If you ask the average startup founder “Are you coachable?”, you will get a resounding, “Yes, of course I am!” The problem is often that the definition of being coachable may vary from person to person.

Can you take customer feedback without feeling like someone called your baby ugly? How quickly do you respond to customer or investor feedback, and are you defensive or accepting of constructive criticism? Let’s look at a few of the factors that make a person coachable.

Humility

Just a word of advice before we go any further. First, being humble does not mean being meek or…


LinkedIn is a great place for business leaders to network. In fact, it is the go-to network for B2B conversations and marketing. People go to Facebook to unwind and relax, and the same is true of Instagram. They go to LinkedIn for more than just job hunting. They go to connect with companies, get advice, and network in a whole new way.

But how to you build a network with your company page? There are some tips and tricks you should know about. …


When you look at the words Due Diligence, startup founders seeking funding shudder just a little bit, especially if they live on the creative side of things. Because due diligence is a little bit scary. It’s like stripping down in front of the doctor for a physical exam. You know you have to do it, but there’s always a little bit of anxiety over what he might find.

When you are seeking funding, the due diligence phase is when you are going to show the investors everything behind the business. Because they need to see several things to establish trust:


One of the wins of remote work and developing remote teams is that developing diversity in the workplace, especially that of a startup, is easier than ever. Your employee pool can literally come from anywhere in the world, and more and more workers and companies are jumping at the possibilities.

However, one of the challenges is remote invisibility. The same employees who struggled to engage in an office environment can feel even more isolated and invisible, and while some of the introverts who write copy in the marketing department might be ecstatic at first, humans are social creatures, and that…


Venture Capital has shifted during COVID-19. It’s not unexpected, but there are some trends to watch. Thanks to the CB Insights platform, we can get a closer look at what is happening in the wellness space and others. Here are some of the key VC Investment trends, and what to watch for next.

Double Down Deal

In the first half of 2020, the number of deals and the amount of funding have both dropped. Funding is down to $4.6B, a drop of 24%. However, the number of deals only dropped 16%, which means each deal is worth less than it was last year.


Perhaps some of the most quoted and famous words from the “trial of the century” are: “If the glove does not fit, you must acquit.” It’s a silly untruth, but one that has stuck with the legal world. But what about startups, and a little something called Product Market Fit? To coin a new saying, “If the product doesn’t fit the market, you must pivot.”

Much like the trial of the century, startups are looking for the right fit, but without a lot of trial and error. Besides cash flow, not understanding product market fit is one of the top…


You might be surprised to see what seems like a ton of IPO offerings now — during a global pandemic. Markets are also surprisingly healthy. Even more surprising is the fact that there are a lot of companies raising venture capital as well.

In fact, according to the NVCA, venture capital is extremely healthy. In the first half of 2020, over 5,000 companies have raised over $69 billion in capital. That works out to 28 companies a day raising $381 million a day. The largest two sectors receiving funding? Software and healthcare.

This isn’t extremely surprising, but it does point…


Remember when remote work was a perk? Think about it for just a moment. That was seven months ago. There were all kinds of excuses we put forth: developing company culture was harder, onboarding could be tricky, managers didn’t trust homebound employees to be productive, and more.

Enter a global pandemic, and what newly emerging media outlets and others had been preaching for a long time became an innovation that had to happen and happen now. But let’s take a step back and look at taking your startup remote and global. …


The dream of starting a business can be a real motivator. The keys to success go far beyond motivation though. Once you’ve got the dream in place, it’s time for a reality check. What are the critical success factors for a startup?

The truth is, every startup is different. The formula that works for one may or may not work for another. However, there are some common foundational business factors that every entrepreneur in every single startup should know. Here is a look at seven of them.

Know Startup and Operating Costs

First, by the time you are ready to really put your business plan…


We hear the term business model all the time, but how often do we stop to think about what that really means? Most businesses build the concept into their planning, but a full understanding of what makes up a business, and therefore a revenue model will make any business plan better and make the business more likely to succeed.

Here’s what you need to understand a super business model, and define the one for your startup.

Defining Moment

First, we need to start with some definitions that, while you may have heard them before, you may not have put them in context…

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