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Our path to $1 Million in sales - Teespring.com, IT Entrepreneurs. 6inShare This is a guest post written by Walker Williams, Co-founder of Teespring & purveyor of t-shirt magic. Just over nine months ago, armed with a few beta users and a short wait list, we launched Teespring to the world. The concept was simple: Kickstarter for custom t-shirts. Instead of dropping thousands of dollars to get your tees screen printed and trying to figure out how to get them to your buyers, all you had to do was come to Teespring, design your tee, set a goal (the higher the goal, the cheaper the price per tee), and launch the campaign. Buyers could come to your campaign and pre-order your tee, and once you reached your goal we’d handle the production and fulfillment and send you a check for the profit.

The original Teespring platform We had big dreams of Techcrunch articles and explosive growth. The reality was far less exciting. How things started During our senior year, Brown’s legendary dive bar (The Fish Company) was shut down following underage drinking violations. Custom T-shirts » Design & Sell T-Shirts for Your Group | Teespring. Test Your Startup Idea with a Minimum Viable Transaction. The entire startup world owes Eric Ries a huge high five for everything he’s contributed to our understanding of how startups are created and grown. One term that he coined back in 2009, minimum viable product, has stood for the difference between shipping “error-free” shrink-wrapped software, and releasing something barebones that you can test and learn from. And while Corporate America and the Federal Government are just starting to adopt the ideas of lean startups, the term is starting to show its age.

The world has changed a lot since 2009, and I think we need a concept that goes beyond MVP. Many of the fastest growing startups right now – Instacart, Homejoy, Airbnb – they facilitate real-world transactions of goods, services, and money. Transactions are the New Products When I was in DC, I met a woman working on an interesting app idea: a marketplace bringing together piano players and piano owners who rarely use their expensive instruments. The Biggest Risk is Not the Tech. Creating Brand Love Through Your Email Newsletter. Email marketing is a very effective way to keep your core audience engaged.

Forget about an auto responder that fires off a prewritten sequence of emails to every subscriber on your list – or that continues to hammer a subscriber until a purchase is made or he or she opts out. An email newsletter should be designed to provide useful information on a regular basis, keeping readers interested in and engaged with your brand. 1. Set a clearly defined goal. Before starting to build your list and sending out emails, determine a more specific goal for your newsletter than securing opens and clicks -- such as generating leads or sales, or directing traffic to your website or other online content. View an email newsletter as part of your overall content-marketing strategy. rather than as a stand-alone marketing segment.

Related: The Generic Email Newsletter Needs to Die 2. 3. Related: 7 Tips to Make Your Email Marketing More Mobile-Friendly 4. 5. 6. Test different subject lines for each newsletter. Tribune | Les 4 canaux marketing que chaque start-up devrait utiliser ! Les possibilités de campagnes marketing sont infinies : social media, référencement, display, brand content, email marketing… Perdu au milieu de tous ces canaux marketing, il est compréhensible que vous soyez un peu confus lorsqu'il s'agit de décider quelle sera la meilleure campagne marketing pour votre start-up.

Pourtant, vous avez bien conscience que vos campagnes sont un bon coup de pouce à la réussite de votre start-up. Tout d'abord, vous ne savez même pas combien de leviers marketing il faut activer pour faire décoller votre start up ! Certains entrepreneurs trouvent leur voie marketing en se limitant à une spécialité, tandis que d'autres se propagent sur tous les leviers marketing qu'ils peuvent trouver.

Ces deux stratégies ont une chance de réussir cependant la meilleure option pour les entrepreneurs est de sélectionner un petit nombre de canaux marketing et de concentrer tous leurs efforts dessus ! #1 Content marketing #2 Pay-per-click #3 Social Media #4 Email marketing. The 5 hottest health-tech startups at SXSW | VentureBeat | Health | by Christina Farr. AUSTIN, Tex. — Health technology startups shone this year at South by Southwest Interactive. Pedicab bikers raved about TumorPaint (the inventor of the “molecular flashlight” delivered a rousing talk), and Misfit Wearables piqued excitement by giving out 100 of its free fitness devices to attendees.

