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4 fundraising tips from Europe’s most active VC

There has recently been much talk of European seed-stage investment drying up. Research from Plexal and Beauhurst revealed that first-time funding for UK startups fell by 83% from March to May this year.  Seeing how our fund is currently Europe’s most active VC, I thought I’d give founders some insight into the current fundraising climate, and spread the good news: things are not as dire as they might seem.  Despite the current economic climate, our investment strategy has remained the same. We ...
Tags: Startups, Europe, UK, Podium, Beauhurst, Growth Quarters, Plexal


What Europe’s entrepreneurs can learn from DeepCrawl’s US expansion

International expansion for European companies is never easy, particularly in the USA. The rewards can be vast, but the risks can be equally significant. Many companies will overstretch and overspend, struggling to win market share in such a competitive economy. When DeepCrawl closed its $19 million Series B led by Five Elms in March, it marked another significant step in its transatlantic journey. Having worked with the leadership team at DeepCrawl since 2017, I have seen a business take these ...
Tags: Startups, Europe, Usa, US, America, Podium, Growth Quarters


Securing €3M investment and thriving during a pandemic — here’s how we did it

Like many other companies, with the onset of the pandemic, Growth Tribe faced the sudden challenge to either innovate or become irrelevant. This is the story about how we not only survived, but were able to develop a new business model and secure €3 million in funding. I hope that, by sharing our learnings, we can help other companies facing a similar situation to weather the storm and come out stronger. Around February 2020 we saw our revenue going down. People started to postpone their courses...
Tags: Startups, Podium, Growth Quarters


Work perks are changing — and that’s a good thing

Catered lunches. Gym memberships. Meditation rooms. Work from home Fridays.  These are a few of the perks tech companies commonly dangle in front of current and prospective employees. In a COVID-19 world, however, budgets are being cut, people are being laid off and these shiny office perks are no longer within reach.  Shelter-in-place orders have accelerated the adoption of remote work by years but it also leveled the playing field to eliminate the work perks that are costly and unimpactful. So...
Tags: Startups, Podium, Growth Quarters, COVID


6 ways to motivate and inspire your employees that don’t involve a pay rise

Modern companies offer a lot of perks for employees: healthy breakfasts and fruits, medical insurance, massage right in the office, a gym with personal fitness coaches, and much more. Due to recent quarantine guidelines, most companies had to stop all office activities and move some of them online, such as training and fitness classes. Even if you have a budget for perks, tangible and intangible methods of motivation should work together. People need to know that their work matters. Perks are gr...
Tags: Startups, Podium, Growth Quarters


So your company made a statement about BLM — now what?

Well, it’s all been a bit intense, hasn’t it? Just when we thought the planet was finally going to take us off the naughty step, we get slapped upside the head with another unfiltered look at ourselves. The uncomfortable, shameful, anxiety-ridden, angry, cannot-look-away-from systemic implication of racism and colonialism — including in the business and tech worlds. But, it’s not anything new so why does this time feel different? Are we truly at a tipping point? What I’m writing here may be unco...
Tags: Startups, BLM, Podium, Growth Quarters


‘Business benevolence’ is the key to surviving an economic crisis

The COVID-19 crisis is reshaping the world around us in profound and unpredictable ways, not least of which has been the widespread disruption of global supply chains. The fragility of some supply chains is so stark that some economists are signaling the end of globalism as we know it, causing business and government leaders to fundamentally rethink how much they rely on partners in other parts of the world.  But what’s really at stake? And how can businesses prepare for the next pandemic — or f...
Tags: Startups, Podium, Growth Quarters


4 ways to improve your latest product’s landing page to guarantee conversion

Few things are more exciting than launching a new product. For e-commerce brands, the landing page is a big part of pushing sales, especially shortly after the initial launch. Unfortunately, this is one area where I’ve seen far too many e-commerce sellers fall flat. It doesn’t matter how well you manage your multi-channel marketing. If your advertising efforts take potential customers to a landing page that fails to convert, even the best campaign in the world won’t do you much good. The good ne...
Tags: Startups, Podium


