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- 👟 Quick steps to scale your startup idea
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👟 Quick Steps to Scale your Startup Idea
When we said quick steps, I bet ya'll didn't think we'd bring back a meme from your favourite dance flik? If we guessed right, you're in for a treat. If we guessed wrong, do yourself a favour and start loading Step Up on Prime Video. *We may or may not get affiliate commission from Channing Tatum for you clicking that link.
For the fans, you know Tatum (Tyler) and Jenna Dewan (Nora) start off with some slow feet. They're moody, got bad attitudes and working through their own struggles. But as they get more in tune with themselves, they find their flow.
Well, surprise surprise. The startup world ain't that different.
We all start DM'ing CEOs for coffee and before we know it, students be DM'ing you! It's the circle of life. And we all have to play our part. To help out founders that want to scale their startup idea, we put together some quick steps you can leverage to get rolling with your rhythm.
👟 Step 1: Post your idea in public
You can't expect the world if nobody knows your goal. Posting your startup idea in public is the easiest move in the book. Ari Nitikman is a 2x Team Canada athlete that just shared his startup idea on Kernal.
He's already got 13 up-votes and you already know he's hyperlinking this idea URL to share it around via email, Twitter DMs and startup groups to land more exposure. He's smart. He gets the game. Do you?
It makes it that much easier for people to understand your elevator pitch when you have a 1-pager that can be sent around to anyone in the world. Get yours on a 1 pager if you haven't already. We may be a tad bias, but we suggest Kernal.
👟 Step 2: Prove you've done the work
Before you can hit $10K in monthly reoccurring revenue (MRR), you gotta do the leg work:
- Call 100 customer prospects
- Research every competitor in the book
- See if the market for your idea is growing or slowing on google trends
- Interview other top players in the space to see if they think your idea has legs
Using the progress update section of Kernal can be a game changer for this. Instead of "hoping you've done the work". Investors and customers can see you in the trenches. Ari below has already shown us he's got a building ready to lock down if the right team comes together on this. That would get me excited as an angel investor vs complaining on your couch and hoping somebody emails you back to meet for coffee to "get to know them".
👟 Step 3: Partner with the right investors
Spoiler alert: When Channing Tatum first meets Jenna Dewan, they're not as smooth as they are in the gif above. They're rocky. They're clumsy. Not in flow. But by the end of the film, they're waltzin' all over the camera. Why?
- They got to know each other
- They were aligned in skills/values
- They were passionate about the same goals
Few things feel greater than when you get the right investors on board. After you've fuelled up on capital, get the right staff on the bus, tackle the customer demographic and start firing up the community FOMO for others to get on board.
Ready to step up your startup game in 2023? I know, I know, lame CTA, but hopefully you smiled and rolled your eyes. Just smash that green button below and get your concept on Kernal already.
*P.S. Wanna host a Kernal Meetup in your city? Drop our head of community a line (it's his birthday today btw) at email@example.com 🎈
✨ Startup Ideas ✨
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🧪 AI Tools We're Testing Thanks to Ben's Bites
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🐦 Tweets of the Week
🧩 Kernal Riddle
Since ya'll are so smart, we wanted to test your creativity. Try to crack the puzzle below.
If 🅱️🌎📅 = "B-irth-day", what does this set of emoji's mean?
🥧🐀🚗🍖☕ = ??
*hint: it's a movie. Up-vote Aubrey's Kernal idea, EmojiClue, if you want us to share more of these.
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