Chang didn't make the same mistake twice. Today, he is the founder and CEO of Tomofun, the Taipei, Taiwan, headquartered company that produces the Furbo , a treat-tossing dog camera. Four of five survey respondents reported fretting about their dogs while they were at the office during the day. That led Chang and his team to develop a dog camera that lets people see, talk to and toss a treat to their dogs remotely. Chang and the Furbo team talk to half a dozen dog owners every week to be sure that they are staying on the pulse of what customers want and think about current versions of the product.
The apparel startup founder underestimated the costs of shipping to Kickstarter backers. And if you think you have already built in additional time and costs, build in more, says Goldstein. His rookie mistake was obsessing over his competition. Before running Fluent City, Rohrback was on the founding team of three other startups. He was the founder for Gulliver, a sort of Trip Advisor for study abroad programs, which was acquired by Noodle, a search engine for educational resources.
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How much did they know about our strategy? I've since realized that is a total waste of time. Thinking about the competition is essentially a distraction. To get off the ground, a startup team needs to be devoting all of its energy to making itself better every day. You need to proactively drive your strategy.
If you are focused on your competitors, you are in a reactive mode. You feel the pressure to follow them, have all the features they have, etc. That can send your strategy in a totally wrong direction," says Rohrbach. Well, not really," says Abraham.
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The AND CO team learned that a day free trial wasn't long enough for customers to understand the benefit of an invoicing software product. So we stopped what we started and switched to a freemium model where the hook is based on real, relevant usage, not time. Myers was 26 when he launched BodeTree and he was thrilled to have landed a partnership with Intuit, the makers of QuickBooks. As a new player in the space, he was star struck to have the partnership and developed the entire product to pair organically with QuickBooks.
The Intuit partnership team told Myers that they could tap into their network of more than six million small businesses. Confident in the advice from a giant in the field, Myers said he did not develop any other sales channels. Effectively, he put all his efforts to work with the Intuit product. On launch day in , Myers got a burst of interest from small businesses. But then the fish stopped biting.
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BodeTree began to do its own research and found out that 90 percent of small business owners don't keep their financial books accurate or up to date. In the end, it proved to be a valuable, yet expensive, learning experience.
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While BodeTree launched as a direct-to-consumer app, selling directly to small businesses, it now sells to institutions which co-brand the digital dashboard and give it for free to their customers. Wine n' Dine started out as a team of three working at home. When they hired a fourth team member, they moved into a hip co-working space. As they grew, they were cramped and the office rent bill was steep, says Stern. The startup's lead investor offered some admittedly unglamorous — but free! They took it, even though the space didn't have any windows.
With the money saved, the team hired an extra engineer. Where you work out of doesn't matter. As long as you have a room that fits the amount of people you've got, you're good to go. Spend the money on your team, product and marketing.
Plus Fritos. We eat a lot of Fritos. Kim Taylor, the co-founder and CEO of Ranku , which helps universities enroll more online degree students, tried to sell her ed tech product to universities by telling them that it was cheaper and better than what they were using. She wasn't getting much traction. This isn't the case in the higher ed industry where software is often bought by non-technical administrators," says Taylor. Seven minutes into the pitch, Cuban told Taylor to stop talking, that he was in and he would lead the round.
Taylor learned how to target her marketing to her audience. When CEO and co-founder Lee Mayer launched Havenly , an online interior decorating service, she tried to build in all of the features she had dreamed up. Ultimately, a startup is really resource constrained, and you need to focus on the thing you do the best, as opposed to going broad and trying to capture all demand," says Mayer.
It ended up taking support away from our core product.
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