Building a B2B Startup? Here are 5 of the Most Crucial Lessons I’ve Learned

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I hope my previous post got you more interested in taking a longer look at building a Business-to-Business (B2B) startup. If you're interested in plunging into one, here are 5 of the most crucial lessons I've garnered in building B2B's for almost one decade now (Can't believe it!): 1) Doing Lean Startup? You cannot use a traditional "MVP" If you aren't familiar with Lean Startup Methodology, then please buy Eric's book as soon as you finish this post. Essentially, the book says that you have to validate your assumptions about the product and the market systematically before you spend money on building. Specifically, it suggest building a "minimum viable product." This is … [Read more...]

Six Powerful Reasons Why Your Next Startup Must Be a B2B

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To B2B or not to B2B? Ah. This is the question. For me the answer is clear. With all things being equal, if you are a Philippine-based startup, you should try building a B2B first. Let me get my obvious bias out of the way first - I am primarily a B2B guy. Most of startups I've been involved with - STORM, Strata, Stream Engine - have been B2B's. (the notable exception is JGL) Waitaminit! What do mean by B2B again? You can generally classify as startup as being a B2B (Business to Business), as opposed to a B2C (Business to Consumer). A B2B company sells to other companies (also called enterprise business), while a B2C sells its wares directly to consumers. I think there is an … [Read more...]

For the Young Entrepreneur: Do not Fear the Lingo, Get down with it! (Even more fun with wise friends!)

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(Matt Lapid will be regularly posting original articles with me here on JGL, with the perspective of being brand-new entrepreneur. Heres his second article. As usual, please tell us what you think with the content we are pumping out for you. Gracias! - Peter) “So is it a B2B or B2C…Kasi pwedeng B2C…Pwede rin B2B, but you need to define your niche market and validate…BOOTSTRAP…Looks like you have an MVP!” This is the lingo that resonates after being with JGL for one week. Initially, I felt like “huh?” all the time. “What’s a B2B? I never took calculus.” In spite of my ignorance, I understood that even if I were to attain a tiny bit of knowledge of simple business terms it would … [Read more...]

If you are taking the leap from corporate, SERIOUSLY CONSIDER building a B2B

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I was in a startup pitch event some months ago attended by a good number of people, a lot of which had corporate day jobs. I was listening intently to the ideas being pitched, and I jotted each of them on my tablet to get some sort of idea as to what exactly people wanted to get into. Almost EVERY idea pitched was a B2C (business to consumer: a business which offers products directly to consumers). A good number of them were social networking sites. A good number of them were location-based apps. A good number of them were online marketplaces. In fact, a couple of people thought of exactly the same idea. This is all well and good, of course - it's very good to think big. Why not create … [Read more...]

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