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January 30, 2017
The CEO. And there’s no room for negotiation here. The video will explain why. For more similar videos, subscribe to the YouTube channel. Transcript: At an investor pitch, who should be the main person to pitch? First of all, let’s put in the context: I’m talking here about early stage startups: seed rounds, A series, […]


January 23, 2017
It’s easy to motivate them, but you need to be careful with what you promise. For more similar videos, subscribe to the YouTube channel. Transcript: What motivates an early employee to work in a start-up? Well, a lot of people want to work in a decentralized environment, in a place where there are no hierarchical […]


January 16, 2017
Long story short: it all depends on the investor agreement that you (should have) signed. For more similar videos, subscribe to the YouTube channel. Transcript: If a startup doesn’t meet the milestones agreed upon with the investor, can the investor withhold the payment? Well, it’s really up to the investor agreement that you signed. If […]


January 9, 2017
I hope my answer to this question won’t get people thinking I’m against MBAs :) For more similar videos, subscribe to the YouTube channel. Transcript: Does getting an MBA make someone a better entrepreneur? I think the skills that make a good entrepreneur aren’t skills that you learn in business school. I think entrepreneurship can […]


January 8, 2017
If I was an angel investor, this is EXACTLY what I’d want to read in an email. For more similar videos, subscribe to the YouTube channel. Transcript: How do I approach an angel investor by e-mail? Well, simple: just send an email. If you’re sending an email to me asking for money, I’m going to […]


December 20, 2016
If I wrote a book, it would be one that would help future entrepreneurs understand what they have ahead of them in the first 18 months of starting their company. For more similar videos, subscribe to the YouTube channel. Transcript: If you wrote a book, what would it be about? If I write a book, […]


December 19, 2016
I’ll be thinner. And i’ll still meet new and interesting people. For more similar videos, subscribe to the YouTube channel. Transcript: Where do you see yourself in 10 years? I’ve been actually thinking a lot about this question lately and what I can tell you is that no matter how, I’ll be involved in entrepreneurship: […]


December 18, 2016
I have a gaming company. But the answer is not that obvious! :) For more similar videos, subscribe to the YouTube channel. Transcript: Is there a specific industry where you’d like to be an investor on an entrepreneur in the next 10 years? Obviously, since i’m involved in a company in gaming, gaming is an […]


December 15, 2016
I can tell you, but remember that it will be very difficult to pull it off. Here’s the blog I was telling you about in the video. For more similar videos, subscribe to the YouTube channel. Transcript: What kind of business can I start while keeping my nine-to-five job? I don’t really agree with starting […]


December 14, 2016
Let me ask you something: if you don’t trust that your company will make it, why should an investor do it? Also, you may want to know how much money to ask in the seed round. For more similar videos, subscribe to the YouTube channel. Transcript: Do VCs ever fund a start-up where the founders […]


December 13, 2016
It’s not recommended because a business you can’t focus on 100% of the time, is most likely going to fail. For more similar videos, subscribe to the YouTube channel. Transcript: Should I start a side business while working a nine-to-five job? No, I don’t think you should do that. I come from a school of […]


December 12, 2016
It really depends on what kind of business you want to run. For more similar videos, subscribe to the YouTube channel. Transcript: Is bootstrapping better than raising capital? Well, it really depends on the type of business you want. If you want a lifestyle business, then bootstrapping is the way to go. If you want […]


December 11, 2016
I have lots of habit which I believe have made their contribution to my growth. Reading is definitely one of them. Here’s the productivity rule I told you about in the video. For more similar videos, subscribe to the YouTube channel. Transcript: What daily or weekly habits do you have that helped you grow professionally […]


December 8, 2016
I’d tell him to fix stuff and not get those stupid stitches. And, of course, some other life advice. For more similar videos, subscribe to the YouTube channel. Transcript: What would you say to 28 year old Bobby if he were standing right in front of you? And one thing: I’m 38 now, so basically, […]


