Podcast

The Startup Chat with Steli and Hiten

Unfiltered insights and actionable advice straight from the trenches of startup and business life.

Episodes

  • 389: The Dangers of Being Overprepared

    Feb 19 2019

    Today on The Startup Chat, Steli and Hiten talk about the dangers and the downsides of being overprepared. Sometimes we tend to overprepare for a meeting that we screw it, meaning we research the other party a lot, and go into that meeting trying to impress them. This can be a bad thing, and can be as bad as being underprepared. In today’s episode of the show, Steli and Hiten talk about how to overpreparing is a bad thing, why you need to chill out a little bit, they share some tips that can hel...more

  • 388: How Do You Define Your Identity

    Feb 15 2019

    Today on The Startup Chat, Steli and Hiten talk about how to define your identity. Trying to define who you truly are is one of life’s biggest struggles. Often, when we define ourselves, we tend to focus on the negative aspects of our identity or how we compare to other people around us. In today’s episode of the show, Steli and Hiten talk about how to define yourself, why Hiten tweet about this topic in the first place, they share some tips that can help you define yourself and much more. Time ...more

  • 387: How to Make Increasingly Better Choices Each Day

    Feb 12 2019

    In today’s episode of The Startup Chat, Steli and Hiten talk about how to make increasingly better choices in your life and your business. Decision making is one of the most difficult things that a human can do. People often say that they find it hard to make decisions. Unfortunately, we all have to make decisions all the time, and this could range from trivial issues like what to have for breakfast, right up to make or break decisions like who to hire in your business and so on. Tune in to this...more

  • 386: How to Sleep and Rest up as a Founder

    Feb 08 2019

    In today’s episode of The Startup Chat, Steli and Hiten talk about the importance of sleep and rest. As a founder, a good night’s sleep is incredibly important for your health. In fact, it’s just as important as eating healthy and exercising. Unfortunately, the work and our environment can interfere with our natural sleep patterns and this can affect a founders performance. In this episode, Steli and Hiten share their thoughts on the importance of sleep and rest, their pre-sleep routines, ...more

  • 385: Firing People Too Slow Will Kill Your Startup

    Feb 05 2019

    In today’s episode of The Startup Chat, Steli and Hiten talk about holding on to people who aren’t working out too long. One of the biggest mistakes founders make is holding on to a non-performing team member for too long. Doing so can be bad for the business, the team and for the non-performing team member as well. So it’s important to let people go if it’s not working out and do it at the right time. In this episode, Steli and Hiten talk about why hanging on to a non-performing team member is ...more

  • 384: Customer Development Mistakes to Avoid

    Feb 01 2019

    In today’s episode of The Startup Chat, Steli and Hiten talk about how founders can avoid customer development mistakes. Customer development is a four-step framework for discovering and validating the right market for your idea. It is used by founders to build the right product features that solve customers’ needs and much more. Customer development is crucial to the success of a product, therefore it has to be done the right way. In this week’s episode, Steli and Hiten dive into what  Customer...more

  • 383: What Makes You Come Alive at Work? What Drives You?

    Jan 29 2019

    Today on The Startup Chat, Steli and Hiten talk about what makes you truly come alive at work and why are you working. This episodes is a special episode of the show. Today Hiten and Steli ask what brings you alive at your workplace. They share with us what it is that brings them alive at theirs. Listen to the full episode to hear what brings Steli and Hiten alive at work, why it’s important to share this insight with the world and much more. Time Stamped Show Notes: 00:27 About today’s topic 00...more

  • 382: How to Hire People Who Are More Senior Than Yourself

    Jan 25 2019

    In today’s episode of The Startup Chat, Steli and Hiten talk about how to hire people that are much more senior than you are. Sometimes when it’s time to hire new staff for your startup, you may be in a situation where you’re hiring people who are much more senior than you, both in terms of age and experience. It can feel intimidating when this happens, but it really shouldn’t be. Tune in to this week’s episode to hear Steli and Hiten thought on how to hire people that are much more senior than ...more

  • 381: Self-Serve Sales: How to Get People to Upgrade Themselves in Your App

    Jan 22 2019

    In today’s episode of The Startup Chat, Steli and Hiten talk about how to do sales when you’re a self-service product. When done right, the self-service model can be a great way to sell saas products. Leads come through your funnel, sign up for a trial and upgrade to a higher tier without you lifting a finger or hiring an expensive sales team. In this episode, Steli and Hiten share their thoughts on what exactly the self-service model is, how to optimize your website for it, mistake that saas en...more

