Startup

A startup is a company working to solve a problem where the solution is not obvious and success is not guaranteed,” says Neil Blumenthal, cofounder and co-CEO of Warby Parker.

A startup is an entrepreneurial venture which is typically a newly emerged, fast-growing business that aims to meet a marketplace need by developing or offering an innovative product, process or service.

A startup is a company that is in the first stage of its operations. These companies are often initially bankrolled by their entrepreneurial founders as they attempt to capitalize on developing a product or service for which they believe there is a demand. http://www.investopedia.com/terms/s/startup.asp

Startups and Social Enterprise make a difference

Our new article focuses on making a difference through business. We often hear founders saying "I want to make the world a better place". We take a look at Social Enterprises, what they are and some ways in which they function. A short...

In the world of tech startups, we often hear founders saying “I want to make the world a better place”, in fact, we hear it so much that it can be difficult not to hear it with a sense of cynicism. TV series “Silicon Valley” illustrates this trend quite well.

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The Road to Validating Your Startup Idea

All successful startups have one thing in common: they all started with a great idea. 

.... the main cause of startup failure is due to founders coming up with ideas that have no market need, hence the need to validate your idea is real.

All successful startups have one thing in common: they all started with a great idea. An idea that made people’s lives easier, solved people’s problems and/or brought them joy.  Everyone thinks their ideas are great and this is largely due to confirmation bias.

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The Start Up Series by Company Connecting

Insights into starting a company - one woman's experience. These articles were all written by Company Connecting director Janice Grant Shaw and draw upon her own experience in establishing Company Connecting. You can read about the journey from a background in farming and whisky to fighting...

How can I crowdfund my tech company?

Jes Bailey is an expert in crowdfunding. She helps entrepreneurs raise money for their businesses and projects and has an amazing 80% success rate in getting the funding.

So how easy is it for a tech company to crowdfund? Jes describes the difference between reward and equity funding and...

We’ve all heard of the big names in crowdfunding from BrewDog and Mindful Chef to Monzo and Adzuna.  In general, it is easier to crowdfund a food/drink business, because everyone loves food and drink, but tech companies can crowdfund too. It’s harder, but it is not impossible.

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Are we creating too many technology companies? A look at Scottish IT and Telecoms companies

Only 11% of Scottish IT and Telecoms companies registered between October 2014 and June 2017 are real i.e. those companies with a website. 

In its recent research Company Connecting noticed a surge in the creation of IT and Telecoms companies in the Companies House data, combined with a...

In its recent research Company Connecting noticed a surge in the creation of IT and Telecoms companies in the Companies House data, combined with a high level of dissolved companies, and a corresponding reduction in the % of ‘real’ companies i.e. those which have a website rather than contractor companies. This article looks at the information on IT and Telecoms companie available from Companies House and the relationship with real companies.

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13 Tools that can help a Startup to manage its Social Media

In the 11th of its Startup series, Company Connecting asked “When should you start thinking about social media". We received quite a response to the article. Several people wanted to get an understanding of what can be done with a tight budget and limited time.  This article provides a list of...