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Best startup software tools: A guide for UK Startup Founders

Best startup software tools: A guide for UK Startup Founders

Building a startup is one of the most fun and rewarding things you can do in business. With so many tools and SaaS platforms available, it can be daunting to know where to start and understand the best startup software tools which are right for you to support your growth.

In this guide we take a comprehensive look at some of the best startup software tools, free plans and cool software to help you launch, run, manage, market, collaborate, scale and measure the success of your startup.

We have pulled on the experience of 100s of startups in this guide and asked for their feedback on software tools they have used when building their startups.

8 ways collaboration among employees can reduce startup failure risk

8 ways collaboration among employees can reduce startup failure risk

Startup failure. It cannot be eradicated. It is part of the startup ecosystem. Getting out-competed, no market need, team disharmony and running out of cash are just some of the common startup failure reasons within a long list. 

When you begin to look closer at the common startup failure reasons, a few things become clear:

  1. Startups will always fail. There are uncontrollable factors. Covid highlights this fact, for some companies Covid has sparked amazing innovation and technology breakthroughs, where for others a global impact event has meant startups have had to pivot fast and many have found their market and revenue completely grind to a halt.
  2. The real root cause of startup failure is rarely a single common reason. Multiple factors usually combine to cause a startup to fail.
  3. It has almost become fashionable within startup circles that failure is seen as a badge of honor - “Failure is just part of the journey to success”. Where I agree in part, and in some instances we can learn more from failure than success, success is only ever created by understanding the real root cause failure. The common startup failure reasons addresses somewhat the strategic reasons for startup failure, but they do not address the tactical or operational reasons for failure, which typically are the real root cause.

10 Ways of Improving Cross-Team Collaboration and Alignment

10 Ways of Improving Cross-Team Collaboration and Alignment

Cross-team collaboration (also known as inter-team collaboration) is a key component to growing and scaling businesses successfully.

Yet, so few organisations strive for improving it and even less achieve it. What the data tells us is alarming:

  • Organisations with ~50 employees stand to leave over $125,000 on the table per year when they don’t collaborate. (Upchain + Deloitte)
  • While 89% of people believe that effective communication is extremely important, 8 out of 10 people rate their own business’ communication as either average or poor. (Communication Statistics 2020 by Project.co)
  • The biggest struggle while working remotely is collaboration and communication (20%), followed by loneliness (20%), and not being able to unplug (18%). (State of Remote Work 2020 by Buffer)

And even if your employees do end up talking with members from other teams, it doesn't mean that they're communicating about the challenges that matter.

Sadly, as pleasant as casual chats are, a discussion about favourite pastimes doesn't quite compare to discussing the real problems you're having and how you should come together to solve them.

It takes a lot of work to achieve fruitful cross-functional collaboration.

But if you don't put in the effort, you risk creating misalignment in goals, information silos, and a lack of clarity that will frustrate even the most loyal and skilful employees.

Read on to better understand how you can make a meaningful improvement in how your teams collaborate with each other, not just individual contributors.

When you're ready, action those same steps to skyrocket productivity across your whole organisation - following through with just one can make a significant impact!

5 Employee Engagement Strategies to Help Retention in Tech

5 Employee Engagement Strategies to Help Retention in Tech

The tech industry can be a demanding place.

While we're drawn in by the ability to work virtually from anywhere with not much else than a laptop and good internet speed, the drawback is the constant need to stay engaged and switched on as an employee.

It's a fast-moving industry where new software, trends, and methods crop up regularly, far removing it from the regular 9-5 office job.

Employee turnover rates are high, too.

Back in 2018, LinkedIn surveyed over a half-a-billion professionals who ranked Technology (software) as the industry with the highest turnover rates (13.2%), closely followed by Retail and Consumer Products (13%) and Media Entertainment (11.4%).

While the rate is mostly linked to increase in demand and opportunities in the space, UX/UI Designers, Data Analysts, and Engineers are even more likely to jump ship to pursue fairer compensation.

But not all companies, especially startups, can afford to pay industry-leading salaries and provide dreamlike perks and benefits.

So what can you do? Improve your employee engagement.

Companies that invest heavily in engaging their employees and improving their overall experience see lower turnover rates, reduction in costs linked to re-hiring, and less wasted efforts overall.

And while the Human Resources (HR) team can help, the leadership team is the one that needs to contribute the most.

In our guide, we cover the essentials and the five strategies for increasing employee engagement, so that you can retain your staff for longer and help them feel more fulfilled in their roles.

Let's dig in!

How to Measure Productivity For Your Team in 2021

How to Measure Productivity For Your Team in 2021

In an ideal world, we want our teams to be more productive, but how would we know they were if we didn't measure it? Merely seeing an increase in the output of work doesn't mean more valuable work is actually being done.

Truth is, discovering how to measure productivity of your teams can be a mammoth task, especially in an increasingly remote workspace. Given the abundance of tools knowledge workers use every day, it can be hard to find where to begin!

In our short guide, we go through the five different methods of measuring productivity for teams, so that you can evaluate if there are any issues with processes and empower them to do their best work in the future.

Slack Channel Statistics to Understand Team Collaboration

Slack Channel Statistics to Understand Team Collaboration

Slack's internal share of public channel messaging is a whopping 70 per cent. I don't recall seeing a company with this high level of communication transparency. Usually, when I join a company as a leader I find the public channel messaging hovers anywhere between 10-30% of the total messaging volume. Could it be one of the reasons so many of us set the wrong Slack transparency culture across the startups is that Slack channel statistics is a mere afterthought for them? This becomes a huge hurdle as teams grow and taking corrective action is near impossible with the statistics slack provides out-of-the-box.

The Emergence of Collaboration Analytics: The New Face of People Analytics

The Emergence of Collaboration Analytics: The New Face of People Analytics
I was intrigued by a recent post by Shiran Yaroslavsky, CEO of Cassiopeia; I agreed with her proposal of the emergence of a new analytics product category. However, I think the picture she painted wasn't finished and left some important modern developments out. Let us introduce Collaboration Analytics, a space emerging in the cross-section of people analytics, interaction analytics and productivity tools.