  • 380: How to Become Good at Copywriting

    Jan 18 2019

    In today’s episode of The Startup Chat, Steli and Hiten talk about copywriting and writing good copy for startups. When it comes to marketing your startup, your copywriting is one of the most critical elements that could make or break your campaign. But what is copywriting? It consists of all the content that marketers use to try to get people to take an action after reading or hearing them. In this episode, Steli and Hiten talk about what copywriting is, why it’s important, tips that can help y...more

  • 379: How to Design/Write Great CTAs (Call to Actions)

    Jan 15 2019

    In today’s episode of The Startup Chat, Steli and Hiten talk about how to design and write effective Calls-To-Actions (CTA). In the marketing world, a call to action is a prompt on a website, email or social media that tells the user to take some specified action. Call to actions generally takes the form of a button or hyperlink and are typically written as a command, such as “Book my call” or “Buy It Now” and so on. In this week’s episode, Steli and Hiten dive into what  Call-To-Action are, why...more

  • 378: Do You Have to Sacrifice Your Life & Health in the Early Days as Founder?

    Jan 11 2019

    Today on The Startup Chat, Steli and Hiten talk about if it’s necessary to sacrifice your life and your health in the early days of building your startup. In the startup world, creating a healthy balance between work and play is absolutely essential when it comes to leading a happy and productive lifestyle. But achieving this is not always easy – especially if you’re at the early stages of your startup. In this week’s episode, Steli and Hiten share their thoughts on the importance of having a he...more

  • 377: Should You Wake up Super Early in the Morning as Founder?

    Jan 08 2019

    In today’s episode of The Startup Chat, Steli and Hiten talk about early morning routines and the act of waking up early in the morning as a founder. It is common knowledge that how well you sleep and the state of mind you create at the beginning of the day have a lot to do with how much you’ll accomplish in that day. It’s a good idea to develop a morning routine that makes you be more productive. Tune in to this week’s episode to hear Steli and Hiten thought on morning routines, waking up...more

  • 376: Learning to Ask for Help

    Jan 04 2019

    In today’s episode of The Startup Chat, Steli and Hiten talk about learning to ask for help in business. Many founders are not used to asking for help and this can be a disadvantage for themselves and their businesses. It’s common to see founders who are great at helping others solve their problems to be horrible at asking for help when they need it. In this episode, Steli and Hiten share their thoughts on why it’s important to ask for help when you need it, why you should figure out how to ask ...more

  • 375: The Second Time Around as a Startup Founder

    Jan 01 2019

    In today’s episode of The Startup Chat, Steli and Hiten talk about what they call “the second time around”. “The second time around”, also known as second time syndrome, is basically starting a new business after a previous success or failure at another business. It is common for second-time founders to believe that they will be successful at a second business and most of the time this is no the case. In this episode, Steli and Hiten talk about what “the second time around” is, how your first at...more

  • 374: Encore Episode: Big Picture Thinking / How to Prioritize

    Dec 28 2018

    This is an encore episode. In today’s Startup Chat, Steli and Hiten talk about big picture thinking, its importance and some ways through which you can develop this skill. Oftentimes, we find that people are so caught up in day to day tasks that they fail to stop and prioritize. Steli and Hiten talk about being mindful in order to develop good prioritization skills. Tune-in and discover how you can cultivate mindfulness and build your prioritization skills which can help you execute tasks of gre...more

  • 373: Encore Episode: How It All Began

    Dec 25 2018

    This is an encore episode. In this first ever podcast of The Startup Chat, Steli and Hiten chat about why they are starting the podcast and they unsuccessfully try to come up with a name for it. This ones all entertainment so get ready to laugh. The post 373: Encore Episode: How It All Began appeared first on The Startup Chat with Steli & Hiten.

  • 372: Encore Episode: Tips to Generate Customer Insights

    Dec 21 2018

    This is an encore episode. When a business grows and scales up, it’s very easy to lose touch with the lifeline of your business—the customers. Many people begin to outsource their customer support and the gap between the CEO or founder with the customer grows wider and wider. Steli and Hiten warn against the tendency to forget about the importance of retrieving those customer insights. Since customers ultimately drive our success and inform us of how we can improve, Steli and Hiten talk about th...more

  • 371: Encore Episode: How to Find Product Market Fit

    Dec 18 2018

    Today we’re re-publishing our most popular episode of 2018, which is all about finding product-market fit. The post 371: Encore Episode: How to Find Product Market Fit appeared first on The Startup Chat with Steli & Hiten.

