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I am selling myself to the highest daily bidder in June #ManojRanaweera

As you probably have noticed before, I have hit some difficulties. Whilst some have advised me to give up on my entrepreneurial adventures, my instincts tell me that if I stay true to my course, everything will be all right at the end. This does not however address my current predicament. Whilst “selling myself” started as a joke, I worked out how to execute it whilst cycling (it’s sunny in Manchester these days) #NoMoreWhatIf. And here I am writing about it. In case this is the first time you come across me, here is a quick bio. I have been a Tech…

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Template for a simplified investor pitch deck

I’ve been speaking to Paul Rawlings, a Manchester based tech entrepreneur and Techcelerate Member, quite a lot these days to simplify our story and thought of sharing what we came up with.   Cover slide – logo, who you are and what your business is in one short sentence. Background – in my case, ran few technology businesses, sold few and had a problem. MVP – Built the MVP and this is what it looks like. Solution – This is how it solves the problem, which is better than how it was solved by others before. Customer development – Found few…

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Startup Sales Advice from 3 Sales Champions

It’s not everyday that southern tech companies run sales oriented events in Manchester. I was glad that I signed up to attend NewVoiceMedia’s CloudFest event at Manchester City Football Club. I asked for one advice from each of the panel member. Fergus Gloster, Non Executive Director, NewVoiceMedia: Only hire sales staff after proving the value proposition and the sales process. Maria McMenamin, Sales Manager, Emerging & SMB UK, Salesforce: Tap into the Salesforce network by listing on the AppExchange.  Basil Choudhry, Head of Marketing, EPOS Now: It does not matter if all the questions are not answered. Get out there and…

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5 Stages of a tech startup – Stage 1: Product Development

There are many ways to plan the growth of your tech company. One way is to split start to exit period in to 5 stages, these being: product development, product/market fit, launch, growth and dominance. And each of these stages can be further split into five key components, these being: milestones, team, product, funding and metrics. Product Development This stage runs all the way from the initial idea to setting up of the company, coding of your product, moving the product from alpha to beta and launch, building your initial team and raising the funding to sustain the operations, either…

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How do you plan to control your destiny in 2011?

Just like many of us, I am in the planning mode right now. I believe in creating my own luck, i.e. been at the right place at the right time with the right proposition. I am putting considerable demand on 2011 – This is the year I must deliver, balancing growth of two micro companies whilst ensuring I give enough attention to family and my own life, i.e must enjoy living and not postpone living. I am keen to hear from you how you plan to deliver your objectives, what checklists you are putting in place to achieve the objectives,…

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