Tag Archives: expert advice

customerfight

Half the battle of a start-up is simply getting started, but once you have an idea and a team, there comes another hurdle: finding the right product-market fit.

The quest to product-market fit or ‘PMF’ is often filled with false positives, failed features, and trying to figure out the fastest possible way to generate revenue.

But what does that look like in real life? How do you measure your path to PMF? How do you validate along the way? These are questions that I hear time and time again from entrepreneurs, so I thought it was high time to share the lessons that we learned (the hands-on way) at ConsumerBell on our journey to PMF.

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It’s getting out of hand. Every day, we’re more and more blown away by the experts who sign up to offer their advice to our community at Clarity. Sure, we put them straight into the Search for you to easily find, but we knew we had to come up with a better way to let you know about the most notable experts as soon as they hit the market. We’ve found that when experts get too busy, they often raise their price, and the last thing we want is for you to miss out on savings. So…

Last week we sent out our ‘Marquis Experts of the Week’ to showcase five of our most impressive experts (not an easy decision) who signed up that week.

But we had a problem…

The word ‘Marquis’ didn’t do them justice. Our experts are better than that. So we changed the name to the “Most Inspiring Experts of the Week”. This was closer. But it still didn’t cut the mustard.

Our experts are awesome. The thing is, ‘Awesome’ is a tired, worn out word. Still not good enough.

‘Boss’ is a better word, and all the cool kids are using it, but it’s kind of thuggish. Not really our style.

Our team immediately consulted what any established, high-level, professional, dignified organization would reference – the Urban Dictionary – to find the perfect word to most precisely describe each week’s new experts:

We high-fived it out pretty hard when we found this. So now we have it, friends. Every week, you’ll receive “The Week’s Most Bossome Experts”. We hope you get a cosmic crapload of value out of these people- we know we have! If you missed last week’s bossomest, check them out here where we featured Ryan Holiday and Suli Breaks among a few others.

That said, without further ado, allow us to introduce this week’s Most Bossome Experts…

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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 RiesNoah 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.

Find an expert today!

 

techstars

By Ken Seto, CEO & Co-Founder of Massive Damage Inc.

In all the talk I’ve heard about founder stress and burnout, one thing I’ve felt that hasn’t been covered all that well is the stress that the early team members at a startup often experience.

Founders have it rough and they definitely take the brunt of the stress at a startup, but they also stand to gain the most when things go well. It’s the rollercoaster lifestyle we’ve chosen for ourselves and the sacrifices we’ve willingly undertaken to chase our dreams. But in the early days, our teams are along for the dusk-til-dawn ride, and we need to remember to take care of them, too.

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HubSpot (especially Dharmesh) is one of the handful of companies that continue to inspire me as an entrepreneur. I was super excited to get a sneak peak of their brand-new culture code presentation (embedded below) this week, and it was so awesome that I asked if I could share it with the Clarity community.

So here we go…

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By Erin Blaskie, Founder & CEO of Erin Blaskie Inc.

CEOs are a special breed. See, entrepreneurs have a desire to live a life filled with passion and purpose, and many of us thrive on the feeling of being needed.

And while it’s exciting and satisfying to know that you are producing a product or offering a service that is in high demand, the downside is that someone always needs something from you. No matter how many hours you put in, or processes you put in place, someone will always need a piece of you. And over time, the weight of these needs and expectations can begin to feel crushing. Read More…

Work-In-Progress

What does beta mean? Unfinished? Imperfect? Flawed?

Not so much. Try growth, hustle, and an endless quest to be better. If you’ve ever read The Startup of You from Reid Hoffman, Co-Founder and Chairman of LinkedIn and Ben Casnocha, you know exactly what I’m talking about.

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helpme

As entrepreneurs, we’re told to ‘watch out for burnout’, as if it’s something lurking around the corner waiting to pounce.

We’re told to ‘keep an eye out for the signs’, but many of us don’t know what to look for. Partly because we’re too wrapped up in our businesses, but partly because too few of us are willing to share our own experiences with burnout.

This is my story of almost getting side-swiped by burnout, and coming out a stronger person on the other side.

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campfire

It’s not HTML5, iOS development or CSS3. (Although, those are valuable skills). No, this is a skill that we are all born with, and something as old as time. Many of us use it, but few of us master it.

I’m talking about storytelling.

In an era where consumers are bombarded with unfathomable amounts of irrelevant information, success in business will be had by those who can master the art of the captivating story. Read More…

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Entrepreneurs have an affinity to create a new way of doings things. Sometimes it’s completely restructuring an industry, other times it’s just tweaking the smallest spoke in a large wheel.

Regardless of the direction, entrepreneurs strive to be disruptive. And today, they actually need to be. No one makes that more obvious than 99designs Co-Founder, Matt Mickiewicz.

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