Five Low-Cost Customer Acquisition Tactics for Startups

By Robert McClees, HubSpot for Startups Customer acquisition is something that most startups struggle with in the early stages of their business. Founders with limited funding face a multitude of challenges and it’s often hard to dedicate resources to gaining new customers. As startups grow and scale, founders must look for ways to improve upon […]

Built for Speed: Why It’s Important to be Fast

Since GAN’s inception, the community’s mission has been to give startups the power to create and grow their businesses and make a positive impact wherever they call home. Why? Because we believe startups are the job creators, culture-makers, and innovation engines our cities and industries need. Yet, startups can never and will never operate in […]

7 Components of a Powerful Pitch

By: Tricia Reinken, Partner Marketing, HubSpot for Startups (a GAN Corporate Partner) A powerful pitch deck is critical for any startup, regardless of your goal. Whether you are raising a round of funding, acquiring your first customers, or hiring a skilled team, these seven components will help you build a captivating yet concise pitch deck.  […]

The Importance of Reframing

First, a Personal Story A few weeks ago, my family and I went up to the mountains and invited another family to join us for a hike. We were excited to see our friends for the first time in a while, and yet, at the last minute, they invited some other friends along who we […]

A Tool to Empower Emotional Awareness

My wife is a mental health therapist, and one thing we’ve been talking about lately is how hard it is to define “what we’re feeling during COVID-19.” Meaning our worlds have changed, and we don’t have a way to describe how we’re exactly feeling. I find that I’m using phrases like “things are different” and […]

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GAN Leaders Share Their 2020 Productivity Hacks

Every year, I like to ask the leaders of our GAN Accelerators to share their favorite productivity hacks–the tools and practices they use to increase their efficiency, be productive, and keep going–with one another. This year, I also extended the question to our GAN Team. And the answers are far too good to keep to […]

Why Every Startup Should Have an Advisory Board

Running a business isn’t easy. Demands from your team and your clients can fill every minute of every day and it can be hard to prioritize the work that’s actually essential to you and your company. So sometimes, it really can help to get feedback at the right time, from the right people—people who understand the intricacies of your business and who allow you to be incredibly open and honest.

We Really Need Large Corporates—With the Right Motives

If you read my blog regularly, you know I’m a really big believer in a couple of things: How revenue is one of the most important metrics for startups. And, that partnering with corporates is one of the best ways for startups to generate revenue. But, corporates so often have the wrong motivations for working with founders. Here’s how they can do better.

GAN Partner, Chargebee, on How to Tackle Office Hours with an Investor

I recently wrote about how mentors can best guide founders in one-on-one sessions, and how those founders can best prepare for those sessions in order to take full advantage of their time with mentors. But what if you’re scheduled to sit down with an investor? Is preparation essentially the same, and what are investors looking for? Here’s how to be prepared.

How to Bring Up Issues With Your Business Partner or Leadership Team

I have two great allies, Dani and Reilly, who I’m constantly working with to build and grow GAN and GAN Ventures. We have incredible relationships and I could not have chosen more fantastic people to work alongside. But, as with any business, conflict and issues emerge along the way. Here’s how we work through that conflict when it arises.