The Startup Journal: Building a team for a niche market

Building your team, or the right team, is probably one of the biggest challenges for a founder as success of ones’ company could ride on the talent, experience, passion and personality of team members. If you are founder who has decided to build your product for a niche market, finding talent within that space becomes … Read more

The Startup Journal – Gaining early adopters

Video contribution by Xavier Smith Investors want to see it and startups need it, early adopters. This edition of The Startup Journal, CEO HealthiestYou Jim Prendergast shares his lessons learned about gaining early adopters and developing an effective engagement strategy.   [youtube]https://youtu.be/8uogCKiRDuo[/youtube]   He also shares some insight to raising money and the importance of … Read more

The Startup Journal: Minimizing risk

Risks are part of the game for any entrepreneur. However, taking small, calculated risks will be key to minimizing risks that could effect your business. In this edition of The Startup Journal, CEO and founder Greg Rudolph Board Blazers talks about how he has reduced risk for his business.   [youtube]https://youtu.be/i-D1mft2Ru0[/youtube] Want more inspiration? Head over to … Read more

The Startup Journal: Marketing your video game

Building your own video game is one thing, getting it in the hands of consumers is another. Many startups underestimate the need and cost to market video games and get out from under all the noise in the gaming space to reach their end user.   [youtube]https://youtu.be/_EsjQbncXDg[/youtube]   This time on The Startup Journal, Game CoLab … Read more

The Startup Journal: Getting pre-orders to attract investors

Video contribution by Xavier Smith For startups with capital intensive products, it’s one thing to have your product demoed, used on a trial basis and liked, but once it comes to converting the customer, many enthusiasts won’t pull out the checkbook. In this edition of The Startup Journal, founder Aqwastream, Mare Van Dyke, shares insight … Read more

The Startup Journal: Persevering through tough times

Have you ever thought about giving up? Many founders will face this question when tough times and challenges seem to confront them time and time again and wonder if it will ever get better. However, it’s how a founder reacts to these challenges that makes them push through to build their company.   [youtube]https://youtu.be/YYLL8PnTt1A[/youtube]   SalesFitRx … Read more

The Startup Journal: Finding the right agency

When you have a great idea but don’t know what to do next.The right agency can help you market your ideas correctly into the app you are building. [youtube]https://youtu.be/vVfr7ClFphw[/youtube]   Link2Golf co-founders, Kevin Curry and Laurent Lebihan, sit down with us in the latest episode of The Startup Journal to talk about the decisions a founder … Read more

The Startup Journal: Giving up equity

Whether it’s an investor or an accelerator who takes a cut of your startup, you as the founder must decide if giving up a part of your company makes sense strategically. Andrew Chaifetz, CEO and Founder of NoteBowl, sits down with us in the latest episode of The Startup Journal to talk about the decisions a founder will … Read more

The Startup Journal: Unplugging makes you a better leader

When things don’t seem to be going your way at work, and you are getting a lot of “Nos,” it is good to step back and find time for yourself. Taking a break can help you get back on track to achieving your goals. Scarlett Spring, President of Visiongate, sits down with us in the … Read more

The Startup Journal: Stop the blame game

There will be more good days than challenging days when you build a company. During those challenges, companies will lose productivity if they spend too much time finding fault instead of learning from the experience and move forward. [youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T-lEWODNh9g[/youtube] Tommy Andrews, CEO and Co-founder of Energy Conservation Management, sits down with us in the latest episode … Read more

The Startup Journal: Researching the Industry

Before you can get your startup off the ground, there’s a crucial step that is often overlooked. Research is an essential part of every entrepreneurial idea and can you gain edge on the competition. [youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SZxNTT-XJgo[/youtube] In this edition of The Startup Journal, president and founder of XOXY, Jo Lynn Clemens, offers her advice on the … Read more

The Startup Journal: Investing early in analytics

Video contribution from Xavier Smith Answering the who, what, when, where and why someone uses your product comes down to having awesome analytics. This information will be especially important when founders seek out advertisers and investors for money. For founders, gathering metrics early in their life cycle is one key to future success, so much so … Read more

The Startup Journal: Sharing your idea

It’s easy to tell your friends about the exciting venture you’re starting and find out if they’re interested. However, it’s easy to forget that you should also be sharing that with potential clients as well.   [youtube]https://youtu.be/G9BKYWYTEEA[/youtube]   In the latest edition of The Startup Journal, Lisa Morrow, founder of Birdytell, explains how you should … Read more

The Startup Journal: Building genuine relationships

Whether it be in life or business, building relationships is a critical component to success and happiness. For those that can expand their business networks will ease, the most common skill sets among these individuals include being genuine, honest and professional. [youtube]https://youtu.be/z5bimDh3VQc[/youtube]   In the latest edition of The Startup Journal, founder Localwork.com Ryan Naylor offers … Read more

The Startup Journal: Validating your idea

Any founder will tell you their product is great and solving problems in a market, but how do they really know if it’s all that? Are they asking and testing it with the right people? [youtube]https://youtu.be/4CWzG1iRRrA[/youtube] We sat down with Bret Larsen, co-founder of eVisit, for the latest edition of The Startup Journal. Larsen provides … Read more

The Startup Journal – Going through an acquisition

When another company is interested in acquiring your business, there are some challenges and critical decisions to make in the process. [youtube]https://youtu.be/4VOY_c4BHT0[/youtube]   We sat down with Steve Zeidman, founder of Vestafy, in the latest edition of The Startup Journal. Zeidman provides advice on going through an acquisition and to not settle for less on the … Read more

The Startup Journal: finding the right team

Every business has a purpose and every founder knows the problem they are trying to solve. One common problem for founders is how to find others who possess the same mindset and share your vision. So how do you find the right people? For this Startup Journal entry, Meghan Martinez, CEO and Founder of Keasy, gives her advice on … Read more

The Startup Journal – Building an Audience

For our fourth entry of the AZ Tech Beat Startup Journal, we spoke to Stephen Campbell and Dan Roberts, the co-founders of Tip.ly, a payment application that allows you to pay anyone, anywhere, without the exchange of personal information. The two founders touched on customer acquisition as well as challenges faced for startups in their early phases. … Read more

The Startup Journal – Pitching with Confidence

For the third entry of the AZ Tech Beat Startup Journal, we spoke to Gregg Scoresby, CEO of CampusLogic, an education technology company delivering transformative software solutions across the student life cycle and the winners of the recent Venture Madness competition, about pitching with confidence. The AZ Tech Beat Startup Journal features a variety of founders … Read more