My 5 Must-Read Blogs If You’re Thinking of Building a Tech Startup

Over the last few months I’ve published a range of blogs about starting and growing a tech startup. I thought it would be helpful to pick out my top five posts if you’re at the beginning of your own journey as a tech startup. 

1. Setting Up a Startup on a Shoestring

In this post I delved into my experience of setting up my own tech business, Cake, on a shoestring budget. It’s a great blog to read if you want some simple tips on how you can get started without having to spend a lot of money. I’ve talked about everything from software as a service and business banking to marketing and building your product – there are some really practical tips in there to help you get started.

2. Building a Cultural Platform

This blog is all about laying the right foundations for your business. If you can do this when you’re just starting out then so much the better. In this post I’ll explain some of the basic elements you need in place to set up the right company culture to help your business grow and enable everyone on your team to use their talents. Businesses are only as successful as the people they have behind them and you’ll find some advice in this post about building your team and retaining key people.

3. I Need a Tech Guy

Since I left my role working for the company that acquired Cake a year ago, I’ve been approached many times by people looking for a ‘tech guy’. In this blog I talk about the importance of developing partnerships to help you get a tech startup off the ground. There are also a few tips on how to get to an MVP with your tech product in this post too.

4. Badges and Scares of Running a Tech Company: Part 1

I’m a big believer that you learn more from your failures than you do from your successes. In this blog I shared some of the badges and scars I picked up running a tech company. If you’re planning to set up your own tech startup then the scar I talk about in this post is particularly important: cash flow. Cash flow issues can and do sink a business. In this post I talk about how we navigated cash flow issues in the early days of Cake and what we did to make sure we didn’t have the same kinds of issues again.

5. Want to be an Entrepreneur? Why Now Could Be a Fantastic Time to Start a Company

This was the first post on my blog and while it was written at a very specific point in the Covid-19 pandemic, much of what I talked about in March still holds true. We are a long way from returning to what many people would consider ‘business as usual’ and it’s highly unlikely that we’ll go back to working exactly as we did before. This is still a great time to find talented people who are seeking a new challenge, as well as build your personal brand and start building momentum for your business. You’ll find some suggestions of how to go about that in this blog. 

Starting any new business is a steep learning curve, but hopefully some of my experiences and insights can help you avoid a few of the pitfalls. Feel free to get in touch for a further conversation about building and scaling your fast-growth tech startup:

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