The hottest Startup Substack posts right now

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Points And Figures • 532 implied HN points • 12 Feb 24
  1. Institutional investors prefer C-Corps for specific tax benefits and legal protections.
  2. Nevada is emerging as a compelling option for business incorporation due to favorable legal environment and objectivity of judges.
  3. Nevada's business-friendly culture, favorable weather, and infrastructure make it an attractive choice for startups over traditional options like Delaware.
Brick by Brick • 9 implied HN points • 26 Feb 24
  1. Common shares vs Preferred shares: Know the differences. Common shareholders may face challenges like Right of First Refusal (ROFR) when transacting with their shares.
  2. Liquidity avenues for startup common shares include IPOs (least likely), M&A, tender offers, private share sales, and equity financing. Each option comes with its own set of complexities and approvals.
  3. Preferred shareholder rights like Liquidation Preference and Participation Right can significantly impact common shareholders during exits, potentially wiping out their earnings completely. Understanding these rights is crucial in startup shareholder dynamics.
Running Lean Mastery • 137 implied HN points • 10 Feb 24
  1. Time in a startup is pulled in different directions - outside and inside the building. Startup founders need to balance both effectively.
  2. Creating a flow state is crucial for productivity. Flow involves being fully immersed in a task, limiting interruptions, and receiving immediate feedback.
  3. To optimize work, establish uninterrupted time blocks for focused tasks, prioritize maker goals early in the day, and schedule manager activities later to maintain flow.
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Safe For Work (SFW) • 15 implied HN points • 21 Feb 24
  1. Startup founders need to transition from being independent doers to effective organizational leaders as the company grows.
  2. Founder's rapid learning pace in early stages can hinder team building if they don't shift to leading and collaborating with their team.
  3. Leaders should practice empathy, effective communication, and self-awareness to navigate the challenges of moving from individual contributor to managerial role.
Startup Business Tips 🚀 • 43 implied HN points • 27 Jan 24
  1. Having a great product is not enough, you need effective marketing and sales to succeed.
  2. Adding a free plan may not always solve the problem of acquiring paying clients, and freemium may not be suitable for all businesses.
  3. Tracking lost reasons properly, understanding the value you offer, and analyzing churn are crucial aspects that impact the success of a SaaS business.
First 1000 • 452 implied HN points • 19 Oct 23
  1. TechCrunch's journey started with a personal blog and grew into a media giant through credibility and breaking big tech news stories.
  2. TechCrunch rode the wave of the Web 2.0 era, evolving from a research tool into a significant news outlet.
  3. The pivotal moment for TechCrunch was breaking the accurate story of Google acquiring YouTube, leading to a surge in subscribers and solidifying its position in the tech media industry.
Flack • 648 implied HN points • 23 Aug 23
  1. A successful fundraising announcement includes objectives, audience, message, execution, and validation.
  2. Focus your announcement message on accomplishments, plans, and what matters to employees and customers.
  3. When executing a fundraising announcement, share the message authentically, handle leaks intelligently, and seek validation from others.
Texts with Founders • 7 implied HN points • 13 Feb 24
  1. Having a good co-founder can make starting a company less lonely and more successful.
  2. Relying on funding or accelerators as preconditions to starting may show a lack of commitment to building a successful startup.
  3. Starting with customers before seeking investors can lead to faster validation, more successful fundraising, and show commitment to the company's growth.
Elena's Growth Scoop • 471 implied HN points • 29 Aug 23
  1. Offering a startup discount program can convert customers to paid plans, land enterprise contracts, and build your brand.
  2. A startup discount program provides an opportunity for companies to offer their product at a reduced cost to new startups.
  3. The program acts like a reverse trial, allowing young companies to experience a product's benefits before transitioning to regular pricing.
depression2022 • 39 implied HN points • 09 Jan 24
  1. InVision, a popular design collaboration app, is shutting down after facing stiff competition from Figma.
  2. The closure of InVision highlights the risks of startup investing and the challenges of managing investments without acquisitions or IPOs.
