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5 Ways For Startups to Thrive During a Downturn

If you are a startup founder that is raising capital and feeling the effects of the market downturn, your not alone.

We recently spoke with TechCrunch about how one of our startups, Reyets: Social Justice Network is being impacted and managing the downturn.

Here are tips on how to make it out the other side of a downturn.

1. First and foremost remember great companies are born in difficult times.

It's mental game, stay postive.

Salesforce, Google, Facebook, Disney, General Electric, General Microsoft, FedEx, HP, Hyatt, IBM and Trader Joes, all started during a economic down turn.

2. Reduce your burn

Aim to have at least 12 months and ideally 24 months of runway. If you don't already have enough to get you throgh the next year, you will need to find some fuding, increase revenues, or cut some costs.

Need help figuring out your burn?

3. Reduce non-people expenses first.

Expenses such as software, real estate, perks, marketing expense or non-necessities.

Here are some free alternatives to paid apps suggestions

4. Talk to your potential customers everyday.

I can't srtress enough how important it is for you to stay close to your customers during a downturn, not only will it help keep you top of mind, you will gain insights.

Here are a few questions to get you started with

5. Communicate,. communicate and communicate

When potential investors, clients, and partners don't hear from you, they will assume the worst, make sure to regularly update your stakeholders and send out regular investor updates.

Here's my favourite investor update email templete you can use.


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