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Running a startup: things I’ve learned so far

This week marks two years since I dissolved my successful band management company to focus full-time on my startup. I'd just completed my first large fundraising round where 21 individuals had written me personal cheques to invest in the business. These angel investors came from a variety of backgrounds. I found them through speaking at pitch events and by presenting my PowerPoint deck an estimated 700 times over the previous year. Raising the first round of capital was the hardest thing I'd ever done. It required a huge amount of personal energy and growth, and at the end I had a massive sense of achievement from pulling it all together. Now, I thought, the fun could begin!

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How Master the Art of Sales Even if it Makes You...

The art of selling is a social minefield. Have you ever been on the wrong end of a ham-fisted, awkward or just plain obnoxious sales conversation? Of course you have! Why is it that some sales conversations magically delight, while others make us want to manically bolt for the door? This Phil Anderson FREE CHEAT SHEET will help you to master the art of sales!

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Five essential ingredients for a humming homepage with James Tuckerman [FREE...

Most homepages dedicate too much of their valuable space to predictable and generally unhelpful information, such as the purpose of the business, their products and services, their achievements and needy invitations to ‘buy, buy, buy’ or ‘contact us for a free consultation on no obligation quote’. Effective homepages focus on the needs and wants of the customer.

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New Zealand’s Xero eyes US IPO, further disruption as subscribers increase...

Xero recently held its annual meeting in Wellington, during which the company revealed some interesting details about its future. As has been widely suspected, the...

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