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An Early-Stage Founder’s Quick & Dirty Guide To Growth
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The following is a guest post by William Griggs.  William is the Founder of Startup Slingshot, the resource for battle-tested startup strategies. Access the audio interviews of today’s featured growth practitioners, the full 43 page guide, and tons of resources here (free for now).   “A startup is a company designed to grow fast.”    […]






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Happy Birthday HubSpot! 9 Lessons From Our First 9 Years
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9 years ago today, on June 9th 2006, HubSpot was officially started. I remember the day, because it was also the day I graduated.  (I had promised myself I’d enjoy my 2 years in grad school without too much distraction, so deliberately picked graduation day as the official start-date for HubSpot.) So far, we’ve had […]






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How Emotion Helped Grow Our Startup to 2.8M Users in 20 Months
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This is a guest post by Melanie Perkins, co-founder and CEO of Canva. We are launching Canva For Work that will help you and your team create original stunning visuals faster than ever. Register your interest to win free accounts. I want to start with a question. A question which I think plagues a lot of […]






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Why Your Startup Should Ignore Your Onboarding Experience (For Now)
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This following article is a guest post by Jackson Noel. Jackson is the Co-Founder of Appcues, a SaaS product that allows you to create in-product experiences without changing any code.  You can follow him on twitter: @jacksonjonson. Since I joined a startup that focuses on user onboarding, I’ve had half a dozen conversations just like […]






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Why This New Chatbot Is More Likely To Get You Promoted Than Fired
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Confession: For the past several months I’ve been furiously coding away on a new project as part of HubSpot Labs. It’s called GrowthBot. It’s a chatbot for marketing and sales people — and anyone looking to grow a company (like startup folks). The launch has gone well, and my bot is currently happily handling thousands […]






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Insightful Study of 386 SaaS Startup Pricing Pages
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Late last year, I combed through the Montclare SaaS 250 — a directory of the biggest SaaS companies in the world — to find common trends in what I thought would be a significant dataset. As it turned out, 80% of the 250 biggest SaaS companies didn’t have a pricing page at all. Expecting to find a set […]






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10 Questions I Hope I Don't Get Asked During My Product Hunt AMA
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I’m doing an “Ask Me Anything’ (AMA) session on Product Hunt tomorrow (Tuesday, Feb 23rd, 2016 at 10 am PST, 1pm EST).   Would love for you to sign-up early, because I’m insecure, egotistical and I want to impress Ryan Hoover.  Would love for a decent number of people to sign-up.  Or an indecent number […]






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Zero to IPO: Lessons From The Unlikely Story of HubSpot
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HubSpot has had a pretty good run.  Went from zero to IPO.  What’s not known is how unlikely the story of our success is. II gave a talk at the 2016 SaaStr Conference hosted by Jason Lemkin.  The slides and full video from the talk are included below, with some quick notes on a few of […]






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The First Rule Of Disruption
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Working on a startup?  Have a 800 pound gorilla you’re trying to disrupt?  That’s awesome.  But here’s a tip:  Don’t talk about disrupting them.   The first rule of disruption is: You do not talk about disruption.   Why is this so important?  Why shouldn’t you declare to the world (and the tech press) that you’re […]






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