If you have read the news recently, then you've heard of Clubhouse. The social media app has taken the world by storm. But, chances are, you can't use it just yet. It's only audio, it's filled with controversy, and it has no memory. You can only get invited, for now, and there's little moderation.
When Facebook opened its platform for developers, back in 2009, Farmville leveraged the social platform and soon managed to amass more than 32 million daily players and about 90 million total. The game is over now, but its legacy of monetization and addictive mechanics on video games is real.
What do you get if you can have influencers and explicit pay-per-view content in the same place? What you get is OnlyFans, and people are still figuring out the morality around it.
When both the Republican and Democrat parties agree that you've gone too far, then you have, in fact, gone too far. That's the case with Facebook. The social media giant has had a volatile 2020, and now it faces not one but two lawsuits.
If you are an early-stage startup in the tech space and you are looking for money to grow your company, the official term is raising capital, the most commonly recommended instrument to raise funds is a convertible note. However, to understand how those work, we first need to understand how equity (or stock) works.
HBO recently shocked the movie industry when they announced that their 2021 movies would be released simultaneously in theaters and on HBO Max. A decision like this could be the final blow to that centennial rite of watching movies in a dark room with a giant screen, blasting sound, and a hundred other people.
We hope our 10 tips to cut back on software expenses can help expedite SaaS app expense needs and get you right where you need subscriptions to be.
We went through a theoretical company's story while analyzing how the cap table evolved through various rounds of funding.
We’re hoping that knowing why we moved from Monday to ClickUp can help startup entrepreneurs make better decisions on the kind of software they wish to use for their own companies, especially regarding project management (PM).
Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods: two companies want to create a vegan option that's just as good as the real thing. This battle, however, is much more than just a burger patty.
Sometimes founders can’t help but wonder: How do I present financials for a startup with no revenue? It isn’t an easy job, primarily when these numbers are commonly used to attract potential investors.
Why not go over the 35 best pitch deck templates for startups we could think of to dig deep into every single company that has made their pitch deck a legacy?
Airbnb is going ahead with its IPO, and everyone is excited but cautious.
Join us as we go over the best 4 tips on how to write a cold email to investors.
It not only connected friends and family. MSN Messenger helped shape our adolescent years, from annoying nudges and animated emoticons to talking to your crush and expecting a reply.
A presentation outline is a roadmap to a more successful business pitch — a general plan that summarizes what you want to say to prospective customers, clients or investors. This presentation outline template will help you cover the key points of what to include in your slides.
Dan Bilzerian was named the King of Instagram. But at what cost did he earn that honor?
The real story behind the Wolf of Wall Street: Jordan Belfort.
This article brings about the best investor search tools you can use for free.
Bernie Madoff: A $64 billion disaster that left immeasurable tragedy for thousands of victims, orchestrated by a Wall Street sociopath.
Keeping the information updated about your job and the goals that you've achieved is necessary in order to prove that you're doing a fantastic job. This is when having a top-notch sales and marketing report steps in. It allows you to showcase your hard work with numbers that smile. Here's how to successfully build one.
No one saw it coming. At least not the millions of teenagers and young adults who played Fortnite on iPhones or iPads. On August 13, Apple removed Fortnite from the App Store for good. It is a high stakes dispute, and yet all this Fortnite affair is probably just the straw that broke the camel’s back. Welcome to Slidebean Forensics: the App Store battle.
Choosing a revenue model that fits you perfectly isn’t easy. As the framework of how a startup will generate income, a proper revenue model needs to consider prices, revenue sources, income and expense statements, and many other elements. It’s crucial to get this right, too, because a perfect match needs to help your business out in those diverse aspects. From sales to growth, choosing the right revenue model is especially vital for long term projections. It’s just central to any business model! To help your final choice, we put together the best 5 steps to a revenue model for startups. We hope these aid in making the right kind of difference for your company to make positive game-changing decisions.
The year is 2007. Imagine that you aim to disrupt the mobile phone market. You are sure that your idea is the way to go, and your team spends endless hours developing the star product. As you are on a business trip, you hear the news and reality sets in: someone has beaten you to it, and their idea is much, much better. That someone is Apple, and you are Google. Your choices are limited, so you decide to go back to the drawing board. Google had to reinvent its proposal for a smartphone. But this ended up being a good thing. In this episode of Forensics, we'll tell you all about how the first Android phone rose from the ashes of a failed project.
Robots you may see killing humans in recent Netflix shows, look a lot like robots that are available in the market. Yes, you may have seen that Black Mirror episode where a robotic dog hunts people, and you may notice the uncanny resemblance with Spot, the newest robot dog from Boston Dynamics.
An overview of financial models is a critical review of any business owner’s journey. Going into financial modeling permits forecasting the future of a company, for instance, which is especially useful in terms of startup performance. However, there are quite diverse examples of financial modeling.
$125 BN. That's how valuable Yahoo! was at its peak; that was more than Ford, Chrysler, and General Motors combined. And it all began as a hobby. Yahoo! brought us many of the services we take for granted today, including cloud storage and setting up your website. But the name Yahoo! has disappeared, consumed in the food chain that is the tech world. How did it get to this? We'll tell you all about Yahoo! in this episode of Company Forensics.
Tough times can leave us hopeless, and it might be challenging to see through setbacks in a way through which we know how to take action. Coming out of that rough patch is hard. There’s no point in denying it. But we hope these 7 steps on how to take action can kickstart your plans and get you to do what you desire the most, whether that’s at a personal or at a business level.