December 7, 2016
I think I could have done a 1h video on this question. Doing business is amazing, but it’s difficult AF. For more similar videos, subscribe to the YouTube channel. Transcript: What is the main thing to know about business before starting your own company? That’s difficult. A lot harder than you think it is. That […]


December 6, 2016
This is another rather personal question which I enjoy receiving. Shows that people want to know stuff about me. Use the comments section if you have more questions for me. For more similar videos, subscribe to the YouTube channel. Transcript: What do you love doing? I love reading and I love driving. I love driving […]


December 5, 2016
Of course you can! If you’re Elon Musk. If not, I have another suggestion. For more similar videos, subscribe to the YouTube channel. Transcript: It’s a difficult question to remember, so i’m going to read it: I am building 2 businesses right now and I’m pretty involved in both products. What next? Can I build […]


December 4, 2016
I really enjoyed this question, so I’ve answered from both a personal and a professional point of view. Enjoy! :) For more similar videos, subscribe to the YouTube channel. Transcript: What are some things outside of your comfort zone that you needed to do in the past years? Personally, having to live with somebody else. […]


December 1, 2016
Believe it or not, it makes me boring from time to time, but not for the reason you’d expect. :) For more similar videos, subscribe to the YouTube channel. Transcript: In what ways did entrepreneurship change your personality? Entrepreneurship is about solving problems and because I’ve been an entrepreneur my entire life, I look at […]


November 30, 2016
It’s better to find a hybrid between the 2. Why would I want to stop people from giving me more money? For more similar videos, subscribe to the YouTube channel. Transcript: Subscription or freemium: which is the better business model for an online business? I have to say that i’m biased, because I come from […]


November 29, 2016
This is a silly question, especially since IT is a forever-shifting industry. For more similar videos, subscribe to the YouTube channel. Transcript: How do you envision the IT Industry 10 years from now? Are you [email protected]#$%g kidding me?! I have no idea what will happen 3 to 5 years from now. How the hell would […]


November 29, 2016
Contrary to what some people think, you shouldn’t approach the investor only when you need money. Here’s what you should actually do. Discover in another video how much seed capital your startup needs. For more similar videos, subscribe to the YouTube channel. Transcript: What do you need to start approaching investors to get seed capital? […]


November 27, 2016
Pick, build, test, market, explain, discard, repeat. :) What’s an MVP? For more similar videos, subscribe to the YouTube channel. Transcript:  I have tons of business ideas, but how do I know which one is good? Well, first of all, research if there’s a market for it. While creating winter clothes for the polar bears […]


November 25, 2016
You may have built your app or website, but you’re not finished building it. Development is a never-ending process. For more similar videos, subscribe to the YouTube channel. Transcript: What is the very first step after building your app/website? Make it better! If you really stopped making your app or website better, it means you […]


November 23, 2016
If you have 1 million users, but can only keep 10,000 of them, it means your retention rate sucks. And this is the most important metric to follow. For more similar videos, subscribe to the YouTube channel. Transcript: What are the most important metrics to follow in the first 6 to 12 months as a […]


November 22, 2016
If you’re not from a big country and plan to use that as an excuse to not have a startup, I’ve got bad news for you. For more similar videos, subscribe to the YouTube channel. Transcript: I got this question that’s a little bit longer, so it need to read it because I can remember […]


November 21, 2016
No. And yes. There is a right time to hire interns and I’m going to explain when and why. Also, can you build an MVP without a team? For more similar videos, subscribe to the YouTube channel. Transcript: Should I hire interns in my startup? I can’t really give general advice on this, but I […]


November 20, 2016
No, but the story changes once you have your first investment. Also, check out how much money you should raise in the seed round. Transcript:  Do the founders of a startup need to work full-time at the startup before getting investment? The answer is “no”, you can get investment even if the founders aren’t working […]


