Mighty List of Web App Directories to Promote your Startup

Mighty List of Web App Directories to Promote your Startup

When I first decided to get my first Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) product underway called Eccountant after years of running a successful digital agency in Pakistan. Trying to solve our own accounting and project management problems, we created Eccountant. Where I spent months planning it all out with my co-founder Zain. Mapping out the marketing ideas, content strategy, design mockups, usability design and ultimately how the software would work. We already had an internal version we used at our agency, but this version would be rebuilt from the ground up – ready to solve similar problems for others too. We spent three months mapping everything out. I would NEVER advise you to spend as long as we did for several reasons. 1. Talk to your potential customers to see if people really need your product then Just get it Built. Then start getting users, and THEN spend your time mapping things out. 2. For every day, you spend on planning is a day you aren’t developing it. Planning is not bad but the execution is better. I spent that much time on planning because, well, I really enjoyed it! I’m a marketer at heart, so thinking of all these great ways to grow your product was fun for me. Plus, it was my first venture into SaaS, so I wanted to learn as much as possible (and I’m still learning). One of the things that I compiled during this time was a list of different web app directories (both big and small) where I wanted to submit my product once it was ready for launch. These web directories could bring new users, help the...
The Early Struggles of 14 companies and how they fought for their first customers

The Early Struggles of 14 companies and how they fought for their first customers

Many Startups fail during their first year. Here’s how these companies survived. Click To Tweet “Wow, they are so lucky” this is the first thing that comes into our mind when we see a successful company with their hordes of fans and tremendous growth. But, it’s not just plain luck on their side; every single company struggled very hard to pave their way for success. But how did they do that? How these companies fought for their first customers? Early Traction and customer acquisition is not that easy, we get that, but it’s not impossible. To start the ball rolling all you need is the right tactics like these companies did. In this post, I have gathered some really impressive and motivating early struggling stories of these 14 companies fighting for their first customers. You’ll find in them a generous mix of grunt work, guts, and genius. 1 & 2: Buffer and Groove – got to 100k users through blogging and creating shareable content   Leo Wildrich Buffer’s co-founder used a strong guest blogging strategy to acquire over 100,000 customers for their BufferApp. And just in 9 months. That’s 16-17 posts per month, writing 1-2 posts a day! now that’s some real hard work. Leo Wildrich reveals his strategy during an interview with Search Engine Watch. Read the interview here. “There’s no need to reinvent the wheel with your posts. – Leo co-founder buffer” _____ Groove reached their goal of $100,000 in monthly revenue, with their focus on blogging. Alex turnbell CEO and Founder of Groove believes in creating shareable content therefore he started creating posts that provides value and ultimately...
10 Movies and Shows every Entrepreneur needs to Watch for Inspiration and Motivation

10 Movies and Shows every Entrepreneur needs to Watch for Inspiration and Motivation

Entrepreneurship is not so easy and things can get a lot tougher than you might have expected in the world of entrepreneurship and business. Along your way, there might be many rough patches and you may feel to just quit it and raise the white flag just like an average person. But an entrepreneur is not just an average person, he is a risk taker and to become more than just average all you need is to change your perspective, buckle up and take action. I believe that perseverance does pay off, in the long run. When you are stuck, sometimes all you need is a little motivation and inspiration. Get introduced to your friend in helping to do so – motivational movies. Movies and Shows are a great way to learn from others in the form of stories whether fiction or non-fiction. There’s a lot to be learned from these stories as they show you how exceptional people who have come before you have done it. Word of Caution: Movies can be addictive and watching unproductive movies and shows can waste your time that be utilized for productive and better things. 1- The Profit   “High Performance, High Reward, Low Performance, there’s the door” – Marcus Lemonis This show is highly recommended for every entrepreneur, startup founder and business owner as you will get to learn from the thinking and actions of Marcus Lemonis, a successful businessman who saves failing businesses with his own knowledge and experience. He hunts for real failing businesses, analyzes how it can be saved, then makes an offer that is impossible to refuse in...