Our Investment Framework Post-COVID-19

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EO’s framework for sustainability: How EO will become net positive by 2030

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Yiannis and his company helped to develop a sustainability framework for EO to manage its environmental and social impact, and inspire EO members to engage with the organization’s sustainability agenda. The following is a summary of EO’s sustainability framework.

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Bottom-up SaaS: A framework for mapping pricing to customer value

TechCrunch

Should your SaaS startup embrace a bottom-up GTM strategy? Should your SaaS startup embrace a bottom-up GTM strategy? You need a concrete strategy that aligns customer value with pricing. The MAP customer value framework. Caryn Marooney. Contributor. Share on Twitter.

The hamburger model is a winning go-to-market strategy

TechCrunch

RIBS: The messaging framework for every company and product. Bottom-up SaaS: A framework for mapping pricing to customer value. Bottom-up SaaS: A framework for mapping pricing to customer value. Should your SaaS startup embrace a bottom-up GTM strategy? Caryn Marooney.

4 strategies for deep tech founders who are fundraising

TechCrunch

The best way to succeed in this evaluation framework is to ensure that everything you share is relevant and exciting to a diverse audience of even nontechnical folks. Jessica Li. Contributor. Share on Twitter.

What Customer Demand and Your Startup Balance Sheets Imply about Your Startup's Strategy

Tomasz Tunguz

Among the most useful frameworks I’ve found to manage a company in this era is the 2×2 matrix above. Both are equally viable strategies. This matrix answers the question: what should the company’s stance be. It also raises the question: when should it change?

Countingup closes £9.1M for its business current account with built-in accounting features

TechCrunch

Leading the round is Framework Venture Partners, with participation from Gresham House Ventures, Sage and existing investors. Europe Fundings & Exits Recent Funding Startups TC Countingup Framework Venture PartnersCountingup , the U.K.

What Customer Demand and Your Startup Balance Sheets Imply about Your Startup's Strategy

Tomasz Tunguz

Among the most useful frameworks I’ve found to manage a company in this era is the 2×2 matrix above. Both are equally viable strategies. This matrix answers the question: what should the company’s stance be. It also raises the question: when should it change?

RIBS: The messaging framework for every company and product

TechCrunch

Bottom-up SaaS: A framework for mapping pricing to customer value. Should your SaaS startup embrace a bottom-up GTM strategy? Caryn Marooney. Contributor. Share on Twitter. Caryn Marooney is general partner at Coatue Management and sits on the boards of Zendesk and Elastic.

The business model of the future

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Read on to learn why Joachimsthaler believes this framework encourages innovation more than any other business model. BUSINESS GROWTH INNOVATION OPERATIONS STARTUP STRATEGY Erich Joachimsthaler The Interaction Field value creation VIVALDI

A six-step framework to make strategic decisions

Tomasz Tunguz

Some of these changes could be major and may require rethinking strategy. This framework has helped me many times simplify strategic questions and shift from questioning to analysis to action. By definition strategy is critical to companies. By using an analysis framework like the one above, you can bring clarity and a common language with your board for evaluating and making the right strategic choices

How to Fix Broken Communications During a Crisis

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Anticipate their concerns, and the framework of your message becomes clear. LEADERSHIP PEOPLE/STAFF PR/MARKETING STRATEGY #EOTogether coronavirus COVID-19 Eden Gillott EO Accelerator Gillott Communications

Military Strategy Applied to Startups

Tomasz Tunguz

According to Boyd’s philosophy, the way to enable teams to become agile is by using two frameworks each with four ideas, the Organizational Climate and OODA. The second framework is OODA. But, I wish the book had more concrete examples about how to apply these frameworks on a tactical basis.

The Three Dimensions of Content Marketing Strategy for Startups

Tomasz Tunguz

If I were asked to create a content marketing strategy for a person or a business from scratch, I would craft a strategy with three dimensions: customer segments, customer lifecycle stage and content type. Content marketing efforts must reflect the core strategy of the business and prioritize the most important few segments. Content Types: Great content marketing strategy should leverage all of the available tools to maximize success.