November 19, 2016
Why would you assume that tech is any different when it comes to a business plan? For more similar videos, subscribe to the YouTube channel. Transcript: Do I need market analysis in a tech business plan? You need market analysis in any kind of plan for your startup. If you don’t have the market analysis, […]


November 18, 2016
A good entrepreneur is always prepared to pitch. What does that tell you? For more similar videos, subscribe to the YouTube channel. Transcript: Do I need the business plan in order for my startup to get seed investment? The answer is “yes”, you need a business plan. Even if it’s not really detailed, you still […]


November 17, 2016
This is actually the right way to start running a startup. Check out the definition of the MVP here. For more similar videos, subscribe to the YouTube channel. Transcript: What is a lean startup? The term “lean startup” first appeared in the “Lean Startup” book, by Eric Ries. A startup that uses the lean methodology […]


November 16, 2016
Don’t know. Don’t care. You shouldn’t either. It doesn’t matter. Also, check out the most common mistakes startup make. For more similar videos, subscribe to the YouTube channel. Transcript: How do I know if my startup idea is original? First of all, it doesn’t matter. It really doesn’t matter if your startup idea’s original. Most […]


November 14, 2016
That’s a really good question, but allow me to rephrase it. Also, here’s a detailed definition of the MVP. For more similar videos, subscribe to the YouTube channel. Transcript: What is the maximum amount of time you can spend building your MVP? I don’t think there’s a maximum amount of time. I think your focus […]


November 13, 2016
Contrary to what some people may think, I actually recommend not having a team before testing the MVP. And I’ve got a solid argument to explain myself. What’s an MVP? See here. For more similar videos, subscribe to the YouTube channel. Transcript: Can I build an MVP without a team? It really depends on the […]


November 12, 2016
In the phrase “minimum viable product”, the keyword is MINIMUM. And there’s your biggest mistake. What’s an MVP? See here. For more similar videos, subscribe to the YouTube channel. Transcript: What’s the biggest mistake you can make related to building your MVP? The biggest mistake that people make when it comes to their MVP is […]


November 11, 2016
The MVP is one of the best ways to validate the existence of your market. Here’s a link to the startup “Bible”, The Lean Startup. Also, here’s a detailed definition of the MVP. For more similar videos, subscribe to the YouTube channel. Transcript: What’s an MVP? The minimum viable product is a version of the […]


November 10, 2016
A week after I posted a video about why NDA’s are pointeless before a meeting, someone asked to meet with me, with the condition I signed an NDA. I felt like another video on the topic was needed. For more similar videos, subscribe to the YouTube channel. Transcript: A week ago, I recorded a video […]


November 9, 2016
Long story short: a founder should have a salary. Pride is not going to keep you fed. For more similar videos, subscribe to the YouTube channel. Transcript: How do you make money from your startup if it’s a VC backed startup? This question appears because a lot of startup founders think that the only way […]


November 8, 2016
Contrary to what some people think, not every bank is right for money depositing. Here’s why. For more similar videos, subscribe to the YouTube channel. Transcript: How do I pick the right bank to deposit my seed capital? If you have a seed around that’s bigger than half-a-million dollars, you should put a little more […]


November 7, 2016
Ever wondered why some companies raise 100K, while others raise 2 million? For more similar videos, subscribe to the YouTube channel. Transcript: Why do startups raise different seed rounds? Why are the values so different, from 100K to several million dollars? The answer is: it really depends on what you’re building and how how much […]


November 6, 2016
The answer to this question is very complex, but I am going to explain the fundamental principals of venture funding. For more similar videos, subscribe to the YouTube channel. Transcript: How does venture funding work? This is the basic answer: somebody sees your company and they think that your company can be a great success. […]


November 5, 2016
No, you don’t. And here’s the explanation why. For more similar videos, subscribe to the YouTube channel. Transcript: As a start-up, do I need to hire an in-house lawyer? In a previous video, I talked about the need to hire a lawyer. Obviously, it’s not an in-house lawyer because in-house lawyers are expensive and usually […]


