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New Course - Lectures from Stanford on Blitzscaling
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Operationalizing your Startup for Scale
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1. Scale to 10m  2. Case Studies Video 3. Commitment vs Ambition 4. 10m testimonial 5. Grow to 100ks/month 6. Why startups that raise 20-35 million fail
Four Stages of Business
As you go through the process of growing your business, there will be four stages that require priority over one thing. Most people can't grow because they focus on a further stage too early, and the lack of a foundation keeps them from growing predictably. Let us know what stage you're in below: Definitions: Converting - something that consistently brings results - at at least 20-40%/ Offer - a document that's read to your customer that outlines your customer journey, product features, and support model Predictable - a process that brings in similar results for revenue or profit quarter on quarter (or better) Traffic Channel - One platform that brings you positive leads weekly (or daily) Reliable - someone that brings you energy and helps organize your business Executive - someone that commits to KPIs and exceeds them System - a group of processes that have predictable outputs based on what inputs you give it Operators - A class of human beings that take complete ownership over monetary outcomes of a business. You will know when you have a great one when you stop worrying about certain pieces of the business and they come to you with their worries & solutions.
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The true problem in Startups
Your problem is not your ability to find a solution. Your problem is your ability to trust a solution. -Anonymous
New Video Released - Excerpt from Paid Accelerator Program
#8 Figure Mindset Click the link above to view it or navigate to the Classroom section to find it
Driving Consistent Results & Book Recommendations
The biggest lever for driving consistent results for myself And the founders in our Accelerators Is to learn how to do things even when you felt like complete crap To change flow from an outcome To a decision To something you can trust to show up Whenever necessary To relax into it Rather than pump yourself to it The following books are great to give you glimpses of the process The War of Art - Steven Pressfield Essentialism - Greg Mckeown Execution - Ram Charan and Larry Bossidy Flow - Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Relentless - Tim Grover But ultimately the process will be specific to you Something that avoids your triggers for spirals And surfaces your triggers for greatness Stay thirsty my friends
If You're Doubting Yourself - Read This
If you’re not getting the results you need… it’s a function of commitment. How do you know if you’re committed enough? Quantify commitment and evaluate if it's enough (quick hint here: it’s not enough). The only two ways to quantify commitment are: 1. time and 2. money How much time are you investing into getting the results you need? Invest more. Ruthlessly cut out non-essentials. How much money are you investing into getting the results you need? Find a way to invest more. The most successful entrepreneurs in our accelerator programs, hell the most successful founders anywhere, are ALWAYS pot committed. If you don’t understand that poker reference it means every second of every day and every dollar in their pocket is committed to getting the result that they need. Doing so guarantees the outcome. Check out the screenshot at the end of this post: That is what commitment looks like. That founder knows that the work put in, the time spent, the commitment guarantees the outcome. He doesn't give up on the prospect that seemingly will never close. He doesn't take his foot off the gas. He's relentless. That's what commitment looks like. Here's my point: Maybe you have a family… maybe you’re dating…and maybe some of you have other responsibilities that you’ve committed yourself to before you started your business, or recommitted to your goals in life when you first interacted with our accelerator. For those of you - it's important to reframe those commitments as micro-commitments to your big hairy audacious goal. To your mission. To helping others in the world and leaving the world a better place than when you came into it. To what really matters. And for those of you that say, I can’t… this pandemic, this last work sprint, this team member has worn me out or broken me down. Take a deep breath. Let a microsecond allow your nervous system to reset. Remember who you are: someone that never lets life get in the way of what you’re here to do. and then go forth and conquer.
