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Should You Start Cutting Costs? How to Calculate & Manage Your Runway
June 29, 2022
Should You Start Cutting Costs? How to Calculate & Manage Your Runway
The current market dynamics are dominated by instability and with the recent announcements from the European Central Bank on rising interest rates, it’s time to look at the financial health of your startup. Nowadays, there’s a lot of advice on ‘runways’ and how to cut costs to extend them. However, working with multiple startups and … Read more
4 Talent Challenges When Scaling a Startup
March 22, 2022
4 Talent Challenges When Scaling a Startup
Scaling a company is more of a marathon than a race, on a road that’s bumpy, full of potholes, tight swerves and many unexpected challenges. However, the further you go, the more you get the validation that your startup is on the path to success.  Working with multiple fast-growing tech startups and scale-ups, we have … Read more
How Founders React To Scaling Up Their Companies (& How They Should)
March 1, 2022
How Founders React To Scaling Up Their Companies (& How They Should)
Growth is hard. Like a fear of heights or a fear of small spaces, scaling up a company can be a daunting thought for many startup founders. In fact, a recent study by Highland Europe confirmed that half of the founders interviewed believed that it was their ability to manage growth or adopt a strategy … Read more
If The Team Truly Is The Asset, Then Let Us Be Investors
October 27, 2021
If The Team Truly Is The Asset, Then Let Us Be Investors
A thought experiment I trust you heard this before: “People are the most important thing in building our startup” – basically any founder So if people are such a strategic asset to a startup or scaleup, why not actually perceive them as such? And no, this article is not another rant on the importance of … Read more
What Is The Role of a COO Your Business?
February 1, 2021
What Is The Role of a COO Your Business?
When scaling up, the right leadership can drive a company to grow. An executive must excel at both being a leader and a manager in order to succeed and take the company to the next level. Besides the CEO (Chief Executive Officer), the backbone of a successful executive team is the COO (Chief Operating Officer). … Read more
Economic Outlook: Founders’ & VC’s COVID-19 Sentiment Survey
July 27, 2020
Economic Outlook: Founders’ & VC’s COVID-19 Sentiment Survey
No one said a crisis would impact our tech ecosystem fairly, equally, or even negatively… OK… Travel, leisure, retail, advertising & production are hit hard; rippling through entire supply chains and hurting some of you as technology providers. But some sectors are surfing the first wave: online education (Squla), streaming workouts (Peleton), remote exams (Proctor Exam), … Read more
16 Steps To Building An Impressive Startup Employer Brand On A Budget
June 29, 2020
16 Steps To Building An Impressive Startup Employer Brand On A Budget
Startups don’t typically have an abundance of time or money. Therefore, a startup employer brand strategy needs to be penny-wise and time-effective. So, what actionable steps can you take right away to build or improve your first employer brand? Well, after three months of working on this, I finally have 16 steps to implement a … Read more
COVID-19 Ponderings: The US Unemployment Reaching Great Depression Levels
May 13, 2020
COVID-19 Ponderings: The US Unemployment Reaching Great Depression Levels
Update As per 5th of June 2020, the official unemployment numbers came out. Corrected for earlier errors in the unemployment numbers (due to misclassification), the official unemployment number is quite high at 16.3% (or 27 million), but not as bad as we expected it to be based on the numbers below. There is potentially still … Read more
6 Key Steps For Project Planning – Project Management Series
January 7, 2020
6 Key Steps For Project Planning – Project Management Series
To me, project management is super exciting! It covers everything related to making a project a success – from project planning, assigning time and workload, monitoring the progress of the project and the people, to reviewing the project after it’s finished. But what makes it so important? It all lies in the overview; someone looking … Read more
How To Get Into An Accelerator? [WSF Guest Post]
August 24, 2017
How To Get Into An Accelerator? [WSF Guest Post]
Dear founder, If you are reading this, you’re probably looking for the magic formula that will show you how to get into a startup accelerator program. This article will prepare you with the insights into what we (accelerators) hope to see from our ideal startup applicants during the selection process. For your convenience, we’ve broken … Read more