  • 370: Changing a Startup Team’s Culture vs Hiring a New Team?

    Dec 14 2018

    In today’s episode of The Startup Chat, Steli and Hiten talk about changing a teams culture versus firing and hiring a new team. There comes a time in every startup’s life that fundamental changes need to be made in the way things are currently done. This could be as in order to solve a crucial challenge, prepare for growth or adjust to the current business environment. How you approach this as a founder is crucial as if it’s handled the wrong way, can lead to negative consequences for you...more

  • 369: How to Stay Mentally Healthy in a Startup

    Dec 11 2018

    In today’s episode of The Startup Chat, Steli and Hiten talk about mental health and how to stay mentally healthy while you are building a startup. When you’re building a startup, staying mentally healthy is really important. Way too many entrepreneurs try to be strong and save face when circumstances are bad and this can lead to depression or worse. Tune in to this week’s episode to hear Steli and Hiten on the importance of mental health, best practices to stay mentally healthy in a startup, wh...more

  • 368: Creating or Working with a Company Builder?

    Dec 07 2018

    In today’s episode of The Startup Chat, Steli and Hiten talk about the concept of company builders or company studios. But what is a company studio? According to Steli, a company studio is a corporate structure that brings together talent and people, develops ideas and prototypes with those people and once those ideas or prototypes become something viable, they infuse capital into that project and incorporate it into a new business. It’s basically something in between starting your own company a...more

  • 367: How to Rebrand Your Startup

    Dec 04 2018

    In today’s episode of The Startup Chat, Steli and Hiten talk about affiliate how to rebrand your company the right way. Sometimes, some founders might decide to change the name of their company. This could be because they don’t like the name, the name is not resonating with their customers or they need a new name that reflects the current state of the company. While it may be a good idea to change the name, doing so a lot comes with a lot of risks and the rewards might not be that great. Listen ...more

  • 366: How to Name Your Startup

    Nov 30 2018

    In today’s episode of The Startup Chat, Steli and Hiten talk about how to come up with a name for your startup. Finding the right name for your startup can be challenging, and it’s important you come up with a great name because it can have a significant impact on your success. For example, if you choose the wrong name for your startup, it could fail to connect with customers or worse. In this week’s episode, Steli and Hiten talk about how to come up with a great name for your startup, how they ...more

  • 365: Replacing Yourself as CEO or Founder

    Nov 27 2018

    Today on The Startup Chat, Steli and Hiten talk about replacing yourself as CEO or the founder of your startup. One of the hardest decision a founder can ever make is deciding when it is time to hand the wheel to someone else. Why it may seem like something that needs to be done, it’s also something that Hiten recommends you don’t do as it can limit the success of the company amongst other things. In this week’s episode, Steli and Hiten share their thoughts on why you shouldn’t replace yourself ...more

  • 364: How to Help Your Customers Through Change

    Nov 23 2018

    In today’s episode of The Startup Chat, Steli and Hiten talk about how to help your customers through change. When you’re building a product, it is common to make changes to it. This could be a UI change, a pricing change, a Logo change and so on. These changes will affect the customer so it is important to consider them before making any changes. Tune in to this week’s episode to hear Steli and Hiten thoughts on how to properly make changes to your product, how to communicate those changes to y...more

  • 363: SaaS Pricing: Using Starter Packages to Attract Smaller Customers

    Nov 20 2018

    In today’s episode of The Startup Chat, Steli and Hiten talk about a new pricing trend in the startup world. There’s a new trend in the startup world when it comes to pricing. Some companies are beginning to offer custom prices to customers who meet certain criteria. This is in particularly common with larger companies like HubSpot or Intercom. In this episode, Steli and Hiten share their thoughts on these new pricing trends, why some companies started offering them if you should implement it in...more

  • 361: How to Use Affiliate Programs to Fuel Growth

    Nov 13 2018

    In today’s episode of The Startup Chat, Steli and Hiten talk about affiliate programs and how to use it for your business when you want to acquire more customers. Affiliate programs can be an effective way to get new customers and scale your startup. For it to be successful, it is important to know how to create a program that helps your customers and advocates do your marketing for you. In this episode, Steli and Hiten talk about what an affiliate program is, why they don’t work for some startu...more

  • 360: Being Cynical in a Startup – Good or Bad?