And a mental health startup called ThriveOn beat out social networking apps to win Best of Show at the accelerator competition. Missed SXSW this year? I attended sessions and consulted with the experts for our list of the five most intriguing health startups at the festival: The ‘best of show’ startup: ThriveOn What is it? What’s the evidence of traction? What’s next? The wearable: Cuff What is it? What’s cool about it? Whats next? The biotech startup: TumorPaint What is it? What’s cool about it? What’s next? The investor favorite: Pristine What is it? What’s unique about it? What’s next? The comeback kid: 23andMe What is it? What’s unique about it? What’s next? Powered by VBProfiles. America's Coolest College Startups 2014. Not long ago, people would call college "kids" who started businesses quaint. Now they call them the boss. Helped in part by low-cost technologies and an increased prevalence of entrepreneurship training at the university level, college students--and indeed those even younger--are making solid strides at founding companies.

And they're not just launching local pizza shops and fashion boutiques. They’re starting up businesses that could scale into much bigger companies and may already cater to a national audience. Here, we give you proof: Inc.’s 2014 top college startups. Picked from a list of nearly 100 college startups across the country, these 16 companies are the cream of the college entrepreneurship crop. Their founders may be young, but the companies are already making significant strides--from earning revenue and seed funding from the likes of Y Combinator and Mark Cuban to cultivating celebrity clients. Here, in alphabetical order, is Inc.' 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Founders: Jonathan C. 6. PressFriendly: A Virtual PR Firm for Tech Startups. Editor’s Note: Thinking about starting a crowdfunding campaign but don’t know where to begin? Check out the tip below from Rose Spinelli, a crowdfunding campaign consultant who runs The Crowdfundamentals and was recently named as a top 100 crowdfunding thought leader.

This is the latest in a series of tips, suggestions, and best practices Spinelli is writing exclusively for Crowdsourcing.org; you can find previous tips here. You are a bootstrapped tech startup. You need PR. Would you retain a PR agency? Joel Andren, co-founder of PressFriendly, the newest kid on the block to tackle this much-debated topic, interviewed over 200 founders and asked about their experiences using traditional PR firms.

The responses were not promising: “The takeaway was that PR is necessary to getting their story out in ‘earned media,’ but their return on investment was not good.” First pitch-builder prompts users through a series of questions and examples on how to create a newsworthy media pitch. BeeInvested. Kwaga : la start-up française qui perce aux Etats-Unis. Tout en pilotant sa stratégie depuis la France, la start-up Kwaga a réussi une belle percée aux Etats-Unis où elle réalise 80% de ses ventes avec son service de mise à jour automatique de carnets d’adresses électroniques. Philippe Laval, le fondateur de Kwaga, a dès la création de la société en 2011 misé sur deux destinations : la France et les Etats-Unis.Trois ans plus tard, le service Evercontact est plus connu aux Etats-Unis qu'en France. « Les entreprises américaines utilisent plus naturellement les services en ligne que leurs homologues françaises, explique-t-il, et si la solution plaît, elles l'achètent sans attendre, dès les premiers jours d'utilisation ».

Mais si les PME américaines sont friandes de solutions Web pratiques, elles sont aussi très exigeantes sur l'efficacité du service client. Retrouvez l'intégralité de cet article ici : Rêve américain : le pari gagné de la start-up Kwaga ! ITRnews - Le premier quotidien des marchés numériques. The Hacker's Guide to Getting Press. BeeInvested. 5 Common Startup Mistakes That Will Sink You Later.

How to Value Your Startup. It's commonly said that business valuation is more art than science. If this is true, then the practice of valuing a startup business is squarely in the domain of the artist. Nevertheless, entrepreneurs need to put a value on their startups in order to raise money, and investors need to put a value on their investments to generate liquidity. Since neither entrepreneurs nor investors are known for right-brain artistic thinking, this article aims to provide some tips for left-brain thinkers to make sense of startup valuation. 1.

However, this isn't always true. 2. Comparables: Find out how much similar companies in your industry and geography are worth. 3. This makes valuation particularly challenging for a startup. It's easy to get caught up in the excitement of valuing your company at the highest amount possible and forget that you'll one day have to deliver on the expectations of investors. Much like artists, entrepreneurs need to use creativity in valuing their startup businesses. Inventing Can Be Fun, and Profitable. Here's How to Get Started. Companies are looking for your ideas. Smart businessmen understand and respect that great ideas can come from anywhere -- and anyone. Open innovation makes sense! By seeking out and being willing to accept product ideas submitted from outside their own walls, companies up their chances of finding the next great idea. At the same time, they lower their research and development costs. Entrepreneurs can capitalize on open innovation by learning how to license their ideas, cheap.

