It's been a rollercoaster 18 months but we didn't make our fundraising by the end of this year. All is not lost though, it's time for a new chapter.
All of us startups are in the same boat. This week I want to mention a few of the founders I met last week. They are an inspiration to us all.
Not all things are created equal. Some can be larger than others. Have you got one? I have, it's huge and part of my everyday life... My task list.
Technology allows us to work remotely. To our surprise it has been one of the best decisions we made in our business. You do have to be careful though.
I get it, if you invest you have to win big, but come on this is getting silly now. There are other companies out there not just $1B unicorns and some of them have some great teams.
A real world comparison between startups and weightlifting. Along with the highs of getting stronger you can also get injured. We had a minor injury in our startup this week.
Building an app in-house is fairly hard but Apple and Google do not make the process any easier. It's amazing given how many apps exist they have not perfected the process and made it simple for developers.
Bring transparent is at the heart of what we do. It's applied to everything. It's a refreshing way to run a startup and I recommend all businesses to adopt the same strategy.
Do you know where your product or service is positioned? I didn't realise just how important positioning is until I read a great book about it and implemented the advice. We looked at everything and made a few changes too.
It's been 6 months since I started this blog. It's gone so fast and it has had some advantages. I urge anyone to take up blog writing and you will see why.
Everyone should run a startup for 12 months. The lessons learnt are priceless and I think it would be a huge benefit to all startups if this happened.
The organic growth that comes when starting out is key to understanding your startup before you start to scale.
Constantly reviewing and then changing things is a key part of being a startup. Whatever the direction you have to change otherwise you're doomed!
Do your team, investors and advisors really believe in you and your startup? Well if you want to find out there is a test for it, invented in 1859 by the Great Blondin.
A recent interview highlighted what we'll do next. We're going to help other startups but not the way advisors and consultants currently help by charging a small fortune!
There's a real art to switching off and I'm not afraid to say I am bloody useless at it. My attempt at this recently shows just how bad I really am!
When all is said and done, a bit of good news is rocket fuel for our passionate team. Find out what all the excitement is about and what is so inspirational.
The last stint of an 18 Day adventure documented by me after being given Steph's travel journal for a few days. It's been a great insight of how tough climbing Everest really is.
The trek to Everest Base Camp continues but it just seems to be getting harder! No end in sight just yet of the filthy conditions or cold weather. Will Steph make it?
A break from our journey to talk about our legend Steph who recently climbed Mount Everest! With access to her travel journal here is her story in my words.
Just as it’s taken millions of years for us humans to evolve, you don’t plant a seed today and get an oak tree tomorrow.
I don't want to make you feel bad but after all this really is all for you, our users.
Recruitment Agencies will disappear just like other antiquated business models before it.
I'm on a low about our slow progress but some reflection can soon change my mood. It's easy to forget how much we have done.
Is it fate, God or just luck? Who knows. But it's all happening for a reason. Every call, meeting and how we started on this fantastic journey.
To succeed in anything, you have to push yourself out of your comfort zone as much as possible. It's tough but well worth it.
This week we had a win. It was also a week with some difficult questions but as always we push on. Onwards and upwards!
Middlemen are being replaced by technology. It's happened in many other industries and is now happening in the way people hire. Times are changing people.
Where is the failure line when you have to stop, have we reached that? It is a constantly changing line and if you don't see the signs in could spell disaster.
The different roles you get involved in while building a start-up can be mind boggling. Read about the different hats we have worn recently.
Cue the advisors. The help we have had so far and the help that start-ups need. A bit of news on some meetings too.
Marketing is more important than the App itself. Find out why we are excited about our marketing.
Some history of the Marlin App and the beginning of our journey. Why we started the App and how it will help Employers and Job Seekers.