Adii Pienaar is Founder of WooThemes, a multimillion dollar company. Not being based in a mainstrean tech hub (WooThemes was born on the “edge of the world” in Cape Town, South Africa), Adii helped overcome the geographical odds to grow the “Woo”-brand into a brand that is recognized worldwide (with more than a million users). In his past he also managed to successfully rename himself as “Adii Rockstar” and he now claims that was an exercise in branding. Adii has an incredible passion for helping entrepreneurs (the main reason he loves Clarity) and is currently working on his new educational project, PublicBeta.
Have you ever asked yourself “How should I use Clarity?”, or “How are others using Clarity, and is it working for them?” Well today is the day we answer all those questions and more. We’ve spent the last 2 weeks working on 3 major sections of the site to help. We’ve got amazing case studies, over 250+ questions answered and a simple overview of how Clarity works that you can share with your colleagues. Let me review each section and explain why we built it.
This guest post is by one of Clarity’s top experts when it comes to pitching your idea – whether it’s to investors, the press or potential customers he knows all the tricks of the trade to help close the deal. Tyler Crowley (@steepdecline), Founder at Skweal, whose extensive background includes:
- Assisting over 500 startups and almost a 1000 individuals with perfecting pitches through TechCrunch50 and the LAUNCH conference
- Has been the “pitch doctor” for notable startups like Dropbox, Yammer, Mint, FitBit, Powerset, Red Beacon, Space Monkey, Brilliant and Room77
Peter has been been a part of building companies like Photobucket and was responsible for driving growth to 61M users, leading its $300M acquisition in 2007. Peter then turned his energy in helping people save money as CEO of BillShrink from inception to their 1st Million users in a little over a year.
Continuing the journey of building early stage companies Peter was the Co-Founder & President of Color exploring the future of mobile and social interactions through proximity. Now at Science he helps build alongside CEO’s companies like Dollar Shave Club, DogVacay, Uncovet, Ellie and Let’s Date.
We’re thrilled to announce Team Calls on Clarity. Now you can gather your team and have them join you on a call with an expert!
Why we built this?
- Many users have asked us to build a way to record their calls or provide them with a transcript. We tested both solutions and didn’t like them. What we learned (by asking the experts) was that they were holding back on the calls when they knew they were recorded. They weren’t being as open or specific as they were before. So that wasn’t going to fly. As for the transcript, the automated ones were horrible, and to get it done professional cost around $1/min (almost the same cost as the call?!). The better solution was to have someone else on the call taking notes. Now you can.
- We also realized that most advice is needed to help solve a problem faced by a team, not only the individual. In this case, it’s typical to have a lot of information either forgotten, discarded or mistranslated before being shared with the team, leaving everyone else with the incomplete picture. Now you can invite your team to participate saving you time and ensuring nothing gets lost in translation.
- Finally, we looked at the cost of some of our premium experts – guys like Eric Ries, Noah Kagan & Nir Eyal and realized even though they are worth every penny, the cost can price them out of the market for some of our younger, or capital constraint (i.e. bootstrap startup) members. Now with team calls, you can share that cost with other people reducing the individual cost of the call and learning by listening to answers asked by the group. This does require an individual to organize the call, but it’s simple. Just make the request and collect from the other participants using paypal, etc. We feel this will really open up the product to young entrepreneurs, incubators, non-profits and other capital constrained members.
How does it work?
Inviting a team member to a call is very simple. When you schedule the call, you’ll get a confirmation email with a conference line and access code in which to call into, to connect with the expert. Just share that information with up to 8 other people and you can all use it to call in at the same time. It works just like a conference line.
Here’s some other questions that usually come up.
My team is distributed internationally? Can I still take advantage of this feature?
Absolutely. Just a few things to consider. The phone number you’ll receive is a US 800-number, so international fees will apply. You can use VOIP (Skype) but it may cause a delay, so be sure to have someone with the best connection asking the questions.
Best practices for Team Calls
- Ensure that those who aren’t speaking mute their phone to avoid any background noise/chatter.
- Prep with your team before the call. It’s best to compile questions and have just one person do the talking while the others listen and take notes.
Visit our Help Center for more information.
Looking for advice? Hey – aren’t we all.
If you’ve ever wondered where the best place is to get advice from is – you’re not alone. We thought it would be an interesting exercise to try to map out all of the possible advice sources we could find. (And have a little fun while we were at it!)
Whether it’s marketing, legal, health or even your sex life – this infographic should have you covered.
So what kind of advice are you seeking?
Contributed post by Adrienne Graham
The early days of starting a business can be a hard time for some entrepreneurs. In an ideal world, we all want to open our doors and welcome a flood of new eager clients ready open their checkbooks to do business with us. The reality is only a small percentage of new entrepreneurs are fortunate enough to start off with even the smallest roster of paying clients.
“When it comes to freestyle from the heart and soul, creating something no one has seen before and really trying to move people, that’s what I’m about”, said So You Think You Can Dance judge and dance pioneer Lil C after watching Hampton Williams perform his unique style of dance. “So when I see you coming into an arena like this and you don’t have a problem putting yourself on this platform to be judged? Man…hats off to you.”
Contributed by Rob Emrich
There seems to be a misconception floating around in the startup ecosystem that entrepreneurship is synonymous with misery and painful uphill battles. And while it is true that entrepreneurship is a uniquely challenging road, I take issue with the claim that it has to be a gruelling and thankless one.