Author Archives: Tyler Denk

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The Key To Being A Successful Entrepreneur

No, this isn’t clickbait to sell you on some ‘how to get rich quick’ book, nor is it some hidden secret to success. Through my experiences running VentureStorm the past two years, I have encountered hundreds (if not thousands) of entrepreneurs from around the world – some extremely successful, others not so much. I have also taken notice of the actions and sacrifices my team and I take on a day-to-day basis to continue to grow the company. Through this journey, I have developed a theory in what I believe to be is the key to being a successful entrepreneur. Continue reading

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How To Successfully Launch Your Product

In this day and age, I consider a website or mobile application to fall under the product category. That being said, launching your product into the world is an unbelievably exciting moment. It’s something that TV shows such as Silicon Valley portray as a bunch of guys in t-shirts huddled around a single computer, they press a button, and boom- thousands of visitors are flocking their site. Unfortunately, that’s rarely the case; however, I’ve compiled a list of things you could do so your product launch doesn’t go unnoticed. Continue reading

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Understanding Debt Financing For Startups

Most entrepreneurs view equity financing as the best and most common form of raising money for their startup. Equity financing involves the typical pitching to investors and venture capital firms to raise money in exchange for equity in your company – the stuff you frequently see on TV and read about online. However, that’s not the only way to raise money for your company. In fact, in many cases it’s not even the smartest route to take. Continue reading

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Tools to Onboard A Developer

Entrepreneurs and startups are constantly looking for talented developers to grow their team (that’s why we built VentureStorm :)). But finding the right developer is just the start.

You’ve been grinding on your startup full-speed ahead for a while now. You know the ins and outs of your product, and you need to get this newcomer caught up to speed with everything. Luckily there are plenty of tools available to ease the transition. Continue reading

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Why Millennials Need to Toss Their Business Cards and Download Contap

Millennials are more engaged in the digital world than other generations. Where business cards may be the first step in exchanging information, today’s digital world offers many opportunities to develop a dialogue with your network in ways that are innate to this tech-savvy generation. LinkedIn is a great tool for networking and job hunting, while Twitter is the perfect vehicle for driving your contacts to locations where you can showcase your thought leadership. Continue reading

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Basics of Customer Discovery

I would argue that customer discovery is the most critical component to building a successful company. Contrary to what many people believe, new features and products aren’t the result of a brainstorming session amongst executives (at least they shouldn’t be). New features and products should be built to address problems observed by the end user. How do you know what problems your end users are facing? Customer discovery. Continue reading

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Steps After Minimum Viable Product

This is the fifth and final post in a five part series about the importance and benefits of building an effective minimum viable product (Click here for Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4). By now, I’m hoping you have a good understanding what it takes to validate your concept quickly and efficiently, and are aware of a few simple options that are available to you. Continue reading

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Best Minimum Viable Product Examples

So you’ve come up with what you think is an amazing idea for a website or mobile application. You are convinced that this is the next billion dollar idea. Sound familiar?

So many people have gotten to this point, stopped and asked, ‘now what?’ Here at VentureStorm we’re here to help you, so I’ll lay it out nice and simple. Continue reading