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I talk to startups every day.
Thirty minutes of shared, free office hours- 20 minutes of one-on-one office hours, and 60 minutes of strategy calls for our pitch deck writing service.
When do I get anything done, you might ask? Well, I like to think that I'm getting stuff done: my job as a CEO is to bring value to our business where value opportunities arise, and this is one. It's THE One.
We had no idea that so many people would find so much value in us sharing our experience starting this company. Even... Chamillionaire.
My job at Slidebean, beyond admin and operational stuff, has always revolved around marketing. I like to think of myself as a self-taught growth hacker. But, as our team expands, I've found an incredible marketing team that has taken over most of the stuff I used to do:
All these tasks I used to do as a one-person marketing team in the early days of the company. Trust me; it's easy to delegate when you know how long things take to do.
I delegate all of this now, mostly to free time to do stuff that no one else can do, which is, as of today, help other founders who look to us for guidance.
It's not that nobody else can do it, BTW, it's the fact that the place where I can add more value is doing this.
Still, as our company grows, and as my office hour calendar becomes booked three months in advance, we have to find new ways to solve this at a larger scale.
These videos are one of those ways, of course: most of the people I talk to in my office hours have seen our videos, and have follow-up questions about the stuff I discussed.
When the same question comes up regularly, I'm happy to answer it, and then we make a video about it.
We know that you struggle with the Market Size slide, the go To Market Strategy, and estimating your Financial Projections. I'll get back to this.
When a question comes up that I've already answered on a video- I just point people to the video, ha.
But as this channel gets bigger, as our signups grow (we get around 30,000 new signups every month), more and more of these questions come up- and we've been working on a solution.
The Market size: We are working on a comprehensive guide to estimating your market size, we'll have that soon.
On the Go-to-Market Strategy: We have a couple of videos on the matter, especially the How to Grow a Small Business video.
Finally, on the Financial Model Template: We are releasing our Financial Model Template, and doing a free webinar on how to use it. We'll build a simple SaaS business model into the spreadsheet- to show you how you can project this yourself.
But beyond all this, we know that there are specific questions that need answering. I try to get to as many as I can as part of my office hours.
Also, I've had plenty of startups come in and ask me to become their advisors- which is, of course, a great honor, but my answer is usually no:
We are launching a new Slidebean plan called Slidebean Founder's Edition. It's a specialized plan for founders looking to raise capital, where myself and our team get involved in helping them out.
This plan is launching today at just $149/mo, and you can subscribe now. If you watch our videos regularly AND you find this useful, go ahead and try it out.
The first 25 people to sign up for the plan will get a care package from our team, which includes a t-shirt and a couple of other Slidebean goodies.
If you watch our videos regularly and find this too expensive, or simply not useful at all, we'd like to know- drop a comment and tell us why it's not working- we might be able to work something out ;)