Start-up Lingo For Dummies

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Hate it or love it, start-up lingo is here to stay. And if you wanna "disrupt" the IT industry, knowing these words wouldn't hurt (we promise).

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Start-up Lingo For Dummies

  1. Lingo tart-up S for mies Dum Hate it or love it, start-up lingo is here to stay. And if you wanna “disrupt” the IT industry, knowing these words wouldn’t hurt (we promise).
  2. Crowd–sourcing Obtaining needed services, ideas, or content by soliciting contributions from a large group of people, especially from an online community, rather than from traditional employees or suppliers. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25
  3. Angel Investors (Micro VCs) Angel Investors invest anywhere between 2 lacs – 2 crores. They don’t just bring money to the table but also bring experience, connections and act like a mentor in the early days of a Start-up. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25
  4. Prototype A prototype deals with the technical content of the product: various aspects of the product that would be required for a usable, marketable product are omitted in order to reduce development cost. The goal of developing a prototype is to show potential investors/ partners/ customers how the product would work at minimum cost. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25
  5. Angel Investor Networks These are groups of angel investors that cover a broad spectrum of industries as different angels invest in different industries. Angels have their preferred industries depending upon their experience/ connections/ exposure/ opportunity overview. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25
  6. Venture Capitalists VCs come into picture after a startup has demonstrated a fair amount of market acceptability and needs a large amount of capital to make capital investments in infrastructure, supply chain, sophisticated technology, human resource or expand in newer markets and somewhat move into the league of relatively large companies. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25
  7. Minimum Viable Product (MVP) Minimum Viable Product is a working product with no bells and whistles, which is just about good enough for it be to be rolled out in the market, get initial feedback from real paying customers and hopefully gain some traction. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25
  8. Incubators VS. Accelerators Incubators are suitable for development of products and technologies, which require longer period of research and development and inputs from a wide spectrum of innovators/scientists/researchers. For e.g., innovations in Biotech, Medtech and/or Greentech need years of R&D effort and are more complex than building software products or applications. Incubators generally don’t offer any funding or take stakes either and are funded by the government or academic institutions. Accelerators, on the other hand, work on the principal of building quickly, failing faster and hitting the market again with a better product. Accelerators offer access to 360-degree business services, mentors who have expertise in go-to-market strategies. Accelerators extend support for a short term, offer funding, take stake and hope for profitable exits. Footnote: In India, both the terms are used interchangeably but incorrectly. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25
  9. Angellist Angellist is a platform for startups to connect with investors, talent and incubators. Founded by Naval Ravikant and BabakNivi, a profile on angellist is considered to be a must for every Startups worth its salt. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25
  10. Viral / Viral Marketing A method of product promotion that relies on getting customers to market an idea, product, or service on their own by telling their friends about it usually through social networks or e-mail. Viral marketing is the cool new term for ‘word-of-mouth’ advertising. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25
  11. Responsive Web Design Responsive web technology, which re-sizes text and images to fit any screen has become the norm for new websites. As tablets are replacing magazines on your coffee table, and smart-phones are replacing portable computers, you need to make sure that your content can be viewed, shared, and bought on new mobile devices. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25
  12. Gamification Using game-thinking and game mechanics in business applications for marketing, to enhance user engagement, accelerate revenue flow, and expedite application learning. Rewards range from becoming the “mayor” of an entertainment location via FourSquare, to winning badges via a Badgeville campaign. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25
  13. Pivot A quick change of direction or strategic correction by a startup, often based on customer feedback as well as changes in technology and/ or the marketplace. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25
  14. Gen-Z This is the youngest demographic, people born after 1995, who are sought-after by all new businesses. Gen-Z members have grown up in an un-tethered world of smart-phones, tablets and WIFI, and their perspective is both multi-cultural and global. They have never seen a world without the Internet, and they now have real spending power. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25
  15. Vesting Period A period of time an investor holding a right to a company must wait until they are able to fully exercise their rights. Essentially, earned ownership over time. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25
  16. Burn Rate The speed at which a company’s cash balance is going down. “We’re burning 1,00,000 per month.” 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25
  17. Hockey Stick (Inflection Point) A period of rapid growth (in revenue, sales, etc.) that, when graphed, resembles the shape of a hockey stick. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25
  18. Hackathon Weekend or daylong competition where guys with business ideas and coding skills jam to create software products, these are often prototypes. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25
  19. Termsheet A non-binding agreement between the founders and the investor/s which lays down basic terms and conditions under which an investment will be made. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25
  20. Traction The response demonstrated by your product in the market. It is represented by the number of users, downloads and/or website hits. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25
  21. Pre-Money The value VCs place on a company’s stock prior to investing. 1 Post-Money The pre-money valuation plus the amount invested. 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25
  22. Seed Round The first round of funding that helps finance the initial stages of a new venture. A seed round is hopefully followed by an even bigger Series A round. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25
  23. Ecosystem Start-up ecosystem is a confluence of success stories, talent, education, events, mentors, incubators & accelerators, and investors in a certain geography, which defines the support structure that exists for startups emerging in that location. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25
  24. Ramen-Profitable A startup that proclaims to be cash-flow positive, but actually makes just enough money to cover basic expenses, such as toilet paper, running water and instant ramen noodles for survival (no salary for the founders). It buys you time and credibility with investors, until the big bet really starts to pay off. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25
  25. Disruptive (Innovation) An innovation that goes on to disrupt an existing market and value network (over a few years or decades), displacing an earlier technology. These innovations that improve a product or service in ways that the market does not expect. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25
  26. Leverage Often used as an equivalent of “use”, the correct meaning involves use of credit or borrowed funds to improve one's speculative capacity and increase the rate of return from an investment, as in buying securities on margin. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25
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