Earning royalties from licensing one of your ideas is one of the most straightforward examples of the multiplier effect: Rent your idea to a company, and they’ll have to pay you every time a unit is sold, regardless of where you physically are or what you’re doing. Related: The 10 Must-Have Ingredients for a Successful Invention When I started out, only a few industries were willing to work with freelancers and outside inventors. Here’s a quick guide to help get your brain churning: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. The 5 hottest health-tech startups at SXSW | VentureBeat | Health | by Christina Farr.

91 millions de francs levés par les startups ICT suisses. Le portail Startupticker.ch et la Swiss Private Equity & Corporate Finance Association (SECA) ont publié leur rapport annuel Swiss Venture Capital Report. Le secteur qui a bénéficié du montant d’investissements le plus important est celui des biotechnologies. Les startups suisses actives dans ce domaine ont profité d’apports en capitaux de 185 millions CHF en 2013. Dans le secteur des TIC, les investissements s’élèvent à 91,5 millions CHF. C'est près de 100 millions de moins qu'en 2012. En tenant compte de la branche Healthcare IT, cette somme atteint les 92,8 millions CHF, soit légèrement plus que celle injectées dans les entreprises du domaine spécifique des technologies médicales.

Une firme romande a levé 13 millions Parmi ces startups actives dans les TIC, deux implantées en Suisse romande se hissent au sein du top 20 des plus grandes opérations: Urturn (VD) et Wisekey (GE). Davantage de transactions dans le domaine des TIC Une année somme toute ordinaire. Sponseasy : [La Start-Up française de la Semaine] Sponseasy est la « Start-up française de la semaine » dans le cadre de notre concours Start-Up Presse-Citron.

Le mois de Mars est consacré à la thématique des start-ups dans l’événementiel. Que fait Sponseasy ? Sponseasy est un service en ligne permettant de créer un dossier de sponsoring d’événements très simplement. Concrètement, un organisateur d’événements pourra constituer en quelques minutes un dossier au design attrayant et aux fonctionnalités avancées. En effet, en quelques étapes simples, le dossier se remplira avec les données basiques (lieux, date, description, chiffres clés) avant de proposer de renseigner le profil type des participants, leur sexe, âge, origine géographique, etc. et de les restituer sous un format graphique professionnel. Il sera ensuite possible d’entrer les types de sponsor recherchés, les montants et les contreparties. Il est finalement facile de venir embarquer le dossier de sponsoring sous la forme d’un widget à intégrer sur votre site.

Fondateurs : Genèse : BeeInvested. The 5 hottest health-tech startups at SXSW | VentureBeat | Health | by Christina Farr. BeeInvested. Start-up : pour un même pitch, une femme sera moins bien financée. Pour une société et un pitch identique, les investisseurs sont plus enclins à faire confiance aux hommes... Et encore plus à ceux qui sont séduisants. Tous les entrepreneurs ne pitchent pas devant les investisseurs à armes égales, dévoile une étude menée aux Etats-Unis par des chercheurs d'Harvard, du MIT et de la Wharton School. Même si les sociétés sont identiques, les investisseurs préfèrent faire confiance à un homme plutôt qu'à une femme.

En temps normal, les hommes ont 60% de chances en plus de convaincre les investisseurs que les femmes... Et pas parce que leurs idées sont meilleures. Pour tirer cette conclusion, les chercheurs ont montré aux investisseurs des projets via des powerpoint commentés uniquement par la voix de l'entrepreneur. BeeInvested. The Best Entrepreneurs Don't Start Companies, They Invent Categories. Jordy Leiser is co-founder and CEO of StellaService, a company that independently monitors and rates the customer service performance of online retailers.

Starting a new company is difficult. The numbers say that 75 percent of startups fail, but that doesn’t change the fact that lots of people do it every day. Inventing a new category, however, is downright herculean. It’s the most challenging path an entrepreneur may take, because it requires the greatest risk and elicits a tsunami of doubters. But, when it works, it is capable of having profound impact on the world. And that’s one reason why I’m always inspired and surprised by category creators. I often think of Henry Ford’s famous quote: “If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses.” There were dozens of other aspiring automaker-entrepreneurs in the early 20th century, but Henry Ford is the one we remember and recognize. Challenges ahead Will customers want it? An uncategorized problem Apple Tesla & SpaceX.

