So.... you have decided to launch your venture but have no idea where to start...
As the queen of automation, these are my top 10 favourite hacks that I share with all my portfolio companies. It is a blatant promotion of the products that I have found useful. Of course these are not the only tools in the market, but they are the ones that have made a difference to my portfolio companies. Don't hesitate to share your own preferences in the chat below.
1. Automated CRM, Inbound Marketing, Accounting + outsourced CFO
2. Website + Domain Management + eCommerce
They are Mobile first / ipad compliant and Web compliant.
Just drag and drop. Build a personal website automatically. Build a corporate website or shop in less than an hour.
4. International PR
5. Telephony and Compute
6. Branding and Design Work
There are 5 ways to value a startup.
I am in love with Equidam.com - It delivers an automated investor-worthy valuation doc to validate these 5 methods with an automated beautiful print out. Don't waste your time with designers building beautiful investor materials. Equidam does it for you.
Access investors directly by listing your venture on Hatcher+, Gust, Crunchbase and Angel.co to connect to investor syndicates, talent and more. Gust will give you an evaluation of your venture from a VC perspective and provides pointers on how to strengthen your story. Publish your venture so that the VC community can gain access to your deal.
Strategize and build your value chain using the lean canvas tool on Canvanizer.com.
It provides the template to your lean canvas that you can codevelop with your collaborators and give access to your team.
Protect your IP and ideas using Digify.com to ensure security of important documents tht you don't want shared beyond the reader. Identify documents that you want to self destruct by a certain date. An ideal place to store your investor materials and analytically track who is consuming them and how.
Liveplan.com delivers you the best collaborative business planning and marketing planning tools. Formerly BusinessPlanPRO and MarketingPlanPRO. It gives you a template that you fill in with your team and it automates a beautifully formatted version of your business plan. It also provides drop in and out sections depending on how much you want to share and business plan content samples each step of the way, when you need some guidance.
Runwayvirtual forged by RunwayHQ and TechNation delivers you the bite sized accelerator training packages of know how to accelerate your startup in the key areas where you are not quite sure how.
Stanford's D School Design Thinking Crash Course - For disrupting your own ideas, as a tool for exploring open innovation collaborations and using it as the template to redesign for delivery of the desired customer experience.
8. Pitch deck and Boardroom worthy templates
Regardless of the stage of your company, a lot of your success can be garnered from your slides.
Slidebean.com - for Board Presentation templates and to access specific VC templates.
Pitchdeck - a great tool for consistent branding and communications.
CrystalKnows - DISC based Personality assessments, email style predictions and coaching tools to understand anyone's personality for hiring, team building, business development, stakeholder engagement, and more. Integrates into your Gmail and tells you how best to craft your message to the target audience's personality profile for greatest impact. Highly recommend! Understand the gaps and strengths of your team pre Series A and use it as a tool to assess for diverse new talent to round out the team, once you are ready for scale.
9. All things legal - Basic Contracts, Term Sheets etc.
10. Human Resources
These 10 startup hacks will see you accelerate the growth of your startup in no time at all.
These are the tools that I and my portfolio companies have personally found helpful.
If you ever need support on your journey I keep an open door at 4pm every Friday at Unilever Foundry LEVEL3 in Singapore. I'm always happy to warmly welcome a fellow entrepreneur and talk through the challenges. Sometimes its the lessons learned and shared that can make all the difference.
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Leesa Soulodre is Chief Innovation Officer of Inspirit IoT, an Adjunct Faculty Member of Singapore Management University, and an Expert for the European Research Agency on SME ICT Disruption. She is a Board member of RunwayHQ and Board Advisor to venture capital firm, Raiven Capital.
As a serial en/intrepreneur, Leesa has worked for more than 20 years on the cutting edge of strategy and technology. She has advised more than 400+ multinationals and their start-ups in 19 sectors across Europe, Asia Pacific and the Americas and led companies with turnovers from $4M to $14B USD into new markets. She has shared the exhilaration of one IPO, numerous exits, and the hard knocks of lessons learned.
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