Quality of Life... and Startup
The quality of your life is dictated by the quality of your target. Most optimize for a new sale. Revenue the hope that one customer will walk in the door. the best optimize for profit how much they keep and how much value they deliver consistently so the profit keeps coming from less and less customers. If you're struggling with the quality of your life. and how you feel on a daily basis change the quality of your target and aim a little higher. Even if your experience of life has not been phenomenal of late the way you get out of it is to believe that a better experience is possible for you... and that it will be worth it to set a quality target. Keep going friends. -Apoorva
What is a Startup Accelerator
1. What: A startup accelerator, sometimes referred to as a seed accelerator, is a business program that supports early-stage, growth-driven companies through education, mentorship and financing. Startups typically enter accelerators for a fixed period of time and as part of a cohort of companies. While accelerator programs can provide beneficial resources to organizations at all stages of development, most focus on those that are pre-revenue. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- FocusedFounder focuses on startups that have revenue and gives them education, mentorship, and alternate forms of financing. Startups enter remotely at any point of the year, give up 0% equity and pay a yearly membership fee, and have access to an online portal, weekly calls, and in person events. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Startups that want to join an accelerator submit an application and are often admitted in batches split up throughout the year. Once accepted, the startup accelerator will provide resources and services such as guest speakers, advising hours, a negotiated amount of capital and sometimes a shared coworking space. Term periods average around 3-4 months and require anywhere around 3-8% ownership of the startup. The assistance of an accelerator ends with a "graduation" or demo day, when startups present their work and proceed independently. The most popular sectors for startup accelerators include tech hardware, AI and biotech and many big brand names have received early assistance from accelerators. Silicon Valley accelerator Plug and Play Tech Center helped Google, PayPal and Zoosk transform their ideas into businesses. Other well-known accelerators include Y Combinator, which launched Airbnb, Dropbox and Reddit, and Techstars, which has sponsored over 21 startups.
Recreating the Genius of Steve Jobs
If you're wondering how to recreate the genius of Steve Jobs, take a look at this video. TLDR it's about Athletic Practice "Every Monday, 4 hours, 14 years, 700 times... he focused on 4 products."
Start Here
Hello! Welcome to the Skool for Founder News & Free Courses. The goal of this skool is to help Startup Founders learn mindset, sales, and scale by giving them access the knowledge we've gathered in Silicon valley. Start by checking out these links or view the table of contents below. - Classroom - Do you have a startup or a Scaleable Business? - Process and Case Studies To kick things off, please comment below introducing yourself. Let us know: 1. Your name 2. What mission you're currently focused on See you in the comments! ---------------------------------------- Table of Contents A. Viral Articles B. Youtube Videos C. Accelerator Overviews A. Articles: 1. 3 Types of Profitability  2. Startup or Scaleable Business? 3. Scientific Growth vs Mathematical Growth 4. RIP Growth at all costs  5. Gametime, Practice, and Rest 6. Fake Growth vs Real Growth 7. 3 Things to Consider Before a Turnaround 8. 3 steps that will take you from 1-5M 9. Freedom and Work 10. Choose one: Wealthy, Happy, or Free 11. So you didn't hit your goal :(  12. Can you build without breaking? 13. Can you scale time? 14. Do you meditate? 15. The question when you’re building a $100m startup is: 16. Common threads between 8 & 9 figure founders 17. Omnipotence and Impotence 18. Growth or Profit 19. Happiness and Productivity  20. The New Chief Revenue Officer 21. Are you an Entrepreneur or a Founder 22. Growing Companies and Dying Companies 23. The distance between you and happiness 24. What Freedom Depends On 25. Finding Capital vs Searching for Capital 26. High Performing Founders 27. Positive Thoughts vs Negative Thoughts 28. Bottlenecks 29. Plateaus 30. Manage Time or Attention 31. Numeracy 32. Growth Hackers vs Marketers
3 Types of Profitability
Are you profitable? Are you sure? (There's 3 types) 1. Unit Profitability 2. Operational Profitability 3. Business Profitability 1. Unit Profitability This is where every time you make a sale, you make money. Most startups lower prices in order to make sales, so seasoned founders validate demand by making sure each sale brings in money. When this happens in a quick enough turnaround, your marketing spend becomes unlimited. 2. Operational Profitability This is where every month or quarter your business bank account goes up. Most founders struggle here because they assume they have Unit Profitability... but in reality they were wearing multiple hats and probably not paying themselves. Financial Modeling at this stage avoids over-hiring and burnout. Not stopping here avoids being beholden to a third party. 3. Business Profitability This is where you've paid back all investors (+yourself), don't require outside capital or debt to continue growth, and are profitable on a product and business level. Very few founders get here or even know that it exists. It's also referred to as having **** you money. This is where droves of capital allocators and experts come to you to "help" you... while they rub their palms and decide how much of your upside they will take. If you reach here, you will be able to select those with your values and ethics, rather than having to compromise on your standards and peace of mind.
Startup or Scaleable Business?
Startups are fueled by chaos, by random activities. Scalable businesses are fueled by systems that generate profit consistently predictably reliably. Startups generate chaos consistently predictably reliably If you feel stressed anxious overwhelmed frustrated or all of the above, Which one do you think you have?
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Apoorva Pande
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