  3. 2024 may see more unicorn failures than successful IPOs, with many overfunded startups expected to fail.
Afridigest • 55 implied HN points • 14 Dec 23
  1. The essay explores actions taken by top companies like Nvidia, Facebook, and DoorDash to build and strengthen their cultures.
  2. African tech companies with strong cultures empower employees and allow room for graceful failure.
  3. The content on Afridigest provides insights for startup founders, operators, and investors in Africa and beyond.
Startup Business Tips 🚀 • 108 implied HN points • 21 Oct 23
  1. The Ultimate Framework for building an Ideal Customer Profile includes defining the ideal company and personas in detail.
  2. To build your ICP, analyze CRM data, product analytics, create a Dream 100 list, do market testing, research communities, and get qualitative feedback from sales calls.
  3. Creating an Anti Ideal Customer Profile can help in identifying personas and companies that do not align with your business due to various reasons.
Interconnected • 384 implied HN points • 07 Jun 23
  1. The author provides a re-introduction of their background in three phases: US Politics, Foreign Policy, Washington DC; Cloud Infrastructure, Open Source, Startup Operator; Global Lens, GitHub, Investing and Writing.
  2. Their experience ranges from working in the Obama administration, studying law and computer science, to engaging in early stage investing and working at GitHub.
  3. They emphasize the importance of achieving bilingual information symmetry between English and Chinese through their writing.
Axial • 37 implied HN points • 14 Dec 23
  1. Axial partners with great founders and inventors in early-stage life sciences companies
  2. Knowde aims to modernize the global chemical industry through its B2B marketplace
  3. Knowde's platform streamlines chemical procurement for buyers and provides digital storefronts for suppliers
Tiny Empires • 85 implied HN points • 11 Oct 23
  1. Validate your startup ideas properly by testing if they can make money, not just if they are good ideas.
  2. Connect with potential customers and speak to them directly to understand if they would pay for your product or service.
  3. Ask a fixed set of questions to potential customers, track their responses, and refine your idea based on the feedback.
system bashing • 176 implied HN points • 20 Jul 23
  1. Starting small and doing what you love can lead to building a strong community and following.
  2. As a business grows, the transition from a passionate creator to a structured company can bring challenges in managing relationships and revenue.
  3. Scaling a startup involves evolving into a company with defined roles, managing financial aspects, and adapting to market demands.
startupdiaries • 118 implied HN points • 31 Aug 23
  1. Startup life involves adapting to evolving needs, rather than sticking to initial job descriptions.
  2. Working at hyper-growth startups can be rewarding but also lead to burnout, so it's vital to pace yourself and manage emotions.
  3. Transitioning through the stages of startup growth requires flexibility, being open-minded, and evaluating if the company still aligns with personal values.
No-Code Exits • 157 implied HN points • 27 Jul 23
  1. Paul Metcalfe successfully sold his product, Lettergrowth, in just 4 months after building it with no-code tools.
  2. He used a landing page, DMs, and a community to find users, and relied on sponsorships for revenue.
  3. The acquisition happened quickly via Telegram Chat, with the buyer seeing potential in the product for their own business.
Rohit’s Newsletter • 98 implied HN points • 14 Sep 23
  1. Building financial products like credit cards or loans requires careful consideration of compliance regulations, risk models, operations, and funding models.
  2. Fintech infrastructure products can assist in building credit products, but integration can be complex due to a lack of standard setup.
  3. To effectively build a lending product, break it down into steps like acquisition, underwriting, origination, funding, and servicing.
Math Not Magic • 117 implied HN points • 08 Aug 23
  1. Kopi Kenangan has revolutionized the coffee industry by pioneering a grab-and-go model for efficient coffee consumption.
  2. Kopi Kenangan's success lies in its digital-first approach, low-cost storefronts, and ability to differentiate itself in the competitive coffee market.
  3. Kopi Kenangan is not just a coffee company but a growing F&B conglomerate with expansion into new food brands and FMCG products.