to change the world. If you start out with the wrong core, you’ll practically start with a handicap and it’ll take much longer to get to the scaling stage, which means you will not be able to affect lives and eventually make a change in the world.
Running a startup is grueling. You’re probably running one now, that’s why you found this. It’s fast paced, you’re expected to perform or tweak your product, yet, you still need planning and grinding out the work. Sometimes, it gets really overwhelming. Especially when it comes to what features or improvements you’ll need to be working on next.
Just a month back, I imposed a couple challenges for myself. I wanted to use this personal development challenge to get better at a couple things. The first challenge was to Doodle. I had 3 basic rules for this 1st challenge: I need to do it daily for 30 days. If I’m still not comfortable, I’ll continue to do it for 30 more days.
A lot of you reading this blog are into SEO. Chances are, you are new and still learning about it. You’ve most likely come across different content that contradict each other. “Is SEO bad?” Some articles say Yes and some, No. “Is link building bad?” Some articles say Yes and some, No. Then you logically […] Auth ...
I talked about MVP’s last time and this week, I’ll be talking about UVP, which is basically your Unique Value Proposition. You can also call it USP. Guess what the S stands for. You might be wondering why your startup will need a UVP. Thing is, you need it right from the start. What is an UVP you might ask? It’s exactly what it is.
Let’s face it. Everywhere we look, everywhere we go, anytime we’re online, we’re bombarded with ads for products. You know what? You actually remember only a few of them. Think of the last product ad you saw. Think of the latest product that you’re using. Think of the other products that you’re currently subscribed to.
I got asked this question recently on Snapchat. “I have just started my Startup. I’m not sure if I’ll need to start free or just start charging right from the start.” That’s a pretty awesome question! I’ve heard that question before as I’ve asked myself that multiple times. (The voices…in my head…) It’s one of those questions that keep on popping up as the number of new entrepreneurs grow.
Let me know if you’ve been in a conversation like this. You: “Sheesh, going to the mall to repair this bag is a pain.” Your Partner: “Yeah, I wish there was an app for that.” In this age, it’s not uncommon to think like this. We’ve been spoiled by uBer, Grab, Instacart and much, much more. A lot of things are just a touch away now.
I’ve been wondering to myself recently. Over the years, I’ve seen other people blog about their experiences about things as it happened. That got me thinking… I haven’t really done that yet in my life, so that might be fun. Blogging or documenting something will help motivate me and keep me in check.
Here’s the thing, I don’t really like writing clickbait titles like what I just used BUT what I wrote there, well, it’s the truth. There’s this ONE thing that has defined successful startups over the course of history. I’ve personally experienced this with my own work. It’s the real deal and if you are kind of wavering/doubting yourself and your startup now, then please read on.
I’ve been away for a few months to work on my startup. It’s been a real challenge but it’s helping me grow further as a person, as an entrepreneur. As my schedule has permitted me to start writing again, I “think” I’m actually back now! To those that have continued to support me and this […] Author information ...