Posts Tagged ‘startup’

Hacker Monthly is an electronic print magazine version of some of the best articles on Hacker News. This month, the digitial version of the magazine is on Startup Marketing – featuring articles on Startup Marketing Fundamentals and If you build it, they won’t come.

You can get the magazine here.

Plus, there is a Startup Marketing Bundle on Appsumo this week. There are some discounts for services like unbounce, KISSmetrics etc. Unusually, you don’t need to pay anything for the deal … Grab it if it’s of interest!

Hacker Monthly Startup Marketing Bundle

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My dad is full of good lessons. I’m sure I didn’t appreciate it as a kid, but I am starting to pay better attention to our breakfast conversations. Yesterday’s lesson was the following:

The only reason to have a job as an employee is so you can learn the business and go out and do something with it.

Hmmmm… as if the eggs and hash browns weren’t enough, that certainly offered some food for thought. So, I just wanted to throw that statement out there. I could think of a few other reasons for having a job as an employee – such as a steady paycheck, sleeping regularly, having a real weekend – but I think the novelty of those factors would wear off pretty quickly.

So, what do you think? Have you taken key insights from employee life to entrepreneur life? If you could have worked anywhere else prior to your current startup, what employee experience do you *wish* you had? (more…)

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As a startup you have a million things to think about, and unless you’re offering bungee jumping or fire eating lessons, insurance is probably not top of the list. As much as we love a living-on-the-edge lifestyle, we thought it might be helpful to get the scoop on insurance and hear what’s relevant – and not relevant – to rock ‘n roll startup life. Thanks very much to Emma Jowett, resident writer at Policy Expert, for putting this together in response to all our questions! We tried to sing this to the tune of “12 Days of Christmas” but alas… you’re better off reading it here. We hope it helps!

1. Kitchen table kick off
2. The wheel deal
3. Look after number 1
4. Connect and Protect
5. What could go wrong?
6. Well hello clients!
7. Team building
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This week’s willing victim (I mean entrepreneur!) is final year student Gregor Wilson who is also the CFO and Partner of VAN DER, a small startup that will launch next week!  I posted an article about the company a couple of days ago.  If you haven’t had enough of a fix of VAN DER news then you’re in the right place to consume a wee bit more!

Name:  Gregor Wilson

Your role: CFO and Partner of VAN DER.

Give us your company culture in 3 words: Fashion-focussed, affordable, passionate

What’s the next big challenge that Van Der has to overcome? Expanding next season to include womenswear and a jeans line – (Startupcafe: I’m looking forward to the womenswear range!)

What’s the personal dream? To live a working lifestyle that I never want to give up, rather than having a ‘job’, and help others do the same –(StartupCafe: bit like us then!)

What’s the professional dream? To rival and surpass the major players on the highstreet and online. (more…)

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Did you get the invite? Students – of all Scottish unis, degree levels, disciplines, and fitness levels – have the chance to spend the summer in Bootcamp developing an awesome business or social enterprise. Hey, this summer could change your life! Get your parents off your back, stop wondering ‘what if I…’, and get your applications in by 9am FRIDAY (via www.sie.ac.uk/bootcamp) if you are interested. Details below:

This summer, do something different. All students at Scottish higher education institutions are invited to apply for a place on SIE’s Bootcamp 10, an intensive entrepreneurial training programme that gives you the unique opportunity to take your idea for a new venture from concept to creation in a summer. (more…)

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One of the core, unwavering goals that we had when we founded StartupCafe, was to have a place where young Edinburgh-based startups can get heard, featured and talked about. This grew partly out of our frustrations that there was no central place for this type of news: it was too small to be picked up by local newspapers or big Blogs like TechCrunch, but yet, big enough for startups to get excited about.


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Following our post about support organisations, we thought we would highlight two upcoming programmes which people might be interested in. Unfortunately, both have the stipulation that you must be finishing a degree at Edinburgh University. Best of luck to all the applicants! (more…)

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