November 4, 2016
Hint: there are high chances that other people have the same idea that you do. Execution is everything. Link Derek Sivers’ article. For more similar videos, subscribe to the YouTube channel. Transcript: Do you need an NDA before pitching your idea? No, the ideas are a dime a dozen. Basically, as the Derek Sivers says […]


November 3, 2016
There is a right time to hire a lawyer if you want to avoid any problems later on. For more similar videos, subscribe to the YouTube channel. Transcript: At which point in my startup should I hire a lawyer? I might be biased answering this question because I have 2 lawyers in my family: my […]


November 2, 2016
What if I told you nothing keeps me up at night? For more similar videos, subscribe to the YouTube channel. Transcript: What keeps you up at night? Well, I try not to stay up at night. I think that sleep is one of the most productive tools that an entrepreneur can have in order for […]


November 1, 2016
Here are the 2 most important skills that I believe every entrepreneur should posses. For more similar videos, subscribe to the YouTube channel. Transcript: What are the skills required to be a successful entrepreneur? There are lots of skills required to be a successful entrepreneur, but you don’t have to have them all. There are […]


October 31, 2016
Oddly enough, I found it really difficult to explain to other people just what Mavenhut does. :) For more similar videos, subscribe to the YouTube channel. Transcript: What was the most difficult question you got during a pitch? The truth is, there are no easy questions during a pitch, especially when you don’t know the […]


October 31, 2016
I’ve started doing 16 videos about business. I’ve done more than that (about 40 by now) and I’ve published more than 30 already. Read more about the “under a minute video” idea here. So, what did I learn out of it?  I hate the 1 minute limit I’ve imposed on myself Quality of sound is […]


October 30, 2016
You should not waste time by waiting for a spot in the most famous accelerators. For more similar videos, subscribe to the YouTube channel. Transcript: How should you choose an accelerator for your company? The best accelerator for your company is the one can get into. And the reason for that is that during the […]


October 28, 2016
I can only recommend Startup Bootcamp from my own experience, but there are so many more. SOSventures can be found here. For more similar videos, subscribe to the YouTube channel. Transcript: What is the best accelerator for startups in your opinion? Since Mavenhut went through Startup Bootcamp, this is the accelerator I can recommend from […]


October 27, 2016
What’s the best way? Is there a best way? For more similar videos, subscribe to the YouTube channel. Transcript: The question is: cold emails or building relationships beforehand with investors, with potential investors, when raising money? The thing is, what I know is that cold emails don’t really work. Most of the investors consider the […]


October 26, 2016
Besides the alarm clock, that is :) For more similar videos, subscribe to the YouTube channel. Transcript: What gets you out of bed in the morning? The light answer would be: the alarm clock. The truth is I never wake up to an alarm clock. I wake up when I don’t feel sleepy. So what […]


October 25, 2016
Really, what do you do when you lose a lot of clients in a short amount of time? For more similar videos, subscribe to the YouTube channel. Transcript: This is a question I received via email several days ago. Somebody asked me: I I lost 20 clients in the last months, what do I do […]


October 24, 2016
Well, I tried something in an area I knew nothing about. And it failed :) For more similar videos, subscribe to the YouTube channel. Transcript: What was your biggest business fail and if/how did it affect you in your next projects? About 12 years ago I started a real estate company. It took me about […]


October 23, 2016
What’s the best way to convince someone to co-found your business idea? Well, is there a best way? For more similar videos, subscribe to the YouTube channel. Transcript: The first question received in the comments on our YouTube videos is: “What’s the best way to convince someone to co-found my business idea?” And the answer […]


October 22, 2016
Doing lots of things beside the thing that you need to do. For more similar videos, subscribe to the YouTube channel. Transcript: You’ve seen a lot of startups: what is the most common mistake amongst them? The biggest mistake i’ve seen at startups is not doing. You read a lot, you ask a lot, you […]


