Investor Connect Podcast

Hello, this is Hall T. Martin with the Startup Funding Espresso -- your daily shot of startup funding and investing.

Startup founders need some technical skills.

Here’s a list of skills to bring to your startup:

  1. Microsoft Excel or Google Sheets - you’ll use this for budgeting, forecasts, and numerous other applications.
  2. Data analysis - you should be familiar with Google analytics and other basic analytic tools to gather information about your sales and marketing efforts.
  3. Basic coding skills - you should be able to read HTML to make changes and update your website.
  4. WordPress - you may outsource the design and setup of your website but you should know enough about the backend to make text changes and minor updates.
  5. Design tools - you need to be familiar with design software for making logos, presentations, and other content pieces.
  6. Cloud - you should have a working knowledge of cloud tools since it’s the place you store your documents, run applications, and host your data.
  7. Collaboration tools - you should be able to use collaboration tools as it’s the primary method for communicating with others. 
  8. CRM automation - you should be able to set up emails and responders.

A founder does not have to be a specialist in technology but should have basic technical skills to run office automation, websites, and other systems.

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In this episode, Hall welcomes Lucas Caneda, Global Team Lead & Director at Uniqorn Incubator.

The largest rural incubator-accelerator of its kind in the world, UNIQORN features an eclectic team of seasoned professionals with a proven track record in taking technology startups from inception all the way to exit.

UNIQORN's attractiveness is built around comprehensive incubation and acceleration services for technology startups. They encourage project leaders from all over the world to come and settle in Sarlat, a fascinated ecosystem for startups to succeed. They also act as a potential media investor in the startups they accept to incubate and accelerate.

A student of engineering, management, economics, and self-taught in nutrition and fitness, Lucas has always had a very keen interest in business, entrepreneurship, and personal development

He is a professional rugby player for Sarlat Rugby Team. Lucas grew up as a die-hard rugby fan and started playing at the tender age of 5. Despite suffering what many thought would be a career-ending knee injury, he moved to France and built a career as a professional rugby player. After a few years in France, Lucas joined the Sarlat Rugby Team and the incubator's rugby program.

Lucas discusses his background, his criteria for startups, and some of the challenges he faces running an incubator.

You can visit Uniqorn Incubator at, and via LinkedIn at

Lucas can be contacted via email at, and via LinkedIn at,  

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