4 most common startup recruitment mistakes I’ve seen as a VC

So you’ve cracked product-market fit for your startup and it’s time to scale. As a founder, the first and possibly biggest challenge you’ll experience at this point is how to grow your team. Attracting and identifying talented potential employees who share your vision is vital.  However, for the significant majority of founders, who have little to no hiring experience, it’s easy to fall into several traps — not least, underestimating the time and effort the hiring process demands. Last year some...
Tags: Startups, UK, Ireland, Podium, Growth Quarters


Want a great developer? Stop obsessing over resumes and share a falafel

If you Google “freelance developer vetting process,” you’ll be bombarded with more than a quarter million results.  Most of the advice follows the same general themes:  Review work samples Put them through a test project And evaluate their English skills (if the developer is overseas) These screening tips are all useful, but something important is missing: the “Falafel Test.” Let me explain. Businesses can’t afford to be wrong when it comes to hiring developers. Sinking precious time and hard-ea...
Tags: Google, Startups, Podium, Growth Quarters


Accessibility will make your product better — for everyone

Boris is the wise ol’ CEO of TNW who writes a weekly column on everything about being an entrepreneur in tech — from managing stress to embracing awkwardness. You can get his musings straight to your inbox by signing up for his newsletter! One of my friends used to run a company that was growing fast and needed to hire a CTO. She tapped her network and spoke to a bunch of potentials, trying to find the perfect candidate. After some search, one person stuck out in particular. He wasn’t living in ...
Tags: Startups, Boris, Podium, Growth Quarters


Summit raises $2.2B across two megafunds, and pulls in ex-CEO of SoulCycle as newest investor

While there has been a wealth of bad news the past few months in the venture capital world as firms take account of the changing macroeconomic conditions in the wake of COVID-19, that hasn’t stopped some top investment firms from continuing to raise huge piles of capital and getting bolder in their investment theses. Case in point: Summit Partners, a venerable investor at the growth stage for startups and focused on the ecosystems in North America and Europe, has raised two new megafunds. The fi...
Tags: Europe, Tech, Venture Capital, North America, Summit, Whelan, Peloton, Summit Partners, Melanie Whelan, Podium, Brooklinen, RiskIQ, Immersive Labs, COVID, Appway


86% of Consumers Want a Local Business to Continue Pandemic Services Like Curbside Pickup

New research is finding Americans like social distance services like curbside pickup. And they want them to continue even after the pandemic is over. The State of Local Business survey from Podium reports that 84% of respondents have used tech-enables services like contactless payments too. The vast majority (86%) expect they will continue. Small Business Continues Pandemic Shopping Experience Over half of the consumers polled said they stayed away from local businesses that don’t have these ...
Tags: Sales, United States, Lehi Utah, Australia Canada, DepositPhotos, Small Business News, Podium, Eric Rea, COVID, State of Local Business, Contactless Services


We can’t build customer strategies solely on algorithms — and the pandemic proves it

A friend told me the other day about an ad he saw on Facebook. In it, young people clad in an activewear company’s bikinis and shirts are seen frolicking on Rio’s crowded Ipanema Beach. “Unique vision of effortless lifestyle,” read the brand statement at the top. Talk about failing to read the room. Here is a more recent photo of that now-empty beach, post-pandemic. Call it a case of algorithms gone bad. My friend was served this ad because machines had crunched data provided by his online activ...
Tags: Startups, Rio, Ipanema Beach, Podium, Growth Quarters


5 metrics SaaS startups must watch to keep revenue on track

After an unprecedented bull run for 11 years, SaaS businesses are faced with a lot of uncertainty as they overcome the business impact of the global pandemic.  There is no fixed path ahead. The truths of each Monday are recalibrated by next Friday. In the current scenario, agility is critical. You must look at the right leading indicators to make decisions quickly or risk getting buried under loads of data. While revenue metrics like LTV, CAC, NRR and Quick Ratio are solid ways to diagnose long-...
Tags: Startups, Podium, Growth Quarters


