First Hires for Startup

By John McDonald / April 11, 2022

We didn’t write this post to convince you it’s impossible to make the first hires that will grow your startup to legendary status. But we did write it to give you a foundation in who to hire and hiring best practices. We also hope to inspire the confidence to take your time making hires, even when they’re needed yesterday. Here’s everything you need to know about making the first hires for your startup.

When Should I Hire My Startup Employees?

By John McDonald / March 28, 2022

There is no one answer to the question “When should I start hiring employees” that works for all startups. The first hire for startups should be when you know exactly what they’ll do all day, and you can’t continue to be successful without it. As you begin working through the steps to take your startup from dream to reality, you will need to think about your startup hiring plan. Although there is no one answer for every startup, we can break it down by looking at what positions are likely to trigger that first hire

How Do Startups Hire First Employees?

By John McDonald / March 11, 2022

Hiring as a startup is not the same as hiring for an existing company. You will have a unique set of needs and circumstances that dictate who and how you hire. For example, you might be constrained by time or resources, or maybe you need employees with certain characteristics and skills. In the following blog, we are going to look at the ins and outs of how startups hire their first employees.

​Types of Entrepreneurship Education: Which is Right for Me?

By John McDonald / January 11, 2022

The American Dream is alive and well—and the future’s especially bright for aspiring entrepreneurs. Even among high school students, there has been a surge of interest in learning the foundational skills needed for a potential entrepreneurial future.  One catalyst for this increased interest among students is inevitably the COVID-19 pandemic, […]

Who Uses Lean Startup?

By John McDonald / January 4, 2022

All over the globe, innovators, entrepreneurs, and leaders use lean startup methods for their businesses. Utilizing lean startup methods can turn a brilliant idea into a stellar product or service. In this piece, we will discuss who can benefit the most from a lean startup plan, and what it can […]

The Benefits of Entrepreneurship Education to Students

By John McDonald / December 28, 2021

Do you want to own your business someday? Do you have a brilliant idea for a product or service but aren’t sure how to turn that into a feasible company? Many people have a goal of becoming an entrepreneur but lack the knowledge and skills to get there. In fact, […]

EdChoice Spotlight: What Does This Mean for the Future of Education and Entrepreneurs?

By John McDonald / December 21, 2021

At NextStudios, we’re inspired by EdChoice’s school choice initiative. As a venture studio designed and operated by entrepreneurs, for entrepreneurs, and with entrepreneurs, we’re looking forward to working with the next wave of learners-turned-leaders. In this blog, we’re taking a look at EdChoice and how it’s impacting education and entrepreneurship.  […]

What are the Lean Startup Key Principles?

By John McDonald / December 16, 2021

Only the best startups go on to become successful companies.  One critical issue that holds startups back is that they sometimes start with a product idea and then invest significant funds into building it before making sure the product works or has a market. More often than not, a startup […]

Entrepreneurship 101: A Lean Canvas Process

By John McDonald / November 16, 2021

Taking the leap of faith with your own ideas to create a successful business is not an easy task for anyone. This makes success in the first few steps that much more important. At NEXT Studios we have adopted the LEAN Canvas as the straightforward and consistent way to enable […]

How Do Venture Studios Work?

By John McDonald / November 9, 2021

The New Engine of Intentionality in the World Of Startups and Innovation Venture studios provide an innovative approach to funding startups and are creating a big impact. This model of funding entrepreneurs and big ideas continues to grow and evolve. We’re looking at what exactly a venture studio is and […]

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