The Three Churn Mitigation Strategies of SaaS Startups

Tomasz Tunguz

Each strategy requires different levels of investment but achieves similar results. These strategies are often deployed in addition to a customer success team , which require their own investment. For each strategy, I show the investment required to offset revenue churn. Strategy 1: New Customer Acquisition. Strategy 2: Account Growth. Strategy 3: Organic Growth. The Organic Growth strategy is likely most efficient but necessitates tradeoffs.

The Four Factors to Consider When Developing Your Startup's Pricing Strategy

Tomasz Tunguz

What is the optimal pricing strategy for a start up? Price - Expensify employs a penetration pricing plan, using freemium strategy to build groundswell within organizations and ultimately close the entire company as a customer. Product The product is built with this strategy in mind, and differentiates itself in the market with the friendliest user experience in the market, which is how the product will initially be evaluated by these ultimate evangelists.

The Great Acceleration of the Rise of the Rest (Part II): Does your City have a Moat?

Revolution

Let’s use Morningstar’s 5 Factors as a framework. The framework was originally created to help public market investors determine whether or not an investment opportunity afforded a defensible moat that would contribute to a superior return-profile.

Dave Balter’s framework for being a great leader

Fred Destin

So I dropped in impromptu on Dave Balter who was running a session inspired by what he learned inside dunnhumby about leadership and strategy setting and how he helped apply it to, notably, smarterer. Dave learned a framework called OGSM (Objectives / Goals / Strategies / Measures) after his company Bzzagent was acquired by market research firm dunnhumby. The OGSM framework can be use to manage change at each of these levels. Simple framework : the top 5 list.

The Impact of Varying Sales Hiring Strategies on SaaS Startups

Tomasz Tunguz

First, let’s compare the financial impact of three different sales hiring strategies: six sales people hired at once, two sales people hired for each of three quarters and one sales person hired each month. The plot at the top of the post compares the MRR trajectory of these three sales strategies. aAfter about the 8th month, all sales strategies reach the same constant growth rate created by six sales people achieving quota.

Here is How to Make Sense of Conflicting Startup Advice

Both Sides of the Table

Draw from Frameworks. The most helpful type of advice in my mind are frameworks for how to solve a problem. On market segmentation I often recite my “ Elephants, Deer & Rabbits ” framework. On teams I have a framework for tech teams “ CTO vs. VP Eng ” or on sales I have “ Journeymen, Mavericks & Superstars ” 5. On investment strategies I have “ Deflationary Economics ” 6.

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Navigating the Stages of Community Growth

CO.STARTERS

While these frameworks are incredibly helpful, a very important set of factors are being overlooked—context, trajectory, and timing. CO.STARTERS helps communities thrive through entrepreneurship by equipping them with strategy, tools, and relationships. A Model for Starting and Sustaining an Entrepreneurial Community. By Enoch Elwell. Entrepreneurial culture is changing.

The Four Tenets of Conscious Capitalism

Entrepreneurs' Organization

To this end, the conscious capitalism movement provides a framework that includes four interconnected disciplines. Barry Wehmiller has employed this strategy to complete more than 110 acquisitions worldwide, nearly all of them profitable. Contributed to EO by Kent Gregoire.

We Created a Program to Help Businesses Rebuild. Here’s What We’ve Learned So Far.

CO.STARTERS

After nearly a decade of solely focusing on products and strategies to support new entrepreneurs, we at CO.STARTERS have expanded our focus to include existing businesses.

ESHIP Year Three: From Inspiration to Action

CO.STARTERS

CO.STARTERS has been privileged to play a key role in supporting all three ESHIP Summits, from strategy to design to implementation—and this year was no exception. Developed from our learnings across hundreds of communities, the Community Roles framework is intended to help leaders identify skill sets in themselves and others that are key to ecosystem building. More than half of our CO.STARTERS national team (8 out of 15!)

What To Work On

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

These are two very different “go to market” strategies, they imply two very different business models, and they will result in very different long term market positions. But I can give you a framework because choosing what to invest in is a lot like choosing what to work on. But the framework is similar. My partner Brad likes to ask about the distinction between doing things right and doing the right thing.

