Why founders should invest in personal branding – and three ways to get started

At first sight, personal branding might seem mystifying – maybe even a little narcissistic. This is especially so if you’re a first-time startup founder, driven by the all-consuming challenge of launching your product, building your team, and attracting your first customers. With an endless to-do list, the task of elevating your own profile probably won’t…

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What are your thoughts on a culture of infrequent meetings and strong and transparent KPI tracking and reporting? Who should be in charge of managing KPI reporting org wide? And other questions…

Few questions:

  1. All functions have different ways of measuring performance and supposing that each is in charge of tracking and reporting them, who is in charge of collecting it all and also company wide metrics neatly for C-level to view? Would this be a head of operations?

  2. What are your views on full transparency across the organization of each individuals performance per their roles KPIs?

  3. I’ve been surprised when hiring that juniors need very clear instructions on what KPIs I need to know about, and that they need to report them regularly, easy to read, and without prompting. I thought this was normal. Do other companies not do this/is this nonstandard?

  4. I should add that I don’t do morning stand ups or daily or even weekly syncs, expecting that we have a meeting where I outline the work, they come back presenting what they did when ready, and then we repeat. I’ve found however that this workflow, just doesn’t seem known by new hires in the past. Like they lacked direction and weren’t asking for what they need or expecting to give an update from our last meeting next time we meet. Again, I thought this was normal. Do people not expect to give regular updates on their work and ask for what they need?

  5. I’d like to avoid meetings for the sake of meetings but am getting the sense I underestimate how much communication is needed for the individual steps of a project. What are your thoughts on a culture of infrequent meetings and a lot of reporting all can see? Pros and cons? I know there are parts of performance and satisfaction which can’t be measured and I check in manually once in awhile and think a monthly catchup without a topic is reasonable.

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Why you should join Oslo Innovation Week: It’s time to build on Sept 21st-25th (Sponsored)

We all need to build. Some build physically, others virtually. Innovation never stops, and this year Oslo Innovation Week is bringing it to you, wherever you are. That’s right – this year, they are going digital! You’re invited to Oslo Innovation Week 2020 You could be a founder building a growth company, or an investor…

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Should I do profit sharing?


Sometime ago I made an app and I was helped by a very good designer.

Fast forward to today, I am working on another app and decided to contact her if she would be interested in making the UI/UX of this new app. She came back with the rate and an alternative solution – Instead of charging a rate, she would keep a percentage of the profits.

Now, I don't expect to get rich from this app – I seriously doubt I will ever get more from the app than from my day job but I'm wondering if profit sharing would be a good idea and if so, what would be an appropriate share. I would do all the dev work, support, server admin. While she would be in charge of the UI/UX and possibly, marketing, for as long as the app exists. This would include new designs for a future v2, v3, etc.

What do you think? Has anyone done this sort of agreement before?

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Five more reasons you should attend Disrupt 2020

There are just a few days until we kick off five days of Disrupt 2020. (September 14-18). It’s time to dig in, dig deep and do whatever it takes to discover hidden opportunities. Disrupt is a vehicle for success for all who are playing the startup game. Buy your pass and drive it like you stole it.

If it’s reassurance you need, we’ve got you covered. Here are five more reasons to attend Disrupt 2020.


1. Hone essential founder skills at the Extra Crunch stage

Every early-stage startup founder needs to master a daunting slate of business skills. Truth be told, building a successful startup is a never-ending learning curve. Head to the Extra Crunch Stage for real-world tips from experts in marketing, business development and investing. They’ll cover topics like how to craft a pitch deck, how to raise your first dollars or how to iterate your product.

“I like Disrupt’s approach. It combines demos with educational components that help you learn new trends and tactics. It’s more like a tech summit.” — Daniel Lloreda, general partner at H20 Capital Innovation.

2. Insight from world-class speakers on the Disrupt stage

Disrupt features the best and brightest minds and makers. They span the tech, investment and entertainment industries to deliver their experience, advice and inspiration in one-on-one interviews and moderated panels discussions.