    Nov 09 2018

    Today on The Startup Chat, Steli and Hiten talk about becoming cynical or jaded as a founder. One of the beautiful things about being an entrepreneur for the first time is that you have this youthful and blissful mind. You feel like everything is possible and everything you learn is mind blowing to you. But, this state of bliss wears off as time goes by and you get more experienced. In this week’s episode, Steli and Hiten share their thoughts on why new founders are less cynical than experienced...more

  • 359: How to Create a Great Take-Home Assignment for New Job Applicants

    Nov 06 2018

    In today’s episode of The Startup Chat, Steli and Hiten talk about take-home assignments for job applicants. This topic was chosen as a result of mistakes that were made at recent hirings at Close.io and as take-home assignments is an integral part of the hiring process. In this week’s episode, Steli and Hiten share their thoughts on what take-home assignments are, how to approach them, mistakes to avoid when handing them out and much more. Time Stamped Show Notes: 00:00 About today’s topic. 00:...more

  • 358: The Value of Consuming Opposing Opinions

    Nov 02 2018

    In today’s episode of The Startup Chat, Steli and Hiten talk about how to consume opposing opinions. Whether we know it or not, we are all stuck in our own little bubble. While this can be a good thing, to live a more balanced business and work life, it is a good idea to be open to views that are different from our own. Tune in to this week’s episode to hear Steli and Hiten thoughts on how opposing views can be valuable, how you can be more welcoming to opposing views and much more. Time Stampe...more

  • 357: It’s Not the Big That Eat the Small. It’s the Fast That Eat the Slow.

    Oct 30 2018

    In today’s episode of The Startup Chat, Steli and Hiten talk about how to act, move and execute faster. In the startup world, speed is everything. If you don’t execute fast, you’re very likely to fail. However, moving at such a fast pace can be scary to some founders and employees. Which is why it’s important to put in place processes that allow you to execute at a fast pace, otherwise your competition will. In this episode, Steli and Hiten share their thoughts on why speed is important for star...more

  • 356: Are Startups Really the Right Vehicle to Gain Freedom in Life?

    Oct 26 2018

    In today’s episode of The Startup Chat, Steli and Hiten talk about whether being an entrepreneur really the right way to gain more freedom in life. It’s common for some people to think that being an entrepreneur is the right way to gain more freedom in life. However, this is not often the case, as sometimes, entrepreneurship can rob you of as many freedoms as it gives to you. In this episode, Steli and Hiten address this belief by many that entrepreneurship grants you all freedoms in life, they ...more

  • 355: What Is Killing Your Startup Growth?

    Oct 23 2018

    Today on The Startup Chat, Steli and Hiten talk about the main things that are killing your growth in your startup. Growing a startup can seem complex but it doesn’t have to be. There are several things that a you can do that could kill the growth of your startup and knowing what these things are will help you grow your startup to new heights . In this week’s episode, Steli and Hiten share some address some of the most common factors and thing founders do that kills or slows down the growth of t...more

  • 354: How to Create Vision & Mission Statements

    Oct 19 2018

    In today’s episode of The Startup Chat, Steli and Hiten talk about two parts of the business trifecta, the vision and mission statements. As a founder, you should have a clear mission and vision for your company. Mission and vision statements are similar and knowing the difference between both can go a long way in moving your company in the right direction.   In this week’s episode, Steli and Hiten share their thoughts on what a company’s vision should be, how it differs from its mission, how to...more

  • 353: Growing from $1MM to $10MM

    Oct 16 2018

    In today’s episode of The Startup Chat, Steli and Hiten talk about what it takes to grow your company from one million to ten million in revenue. Hitting the million dollar revenue mark is a great achievement and something to congratulate yourself on. However, once you do, the new challenge now becomes growing your revenue to newer heights and this can be quite a challenge. Tune in to this week’s episode to hear Steli and Hiten thoughts on surpassing the one million revenue mark and much more. T...more

  • 352: Speaking at Conferences Worth Your Time?

