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Bitcoin - we learn a bit more about Bitcoin with Bittylicious

by: Startacus Admin ~ 23rd July 2014
Heard of Bitcoin but not really too sure if the penny has dropped with regards to what it’s really all about? Yep - us too. So we thought what better place to start than by speaking to Bittylicious, a UK based marketplace that connects buyers and sellers of Bitcoins together. Looking to find out more about the Bitcoin scene, and whether this is a ‘fad’ or if you’d bank on ...
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An Introduction to Twitter Analytics

by: Startacus Admin ~ 22nd July 2014
Here at Startacus there’s nothing we like more than a nice bit of data… we’re kidding obviously, but what we do rather like is when interesting data is laid out in an visually pleasing and easy to follow way. Twitter's own new and improved analytics tools are a nice example of this, and a marked improvement on their last offering which wasn’t very ‘inspiring’ ...
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How to write a Good Business Plan

by: Startacus Admin ~ 8th July 2014
Conrad Ford of business finance experts 'Funding Options' writes for Startacus about creating a good business plan. Creating a business plan can often feel like a necessary evil undertaken with a heavy heart and the sole aim of convincing unfriendly third-parties to part with the funding you need. But to create a really great business plan, you should be thinking not just about the end-game but...
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Asking family and friends to invest in your startup - The Basics

by: Startacus Admin ~ 6th July 2014
Unless your friends and family happen to be ultra rich super billionaires with bottomless savings accounts, then broaching the subject of them investing in your startup has the potential to be a difficult, awkward and rather highly pressured undertaking. Some of you will no doubt already be cringing in horror at the mere suggestion of such an ill-advised coupling of business life and personal...
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Bristol - The UK’s Creative Startup Hub

by: Startacus Admin ~ 21st June 2014
Mark Paney is the Marketing Director and Co-Founder of Simpleweb, a passionate web and mobile product development company based in Bristol. Here he shares all his knowledge and experience to pass on the key places, meetups, startups and events synonymous with the startup scene in Bristol."When I was first starting out, the startup scene in Bristol was virtually non-existent. The onl...
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5 Simple ways to kickstart your content marketing in an hour or less

by: Startacus Admin ~ 16th June 2014
Looking to harness the power of content marketing, but pushed for time? It’s a familiar self-starter story. Here are five content marketing projects which you can create in an hour or less. 1. Focus on FAQsThey’re not sexy, and they’re never going to win any creativity awards but an informative Frequently Asked Questions page is hard-working content at its best. Firstly, it&rsq...
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Startups - 4 things you can’t leave to luck

by: Startacus Admin ~ 13th June 2014
In life some of us highlight that “that” was the time that we got their lucky break. Being lucky, or simply being in the ‘right place at the right time’ can of course have an effect on the likelihood of success. However, whilst luck might strike on the odd occasion, there are still some fundamental things that a startup cannot afford to leave to luck. And, as this article h...
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How to engage and make your employees thrive

by: Startacus Admin ~ 4th June 2014
Startacus member former self starter of the week and Arfah Farooq give some sound advice on one of the most challenging aspects of growing a startup- how to make your employees thrive. Over to Arfah... We all know that starting something is super exciting but that makes us extremely busy. So busy that even when we get help and make our first hire, most of us are pretty rubbish at managing them be...
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5 Simple tips to professionalise your business

by: Startacus Admin ~ 3rd June 2014
5 tips to professionalise your business As a small business owner it’s likely that one of your biggest concerns is how to establish yourself as a credible and professional business in a competitive/crowded market. Even with the most innovative business idea, it’s vital to ensure you’re making the right impression on the right people. There are some simple steps you can take ...
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Designers: Some tips for your contracts and a handy short story

by: Startacus Admin ~ 2nd June 2014
Ex lawyer, Serena Manzoli is a startup person & social media champion at Peppercorn, a place for creating your legal contracts in minutes & in many languages. Here she writes some handy legal tips for Designers... "I recently needed some good branding for my new startup and I contacted a young talented designer. The job was supposed to take a few days and we both agreed on a handshake. Ac...
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How to start a Pub - Part 2

by: Startacus Admin ~ 24th May 2014
Do you fancy taking a punt with opening your own pub? Last week we took a look at some of the basic information you will need to know before you embark upon your exciting new journey as a publican.  In true Startacus style we got the nitty-gritty, complicated, mind-scrambling stuff out of the way early - things like; the difference between a leasehold and a free pub, how much each is likely ...
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How you should - and shouldn't - treat your Business Partner!

by: Startacus Admin ~ 22nd May 2014
We all remember the first time: your eyes meet across a crowded room and before long you’re talking passionately. Never mind that it’s at a networking event and you’re getting excited about the advantages of open source versus Microsoft. This is a special moment: you’ve just found your business soul mate. Boy, it’s difficult being by yourself sometimes, especially wh...
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