Last Monday, together with 99designs and Porsche, we were happy to share our knowledge on “Growing your Brand for Startups”.
advice for founders
The competition to get into APX is fierce. So we’re often asked what startups can do to help their chances of getting in, especially during the all-important pitch. While getting accepted all comes down to your team, idea, and level of traction, there are definitely things that can help or harm you along the way.
There’s little debate among investors about the importance of the team to a startup’s success – it’s Team first, Idea second. Every time. Many investors will even fund top-notch teams regardless of the product or service they’re working on, especially at an earlier stage.
To make your next pitch a success, bear these five things in mind.
Thoughts on staying focused, incorporating input, and doing the right thing.
Since at least 2,700 BC, ranchers have known which livestock was theirs. How? Branding. An easily identifiable unique mark representing the owner, seared into the skin of each animal. Times have changed, but the essence of branding remains.
Oliver Koch-Pahl’s response to Jörg’s blog post about: Reality distortion fields, auto-suggestions, and reality.
Creating a good pitch deck is hard. And creating a great pitch deck is even harder. We look through applications to the APX program every single day: a lot of them are great, some of them…not so much. Why? One of the main reasons is that the pitch deck is incorrect or incomplete.
As a founder, you need a never-ending supply of energy and optimism. You also need to be able to imagine the future you are building. In my experience, the challenge is to also always stay connected with the reality of everyone else.