  • CRISPR in the post-COVID Era: What has the global COVID-19 pandemic changed about the biotech industry in general, and CRISPR in particular? Dr. Jennifer Doudna, who co-discovered the revolutionary CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing technology, joins us to discuss the immediate and lasting implications of the novel coronavirus and transformations in genetic science.
  • Cuckoo for CoCo: Conan O’Brien is one of the most recognizable faces on television. But his company, Team CoCo Digital, is hoping you recognize his voice just as much. With podcasting on the rise over the past few years, hear from O’Brien on what it takes to dominate the audio landscape.
  • Startup Battlefield Pitch Competition: The OG of startup pitch competitions. Seen in HBO’s show, Silicon Valley. Launchpad for more than 900 companies including Vurb, Dropbox, GetAround, Mint, Yammer, Fitbit. Here are our international startup champions hitting the stage next week – which one do you think will go home with the ultimate bragging rights and $ 100k in cool equity-free cash?

3. Global coverage with programming convenient to your time zone

The virtual nature of Disrupt 2020 equals a global scope — and our biggest Disrupt ever. Anyone from anywhere can participate, and the event agenda includes time zone-friendly programming for attendees in Europe and Asia.

4. Multiple ways to expand your social graph

Don’t underestimate the benefits that come from meeting people outside of your social graph. Inspiration and ideas cut across industries, and you never know who you’ll meet at Disrupt — and where those connections might lead. There will be plenty of ways to make those connections at Disrupt 2020. With curated meetings on CrunchMatch and randomized virtual meetings and chat functionality on Hopin you will not run out of opportunities to promote your business and meet your networking goals.

“Disrupt was a great place to look for potential partners beyond our blockchain world. We got to meet and collaborate with founders in complimentary technologies like IoT and AI. Building those relationships will help all of us provide customers with better solutions. It’s a win-win.” — Joel Neidig, founder of SIMBA Chain.

5. Different access levels, more affordable prices

We recently re-launched the Disrupt Digital Pass that gives you an entry-level look into Disrupt 2020. Just want to peruse Startup Alley or pop into some Breakout Sessions? This pass is for you and at $ 45 for a limited time it’s a steal. Or if you are looking for the full Disrupt 2020 experience, grab a Disrupt Digital Pro Pass where you’ll be able to get live and video-on-demand access to both stages, curated matchmaking with CrunchMatch plus a complementary Extra Crunch subscription (a $ 99 value).

Disrupt 2020 takes place September 14-18. Buy your pass today, dig deep and discover the people, tools and advice that can help your business thrive.

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Why You Should Try SEM in 2020

Yesterday, I wanted to create a linktree account, and I saw an ad rank, as I see most times during my searches.

So, I thought to share

You should try SEM because business just got better with it.

🔹A Quick Point

SEM is not SEO❌

SEM (Search Engine Marketing) SEO (Search Engine Optimization)

SEO: You'll use keyword optimization, formatting and of course create valuable insights.

Then, Google would be like "Wow, look at that…A's got good stuff." Then, you get a FREE spot to rank in the organic search results.

On the other hand:

SEM: You'll have to pay Google (or another search engine) to show your content or offer to your prospects. It's PAID.

You'll be like "See Google, I've got great stuff my target audience will benefit from."

…and the beauty of this is that you'll always rank above your competitors.

SEM's got a lot of benefits: 🔹No matter how good your competitors are with SEO, you'll always rank first. 🔹You get increased brand awareness 🔹Your content reach a larger audience 🔹You can create geo-targeted ads 🔹You get a lot of traffic using targeted ads

Have you tried SEM?

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You Really Should Understand the Difference Between a Balance Sheet and Income Statement

Grasping this important point will take your financial management skills to a whole new level

Entrepreneur's Handbook – Medium

I’ve raised $20m+ from VCs. I made this step-by-step infographic to help founders determine if they should raise capital for their business or not

The question I’m most often asked recently is “should I raise (equity) capital?” So I created an infographic to answer this question.

If you’re wondering whether or not you should raise capital, please refer to this infographic for my perspective, after 10 years and $ 21m experience, on your answer.

Link: http://ryanhvaughn.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/Raising-equity-capital-flowchart.pdf

Also, if you've raised VC before I'd love your thoughts on how this tracks to your experience. If this is useful, I may also try to answer the logical follow up question next: “How do I raise capital.” Let me know if you’d be interested in seeing that.

NOTE: This post got removed due to a link on the image, so I removed that and am reposting.

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