How to Design a Winning Business as a First-Time Founder

Wed, Jun 22, 2022, 8:00 AM (HKT)

About this event

No one invests in weak business models, and no successful business is built on one.

And yet most early-stage startups and small businesses have generally terrible foundations that go on to plague them in later stages. Without a crystal-clear understanding of how your company meets the four basic components of any business model, you’re doomed to fail.

Suboptimal business models sink your chances of:

-Raising money

-Getting customers

-Turning a profit

-Scaling your company

-And more!

In this talk, JDM — aka Josh David Miller, aka “the shredder of business models” — will walk through the process of generating the best possible business model hypotheses for early-stage startups, using design thinking.

Some of the things we’ll talk about in this workshop include:

-What a business model is (technically);

-How to succinctly pitch yours;

-Common areas of weakness in startup business models;

-What investors look for in a business model; and

-How to turn unknowns into experiments and experiments into data.

Most importantly, JDM’s going to show you the tools he uses to:

1. Find the weakest part of your business model;

2. Turn it into a question; and

3. Develop a path to fix it.

Who’s this talk for?

This talk is geared toward the founders of companies who have not yet achieved product-market fit. You could be:

-A solo founder with nothing but an idea looking to get started;

-A founding team with a product and revenue looking to scale;

-And everyone in between.

So, what do you say? Let’s talk business models!


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  • Javen Zheng

    Javen Zheng

    Link Trust Capital

    Startup Grind Guangzhou Chapter Director

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    Matias Mann

    E-Commerce Industry Leader / Co-Director

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  • Bing Li

    Bing Li

    VC Industry Leader

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  • Chance Jiang

    Chance Jiang

    Chatek LLC

    Startup Grind Guangzhou Advisor

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    Carel van Apeldoorn

    Startup Grind Guangzhou Advisor

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  • Adeh DeSandies

    Adeh DeSandies

    Startup Grind China

    Startup Grind Guangzhou Mentor

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