    Oct 12 2018

    In today’s episode of The Startup Chat, Steli and Hiten talk about speaking at conferences. As you become more experienced and successful in business, you may get invited to speak at conferences. This could be for small acceptance of an award, to join a panel with your peers, or to keynote a major conference. One great thing about speaking at events and conferences is that it provides you with a huge opportunity to get your personal brand and company out in the limelight while, at the same time,...more

  • 351: Encore Episode – How to Use Scripts to Empower Your Sales Team

    Oct 09 2018

    In today’s episode, Steli and Hiten talk about the importance of having scripts and templates in your sales process. While it may not be needed during the early days of a startup, documents and scripts are crucial in helping your salespeople communicate your value. Listen as Steli shares how he learned the value of scripts from his own experience in sales and crucial tips that will help you make the most of your own templates. Time Stamped Show Notes: 00:05 – Today’s episode is about using scri...more

  • 350: Who Am I? (How Do You Figure out Who You Are)

    Oct 05 2018

    In today’s episode of The Startup Chat, Steli and Hiten talk about the idea of figuring out the answer to the question “who am I?”. This is a question that we all ask ourselves at some point in our lives. However, in order for you to find yourself, you need to learn about yourself first. And this is no small feat. Figuring out who you are and what you want out of life can be challenging, and affects the kind of founder you will become. In this episode, Steli and Hiten share their thoughts on wha...more

  • 349: Encore Episode – How to Optimize Your Sales Funnel

    Oct 02 2018

    In today’s episode of The Startup Chat, Steli and Hiten talk about optimizing your funnel no matter what type of funnel it is. When it comes to acquiring new customers online, your funnels are a crucial part of the process. Therefore, optimization is essential if you want to increase conversions and sales. In this week’s episode of The Startup Chat Steli and Hiten talk about what a funnel is, how to optimize it to increase conversions and sales and much more. Time Stamped Show Notes: 00:32 Wha...more

  • 348: Weird Side Projects We’ve Worked on That Failed and What We Learned

    Sep 28 2018

    Today on The Startup Chat, Steli and Hiten talk about ideas, side projects, and businesses. Steli and Hiten have been in business a long time. It is fair to say that they’ve had a long history of failed side projects, and each failed business idea has taught them valuable business lessons and motivated them to continue trying. In this week’s episode, Steli and Hiten share some business ideas they’ve tried in the past that failed and talk about why they failed. Time Stamped Show Notes: 00:00 Abou...more

  • 347: How to Get to $1MM in Revenue with Your Business Today

    Sep 25 2018

    In today’s episode of The Startup Chat, Steli and Hiten talk about reaching $1 million in revenue in your startup. Reaching $1 million in revenue for your startup is a number that a lot of entrepreneurs aspire to reach and can seem magical for some. However, reaching this milestone is not easy and sometimes, founders who do, often take it for granted. In this week’s episode, Steli and Hiten share their thoughts on what it takes to reach a million dollars in annual recurring revenue, strategies t...more

  • 346: How to Talk to Yourself

    Sep 21 2018

    In today’s episode of The Startup Chat, Steli and Hiten talk about inner dialogue. Inner dialogue, also known as talking to yourself or inner talk, is something a lot of us do. On many occasions, the inner dialogue is negative and strengthens any negative attitude or behavior. On the flip side, inner dialogue can also be a positive thing, one that you can use to your advantage as an entrepreneur. Tune in to this week’s episode to hear Steli and Hiten thoughts on what inner dialogue is, what conv...more

  • 345: Encore Episode – Cold Calling 101 for Founders

    Sep 18 2018

    On today’s The Startup Chat we discuss cold calling. We’ll tell you what cold calling is, why you should do it, and how to do it effectively. Steli is the rock star of cold calling between the two of us. He’ll tell us how he has made cold calling work for him and his business. Cold calling is a channel that can be effective for your customer base. If you have some worries about cold calling or if you’re wondering if cold calling will work for you, then give this episode a try.   Here are today’s...more

  • 344: Startup Karma

    Sep 14 2018

    In today’s episode of The Startup Chat, Steli and Hiten talk about Karma. Karma is the law of moral causation. In business, relationships are key. It is advisable to treat people the way that you want to be treated as not doing so can lead to missed opportunities and people not wanting to business with you. In this episode, Steli and Hiten share their thoughts on Karma, give examples of how to react when you haven’t been treated fairly and much more. Time Stamped Show Notes: 01:20 About the topi...more

