How to raise a seed round. Six great reads for early stage startups.
The key elements of a great startup business plan.
Do you know your redemption rights from your representations? If you’re considering raising a round of funding - it’s crucial to get to grips with the landscape and the terminology.
We’ve collected some of our favourite articles on fundraising. Consider it a little crash-course on raising a round - with some great hints and tips for veterans too.
15 tools for building business models and financial plans for SaaS startups.
Building a business? Going for investment? It might be time to consider building a business plan.
In this article, we outline some of our best hints and tips in building a great business plan for your business, quickly and efficiently, so you can get on with growing.
How to fund your startup: the differences between seed, angel and VC investors.
Growing a software startup?
Having the right financial forecast in place isn’t just essential for your next raise: it should be the lifeblood of your business. Here are are some of our favourite resources and tools, that have shaped the way that we approach commercial strategy and developing financial models.
5 secrets to creating great startup pitches and credible financial forecasts.
Looking to take your startup’s growth to the next level?
It’s likely you’ll need investment. It feels like a big decision - and that's because it is. It’s a great way to unlock growth - but every route has upsides and downsides that affect how you structure your business and how it grows. This little guide outlines the basic types of investment that you can seek.
12 Top London FinTech Disruptors To Watch In 2018
How can you make sure that your startup pitch and investment case are credible and attractive to investors, even if you’re raising a pre-revenue seed round?
Our top tips on showing investors your potential in pre-revenue seed rounds.
What you need to know about the Open Banking revolution.
FinTech is booming in the UK. London’s Silicon Roundabout - just down from our offices - is bustling with startups transforming the technologies and customer experience behind financial services.
Here’s a lowdown of some of the most exciting FinTech companies around London right now: from the young disruptors to the later stage almost-unicorns eyeing an IPO.
How to Build a Sales Forecast to Supercharge Your Startup’s Growth [free template]
‘Open Banking’, aka ‘PSD2’ launched in mid Jan. We believe it’s a silent revolution in the making. Driven by a new EU directive and new UK competition rules, it means that banks will have to share customer financial data like transaction history and spending patterns when an account holder requests it.
Here’s our top list of resources to get you up to speed on the start of a FinTech revolution
4 ways to create meetings that don’t suck.
There’s power in forecasting. It can supercharge your business. Help you to plan. Expect the unexpected. And most important, accelerate your startup’s growth.
In this article, I’ll give you some of the basics, walk you through an example, and give you a free template to get you started. It’s a serious read, but trust me, it’ll be worth it.
What can innovators learn from the Chatham House Rule?
When you’re busy, meetings feel like a black hole of time and energy. They stop you getting on with what’s important. They’re a talking-shop. They’re draining. Frustrating.
But it doesn’t have to be like that. We think it’s all in the set up. That meetings can be fun. Energising. Short, punchy and effective. Here are some of our tips on making a lot out of just a little.
5 inspiring reads for entrepreneurial leaders.
We are constantly trying to design new tools and tricks for creating the perfect environment for innovation. How do we uncover the most valuable insight? Get people to really open up within a group? To think broadly? To collaborate?
Could it be that a simple rule devised in the 1920s can help us by challenging social barriers and structures that so often get in the way of innovation?
The psychology behind great products, experiences and lasting growth.
A little new thinking can go a long way. If you’re leading a startup or a team in an organisation to create change and challenge the norm, don’t do it alone. There are some great things to be learnt from those who came before you.
Here are our essential picks on new thinking, high-impact tools and confidence inspiring pragmatism.
The key to building the foundations of a great brand (it’s not visual identity).
How are you building products? Are you serving your customers needs, right now? And in the future?
Here are our thoughts on tapping into emotional and rational thinking to help create products people love and find long-lasting growth. We think you can have both. Have that cake and eat it.
Essential tools for every part of your startup marketing plan.
A startup can only live up to its potential by communicating what it does to the outside world.
Brand is the right place to start, but is so often misunderstood — as a great name and logo, rather a way to creating meaningful relationships (that ultimately lead to sales).
Getting Traction: 5 lessons on acquiring your first customers.
Finding focus is the key to great marketing and business growth.
Day-to-day, we help companies to work out what’s most important. Then use simple strategy and tools to do more with less. Today we’re going to show you some of our favourite tools to make your marketing efforts easier, cheaper and more effective.
The Secret to a Winning Investment Pitch.
The classic articles on how to get early customers. How to grow your startup. Get traction and build a great product without an army of content marketers or a big budget.
How are you planning to get your first customers? Can you do it quickly? Cheaply? Could you even do it before you launch a product?
How to use research to develop great products that sell.
A great pitch doesn’t just get you in front of investors. Or even just get you the money. It sets investor expectations of growth. Of confidence in you and your team. Of risk and reward. These are the cornerstones of the terms of your investment and equity agreements. But is there a one-size-fits-all formula for an investment pitch? We think not. . .
Why marketing is the best tool for startup growth.
The secret to growing a successful business is finding the right 'fit'.
No matter what stage you’re at, staying in-tune with the needs, wants and beliefs of your customers is incredibly important. We'll show you our favourite tools through an example. From spotting an exciting potential opportunity to really validating a value proposition.
Realising the power of inclusive design.
…and how customer conversations are the key to unlocking incredible growth for your business.
Marketing is often thought of as a function. But done right, it can affect every part of your business. Put finding people to love your products at the heart of your business, and you’ll build a business that’s customer focused.
The economic value of social enterprise.
Over the past months we have had the privilege of working with the team behind the inclusively designed ADDITION Collection from Blue Badge Style.
We are delighted to announce that the collection’s first product, DRINK, has been awarded a second round of investment from the Design Council ‘Spark’ program, to take the product to market.
This is unlikely to be the first time you've seen a title like this - there has been a great deal of discussion in recent years around the potential economic value of social enterprise.
But it's not always easy to relate this to real life. To see how and where it is happening.