MonsieurDrive, comparateur de courses alimentaires, lève 2 millions d’euros. Des synergies devraient avoir lieu avec Le bon coin Lancé en mai 2013, le comparateur de courses alimentaires MonsieurDrive vient de lever 2 millions d’euros auprès du groupe Schibsted – propriétaire du site d’annonces Le bon coin et actionnaire du journal 20 Minutes- et de divers business angels. La jeune pousse souhaite profiter de cet investissement pour développer sa plateforme technologique et intégrer de nouvelles enseignes alors qu’il est déjà possible de comparer les tarifs chez Auchan, Carrefour, E.Leclerc, Intermarché et Système U.

De plus en plus de start-up se positionnent sur ce marché. Le Bon Côté des Choses avait ainsi levé 300 000 euros en janvier dernier [lire notre article : Le Bon Côté des Choses lève 300 000 euros : un comparateur BtoC qui se rémunère en BtoB, ndlr]. « L’alimentaire est le dernier marché grand public à basculer sur le online. Nous sommes dans notre univers du quotidien et de service au plus grand nombre. Crowdfunding new regulations in UK anger start-up industry. BeeInvested. La start-up du jour : Newarty’s, la marketplace pour l’art urbain, le graffiti et le street art. Nouvelles incertitudes pour les start-up. 3 milliards d'euros pour les start-up cleantech les plus innovantes de l'UE. What Investors Look For in a Crowdfunding Startup. The ideal startup career path. The ideal startup career path. The Harder I Work, The Luckier I Get.

Why Your Startup Should Be Involved in Open Source. Why Your Startup Should Be Involved in Open Source. Starting a Business: 4 Ways to Be Intentional About Growth. Startup 365 | Tous les jours, présentation d'une startup françaiseStartup 365 | Tous les jours, présentation d'une startup française. Brian Cohen on Startup Networking: 10 Minutes Apiece - The Accelerators. L'innovation boostée par les 100 millions du franc fort - Techno. Incompatible browser. Richard Branson on Finding Funding. Combien tu donnes ? - rts.ch - vidéo - émissions - ttc.

The new hot startup model is being an exceptional middleman. How to Improve Morale and Productivity in the Workplace. StartupDigest | The best information about the tech startup world. Why the Lean Start-Up Changes Everything. Everything you need to know about Growth Hacking. The Top 10 Most Popular Growth Hacks Of All Time.

Business Plan 2.0: The Venture Design Stack – Starting a Tech Business. Doodle passe la barre des 20 millions d’utilisateurs mensuels. 14 Early Startup Execs Who Missed Out on Making Millions | Slideshow. Part I: Validate Your Business Model Start With a Business Model, Not a Business Plan - The Accelerators. Paolo Lorenzoni: Where Lean Startups and Design Thinking Meet. Is Lean Startup Misunderstood? Plateformes de crowdfunding : dans les méandres de la règlementation financière. Applying lean startup theory in large enterprises. How Many Times Should You Try Before Success? 2014 May Be the Year of the Hedge Fund Startup. Small Business Ideas and Resources for Entrepreneurs. Crowdfund More Money with a Project Management Team. 41% Annual Returns -- What's The Secret? | Crowdability. Start-up : comment réussir son pivot ? Lean as the solution to scale agile methodologies. Vigicolis : Incubé à @IncubParisTech...

What It Takes to Grow Your #Startup 500% in Months #growthhacking #growthhack #startups. 4 techniques pour construire son Minimum Viable Product | I am PY!I am PY! 1392332798-how-build-business-plan-infographic. Should you join that start-up? Running the numbers. Lean Startup: L’entrepreneuriat ça s’apprend ? Lean Startup. Don’t waste your time in crappy startup jobs. « Michael O.Church. Les dix start-up les plus disruptives selon l'EBG. Can Tech Startups Transform The Weak Palestinian Economy - And Ultimately Bring Peace? Avec Kima15, Xavier Niel va financer les start-up à la vitesse de la 4G. Levée de fonds : Comment la start-up DBV a trouvé 29,9 millions d'euros en une nuit aux Etats-Unis. Quand la France soutient l'innovation, le CNC lui tourne le dos | Simone Halberstadt Harari.

La start-up du jour : YourLecturer met en relation l'enseignement supérieur avec les vacataires. Startami - Build TEAM for your STARTUP.