Experienced Startup Mentor, Commercial lawyer, Lecturer & public speaker. I've helped over 300 entrepreneurs & 100+ startups. Taught tens of courses and given hundreds of talks. Founder of the Legal Clinic for Startups.
Validating your idea can save you thousands of dollars and months of work. It can increase your chances of raising money from investors, and it can ultimately help make your startup a success. I’ve successfully helped hundreds of startups validate their idea and I’d be happy to help you too. I’ll explain how in a clear and easy way to understand way.
I've successfully helped over 300 entrepreneurs and businesses, and would be happy to try and help you. I have vast experience with startups and business and legal aspects.
startup mentor, university lecturer and public speaker.
I've successfully helped over 300 entrepreneurs and over 100 startups. I've taught tens of courses and given hundreds of talks. Being an excellent public speaker (whether for investors or a TedX talk) is a skill that you can acquire, not something that you're born with. I can help you improve this skill, help you with your presentation and focus your message.
I spend time before each call preparing and only schedule the call if I feel that I can be of value. If you feel that I didn't provide value during our call, I will give you a full refund!
I've successfully helped over 300 entrepreneurs & over 100 startups. Avoid the common legal / business mistakes in advance(!) - mistakes that will cost you a lot of money or will cause you to lose potential investors. For example, most common mistake: not owning your Intellectual Property (the code, your website or mobile app). You may think that you own it (because you paid for it) but in most cases it is still lawfully owned by the person who created it (the programmer, service provider or other founder, or perhaps your current employer).
I prepare before each call and only take the call if I believe that I can add value. If you feel that I didn't provide value during our call, I will give you a full refund!
startup mentor and experienced commercial lawyer - with expertise in a wide variety of startups and international negotiations.
I've successfully helped over 300 entrepreneurs. I've taught tens of courses and given hundreds of talks. I established and directed the Legal Clinic for Startups in the 'Startup Nation'. I prepare (on my own expense) before each call and only schedule the call if I feel that I can be of value. If you feel that I didn't provide value during our call, I will give you a full refund! Take a look at my reviews.
My answer might seem a bit too simple, but anyway: why not put both - your direct number for people who prefer to first 'get to know you' before scheduling a consult, and the Clarity widget for people who already know what they want, and just need some quick advice.
Just take into account that if you add the clarity widget, and you don't have any reviews yet (or have reviews but they're negative), then maybe it would be less wise to add the widget.
If you are new to clarity and want to get some reviews, you could use your VIP code to offer free calls - this way you get happy clients, and you build your reputation on clarity by getting more reviews.
I hope this helped.
First, I must give some credit to your expert as I agree with most of what he said.
What you are describing is a common dilemma, and indeed your chances are much higher if you have one of the three elements the expert mentioned. Companies are reluctant to pay / purchase / invest only in an idea. Additionally, even if they do show interest, you will have to expose the idea to them, at which stage they may decide to make use of it without your involvement (an NDA/confidentiality agreement can only protect you so much, and most companies won't agree to sign one).
1. if you only want to sell the idea, your pitch email needs to be really good, and your NDA needs to be airtight.
2. I would consider offering that they develop it, and you get a commission in return.
3. You have a better chance if you validate the idea and collect some data. You don't have to develop the actual product in order to do this.
I've successfully helped over 300 entrepreneurs, and I'd be happy to help you with the email or in validating the product/service.
I know someone who owns a fairly large medical tourism company. If you have a steady flow of paying clients, he might be interested in investing or some sort of partnership.
If you meant that you're interested in increasing the amount of clients that you have, then I'm happy to give you some pointers, but I would need a lot more information. I'm happy to give you a free 15 min call to get the info, and then we can schedule a second call during which I will give you my advice.
I've successfully helped over 300 entrepreneurs, and I'd be happy to try and assist.
No sure anyone can properly answer this without first getting more information - as the famous investor quote goes: "I trust in GOD, all the rest need to show data"
Anyway, assuming you've validated your idea, and know how to give a great pitch, then of course investors will take you seriously. You just need to come very prepared (with your numbers, background research on investors, how much you want & in exchange for what* etc).
* It's not enough to know that you want $200K for 10% (for example). You need to prepare in advance for alternative numbers and be able to think fast. For example: if they offer $230k for 12% - is this better or worse (you have 30 seconds - and this is an easy one)?
