How do you connect with coworkers within your remote-first startup?

Whether a company is in-person or remote-first, I believe that building culture, making employees feel like they belong, and building connections between employees are important.

I know there are plenty of apps and tools for connecting people remotely in a synchronous manner – with the goal of replicating the water cooler chats or Friday happy hours.

Those of you that work at companies with workforces distributed across many time zones – how do you develop meaningful connections with your coworkers?

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How I got my first 100+ newsletter subscribers within 36 hours (for free)

Hi all!

I recently launched a newsletter, summarising books and other content to provide lessons for entrepreneurs but didn't have a clue how best to secure sign-ups. I posted on forums, asking for hints and tips – which proved to be very helpful. Overall, things were very successful in terms of my initial launch (recieved over 100 subscribers) and thought it would be good to share some things that worked for me.

Takeaways

1. LinkedIn

Because LinkedIn is meant to be a professional network, this was a great help for me – and probably the source of most of my initial sign-ups. One helpful tip is to link the launch of the newsletter/product to your current career journey. This way, people who know you, who may not even have apparent needs for signing up may be more willing to support and engage with the post. This is helpful because that places it in theirfor their contacts to see – spreading your initial circle quite quickly.

2. Target Audience – Platforms

Once I had started securing the low hanging fruit, I started trying to reach my target audience – entrepreneurs. One example that I used was Indiehackers – a platform for founders to share thoughts, ideas and progress. A relevant post in these settings led to over 100 comments, 50 likes, and a good number of subscribers.

3. Other Socials

These were useful, but the ROI felt lower pre-launch. However, post-launch, this created avenue for sharing content. Because it was a newsletter for example, I was able to repurpose the content, and post snippets on other platforms that referred to the source. This was helpful. Placed a reference to the blog on the bottom corner of all original graphics. Additionally, I shared the first post on LinkedIn after the launch too.

4. Distributors / Directories

Finally, I placed the newsletter on several up-and-coming newsletter directories. This hasn't yielded a large number of results just yet but a few sign ups are trickling in over time.

Conclusion

It's not been easy, but it's definitely something that can be replicated by others. Leveraging as many funnels as possible for any launch is helpful. That said, would love to hear whatever tricks come to mind for you?

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German Startups Group GmbH & Co. KGaA: German Startups Group publishes interim report and expects its future subsidiary SGT Capital to deliver further achievements already within the next weeks – Marketscreener.com

German Startups Group GmbH & Co. KGaA: German Startups Group publishes interim report and expects its future subsidiary SGT Capital to deliver further achievements already within the next weeks  Marketscreener.com
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Quickbooks 18003064146 Enterprise Support Number GET Real MoNeYッTraNsfer importances of desert within Quickbooks LOCAL – Minnesota Twins Talk – Twins Daily

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After becoming UK’s fastest ever unicorn, Cazoo raises €265M; doubles its valuation within few months

Generally, buying an old car has always been a daunting task. Right now, the used car market is largely unorganised due to a lack of transparency, trust, and good dealers. This created a huge gap in the market, which is now being plugged by startups, giving online vehicle-buying a new experience with new-age technology.

Based out of London, Cazoo is one of the companies that aims to transform the way people buy used cars in the UK by providing better selection, transparency, convenience, and peace of mind. 

Records broken, funds raised €263M

In the latest development, Cazoo raised additional £240M (approx €265M) funding led by General Catalyst, D1 Capital Partners, and funds managed by Fidelity Management & Research Company and Blackrock alongside other new and existing investors including L Catterton, Durable Capital Partners, The Spruce House Partnership, Novator, Mubadala Capital, and dmg ventures, amongst others.

This brings Cazoo’s total amount raised to £450M (approx €494M). Goldman Sachs International and Numis acted as joint placement agents to Cazoo on this latest fundraising which was significantly oversubscribed. 

Founded by Alex Chesterman, his third startup after Zoopla and LoveFilm, Cazoo has already achieved revenues of over £100M (€110M) since its launch less than a year ago – another UK record. 

Post this funding, Cazoo’s valuation has reportedly doubled since its last funding round earlier this year. The company raised £25M (€27.5M) funding and became the UK’s fastest ever unicorn with a valuation of $ 1B.

Transparency and convenience play a crucial role

Consumers have rapidly embraced the transparency and convenience of buying used cars entirely online, claims the company. 

The London-based used car platform owns and fully reconditions all its cars before offering them for sale exclusively on its website. 

7-day money-back guarantee

It lists thousands of cars in stock at any time, all stored centrally in the Midlands. They are available either for home delivery anywhere in the UK or collection from one of its Cazoo Customer Centres within 72 hours. Every Cazoo car comes with a full 7-day money-back guarantee and a comprehensive 90-day warranty.

Main image credits: Cazoo

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How can you launch a startup (or startup mentality) within a larger org? 4 technologists debate – Technical.ly

How can you launch a startup (or startup mentality) within a larger org? 4 technologists debate  Technical.ly
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Israel’s Ben-Gurion University sparks innovation from within, launching deep-tech Oazis accelerator – Geektime

Israel’s Ben-Gurion University sparks innovation from within, launching deep-tech Oazis accelerator  Geektime
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Anyone have any experience on the hardships or issues with selling tobacco products online within the U.S.?

Hey friends

I've found a market that is relatively untapped in the U.S. that involves selling tobacco products on a subscription basis.

According to my research and experiences, tobacco products must be sent with age verification with third party courier such as USPS, FedEx etc.

I know that tobacco laws vary heavily between state to state, and with new restrictions placed every year on flavoring, nicotine content etc.

This turbulent landscape makes me a bit uneasy from a legal standpoint, and even though I know there is a market for the product, im afraid that there are "hidden costs" as well as legal loopholes that im missing to see.

Does anyone here have any experience with selling tobacco online within the U.S.?

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