Remote work is making us more innovative — so don’t dread the ‘new normal’

Moodi will be speaking at Transform on July 2, TNW’s online couch conference on business innovation. Get your tickets here. In the process of forming the UN after World War II, Winston Churchill said “never let a good crisis go to waste.” Of course, the human cost of a crisis cannot be ignored. At the same time, a crisis can spark progress in a way that people otherwise can’t (or don’t) choose to enact.  In the lockdown that has resulted from COVID-19, space has been created in a very literal se...
Tags: Startups, Winston Churchill, Un, TNW, Podium, Growth Quarters, COVID, Moodi


What you should know about investing in AI during economic downturn

Over the past few months, the COVID-19 virus has had a huge impact on the globe. As of April 28, according to the World Health Organization, there have been more than 2.8 million confirmed cases worldwide and nearly 198,000+ confirmed deaths reported in more than 213 nations across the globe. The COVID-19 Pandemic is forcing governments and businesses into actions that are critical in the effort to minimize the rate at which the virus spreads. On March 19th, all residents in California, 40+ mill...
Tags: Startups, California, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, World Health Organization, Podium, Neural


Our fragile 40-years-old Banking infrastructure can only be saved with AI

IT failures are more common than we think. Admitting that you have a problem means there is a risk in doing business with you, and that leads to customer churn. Most companies try to conceal their failures and pretend there is nothing wrong. Ultimately, the clients suffer. For banks and financial institutions, such problems are particularly unsettling. IT disruptions lock costumers out of their accounts, disabling them from paying for food, rent or petrol. Not only is there a financial loss beca...
Tags: Startups, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Podium, Neural


Leading startups through dot-com and ’08 crash makes me optimistic about COVID

A crisis can feel like the end of the world. When the dot-com bubble burst in 2001, it ripped the heart out of a new industry — London’s Soho district felt like it had tumbleweed blowing through it. Then 2008 rolled along and we found out what a true crisis looked like. Or at least we thought we did. The last few months have seen a global meltdown of unfathomable proportions.  Yet whilst this crisis will hit deeper and wider than the others I’ve led businesses through, there are also reasons why...
Tags: Startups, London, Soho, Podium, Growth Quarters


So your instincts were completely wrong — here’s what to do next

Boris is the wise ol’ CEO of TNW who writes a weekly column on everything about being an entrepreneur in tech — from managing stress to embracing awkwardness. You can get his musings straight to your inbox by signing up for his newsletter! Last week I wrote about how to “get to no.” Basically, how to find out if you’re wrong, who to ignore, and who to listen to. This week I’ll give you some tips on what to do once you come to terms with being wrong. Steve Jobs was famous for being extraordinaril...
Tags: Startups, Steve Jobs, Boris, Podium, Growth Quarters


Why our laws can’t protect me from my digital stalker

The author of this article shares her experience as a victim of digital and physical harassment. She will remain anonymous for safety reasons. Stalking became a hot topic when Netflix released the hit series You. Unfortunately, many people were familiar with the plot all too well before its release. I’ve watched the show and, as someone who is currently being stalked, I could recognize an awful lot in the first season.  While technology has made so many wonderful things possible, I’ve sadly disc...
Tags: Startups, Netflix, Podium


Digital advertising amid the crisis — expected trends of Q3 and Q4

Looks like the first two quarters of 2020 are nothing but devastating for the digital advertising industry. With brands cutting marketing costs and publishers struggling to monetize the spike of traffic, obtained in view of the pandemic-related news flood, the global recession is looming on the horizon.  However, since basing on the right trends while adjusting your business strategy is crucial for ensuring economic recovery, the key question is: what’s next?  While no one can be sure of what ex...
Tags: Startups, Podium, Growth Quarters


