Tips to Pitch your Startup

While I was pondering over the most effective ways to pitch a business, I came across it’s this for that. The startup generators which generate one-sentence pitches can work, but not always. So, let me put this straight, if you need a startup, then all the basic stuff you need is MID or Money, Idea & Determination.

Many think that if the idea is good, people will discover it somehow and they can move faster with their business. Communication with the public is another important aspect. Though you have the best programmer in the globe, if communication to the outer world fails, the path to success is way too long. Pitching process is one of the most important steps.

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Invoicera’s new billing service for Magento

Sending invoices to a client or a customer every time they place an order on your online store can be quite a daunting task. The same activity can consume the productive time of your business. But, guess what? Here comes the good news. A Company well-known for its online software for invoicing and billing service – Invoicera has launched its services on online invoicing in real time to Magento, an Open source based ecommerce webcart for online businesses. Henceforth, it will not be a tedious process anymore of sending manual invoices every time you receive an order in your online store.

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OnSite – Engineering Your Electronic Items

Like its name, OnSite, founded by Kunal Mahipal and Amar Desai in 2010, serves as a pick up and drop facility for portable electronic devices that need repair, in Mumbai, Delhi and Bangalore (INDIA). An innovative initiative into the After-Sales service sector; however, the level of success remains to be verified.

OnSite

We live in a time of high prices that can shoot up the day after, unannounced, and what is required is to make what you have last, reuse, recycle and repeat. That makes it important to have an after sales service that works, and that provides consistent service at your doorstep. The website says, “On time performance, friendly helpful staff and a guarantee that every promise we make will be honored are the traits that define the Onsite Experience”.

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How to Hire a Great Web Designer

Garry Tan, designer-in-residence for YCombinator, shares some insights on how to hire Great Web Designers for your Startup/Company.

For startups on the Web, design is often a fundamental differentiator. It’s important to have a design leader in the company as early as possible—and he should be given say over schedules, deadlines and product strategy.

The one thing that really stood is how non-technical or non-designer managers should deal with designers. “There’s a reason why people should be managed by people who have done the work before—they have a clear way to evaluate talent and performance. My advice would be to ask a friend or colleague whom you trust to evaluate the output and determine if it comes to fairly qualitative measures of aesthetics, fitting your brand, etc.”

So, even if you got a good designer and a talented one, the one interacting with him or her have not clue of the design trends or at-least a common sense of what’s happening around the Internet, it will totally be counter-productive and harm the company brand and reputation.

The article is a good read — How to Hire a Great Web Designer, With YCombinator’s Garry Tan. And if you’re looking on enlisting at the directory of Designers mentioned in the article — Y Combinator Designer Directory.

Companies Hiring Entrepreneurs for Innovation!

Innovation is a term which comes naturally to Entrepreneurs. Needless to mention, today there is a rapid growth in start-ups and small companies. Leading organizations and big corporations though, are at a loss of innovating new products and services on a comparative note. A long time ago, entrepreneurs were taken so lightly and entrepreneurship was considered to be one for losers. Times have changed and changed for the good. A recent study came with a report of innovations coming from small companies of about 84%, the rest (16%) from large companies. These large companies miss out on a particular type of individual, the one who drives change, make things happen, pushes the boundaries and challenges the organization.

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Dhunio – Music for the Internet’s Soul

There’s music in the sighing of a reed;
There’s music in the gushing of a rill;
There’s music in all things, if men had ears:
Their earth is but an echo of the spheres.
~ Lord Byron

And to carry to this echo further into the world unimaginable without computers are websites for online music and online videos. A new entrant in this field is — Dhunio, catering to Indian Bollywood music lovers’ needs.

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Valuable Tips to Project a Startup’s Financial Performance

Every start-up firm that takes birth initially is very enthusiastic about putting every plan into place, 75% of them end up executing everything that is planned too. But this only lasts for about one year or maximum two years. Post which, they get complacent and see that everything is falling into place on its own; hence stop forecasting the company’s financial future on a regular basis. Another argument put forward by most start-up entrepreneurs is that no one can predict the future. Honestly, yes no one can actually predict the exact future. But surely people can speculate what could go right or wrong in the future as far as the company’s finances are concerned.

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Cloud Computing will develop rural and developing areas

Cloud computing has the ability to transform the developing world, and bring it into the high tech age at lightning speed via what the NY Times calls ‘Gandhi engineering‘. The challenges previously faced by developing countries over reliable power sources, lack of connectivity and expensive equipment costs that were prohibitive for developing areas to modernize are all being addressed by cloud computing. Cloud computing has the potential to create a paradigm shift in the way IT resources are used and distributed, says P. Sinha, Chief Coordinator for R&D at Pune University, India in the Center for Development of Advanced Computing. In India alone cloud computing is projected to grow from a $50 million a year industry to $15 billion in the next few years.

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The Homepreneur – New Age Businessman!

If you think your gardening, cooking, photography, writing skills are more than just a hobby, then you are what is defined as – The Homepreneur. In the U.S there are an increasing number of home-based businesspeople, at an estimated 6.6 million home-based enterprises. These businesses are no longer considered less successful or respectful than big companies. In India, the rise of home enterprises can be traced back to telecommuting in the 1980s and increasing use of internet in 1990s. These businesses are also employing private sector workers, part-time workers, home-makers, and students, thus making a commercial space out of home. With the new smartphones, tablet PCs this home business trend has received tremendous encouragement.

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