The Customer-funded Business Start, Finance, or Grow Your Company with Your Customers' Cash

Auteur: John Mullins
Taal: Engels
The Customer-funded Business
  • Engels
  • Hardcover
  • 9781118878859
  • Druk: 1
  • juli 2014
  • 304 pagina's
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John Mullins has a critical lesson for entrepreneurs: Not all money is created equal. When you fund your business with customers cash, rather than investors, it makes you more focused, less dependent, and more likely to succeed. (Not to mention it saves you from a lot of begging.) Its a message every entrepreneurand every new product teamneeds to hear. Dan Heath, coauthor of the New York Times best sellers Made to Stick , Switch , and Decisive THE CHALLENGE More than two generations ago, the venture capital communityVCs, business angels, incubators, and othersconvinced the entrepreneurial world that writing business plans and raising venture capital constituted the twin centerpieces of entrepreneurial endeavor. They did so for good reasons: the sometimes astonishing returns theyve delivered to their investors and the incredibly large and valuable companies that their ecosystem has created. But the vast majority of fast-growing companies never take any venture capital. So where does the money come from to start and grow their companies? Or yours ? THE SOLUTION For most companies, fast-growing or otherwise, the early funding comes from a much more agreeable and hospitable source, their customers. Thats exactly what Michael Dell, Bill Gates and Banana Republics Mel and Patricia Ziegler did to get their companies up and running and turn them into iconic brands. In The Customer-Funded Business , John Mullins identifies five novel approaches that scrappy and innovative twenty-first century entrepreneurs have ingeniously adapted from their predecessors like Dell, Gates, and the Zieglers: Matchmaker models (for example, the U.S. companies Airbnb and DogVacay) Pay-in-advance models (the USAs Threadless, Indias Via and Loot) Subscription models (Indias TutorVista, the USAs H.Bloom) Scarcity models (Spains Zara, Frances vente-privee, the USAs Gilt Groupe) Service-to-product models (Denmarks GoViral, Puerto Ricos Rock Solid Technologies). STARTING, FINANCING, OR GROWING YOUR BUSINESS Drawing on more than two years of in-depth research into the customer-funded phenomenon, and through the captivating stories of these and other companies from around the world, John Mullins brings to life the five models and identifies the questions that angel or other investors willand should!ask, and he addresses the key implementation issues that characterize each of the models: when to apply them, how best to apply them, and the pitfalls to watch out for. Whether youre an aspiring entrepreneur lacking the startup capital you need, an early-stage entrepreneur trying to get your cash-starved venture into take-off mode, a corporate leader seeking to grow an established company, or an angel investor, mentor, or business accelerator or incubator professional who supports high-potential entrepreneurial ventures, this book offers the most sure-footed path to starting, financing, or growing your business or those you support. Learn more at



juli 2014
23,6 x 15,9 x 2,6 cm
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304 pagina's


John Mullins
John Wiley & Sons Inc



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