  • 343: Knowing Who You Really Are as an Entrepreneur

    Sep 11 2018

    In today’s episode of The Startup Chat, Steli and Hiten talk about knowing who you are as an entrepreneur. As a founder, it’s important to be aware of your strengths and your weaknesses – self-awareness. Not being aware of your weaknesses, can lead to a situation when your team loses respect for you. And this can ultimately lead to the demise of your startup in extreme cases. In this episode, Steli and Hiten share their thoughts what self-awareness is, why it’s important to develop this at...more

  • 342: Coasting on Your Past Accomplishments

    Sep 07 2018

    In today’s episode of The Startup Chat, Steli and Hiten address the whole idea of benefiting from what you’ve done in the past. Sometimes an entrepreneur will do something significant or valuable and then go on to benefit from that thing a couple years down the line. This could be from being invited to speak at conferences or be advisors to startups and so on. In this week’s episode, Steli and Hiten share their thoughts on this idea and what they think should be the right way to go about it. Tim...more

  • 341: Employee Retention in Startups

    Sep 04 2018

    In today’s episode of The Startup Chat, Steli and Hiten talk about team member retention in startups. The success of your startup depends on retaining skilled and talented members of your team. However, it’s very common for founders to take team member for granted, and this can often lead to them leaving your startup, which could destabilize the whole business. Tune in to this week’s episode to hear Steli and Hiten thoughts on why it’s important to retain good team members, the common caus...more

  • 340: Doing Business with Friends – Lessons Learned?

    Aug 31 2018

    In today’s episode of The Startup Chat, Steli and Hiten talk about a favorite topic of Hiten – doing business with friends. Doing business with a friend can be a tricky one. If it’s not managed properly, you could end up with ruined relationships or worse, a failed business. In to this week’s episode, Steli and Hiten share their thoughts on what you should do if you want to do business with a friend, how to manage the relationship so that you don’t ruin it and much more. Time Stamped...more

  • 339: How to Build Add-Ons, Extensions, or Apps

    Aug 28 2018

    In today’s episode of The Startup Chat, Steli and Hiten talk about add-ons, extensions, and apps. One way to launch a saas application is by creating a chrome add-on or extension that users can use as a gateway to your main product. While this is a great strategy for launching a saas application, it also has some downsides as well. In this episode, Steli and Hiten share their thoughts on the right way to launch a saas application using this strategy, the benefits of doing this and much more. Tim...more

  • 338: Staying Humble with Success

    Aug 24 2018

    In today’s episode of The Startup Chat, Steli and Hiten talk about how founders can stay humble once they’ve made it. After years of grinding and building your startup, it’s common for some founders to become arrogant once they’ve “made it”. Unfortunately, this can cut short all the payoff or success that you’ve worked so hard to attain. In this episode, Steli and Hiten share their thoughts staying humble once you’ve made it, how they react to their own success, tip on how to stay humble and muc...more

  • 337: How to Compete in a Hyper Competitive Space

    Aug 21 2018

    In today’s episode of The Startup Chat, Steli and Hiten talk about how to deal with a hyper-competitive market if you’re in one. Today’s startup world is super competitive. It is not uncommon for there to be hundreds, if not thousands of competitors in the market you operate. So how do you differentiate your brand from the rest and get the attention of those you want to do business with? Tune in to this week’s episode to hear Steli and Hiten thoughts about how competitive the market is, what you...more

  • 336: How to Define Your Company Values

    Aug 17 2018

    In today’s episode of The Startup Chat, Steli and Hiten talk about how to define your company values as a startup. All companies have core values. They are the rules of for how your startup is going to achieve your mission and vision. A startup’s core values set expectations for the company and tells your employees how to behave appropriately in every situation. Tune in to this week’s episode to hear Steli and Hiten thoughts on what core values mean, the importance of having them, how to define ...more

  • 335: How to Run an Early Access Program

    Aug 14 2018

    In today’s episode of The Startup Chat, Steli and Hiten talk about what Steli calls a beta program and Hiten calls an early access program. Before you launch a product or a new feature, it is important to test things out to catch bugs and product issues prior to launch. But how do you go about doing this in a way that provides value to you and the user who test it out for you? Tune in to this week’s episode to hear Steli and Hiten thoughts on what an early access program is, why it’s so importan...more

