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Bridget Bridget Harris Buskers Guide to Startups BoS2016

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From busking Celtic Folk in Covent Garden, to running a fast-growing bootstrapped business, Bridget has had an eventful career and YouCanBookMe could almost be described as an ‘accidental startup’. The founders, Bridget and Keith, were on a mission to find the ‘sweet spot’ in scheduling that would allow their app to take off virally, and make money too. In 2012, Bridget started focusing her effort full time on building a business that would allow the product to grow sustainably and profitably. Their early call to grow without venture funding has had a significant impact on the business. Bridget discusses some of the implications of this decision as YouCanBookMe grows – the good and the bad – as well as some lessons has learned in recruiting a globally distributed team of people who all work remotely.

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Bridget Bridget Harris Buskers Guide to Startups BoS2016

  1. 1. Bridget Harris co-founder & CEO @bridgettoday
  2. 2. “We’ve got no money so we have to think” Ernest Rutherford, Physicist
  3. 3. https://assets.entrepreneur.com/content/16x9/822/20151125052533-shutterstock-199610807.jpeg You’ll grow quicker! You’ll make more money! You’ll access great advisors!
  4. 4. “it takes about ten years before your company really hits its stride.” http://b-i.forbesimg.com/alexkantrowitz/files/2013/12/ben-chestnut.jpeg
  5. 5. “The strategies employed to pursue the 30% for $3M, are often in direct opposition to the strategies needed for a 0.3% shot at making $300M” Image: http://cdn.everydaycarry.com/uploads/15-06-16/155801af1c1b8f.jpg
  6. 6. “Maybe some percentage, larger than 95% of VCs, add zero value, and 70% of VCs add negative value in advising.”
  7. 7. “Government is the badge of lost innocence” Thomas Paine, Common Sense, 1776
  8. 8. “There are only two possible outcomes to this decision: Hire or No Hire.” Joel Spolsky, JoelonSoftware.com
  9. 9. We made three main assumptions
  10. 10. not London London Image: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bedfordshire
  11. 11. Image: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bedfordshire
  12. 12. Image: http://beatimpostorsyndrome.net/impostor-cat.jpg
  13. 13. We were wrong about all three assumptions
  14. 14. not Bedford Image: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seville#/media/File:Spain_location_map.svg
  15. 15. not Bedford not Bedford not Bedford not Bedford definitely not Bedford not Bedford not Bedford not Bedford not Bedford not Bedford not Bedford not Bedford not Bedford not Bedfordnot Bedford
  16. 16. how we hire
  17. 17. actual classical musician
  18. 18. stage 1 - the advert
  19. 19. On stage one, we say NO when...
  20. 20. stage 2 - the questionnaire
  21. 21. On second round, we say NO when we see...
  22. 22. On second round, we say NO when we see...
  23. 23. On second round, we say NO when we see...
  24. 24. On second round, we say NO when we see...
  25. 25. On second round, we say NO when we see...
  26. 26. On second round, we say NO when we see...
  27. 27. Stage 3 - the video call
  28. 28. On third round, interview / skype round, we say NO when
  29. 29. At every stage we are looking for reasons not to hire them.
  30. 30. If not them, then who?
  31. 31. stage 4 - the contract
  32. 32. questions….

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