Blog & News

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Chapter 1


January - February 2018

#Idea #Motivation #Hot markets
#Business plan

Chapter 2


March - April 2018

#Presentation Skills #Elevator Pitch
#Silicon Valley Pitch #First Investment

Chapter 3


May - June 2018

#First Steps #Strategy
#Marketing Tips #Development

Chapter 4


May - June 2018

#People in Startup #Team #Recruitment
#Company Culture

Blog Articles

Margareta Křížová: How to find an investor, prepare for a meeting, pitch and negotiate

The relationship between investor and entrepreneur is like any other: Trust, but verify. Speak and listen attentively. Look for chemistry and follow the intuition that tells you either to go for it or leave. Communicate your needs openly, but be willing to find a compromise. "An entrepreneur and an investor are equals. You bring the idea and work and the investor brings money. No one should feel tricked, "says Margareta Křížová, an experienced businesswoman, mentor and investor of time.

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Lukáš Foral: Analyze any feedback from the investor and, if it makes sense, use it

The Czech-British fund Opifer sees hundreds of projects every year. However, they have only four startups in their portfolio. Among seed funds this is quite common. In the US, it is expected that a startup will pitch to dozens of funds before it gets an investment. Why are some entrepreneurs successful while most fail? “Good preparation leads to success,” says Opifer co-founder Lukáš Foral.

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Přemysl Koudela: How to Find Your Next Seed Investment

From the creation of a pitch deck, presentation to investors and negotiations to signature of a seed investment contract, it usually takes a few months. It is said that getting an investment may take up to ten months. This sends a clear message: startups should start looking early. Vistag, a startup incubated in UP21, is currently contacting Czech and foreign investors and asking for a second round of investment. We were curious and asked the CEO, Přemysl Koudela, how it is going.

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Interview: How to Create a Successful Crowdfunding Campaign – A Step by Step Guide

Crowdfunding is one of the possible ways to get money to develop your project. It doesn’t matter whether you need 5,000 USD for a small exhibition or 100,000 USD for software development. The only thing that matters is your preparedness. With a sophisticated plan, communication strategy, reward system and an active community, you can push your project to infinity and beyond. Jana Hanfová from the Czech rewards-based crowdfunding platform Hithit, however, points out that the real workload doesn’t end once you successfully finish your crowdfunding campaign, it is actually only beginning.

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Why Your Startup Should Hire a Company to Develop Your App

Startup founders often dream of developing their own application. They draw inspiration from companies like Uber and Airbnb and think that development will not be so complicated. Their colleague had previously programmed in Javascript and they will surely find skillful developers in their friends’ circle. It will surely be cheaper and faster. And so, many startups enthusiastically begin their own app development. Months go by and the app is slowly taking shape. Meanwhile, other startups that outsourced development to another company are already signing first deals.

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Interview: I do not tie business or people to rules, I only give direction

Petr Skondrojanis is one of the most famous Czech faces of the Human Resources. He wants to teach companies how to create good company culture and respect their employees. What does he have to show for it? He has founded Cocuma, Kariérní pouť, Cultmag, Cult Talks as well as organized the talk show Culture Rocks. To manage all this, he does not sleep very much and watches countless news sources. A number of people have asked him about HR reform and company culture. We were curious about what kind of boss he is, what people he surrounds himself with, and what mistakes he has learned from the most.

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Interview: In 3 years, we’ve grown from 2 to 120 people

It sounds like a miracle – in a startup world, definitely. At the beginning, there were two enthusiasts and today they have more than a hundred employees and clients like Volkswagen, Škoda Auto, Česká spořitelna, Raiffeisen Bank, CEMEX and KLM. The story of tesena is inspiring in many ways. However, we were mainly interested to know how they handled skyrocketing growth, attracted talented people, and what problems they struggled with along the road. "If someone told me in the beginning that we would be 50 or 100, I would probably think that I would go crazy," laughs co-founder and CEO Marcel Veselka.

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Interview: How STRV looks for its talents

The recruitment of new employees in STRV takes an average of twelve months. Yes, you are reading correctly. Twelve months. From the time people first hear name of this company, there is a long period of getting to know each other and thinking. Only 10% of people are actively looking for a job, while 90% may want to change their job but need to gain confidence and build a relationship with the company. Building a long-term relationship with people through meetups, Instagram stories, newsletters and other channels was the main topic of this interview with STRV HR manager Matěj Matolín.

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Why Teams Are Successful

The Aristotle Project examined the operation of 180 teams at Google and looked for reasons why some were successful while others were not. A huge amount of data has been gathered and complicated diagrams and formulas have emerged. However, it was almost impossible to find a link between a team's composition and its success – at first.

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