How do you get from idea to execution? Who can help you?
Go To Market
Who IS your customer? How is the market segmented? Who actually does the selling? What are the channels? Are you ready to consider FCS?
- Value Chain
- Pains and Gains
- Minimum Viable Product: Lean Startup (Lean Startup Methodology)
- Partners and early adopters
- SWOTT Template (.xls)
What are cash and balance sheets? What are my funding options, like FFF, angels and VCs? Are SBIR/STTR grants a good option? How do we get revenue flowing?
- How to Deliver the Perfect Business Pitch: 8 Tips Inspired by 'Shark Tank' (Lindsay Kolowich)
- The Pitch (Gimlet)
- David Rose
What is the problem you're solving and who cares? Why is this a problem? What is the context? What trends are driving the issue in the industry/world?
Contingencies and pivots
- What is a pivot? (Steve Blank) (link is external) (link is external)
- A Smart Business Knows 8 Ways to Pivot Their Vision (Forbes)(link is external) (link is external)
Business Canvas and plan
- How to (Not) Articulate a Value Proposition(link is external) (link is external)
- The Business Model Canvas - 9 Steps to Creating a Successful Business Business Model - Startup Tips (The Business Channel)(link is external) (link is external)
- Build Your Value Proposition (PDF)
What is your business model and how will you make and sell your product? How will you structure your governance? What tools and functions do you need to think through?
OA and Captable
- The Basics of Cap Tables (The Rising Tide Program) (link is external)
- Capitalization Tables and Memorializing Your Capital Structure (Gregg and Taylor) (link is external)
- How to Invent a Brand new Business Model (Peter Sena) (link is external)
Building a team
What is your licensing strategy? Have you thought about acquisition? Will you have an IPO? How will you grow and run your company to attain these goals?
- When You Swim With Sharks, Take Your Calculator (Fuse Financial Partners) (link is external)
- Valuation (Investopedia) (link is external)
- Startup Tucson (link is external)
Incubators and accelerators
- Accelerators vs. incubators: What startups need to know (TechRepublic) (link is external)
- TechCode (link is external)
- The Arizona Center for Innovation and Tech Parks Arizona
- Connect Co-working (link is external)
- CoLab Workspace (link is external)
- The Arizona Center for Innovation