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Common mistakes entrepreneurs make

18 Mar: What are the common mistakes entrepreneurs make?

As a company focused on working with growth companies and entrepreneurs, we see a lot of amazing ideas.  We witness huge wins, and huge losses, and we love that we get to bear witness to the birth of great ideas and great companies.   In this respect, we’ve seen our fair share of mistakes made by well-intentioned founders.   Here’s a few common threads that we’ve noticed along the way; Founders making the wrong hire  Hey…we’re the first to believe that your referral network is the best network.  It’s true. But for critical roles within the organization sometimes the “buddy”…

Setting up your finance department

12 Mar: Setting up your new company’s finance department: Getting it right the first time.

You’ve made the leap. The incorporation paperwork has come through and what was once just an idea is now a real company. So where do you go from here? What do you need to do to get your company up and running? The Banks… One of the things you’ll realize very quickly is that you need to find a way to manage your new company’s money. You can’t just run this thing from your personal account, that won’t work. So, step one – you need a bank account. Choose your financial institution wisely, each of them will have different account…

Outsource

20 Feb: Focus on your core. Outsource the rest.

Your business is established now. You’ve moved from the spare bedroom of your place into that great open office with the Foosball table and the cool coffee machine. Your consulting CFO is positioning you to scale, and has brought you a strategy with that word on it again: outsource. Major corporations outsource things all the time, like those *shudder* call centres you hate so much, to save costs. But you’ve always been a believer that if you want things done right, you do them yourself. That’s a great mentality when your company is just you and your clients and managing…

Succeed in a Startup

20 Feb: How to Succeed in a Startup in 11 Steps

@c_blazquez posted this great infographic (by Anna Vital) about startups on twitter based on Paul Graham’s essay: Startups in 13 Sentences. How to Succeed in a #Startup ! #innovation #mpgvip #defstar5 #MakeYourOwnLane #GrowthHacking #marketing #startups pic.twitter.com/f5J7qLje2m — Christophe Blazquez (@c_blazquez) August 1, 2017 We thought we would provide our own take on Paul’s 13 Sentences on Start-ups. Pick good co-founders There are so many challenges that come along with starting a business. Many entrepreneurs find that they don’t have everything that is required to build their start-up by themselves. Having someone to help you along the way can be quite…