READY BUSINESS PODCAST: The Fundamentals of Growing a Start-up
On this week’s Ready Business podcast, Brian Purcell spoke to two business people who will be at the forthcoming Dublin Tech Summit: John Phelan from the Halo Angel Business Network and Dublin BIC, and Roxanne Varza of Station F, the world’s largest start-up campus, to find out about their own Ready Business story and to give some advice on the fundamentals of growing a start-up.
What exactly does it take to be in the top 10% of start-ups who go on to have sustained and high success? Prior to her current role as Director of Station F, Roxanne Varza was the lead for Microsoft’s start-up activities in France, running both BizSpark and Microsoft Ventures programs for 3 years and believes that being part of a entrepreneurial ecosystem with like-minded ambitious companies and people is key to driving your business on.
For John Phelan, paying customers is still a key fundamental. If you’re sending invoices out and have people paying for your product or service that’s a good start he says, and he believes that too many businesses look for funding before they’ve proven the market or interest in their product/service.
In the current international political climate of nationalism and protectionism, both also believe strongly in the cross-border and international nature of entrepreneurship which must continue if sectors such as IT and tech are to continue to thrive and grow.
You can check out the full Ready Business Podcast series here.