Harvard i-lab | Startup Secrets: Funding Strategies to Go the Distance with Michael Skok 7 of 7
At a time when there are so many ways to fund your startup, from angels to accelerators, it’s more important than ever to develop a funding strategy that fits your particular needs. Maybe you shouldn’t even raise money! In this session we’ll explore the options and help you think through not just your initial funding but a trajectory to stay funded until you’ve reached your goal, be that an independent public company or a self-sustaining social venture. We’ll also try to remove the mystique of VC and as usual bring some case examples to bear to bring it all to life.
Harvard i-lab | Startup Secrets Part 5: Wrap Up | Michael Skok and Geoffrey Moore
Presenting to a full house, renowned author, Geoffrey Moore, and Michael Skok took a closer look into gaining an unfair competitive advantage as an entrepreneur. The event commenced with a recap of observations and learning from the previous five workshops, followed by insights from Geoffrey Moore into the secrets of entrepreneurship and business building, including a preview of Moore’s latest book, Escape Velocity. The lecture concluded with a book-signing, lunch and networking with fellow entrepreneurs.
Harvard i-lab | Startup Secrets Part 4: Going To Market – Michael Skok
In Part 4 of Michael Skok’s Harvard i-lab lecture series, “Startup Secrets: An insiders guide to unfair competitive advantage,” Skok describes the fundamentals of building a go-to-market strategy for your business.
Harvard i-lab | Startup Secrets Part 3: Business Model – Michael Skok
In Part 3 of Michael Skok’s Harvard i-lab lecture series, “Startup Secrets: An insiders guide to unfair competitive advantage,” Skok helped students to think thorugh the three aspects of business model creation—identifying your C.O.R.E. value, finding Multipliers for growth and Levers for cost economies. This allows you to have much better odds of building a company that returns value disproportionally to all of its stakeholders.
Harvard i-lab | Startup Secrets Part 2: Company Formation – Michael Skok
In Part 2 of Michael Skok’s Harvard i-lab lecture series, “Startup Secrets: An insiders guide to unfair competitive advantage,” Skok argues that ideas aren’t worth much without great people to back them up. It’s human capital that makes the difference between good and great companies, which is why attracting and retaining the right people and getting them dialed into the right vision is utterly essential for the burgeoning venture.
In Part 1 of Michael Skok’s Harvard i-lab lecture series, “Startup Secrets: An insiders guide to unfair competitive advantage,” Skok laid out one of the first stages of creating a company: defining the value proposition.
You’ve figured out your value prop, you’ve got a great product under development. Now what? How can you develop a roadmap to build a company? VCs often qualify deals as being a “feature” a “product” or a “company.” Which do you have and how will you get where you want to go? During this session we’ll discuss how to think about designing your product as a foundational element of your business. Think beyond UX and Architecture to Whole Product, Ecosystems, and Strategic partners. Formulate how to design your go to market strategy and business model into your product with a modular architecture, distinctive packaging and a frictionless approach.
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