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Understanding market competition is an integral part of establishing a viable business strategy. Used for both short- and long-term purposes, business intelligence can inform decisions related to pricing, advertising, marketing, and branding. Public and private resources, as well as professional research services, are profiled here. And there are several additional links for you to gather competitive intelligence on competitive intelligence.
Even if you never intend to look beyond your own business backyard, read this brief, helpful article. Entrepreneurs do find unexpected opportunities beyond the horizon, but few know how to effectively expand geographically.
Pulling legal documents from the internet may be quick, cheap, and easy, but keep in mind you get what you pay for. Sometimes more is less. An experienced, straight-talking start-up veteran provides three best practices about how to avoid mistakes, what you should pay, and how to negotiate fees.
There are pros and cons associated with using a convertible note structure before doing a Series A round of investment. A venture capitalist explains the ins and outs with a brief, straightforward introduction, including blog comments from other sources.
Small companies are especially bedeviled by long sales cycles. Taking more control of the process will help. What can you do? Do a better job of tracking each step in the sales pipeline, developing a more efficient training program for new salespeople (a refresher for veterans), and more effectively identifying prospects. This article offers additional ways, compelling examples, and expert sources.
A venture capitalist explains how key performance indicators (KPIs) are best compiled and used. They should be straightforward covering financial items and people, probably no more than 20, tied to specific managers, and coordinated by the CFO. Sales should be handled as a separate category.
Mentoring is a time-honored tradition in many fields, and for good reason: It works. Parents, friends, and investors usually don't cut it as mentors, however. You need unbiased, direct (even blunt) advice and direction if you want to grow your company. This article provides in-depth information, insight, and examples both for mentees and mentors.
This blog entry by a Chief Happiness Officer tackles an important topic from the European point of view. It's a useful reminder that not all of your employees are as zealous about your vision as you or your senior executives. Some will perform better if you keep that in mind.
Hindsight is 20/20, or so the saying goes. It's useful to learn from the mistakes you made in your last venture, but realize that they might not apply to this venture. So, focus on things you can control (not your competition), be passionate about revenue (or hire someone who is), and remember that, as the author points out, "it's easier to keep spending under control than it is to get spending under control."
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