How would you get around this “chicken and egg” scenario?

I've read posts such as:-

..which detail how big startups like Dropbox, Reddit, Airbnb acquired initial users. Reddit created content themselves initially, for example.

I'm trying to build a platform for Events. So, I can't exactly create the content myself, since I'd need to create an actual event too.

I initially planned to pull data from various sources like Meetup.com, and Eventbrite, using their API, and link to their pages, similar to what Google does here – https://www.google.com/search?q=events+in+london+meetup&rlz=1C5CHFA_enUA720GB740&oq=events+&aqs=chrome.0.69i59l3j69i60l3j69i65l2.4289j1j9&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8&ibp=htl;events&rciv=evn&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwiYtuPx2bLuAhU3REEAHaRkCZ0Q5rwDKAJ6BAgNEA4&sxsrf=ALeKk03Uj9jeI8lTj0__V-UWcgcv_pdFew:1611427139353#htivrt=events&htidocid=L2F1dGhvcml0eS9ob3Jpem9uL2NsdXN0ZXJlZF9ldmVudC8yMDIxLTAyLTAzfDE2ODA2NzEwNzgyNjAxNDg4MTQ2&fpstate=tldetail

Users would also be able to create an Event on our platform if they preferred it over others, and eventually, we wouldn't need to pull Events from other sources.

However, Meetup state in their API terms:-

– "Not use the Meetup API for any commercial purpose without the express written consent of Meetup;
– Not undermine our commercial interests or make unreasonable commercial uses of the Meetup API, such as by substantially replicating our Platform or significant aspects of the Platform, to be determined in Meetup’s sole discretion;
– While you may charge for any application you develop (subject to Meetup’s consent), you may not sell, lease, or sublicense the Meetup API;"

So, I assume Google scrapes the data rather than uses an API – and these platforms just allow it because it gets them traffic.

Is this a situation where it's better to ask for forgiveness than permission and try it until I can get some traction, or do I somehow need to try and start off from zero?

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Hi all! I would like to know what is your view on fundrising/ users’ acquisition

I have recently incorporated MY startup 🙌🏻- currently under development. The app which is a service on demand platform should be ready (MVP) in March.

We have raised seed money so far. What’s coming next is the tricky part because :

  • we need users
  • to acquire users we need funds
  • we have not accessed yet to additional rounds/fundings.

What do you think about giving small shares of equity in exchange of downloading the app? Would you download it? How would you acquire the first 5.000 users?

I have my business/financial plans but I always love to put myself in discussion; and I love to hear people feedbacks.

I don’t know if it’s against the rules of the page but I would love if it’s possible to share also the website and ask you guys to subscribe to the newsletter in order to be the first downloading the app (I don’t put the website because I don’t want the post to be removed in case it’s not possible).

Thank you in advance! 🚀🔥🙏

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Online course/boot camp for the information you would learn getting an MBA?

Sorry if this is the wrong place to post this but as someone trying to start a business/ evaluate other businesses for investment opportunities, I can’t help but feel like I’m missing out on some core business fundamentals by not having a degree in business or an mba. I don’t want an actual mba because I’ve heard it’s often not worth the price but I do want the education or at least the general level knowledge. Is there anything similar to the coding/software engineering boot camps but for an mba?

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Are there any business owners whom started solo that decided partnering up would be the key to succes?

I’m curious because I feel like partnering up is absolutely essential for a startup to grow more rapid, efficiently and to improve work mentality. However it is quite hard finding the right people to join your cause without any certainties. If you recognise this situation I would love to gain knowledge of your experiences.

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Would you give equity to new advisors?

So we have this advisor that is coming on board on a pro-bono basis but we want to ensure that he stays on board long term because he has immense experience in the field we're venturing into.

Would you give equity straight away to "keep him invested" or hold out for a few months before deciding?

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Looking to get involved in a startup. Would an MD degree help?

Hi everyone. I'll cut to the chase. I am a first-year med student but realized my passion is in entrepreneurship and startups. Would finishing my medical degree help me in my startup endeavors, perhaps in the health tech field? Or should I just drop out. I don't plan on practicing.

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Trying To Reason With Returns Season: 51 Percent Of Consumers Would Keep Goods For Discounts – pymnts.com

Trying To Reason With Returns Season: 51 Percent Of Consumers Would Keep Goods For Discounts  pymnts.com
“startups when:1d” – Google News

People who have launched and scaled physical product startups: what would you do with your first $50k seed money

Hi there. Looking for some advice from people who have successfully grown physical product startups.

A friend of mine came up with an idea last year for a coffee that serves an under-served (but large) niche, with a great differentiator. They threw together a landing page, got a decent response on socials, and sold about 150 bags through monthly subscriptions and selling single bags of the stuff. No advertising, all online. While I have Saas experience, I have little to offer them in the way of advice around scaling a physical product-based business.

Note: they had a pretty average website, terrible packaging and no real branding. But, they had a really good product, a strong idea of the brand voice, and a great response from early users. No marketing done yet. A good relationship with their supplier.

Fast forward to this month, and a colleague of a friend who works in VC has found out about it, really likes the early numbers, and has offered $ 50k seed money. They've also indicated that if the next few months go well, they'd like to lead another round mid-year. The investor has a good track record/reputation, and the deal looks fair.

Now, I have no experience in selling physical products (I'm a Saas guy), so I have little advice for them.

So, anyone with experience in getting a physical product (being sold online) startup off the ground, what would you do with that $ 50k? Branding? Packaging design? Marketing? Market research? More validation?

Any advice would be really helpful! Thanks in advance!

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Is there anything you would hate to hear in a cold email? What might you like?

[Q] Hi everyone, I'm looking for advice on how to cold email a small start up. I recently found a company that is doing precicely what I'd like to make a career out of (2020 graduate, still basically unemployed) and I believe I have something to contribute to the company. I discovered them last night and sent a connection request + message to the senior reasearcher on linkedin this morning, as the position id like to create is a glorified research assistant. senior researcher is based in the UK and the company is based in the US, so I am also interested in sending an email to the company email.

As a community of people working in start ups, is there anything you would hate to hear in a cold email? What might you like?

Also, what matters more to you in the initial cold email? Brevity or Worth demonstration?

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A startup florist worried the pandemic would kill her business; delivering surprise bouquets helped it thrive – Chicago Tribune

A startup florist worried the pandemic would kill her business; delivering surprise bouquets helped it thrive  Chicago Tribune
“startups when:1d” – Google News