Hello, this is Hall T. Martin with the Startup Funding Espresso -- your daily shot of startup funding and investing.
Startup founders need sales skills.
Here’s a list of sales skills to bring to your startup:
- Can craft a compelling story about the startup to sell to investors, prospective employees, partners, and others.
- Knows the competition and the other choices the prospect has.
- Knows the customer’s language, whether it be company-specific or industry-specific.
- Understands the customer’s problem.
- Spends twice as much time listening as talking.
- Ability to probe for the customer’s careabouts.
- Ability to set up a sales funnel and bring prospects through it one step at a time.
- Ability to ask for the sale.
- Can generate social proof to show how others have succeeded with the product.
- Can turn sales into a repeatable process that becomes a core system within the company.
- Can set up sales compensation plans with proper incentives.
Many investors look for basic sales skills in the founder before funding the startup.
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