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Resources for startups and SMBs

Everything you need to know about building a business, from raising funding to marketing your product.

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Top tips for startups during an economic downturn

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Articles

Read tips for building your business, getting funding, marketing your product, and more.

Guides

Download in-depth guides on optimizing your infrastructure for streaming, building a tech stack, and getting started with Kubernetes.

Videos

Watch videos of founders like you and in-depth webinars with practical advice.

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Tips for starting and growing your business

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What are capital expenditures and how to measure them
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How tech startups can build a winning product marketing team
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How to be a Do-Gooder Startup
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Customer research 101: What it is and how to get started
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Top reasons startups fail (and how to avoid them)
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Five tips for a successful product launch
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Successful customer acquisition for startups
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Effective messaging for startups
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Top tips for startups during an economic downturn

Creating your tech stack

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Scale Without Scaling
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A startup’s guide to getting started with managed Kubernetes
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The ultimate guide to building a solid tech stack
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How to choose the best tech stack for your business
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What startups need to know about building scalable infrastructure with Kubernetes
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Kubernetes for startups: Why, when, and how to adopt  

Funding your business

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Five tax credits available to startups in the US
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How to successfully bootstrap your startup
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The pros and cons of crowdfunding your startup
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Startup funding explained: Series A, Series B, Series C
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How to raise seed capital for your startup
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Beginner's guide to pre-seed funding

Industry specific resources

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Best practices for optimizing live streaming experience
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Optimizing performance and price in streaming
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Improve the performance of your media streaming application
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Building a cloud-based blockchain business

Startup and founder stories

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Aha Moment: Unicodemy

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