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“ If you can’t turn technology into revenue, nobody cares.”
Debbie Gee, Founder, Maximum Strategies
“ You need three things to create a successful start up: to start with, good people, to make something customers actually want, and to spend as little money as possible. Most start-ups that fail do it because they fail at one of these. A start-up that does all three will probably succeed.” “ And what I discovered was that business was no great mystery. It's not something like physics or medicine that requires extensive study. You just try to get people to pay you for stuff “ Paul Graham, Software Engineer, Serial Entrepreneur, Harvard University Speech,“How to Start a Start-Up” essay, March 2005
VC’s Post- Sales Engineering Customers Board Sales Force Founder Company Cash Burn Rate “ Show me the money.” “ All is in place for success” “ Evangelizing does not equal cash.” “ What is the real sales forecast?” Often can’t justify purchase due to: pricing, new/co, no clear ROI, non-compelling buying message, etc. “ We will built it, they will come.” “ Kinks need to be worked out.”
#10 Be realistic about what can be done and when.
Including press interviews, being a source, feature articles, quotes when customers get press Public Relations memberships to elevate the industry at large Technology Standards Committees promoting your thought leadership within your space Speaking Engagements written by credible, industry third parties White Papers continually “touch” existing customers and allow effective product development and up-selling Customer Care Initiatives published and posted to show how others are benefiting from your product Case Studies
plugs you into the right technology space to get your offering recommended to client-customers
Analyst Relations Initiatives allows you to see and be seen at the right places and “watch” live customers respond to your story, product, company and YOU. Tradeshow Program clearly tells a customer what you do, how you do it and why they should care (buy) Effective Website
The 10 Things Are : #1 Beware of the “Let’s hire a sales force” mentality. #2 Be objective about your technology offering. #3 Know your competition and why a customer should write a check to you and not THEM. #4 Know where you are on the “emerging technology curve” within your space. #5 Show and tell how your technology makes the customer MONEY and delivers business value over alternative buying choices. #6 Be prepared to put some skin in the game to win customers. #7 Know when to partner and when to hold. #8 Leverage your existing customers to gain new ones (even if it’s a few!) #9 Simplify your message. #10 Be realistic about what can be done and when.
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Ok Wil, I get it, stay focused on your goal! You know THE GOALS GUY owns the phrase FOCUS = focus on a course until successful! The big obstacle is knowing the right people to work with, Everywhere we look there are those marketing people, web management people and so on who are willing to take your money and somehow are not accountable for results. If their ideas or efforts don't produce traffic, or you get traffic and their words don't convert traffic to sales, they are not responsible. How do we keep from wasting time and money on these people? First, you must have way more capital than one could imagine to start your venture. If you even get misguided anywhere along the way, there goes your budget. This is not just the case for very small startup businesses. I have been involved with larger companies who have wasted hundreds of thousands on consultants, advertising companies, audio and video companies, all who promise results and produce none. So, help for startups, help for established business. How do we avoid these???? DianePosted by: Diane D. Sunday at 3:52 PM http://www.gobignetwork.com/wil/2007/5/3/stop-screwing-around-and-focus-will-ya/10145/view.aspx
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“ You don't need $5 million to get started. You can start and launch a Web company with less than $500k these days. The cost of equipment, software and marketing have just plummeted. Less cost means a shorter road to profitability. ... now take all of those factors that absolutely defined 1999 and tell me that since they are gone, what exactly is it about today that looks like 1999? Don' t tell me "because YouTube sold for $1.6 billion." It doesn't matter. There will always be a company that sells for more than you thought it should. The fact is people are building real companies with reasonable amounts of revenue faster and more responsibly than ever. It's anti-1999. (note: all that said, 1999 rocked, and I hope it comes back some day)” Excerpt from: " Wil Schroter's BIGGER Blog - Go BIG Network " Times are Good Again, but it ain't no 1999 , 5/8/07