Defining what is a startup and highlighting what type of products and services truly support startups (i.e. looking at who does and does not actually belong in the ecosystem) is just as critical to policy formation for the space as defining the difference between what a startup and small business is.
In the cut-throat world of consulting and professional services, it can be hard to stand out amongst the crowd, but being seen as a thought leader in your field is critical. Marketing yourself as well as trying to attend to clients can often leave a person consistently falling short, stuck in the rat race of just getting by, with no significant growth within their business.
Ping pong has become somewhat synonymous with global startup ‘culture’ today, in fact entire movements have been launched because of the deep connection between the startup world and our love of the game.
You have to hand it to Apple, they have absolutely nailed the customer experience, from the moment we receive that weighty white box (that screams ‘premium’) to the moment we turn on our gleaming new iPhones, our experience with Apple is a series of ‘wow’ after ‘wow’.
Yes men and women’ present a very dangerous problem for entrepreneurs. As the founder of a startup, you are constantly seeking validation ensure you are on the right track, and the first place you usually look for that is your team – even before your customers. It sounds counterintuitive, but it’s reality.
My latest #flearn was attempting to convince my theatrically-impaired boyfriend to come see The Lion King musical with. It was an comically heated argument….He could not understand why I was so adamant to sit through the show again.