Coronavirus may cripple VCs, but it’s a catalyst for funding innovation

The venture capital (VC) industry and the many angel groups that act like VC are a fascinating phenomenon. Since it’s official founding 74 years ago, it’s seen very little innovation. It still relies on good-ol-boy networks to find and evaluate startups and “gut feelings,” rather than data, serve as the primary drivers behind investment decisions.  It’s no wonder that only about 2% of VC investment goes to women-led startups (despite 39% of businesses being women-led), and only 3% of VC funding ...
Tags: Startups, Podium, Growth Quarters


Growth is sexy, but not its ingredients: Retention and operations

Back in 2016, I launched my content marketing agency, Optimist. I had a vision for the company, how it would work, and how it would grow. But, to be honest, if you had asked me about the level of success we’ve achieved over the last three years, I would have said it was probably a pipedream.  As we sit today, we’ve built a service business that generates about $1.5 million in ARR. From beginning as my own personal freelancing work, we’re now a 22-person content marketing agency working with more...
Tags: Startups, Podium, Growth Quarters


Tech in Latin America: An entrepreneur’s guide to May’s startup news

At the beginning of May, the Latin America Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (LAVCA) released a report showing that venture capital investment in the region had more than doubled from 2018 to 2019, reaching a total of $4.6 billion invested into “LatAm” companies. Fast-forward from December 2019 to May 2020 and the region’s startup ecosystem momentum has, like elsewhere in the world, been significantly impacted by the outbreak of COVID-19. Last month the World Health Organization (WH...
Tags: Startups, Brazil, Latin America, World Health Organization WHO, Podium


How to know when you’re wrong as an entrepreneur

Boris is the wise ol’ CEO of TNW who writes a weekly column on everything about being an entrepreneur in tech — from managing stress to embracing awkwardness. You can get his musings straight to your inbox by signing up for his newsletter! There’s a book titled Getting to Yes, written for salespeople trying to learn how to close a deal. Sounds useful, but I truly wish there was a book titled “getting to no.” It would explain how to know when to quit, how to know you’re wrong, and how to act when...
Tags: Startups, Boris, Podium, Growth Quarters


Tech has made entrepreneurship 10 times easier — and it fills me with inspiration

In the ‘good ol’ days,’ (pre-dot com boom), if you came up with a business idea or started a business, you had to take to a phone book and begin a long day of cold calling — sometimes to no avail. If you had something to sell, you may have gone door to door. If you had something to offer, you may have invested in the paper products to mail out coupons and pamphlets (again, from addresses in the phonebook). Yikes. These are just a few examples of how difficult pre-technology life was for entrepre...
Tags: Startups, Podium, Growth Quarters


Your company needs to focus on ethics, respect, and inclusion — even if it’s fighting to survive

At a time when so many companies are struggling to simply keep the lights on and stay afloat and many employees are grateful to still have a paycheck, this may seem like an odd time to be talking about workplace culture. However, I believe this is actually the perfect time to be having this conversation — and for corporate leaders to be paying even more attention to the foundation of any workplace culture: ethics, respect, and inclusion.   Over the next 12 months, amid numerous rounds of layoffs...
Tags: Startups, Podium, Growth Quarters


3 personal growth tips I’ve learned in my 12 years as a developer

My first real job in programming started on July 5, 2007, which means I have just over twelve years of experience as I write this. It’s a lot more than nothing, but probably not much more than something. Ten years seems to be about the right amount of time to get good at something, though some amount of natural talent or sheer drive can make it go faster. But growth is not as simple as waiting it out and talent does not supersede the need for experience. Players get to that intermediate level wh...
Tags: Startups, Podium, Growth Quarters


How my amateur woodwork made me a better CEO

Boris is the wise ol’ CEO of TNW who writes a weekly column on everything about being an entrepreneur in tech — from managing stress to embracing awkwardness. You can get his musings straight to your inbox by signing up for his newsletter! Whenever I have a free moment during weekends, I like to build things. I might make a cutting board out of discarded wood, or a chair, or something else that’s relatively easy to make, considering my limited skill set. It gives me a lot of satisfaction to crea...
Tags: Startups, Boris, Podium, Growth Quarters