  • 334: Too Many Ideas – How to Chose What to Work On

    Aug 10 2018

    In today’s episode of The Startup Chat, Steli and Hiten talk about what founders should do when they are just starting out on their journey. Choosing an idea for a business is one of the most exciting and fundamental parts of starting a business. However, it can be one of the most difficult things to do as most founders have many ideas and struggle to choose the best one to go with. In this episode, Steli and Hiten share their thoughts on how founders can choose an idea for a business when they ...more

  • 333: How to Deal with Fraud in Your Startup

    Aug 07 2018

    In today’s episode of The Startup Chat, Steli and Hiten talk about how founders can deal with fraud in their startups. Running a  startup difficult enough when everything is going smoothly. But when you’re a founder, sometimes things happen that if not managed properly can disrupt the flow of your business or worse. One of these situations is fraud. In this episode, Steli and Hiten share their thoughts on what fraud is, things that every founder should know about it, preventative measures you ca...more

  • 332: How We Read Books

    Aug 03 2018

    In today’s episode of The Startup Chat, Steli and Hiten talk about their reading habits and they read books. Reading is one of the most fundamental skills an entrepreneur needs to succeed in the startup world. It’s common for a lot of successful people to credit reading in some way as a factor to their success. Tune in to this week’s episode to hear Steli and Hiten talk about their own reading habits, what kind of books they read and they share tips that can help you develop a healthy reading ha...more

  • 331: Managing up – How to Manage Your Managers

    Jul 31 2018

    In today’s episode of The Startup Chat, Steli and Hiten talk about how to manage your managers. Managing your manager isn’t just good for you, it’s also good for them as well. Your manager has difficult decisions to make, deadlines to meet and the objectives of their own they have to fulfill. Helping your manager manage their own workload goes a long way towards supporting them. Tune in to this week’s episode to hear Steli and Hiten thoughts on why you should manage your manager, how to do it t...more

  • 330: Startup Babies – How to Manage the Other Side of Growth in Your Team

    Jul 27 2018

    In today’s episode of The Startup Chat, Steli and Hiten talk about Startup babies. These are certain life moments that happen to people on your team, moments like when team members have babies, get married or less joyous moments like a death in the family. Moments like these impact everyone on the team and how you manage it is crucial. Tune in to this week’s episode to hear Steli and Hiten thoughts on how to manage life-changing moments when they occur in a team and much more. Time Stamped Show ...more

  • 329: What to Do Post-Launch?

    Jul 24 2018

    In today’s episode of The Startup Chat, Steli and Hiten talk about what startups should do once they launch a product. For many Startups, launching and selling a product can seem like the end of a long journey. However, it’s really only just the beginning. It’s great to have a strong product launch, but if the launch of the product is not managed properly, sales can fall flat. So what should you do to make sure that you keep sales in your product alive? In this episode, Steli and Hiten share the...more

  • 328: The Pre-Launch: How to Do It Right (With or Without Hype)

    Jul 20 2018

    In today’s episode of The Startup Chat, Steli and Hiten talk about what startups should and shouldn’t do before launching a product. The startup world is very competitive. Everyday, new products and services are launched. A great way to ensure that your launch goes successfully is to conduct a pre-launch marketing campaign. In this episode, Steli and Hiten share their thoughts on what pre-launch is, how to do it the right way and much more. Time Stamped Show Notes: 00:22 Why this topic was chose...more

  • 327: The Benefits of In-Person Meetings & Relationships

    Jul 17 2018

    In today’s episode of The Startup Chat, Steli and Hiten talk about the benefits of in-person meetings and relationships. In the startup world, it’s very common for salespeople to sell their products through virtual meetings. While these can be useful in certain circumstances, there are other situations when in-person meetings can be much more effective for your businesses. Tune in to this week’s episode to hear Steli and Hiten thoughts on when it’s appropriate for you to have business meetings i...more

  • 326: Steli’s Most Important Career- (And Life-) Advice

    Jul 13 2018

    In today’s episode of The Startup Chat, Steli and Hiten talk about a really important piece of career advice, which is, never making compromises when it comes to people. This comes after a talk Steli gave recently to a bunch of students at a career advice seminar. Tune in to this week’s episode to hear Steli and Hiten share their thoughts on what kinds of people to surround yourself with, what to do to meet more great people, how to avoid meeting bad people, what to do when you meet amazing peop