Tech Trailblazers

Tech Trailblazers
Niki Scevak is the founder of Homethinking, a real estate startup based in the US, and Startmate, a mentor-driven seed fund that invests in small startups at the earliest of stages. He is based in Sydney.

  • The platform trap

    The infinite possibilities of a platform can be an alluring trap for start-ups. But trying to launch and compete on comprehensiveness is nearly always a bad idea.
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  • The benefits of failing fast

    Failing fast in a web start-up is fine but what you do after determines if you're a true entrepreneur or not.
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  • Making mentoring specific

    Mentors can help tremendously through the most dangerous phases of starting up. But how do you make it specific and make sure you get more than a coffee from meeting them?
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  • Negative feedback to ignore

    When creating a start-up there is no doubt you will get negative comments. And the more successful you are, the more negative comments you'll receive. Here are some of the more common ones that you'll get that you can completely feel free to ignore.
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  • Advisor whiplash

    Ask enough people for advice on your start-up and you'll inevitably get conflicting opinions. Here's a guide for how to take it all in.
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  • The most important legal term: Founder vesting

    The most important legal term to worry about in your start-up is founder vesting.
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  • Keeping your start-up’s score

    Ingraining a data-driven culture in your start-up is essential and need not come at the expense of creativity.

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  • The power of ‘no’

    When embarking on a start-up, no one – customers, friends or investors – will give you a straight out ‘no’.

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  • What should I value my company at?

    There are many ways to come up with a valuation when raising angel or venture capital and none of them rely on current financial statements.
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  • Why you shouldn’t raise money… yet

    Your instinct to raise money for your start-up could be getting in the way of your progress.
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