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Looking for the best startup accelerators? Cool, we got you! And the rankings are sure to surprise you.

Did you know there are over 3,000 accelerators worldwide and over 1,000 in the United States alone? No wonder it’s confusing to figure out which ones are worth applying to.

Unlike other lists that are totally subjective or focused on size alone, this list focuses on the thing that probably matters most to founders: the accelerators’ ability to set your startup on the path to success.

To judge the accelerators’ ability to “accelerate,” we took a look at how many of their…

It seems that there is no shortage of venture capital firms declaring their solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. That’s wonderful, so let’s capitalize on this energy with meaningful action. There have been some excellent articles written about ways to increase investment in Black and other underrepresented founders, and I wanted to share a couple of practices, from the perspective of a white male investor, that have helped Beta Boom broaden our deal flow and invest inclusively. Half of our portfolio startups are led by Black founders, and 80% are led by founders from all underrepresented groups.

One of…

Embarking on a founder’s journey is somewhat like building an airplane in that it takes a variety of skills to get it right, and failure can be disastrous. Yet, most founder teams lack all the skills and knowledge necessary for their startup to take flight, so learning new skills on the job is a common challenge. While giving a novice aviator the responsibility of building an airplane from scratch with little or no support would be considered immoral by most, investors provide capital and encourage aspiring entrepreneurs to risk their livelihoods, homes, relationships, and mental health without helping to arm…

If only sales was this easy!

Many inexperienced startup founders expect sales to come flooding in as soon as they launch their product and marketing campaign. In reality, that rarely happens even if you have an outstanding product that is fairly priced. I have seen many startups flounder at this point as the team gets discouraged by the lack of sales and traction thinking that the product is a failure. The trick is to be patient and take a very hands-on approach initially. In this article, I will provide a strategic outline for the earliest stages of your sales initiatives.

1. Become your company’s first salesperson

Every startup founder should sell, and…

Few questions are as polarizing as whether tech founders should themselves move or move their startup to Silicon Valley. On one side, you have staunch advocates arguing that no other place has such access to capital and talent. On the other side, opponents insist that founders should stay where they are. We’re here to tell you that both sides are full of hot air. The answer is much more nuanced.

In this episode of Startup Basics, Sergio and Kimmy discuss how Silicon Valley and rising tech hubs compare on factors such as inspiration, knowledge, access to capital, talent, and customers. We’ll give you some details to consider and let you make up your own mind.

Should you move your startup to Silicon Valley — Startup Basics Podcast

Startup Basics is a weekly podcast created by Beta Boom and hosted by Sergio and Kimmy Paluch. Available on Spotify, iTunes, Google Podcasts, and Sticher.

Like many of the topics I cover in my Startup Basics podcast, this article is based on a mistake I’ve made in the past: not ensuring that all of our analytics are installed and working correctly. While this advice is particularly relevant to software products, it applied even if your startup is selling hardware or physical products online.

How A/B testing works. Image via

Without properly functioning analytics in place, you will likely waste tons of time and resources since you will be flying blind at the time when you should be making continuous course-corrections. …

What do Gmail and Slack have in common beyond being among the most loved and used apps in the world? Both were created with a focus on just three key features, which the companies sought to perfect beyond all.

Rather than checking off boxes and cramming in features, innovators would be well served to carefully consider what are the one to three key things that would make your product clearly superior to other options.

In this episode of Startup Basics, Sergio and Kimmy explain why focusing on just two or three key features is vital to building a meaningfully differentiated and valuable product.

Originally published at on May 3, 2019.

What do Gmail and Slack have in common beyond being among the most loved and used apps in the world? Both were created with a focus on just three key features, which the companies sought to perfect beyond all. Paul Buchheit, who led the development of Gmail, famously wrote about his team focusing on just the ability to search, threaded conversations, and large storage. Similarly, Stewart Butterfield recounts how Slack’s big three features were the ability to search conversations, seamless synchronization, and simple file sharing. …

People say that ideas are a dime a dozen in startup land, but many aspiring tech entrepreneurs struggle with finding a worthy one to pursue. What makes things even more difficult is that it’s often difficult to tell a good idea apart from a bad one. Even the world’s best investors who see thousands of products per year pass on startups that end up being category defining tech companies and invest in others that have little merit. Fortunately, there are a few places from whence one can draw inspiration.

Founders of Away Luggage. Image via Forbes.

Start with yourself

At Beta Boom, we seek to invest in founders that are…

If you are new to startups, you will surely come across the term “product-market fit” at some point. It’s a very useful concept for describing a key phase of a startup’s journey, but it can often be difficult for entrepreneurs to understand this state and to recognize when their startup has entered it. In the following article, I will attempt to define and describe what is product-market fit in the simplest terms I can and help the reader identify what factors drive it.

Efficiently bringing an exceptional product to your ideal customers

When you are launching a high-growth company -a.k.a a startup- your goals are to:

  • Build a product…

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