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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.
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."
Companies that hit $1 billion in annual revenues share seven traits, recent research shows. This lengthy article explores the concept in some depth with examples. If you want more, read the book "Blueprint to a Billion" by David Thomson.
Innovative ideas that come to reality require legal protection. Establishing a copyright, patenting, licensing, branding, and other issues related to intellectual property must be addressed , and many times require professional assistance from an attorney or other professionals. This guide includes links to specific resources and FAQs. A great introduction to the topic!
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.
Implementing an effective inventory management system can provide: reduced carrying costs, improved ordering and order flow, reduced waste, access to inventory, and increased customer satisfaction. Included in this guide are no-cost links from the Small Business Administration and other government-funded resources plus quick-read, practical suggestions.
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.
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.
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