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Value addition to any website #Website+

Almost every company on the planet now has a website to promote their business, whether you a one man band or a multinational company. Once you have a basic website with pages and posts, the job does not simply stop there. You can make your website work really hard for your business. Here is a list of things you might consider: Basic Web Analytics – displays number of visitors, page views, most popular pages, growth of these over different time periods and whole host of parameters. SEO – keywords that allow people to find you. Advanced analytics – identify who the visitors…

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Key Tech Entrepreneur events in Manchester

Why do you attend Tech Entrerpreneur events in Manchester? What are the regular events one must attend as a tech entrepreneur? Bit of a rant here..so get your coffee/beer first.. For me there are four reasons: Access to finance – find new investors, especially those who are from out of town. Good to meet same folks over and over, but you need those rare individuals you cannot be accessed easily. Plus deal makers. Access to markets – potential users, customers and channel partners as well as those who could introduce others to you. Access to knowledge – learn something new (how…

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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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Idea for Richard and the TechNorth

Richard and some of his troops are already doing this.. But let’s get to the starting point. TechNorth is about supporting digital businesses of which tech businesses are a part of. My interest is only on the latter. If you are a tech startup, you hit the pinnacle when you get chosen as a Northern Star (within the TechNorth ecosystem). These companies get the maximum support, and rightly so. What about those left behind? Could there be another two levels of companies, which could get defined support? Yes, we get invited to various events and programmes, but it’s difficult to sum…

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Objectives & Key Results (OKRs) methodology of #TechNorth by Richard Gregory

I’ve known Richard Gregory for many years [Disclaimer: He was a customer of edocr.com at one point]. When I first heard of his appointment to head of TechNorth, I felt energised. Here is a man well known and respected in Manchester digital community, a sort of people’s champion. However, he was from the digital marketing community and not from the tech entrepreneur community. The only question remaining was that does he understand the pain tech entrepreneurs in the North has to go to get anywhere, especially on raising capital?   I just read Richard’s blog post where he shares Objectives…

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SaaS market trends 2014 reviewed

In 2014, I predicted that the SaaS market will evolve as (in Quora): There will be greater debate on two tier systems, as more and more companies learn to live with on premise (including legacy) and SaaS, adopting a hybrid solutions. SaaS vendors will continue to be pulled in two directions, i.e. best of breed (single product) to multi product (driven by the need for greater revenues, e.g. Box). The middle market will continue to cause confusion due to products that specialise for smaller companies (no sales team), and the rest focusing on larger companies (sales team). The biggest land grab…

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#GrowthHack 1 – Commenting on high influencer sites

I’m no SEO expert. I ended up on SEO Profiler by accident. Not quite true though. I check edocr.com and UnifiedVU standing on Alexa quite often. Once edocr.com reached 14,000th largest website in the world (according to Alexa), and those days, I was quite obsessed in trying to get to 10,000th and beyond. A quick review of UnifiedVU on SEO Profiler revealed the followings: Active backlinks: 553 Unique active backlinks: 22 Links to home page: 540 Link Influence Score (LIS): 4% When I started analysing the 22 unique backlinks, I found out: Creately.com – LIS 97% GrowthHackers.com – LIS 93% Pipedrive…

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Xero – not an overnight success

These days, if you are a small business and looking for that vital accountancy software to help with your growth, Xero would most likely be in your shopping list, if not on the top of it. Those in the industry like myself, have been amazed at the growth of Xero, as they march towards their first million subscribers. Just like most companies, Xero’s success has not been an overnight success. Years of hard work fuelled with large sums of venture capital and public listings are now beginning to pay. Xero was founded in November 2006 with founder investment of NZ$1.5 million and listed…

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My Kick-Ass Ninja Team with Permission Kick My Arse

I like to think I am the king of crowdsourcing (if not the king, at least good at it). edocr.com remained a going concern thanks to the help I received from many individuals from Andy Yelland to Alex Goldstone and Stuart Scott-Goldstone. This time I want to take this to another level. I’ve appointed a kick-ass Ninja team with permission to kick my butt. I could have called them advisors. In my book, advisors are those who are excellent at preaching (from their experience of course), but not always ready to fold their shirt sleeves and get into nitty gritty of…

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How to turn a simple idea into a technology company

My next gig is at Manchester Business School on 2nd September 2016. Areas covered: The journey from post MBA to today – failures and wins. How UnifiedVU started, and the thinking behind it. Starting place: Will power + Framework + Vision. Turning the idea into a product, business,  attract customers, partners and continuous validation. Frameworks: Five stages of a startup The ten segments Bit about me: After spending well over a decade in engineering consultancy working for two global businesses, both in the UK and the Middle East, Manoj completed his Executive MBA at MBS in 2004, joining a tech startup as…

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