I've successfully helped over 300 entrepreneurs, and would be happy to help you with the validation (if not done yet), the pitch deck and the pitch itself.
Well done for creating a startup. Good luck and enjoy the ride.
Your description is not very clear, so it is a bit difficult to answer. You are welcome to contact me for further - specific - advice.
License agreements have various options/versions to them. The most common form is this: company A (owns some form of technology) licenses their tech to Company B. company B pays company A royalties (this is the fee for using the technology). Royalties have numerous options: sometimes it's a one time fee, sometimes an annual fee, sometimes a fee for each unit / amount of users/stations, and sometimes it's a combination: set fee + payment for each usage of the license.
Clarity's terms of service state that:
"You (as a Seeker) may cancel an Appointment without penalty; provided, however, that you have not already initiated the call with the Expert via the Services. You (as an Expert) may cancel a scheduled Appointment without penalty at any time."
I personally think that if the cancellation is done up to about 3-4 hours before, then it's reasonable not to charge, but anything less than that should come with a partial cancellation fee. I personally spend anywhere from 10-30 minutes preparing for a call in order to promise the most value for the caller. I don't expect to be paid for this time, but if the caller doesn't cancel and just doesn't show, there should be a cancellation fee. Alternatively, each user (including experts) should have 2 'no-shows' after which they get blocked.
If it gives you any comfort, I know that the caller's 'Clarity Score' is negatively effected.
Based on the intellectual way you worded your question, it seems like you already know the answer :-)
Although a team is important, it isn't everything, and if you prove that your venture is doing well/has potential (traction, profits, conversion etc...), you shouldn't have any problems.
Co-founders are like romantic relationship - keep looking (without it being an issue), eventually you'll find the right one.
To improve your chances, try focus on forums/meetups and the various other platforms which focus specifically on your field and/or the startup lifestyle, as this will increase the chances of success.
I've successfully helped over 300 entrepreneurs and would be happy to help you if you need any assistance.
It depends on the exhibitions.
So exhibition organizers only you let you use their stands/stalls with limited options for changes (less common), some refer you to a list of 'approved' stand installers/designers (fairly common), and others let you do whatever you want so long as you follow a few basic safety guidelines (and stay within your stand limits). For the last option, there is a wide variety of service providers.
I am in touch with an international stand creator - they create very unique stands, but they aren't cheap. If you have a high enough budget and are in the US or Europe, I could connect you.
This is a common problem for many.
There are no quick fixes. The main aspects are:
1. Quality (relevant) content
2. Quality incoming coming links for the relevant keywords.
3. Focus on niche areas.
4. Utilize long tail keywords.
I’ve successfully helped over 300 entrepreneurs and I’d be happy to assist. Immediately after scheduling the call, please send me the link to your website + the main keywords that you are focusing on (and why), and any other relevant information.
Best of luck
Not sure if your question is still relevant, but here goes:
My interpretation to "Pre-existing obligations" would be, for example: licenses that you've given to others, licenses that you've received, claims against you/your IP (for example, someone who has filed a claim/complaint/court case saying that they are in fact the owners).
Regarding section 5: they mean what do you plan to do with you IP, and/or if you don't already have a patent, are you planning on filing for one? If so, in which jurisdictions...etc...
Regarding section 3, and even though you didn't ask: I find it unlikely that you really do own 100% of your IP. I am not sure what your business is, but if it includes code/programming, then there is a 99% chance that you used open source code, in which you case you probably don't own ALL the IP.
I hope that you got the grant. good luck
New answer: yes, you should have one.
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Assaf was extremely helpful. He gave me detailed and practical answers to my questions and also went beyond that by adding more important things I must take into account and useful tips, both in the legal domain and in the business domain. Importantly, to help him know my project better so he could give me the best advice, Assaf also asked me questions that were to the point. He was also very cordial and patient. If I decide to launch my startup I hope to hire his services.
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Extremely helpful and productive call. Assaf came well prepared and made my time extremely useful. He raised some great points on aspects of my startup which I need to address and provided me with the right steps to do so in order to validate my idea. I highly recommend a chat with Assaf and will definitely be calling him again in the future. Thanks again!