Most startups are obsessively focused on finding investors to back their idea. Someone to take a chance on them. Someone who wants to get behind the “next big thing.” But often founders are perplexed on how to find those investors, why it’s taking so long, and how to speed up the process. Let’s dive in.
If you want to challenge the number one in any market, you need to have a good, rather an excellent product. But, most importantly, you need to believe in what you are bringing to the table. If not, you're doomed. In the mid-2000s, Microsoft was riding high on the successful Xbox and established itself as the leading software for PCs. So, to them, it seemed natural to take on and dominate another market: mp3 players. But they were up against the iPod. To win, they needed to have all the parts of the equation right from the start. They didn't: what followed was an embarrassing attempt at being cool, with odd mistakes and even more unusual colors. We'll tell you all about that other mp3 player, the Zune, in this episode of Forensics.
Podcasts enrich our lives. They certainly make commuting a much more enlightening experience, for example. Because of that and their late boom, it’s only natural we want to look at the best podcasts in 2020 list.
Creating a business model slide in a startup pitch deck can be a confusing puzzle to solve for many entrepreneurs. Therefore, and over the course of this article, we will not only define what a startup business model is, but we will also share key facts any presenter should consider when attempting to answer the question of just how to make the best of a business model slide for a business pitch deck.
Raising venture capital is no easy task; many variables need to come into play and align for a round of funding to happen. We've covered extensively what a pitch deck should have and what your financials should answer, but today we are going talk about the deal-breakers. The stuff that (ourselves included) didn't know was working against us until it was too late. Let's do it.
In life, there are some hard questions, like Pepsi or Coke, iPhone or Android, Mac or PC, but when it comes to music and podcasts, it seems the answer is clear: Spotify is king. How did this small company beat out giants like Apple at their own game?
SaaSOps stands for “software as a service with automated operations.” They provide extra protection to workers who use software as a service solution. SaaS apps are everywhere! A network at any company might have 100 or more interactions with SaaS solutions a day. Every time we chat with coworkers, download, upload, or log in to an app while collaborating on a cloud, those interactions are secured to keep user privacy and a company’s information safe. And SaaSOps is the way those interactions are secured.
Especially now, with virtual classrooms making it into daily reality for teachers and students, from kindergarten to doctoral programs everywhere, we need presentation software designed with education in mind. Here’s a summary of some of the best presentation software for teachers and students to save your day.
The backbone of Slidebean's growth has diligently and accurately tracking our customer acquisition costs. It's really easy to track where a customer came from when you are using digital channels. Some channels, however, are much harder to measure. We'll go over the tactics we've used to track conversions over the years, and a few hacks that might be useful for harder-to-track channels like YouTube.
One of the privileged industries experiencing growth during the current pandemic crisis is the gaming industry. Yet in this atmosphere of growth and opportunity, many were affected when all of a sudden the game-streaming platform Mixer, owned by Microsoft, announced that it was shutting down, recently in June. Does this mean Microsoft lost the battle for game-streaming services? Are they relying on Facebook’s social and streaming DNA; while they can focus on making games available to more people?
A financial model is an essential tool for every business owner that’s built in Excel or any other spreadsheet processor to calculate their business’ financial performance into the future. The calculation is typically based on the company’s historical performance, or assumptions about the future. How to build a financial model is usually answered into its sections SG&A (Selling, General, and Administrative Expenses), COGS (Cost of Goods Sold), Revenue, and CAPEX (Capital Expenditure).
Historically, the stock market seemed impossible to get into, especially if you were a younger, inexperienced investor. But, in 2013, an app came to make trading more accessible. Robinhood had arrived. Its recipe became a magnet for rookie investors, with hundreds of thousands flocking to use it. Some called the software disrupting, while others called it democratizing. One thing was clear: Robinhood shook the trading world.
We deal with thousands of companies in the process of fundraising. Last year, I spoke to over 1,000 founders, and I've set a personal goal to beat that this year. These companies mostly come to me for office hours, and most of the time, their questions revolve around fundraising. One thousand people are enough to detect some patterns: the mistakes these companies are making when approaching their fundraising.
When we hear about Tesla, we think of cars. But the company is much more than Falcon doors and crazy trucks; Tesla aims to revolutionize how we see sustainable living. This special Company Forensics will cover Tesla's rise to the top as well as its vision for the future. If you want to learn more about Tesla, with excellent analysis, be sure to check out Ben's channel.
A third of startups end up closing shop for the simple reason that they run out of money. That’s why it’s important to know where you can afford to spend your money, and where you can’t afford to. In this article, we’ll show you the best practices to keep up with your SaaS budget!
We have talked about phone companies in the past. Remember those episodes about Blackberry or Motorola, companies who once were at the very top of the industry and somehow ended up falling in battle. Today, we will not exactly talk about a phone company but about a phone, yeah, a particular one. A phone that, for better or worse, had everyone's attention just by existing, just because it was created by one of the largest internet companies in the world: the Amazon Fire Phone.
Knowing how to create an excellent presentation doesn’t necessarily have to be a nerve-wracking exercise. It can actually be a measurable practice. So much so that we’ve narrowed the process down to give you at least 8 steps on how to prepare a business presentation deck.
The best live chat software for startups can fundamentally assist a business with conversions. Especially in times as digital as today, virtual options for customer service, such as chatbot assistance and live chat support, are crucial for a business to stay competitive.
Nokia is a Finnish multinational corporation that goes all the way back to the nineteenth century and started with wood mills that produced mainly paper. Yes, the same Nokia that a hundred years later created cultural icons like the 1110 phone model a lot of you probably rocked at some point, back in the early 2000s.