How Much Money Should You Raise From Venture Investors?

Dream It

This framework helps founders position their fundraising targets and avoid red flags with investors. If you want to dive deeper into terminology and how it impacts fundraising strategy, here’s a relevant Hackernoon article.

Unsung Heroes of Ecosystem Building: Meet the Voices Championing “Universal Support”

CO.STARTERS

Written by Anika Horn and Jeff Bennett, the series introduces each of the seven ESHIP Goals (a collaborative framework) through the perspectives of Champions who are spearheading initiatives within each goal.

A Scorecard: Should a decision be fast, or slow?

A Smart Bear

If the company’s strategy is clear and detailed, if relevant data is at hand, if it’s clear what your goals are , if the deciding team has confidence, then the decision could be easy and fast; if these things are absent, perhaps more deliberation is needed to clarify those things. Rather, this is a framework for thinking through what needs to be done. We all know that startups should make decisions quickly.

Building Your Early Startup Core Team

Dream It

We brought on Caya (CEO of Slidebean ) to provide a smart framework on how to find the right cofounders that can hit this mark. In the early stages of startup growth, it is critical to have a balanced and strong core team of founders. Here’s why those two words matter.

Startup Funding Explained: How to Raise a Bridge Round

Dream It

When you’re raising a bridge round and pitching investors, their first reaction may be that you’re in trouble. To overcome this, you’ll need to properly address your reason for raising bridge funding.

5 machine learning essentials nontechnical leaders need to understand

TechCrunch

ML recruiting strategy. This framework is often more important than the ability to apply the most sophisticated models. Snehal Kundalkar. Contributor. Share on Twitter. Snehal Kundalkar is the chief technology officer at Valence.

Want to Build Employee Engagement? Invest in Your People Holistically.

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Here, he shares his thoughts on capacity building as a leadership strategy. . I have gone all-in on capacity building as a leadership strategy. A big part of this is showing my team my commitment to improving, inspiring them to grow and giving them both the framework and the support to improve. By investing in capacity building as a leadership strategy, you will inspire others to be better, help them grow, and create a better outcome for both your business and employees.

Expanding My Investment Thesis to Run the MetLife Digital Accelerator powered by Techstars

TechStars

I have 5 guiding principles that shape my mental framework for startup investing. It ties into my personal strengths of “strategy” and “futurism” according to my ‘StrengthFinders’ test.

Unsung Hero Spotlight: Christina Theodoraki

Ecosystem Builder Hub

Incubators’ coopetition strategy in the start-up incubation ecosystem. To build an entrepreneurial ecosystem you need to engage in a long-term strategy thus to convince you need to show the results. To you, what is an Ecosystem Builder?

Launching a Portfolio Acceleration Platform at a Venture Capital or Private Equity Fund

David Teten - VC

Maria Palmer of RRE summarizes : “You can’t pick a platform strategy that’s unique, but you can pick a platform strategy that your firm can uniquely execute. ” . I propose here a framework for prioritizing your platform buildout. As you consider other options, I propose a 7-part framework for how you can support companies in How Private Equity and Venture Capital Investors Accelerate Portfolio Company Success. What to consider before building your VC platform strategy.

Launching a Portfolio Acceleration Platform at a Venture Capital or Private Equity Fund

David Teten - VC

Maria Palmer of RRE summarizes : “You can’t pick a platform strategy that’s unique, but you can pick a platform strategy that your firm can uniquely execute. ” . I propose here a framework for prioritizing your platform buildout. As you consider other options, I propose a 7-part framework for how you can support companies in How Private Equity and Venture Capital Investors Accelerate Portfolio Company Success. What to consider before building your VC platform strategy.

How Much Should You Bet To Maximize Your Investments, or Your Company's Odds of Success?

Tomasz Tunguz

Kelly wanted to solve for two key ideas: avoid total loss: the investment strategy should never result in a 0 or negative balance. There’s a wealth of research on Kelly strategies and many prominent investors use these techniques. The Kelly criterion provides both a conceptual and mathematical framework for evaluating those alternatives If I gave you $1000 to invest, and five investment options how would you decide?