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

Getting Company Connecting off the ground with Interface Online. The Startup experience: Part Seven

In this week’s Startup article I write about my experiences working with Interface Online and receiving a grant from the Scottish Funding Council to work with Strathclyde University to move Company Connecting from the idea stage to a prototype. We submitted our application to Interface Online in...

CC participated in the Pathfinder Accelerator by Highlands & Islands Enterprise. The phrase 'watch out for the zombies' is now ingrained in my brain.

CC participated in the Pathfinder Accelerator by Highlands & Islands Enterprise. The phrase 'watch out for the zombies' is now ingrained in my brain.

Pathfinder Accelerator helps save you from the Zombies. Startup series: Part Six

Company Connecting participated in the Pathfinder Accelerator run by Highlands & Islands Enterprise. We recently had our 'final' session and it seems timely to write about the experience. It also complements Mark Gillanders' article on the Value Proposition which we published last week. The...

IT Companies: It's all about the Value Proposition - getting started

Recently I have written about my experiences starting up Company Connecting. A key part of that experience has been developing the Value Proposition which is critical to any business. It is often one of the most challenging aspects of defining your business. I first came across the term when I...

The Startup experience. People matter. Get a support network in place.

In my last article I wrote about the pains I went through trying to decide what to do, and the relief that came with finally taking the decision to make Company Connecting my priority above all other business and work options. So now all I had to do was figure out how to make Company Connecting...

In my last article I wrote about the pains I went through trying to decide what to do, and the relief that came with finally taking the decision to make Company Connecting my priority above all other business and work options. So now all I had to do was figure out how to make Company Connecting a reality.

I wanted to crack on with all the data and research side of things – something I really enjoy doing. Some may call me sad, I would say I am inspired.

Read on...

The photo of a woman with a laptop which accompanies the Startup Company Experience series of articles

Be scared. Be brave. Make a decision. Get on with it

In my last article I wrote about starting with one idea, and ending up moving in a very different direction. I was already working via Vetta Business Services and had begun to pull together my prospective client list along with the product and service offerings. It was a relatively low risk business, combining consultancy and developing on line services. However, the outcome from my initial client research meant that Company Connecting now had its claws into me. It certainly wasn’t safe. It was going to take a huge amount of effort. Money could be an issue …….BUT……. it was a lot more exciting!  Potentially mad, bad and dangerous

Photograph of a woman working on a laptop sitting on a bench - used for Company Connecting's Start Up series

Be scared. Be brave. Make a decision. Get on with it!

This is the fourth in our series on the experience of launching Company Connecting which is about making a decision.

Many people have good ideas, but the trick is turning an idea into a business. For me that involved one of the most difficult aspects of setting up Company Connecting which...

The Company Connecting Startup Series - To pivot or not to pivot

Forget about the bass - it's all about the pivot!

This is the third article in our start up series. Starting a business needs at the very least both an idea and courage. It also needs a certain amount of flexibility to recognise dead ends and opportunities. It's not easy and sometimes...

In my previous article I wrote about having an idea and considering how that idea can become a business.  I had identified my customer group as IT companies and anyone interested in IT. I was all set to find the IT companies and then discovered that this was not a straightforward or easy task.

Janice Grant Shaw, Founder of Company Connecting. The Startup experience with Company Connecting. Part Three:  – To pivot or not to pivot