October 21, 2016
  Well, you need enough runway for your company. How much? See in the video :) For more similar videos, subscribe to the YouTube channel. Transcript: How much seed funding should a startup ask for? There is a rule of thumb when you’re asking for money, especially at the seed level. The rule of thumb […]


October 20, 2016
I always ask for other potential investors, for other contacts. For more similar videos, subscribe to the YouTube channel. Transcript: What are some tips for founders raising money? I’ve already said two of them in the previous videos. The last tip I want to tell you is that, at the end of any pitch, you […]


October 15, 2016
I feel that tech startups have a lower risk of failing big because of the lower costs involved upfront. For more similar videos, subscribe to the YouTube channel. Transcript: Hello, everyone! Welcome to “Bobby’s Minute”! The question I got is: What’s the industry that has the biggest risk of failing for a start-up? And frankly, since […]


October 14, 2016
Well, preselling is a form of product validation. For more similar videos, subscribe to the YouTube channel. Transcript: I was asked: What’s your take on preselling? Preselling is basically a form of product validation. You go to potential clients and you try to sell them on an idea so that they can give you an […]


October 13, 2016
What is the most important advice I would give to first time entrepreneurs? Well, do things! For more similar videos, subscribe to the YouTube channel. Transcript:  The question I got today is: what is the number one piece of advice you would give to first-time entrepreneurs? I think that the best thing that you can […]


October 12, 2016
I don’t have that much experience with Kickstarter, but this is what I heard from people trying it. For more similar videos, subscribe to the YouTube channel. Transcript: I got this question: is Kickstarter a good idea for a start-up? The truth is I don’t have direct experience with Kickstarter. I’ve heard people talk about […]


October 11, 2016
Using any tool as a sole marketing tool might not be the best idea. We used Facebook ads successfully at MavenHut, but it might not suit your company. For more similar videos, subscribe to the YouTube channel. Transcript: Can Facebook Ads be effective as a sole marketing tool for a startup? I don’t think that […]


September 28, 2016
What would you teach a mentee, if you had one? This video is the answer to this question. Since it’s a one minute video, it’s what I feel is the most important thing to have in a mentee-mentor relationship. For more similar videos, subscribe to the YouTube channel. Transcript: If you have a main key right […]


September 28, 2016
I’ve been interested in video for the last several months, thinking about a video project about business. That project is still in the works, but in order for me to get more comfortable at speaking English on video, I’ve started a small video series. The temporary name of the series is Bobby’s Minute and it […]


September 27, 2016
Burnout is something we all feel, at some point. It doesn’t matter what you do, you will feel it. How do you get rid of it, then? Especially in business where you don’t always do what you like to do. For more similar videos, subscribe to the YouTube channel. Transcript: How do you get rid […]


September 26, 2016
Sending an email follow-up after a meeting might be the best business advice I can ever give you. For more similar videos, subscribe to the YouTube channel. Transcript: You go to a meeting, you leave the meeting pumped up to do things, you’ve established some things with the meeting partners and two days later, you […]


September 24, 2016
I am talking about gelato, just so you know :)) See one of the gelatos I ate there. This is the gelateria in San Gimignano. For more similar videos, subscribe to the YouTube channel. Transcript: What makes you happy? The thing is, usually when you get this kind of question, you start to think and […]


September 24, 2016
I really, really enjoy learning new things. This is how I do it, in answer to a question from a friend. For more similar videos, subscribe to the YouTube channel. Transcript: Another day, another question, from a friend on Facebook: how do you learn? What’s your process of learning? The thing is Cristi, my co-founder […]


September 23, 2016
The first episode of a 1 minute video experiment. This one is on putting limits for yourself so you get better results. For more similar videos, subscribe to the YouTube channel. Transcript: There’s a concept in business called “elevator pitch”. Basically, you need to tell in two minutes what your business is about. When you […]