Sales Development Reps in Startups

When most first-time entrepreneurs think of hiring their first sales rep the immediate thought is a traditional sales person that will do deals. In reality, most entrepreneurs are better off with sales development reps — a fancy term for cold callers and appointment setters. The idea is that the entrepreneur should be on the phone…

5 Quick Tips for Effective Blogging

Continuing the previous post on marketing for the top of the funnel (practical PPC tips) an equally important aspect of online marketing, and more specially inbound marketing, is that of blogging. Blogging is a great way to regularly push out new content that builds credibility, inbound links, and a company persona. Here are five quick…

The Expected Value for Entrepreneurial Risk

As you already know there’s an extreme risk/reward equation for entrepreneurs in innovative businesses. We’ve all heard of the billionaires but that type of outcome is so rare it usually isn’t worth discussing. Let’s look at some simple math for entrepreneurial risk: High achiever young professional who earns $100k/year (for simple math) plus $20k/year of benefits…

The First Five Customers

When you’re just getting started with a new venture there’s a tendency to spend too much time trying to perfect pricing before you’ve signed your first customer. The most important thing for you to do is to get them to pay you something (even if it is tiny) and then bend over backwards to make…

Key Tenets of SaaS for Startups

Earlier today I was emailing with an entrepreneur seeking advice. After a few emails back and forth about pricing he asked if he could charge more to customers who got to use the latest version of the software. Wow, I was taken aback as we’re talking about a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) application where all customers should…