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20 Best Tools and Resources to Get Your Startup Off the Ground in 2017

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CO-startup-toolsTurning a great idea into a successful startup requires a lot of hard work…and coffee. It also means you end up wearing a lot of hats. From finding new funding to signing checks to posting tweets, you’ve got to learn how to multitask when you’re keeping costs low.

Thanks to the wide world of apps and the internet, today it has never been easier to act like a financial whiz or marketing pro until a bigger budget enables you to onboard new talent. Here are our favorite tools and resources for getting your startup off the ground in 2017. Read More >

.COmmunity Stories: Tech Flow

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TechFlow team1It’s well known that .CO is where big ideas belong on the web, and when it comes to truly aspirational thinking, they don’t come more inspiring than the concept behind TechFlow.co.

In a media landscape of consolidation and cutbacks, TechFlow.co is breaking the mould as a new, independent technology and gadget review website providing insights, commentary and news on tech from around the world.

But what really sets TechFlow.co apart from the competition is the fact that it’s entirely founded and staffed by students from an Australian High School.

The pint-sized entrepreneurs at TechFlow.co – who have an average age of only 15 years-old – launched earlier this year and have already achieved great success.

“The response to TechFlow.co has been overall very positive,” said co-founder and CEO Dunija Ariyaratne. “We receive views from all over the world, concentrated in Australia and the United States. We launched in July and pushed out a major design overhaul in November. Since then, we have almost doubled our readership, reaching well over 20,000 views in less than three months.”

“We chose a .CO domain name mainly because of how simple it was to remember. Since the .CO domain is still growing in popularity, there was also a very large market for the .CO domains. All the .com domains were taken, but we realised that if we wanted to start our own original, individual idea, then we would need to set ourselves apart from the rest.”

Mr Ariyaratne said the best thing about using the .CO domain name is how it aligns with their values and vision.

“The .CO domain helps us in many ways, ranging from making it simpler for users to remember, but also to make our promotional material much more premium. Our graphic designers have spent a lot of time trying to make sure that the graphics are in-line with our company name, and we don’t think that they would’ve been able to do that without the help of the .CO domain.”

It’s clear that the team at TechFlow.co have big futures ahead of them. The ‘go get ‘em’ attitude shown by these young innovators epitomizes the values and spirit of all the entrepreneurs in the .CO community.

 

 

 

Startup Success: A Mix of Intention, Iteration and Environment

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Jeremiah Gardner is an author, speaker, lean brand practitioner, and bulldog lover. He helps startups, entrepreneurs and Fortune 500 organizations reframe the way they think about brand innovation, culture, and leadership. He is a sought after speaker, and has been featured in several media outlets including Forbes, Entrepreneur Magazine, Lifehacker, The Guardian, Branding Magazine, and SayDaily. You can score a free copy of his book, The Lean Brand via our Membership Program here

Entrepreneurship is hard.

The countless articles listing out the “Top 10 Things To Be A Winning Entrepreneur” or “Five Ways to Find Success Fast” are all bunk. There is no way around it, being an entrepreneur is hard work.

Probability suggests that you’ll find yourself somewhere between making a decent living and yelling at a volleyball named Wilson like Tom Hanks in Castaway.

That doesn’t mean its not worth it. Read More >

Why your company can benefit from having a Twitter account

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Alyse Speyer has successfully created and maintained sustainable brands through traditional, online, and mobile marketing channels, utilizing web content, social media, advertising, search, lead nurturing, and integrated strategies. She currently works at Yola, a free website builder that helps small businesses and individuals get online without hassle, cost or fear.

It’s no surprise that Twitter poses a huge opportunity for small businesses. Its recent IPO valued the company at $24.9 billion.  The company has also showed explosive growth since it started with 231.7 million active users. As a small business owner, looking to take a step into the world of social media, you should take advantage of what this channel has to offer your company, and expand your business’s reach one 120-character message at a time.

Continue reading, we have a variety of tips to getting your business Twitter account on the right track! Read More >