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LaunchHawk Marketing | Why Do So Many Startups Still Struggle To Find Success?
Selecting and finding the right customers to target, performing competitive analyses, optimizing product positioning and getting your first few reference-able customers are all critical to a startup’s success and all require marketing and product management skills to execute well.
startup success,startup failure,competitive analyses,product market fit,target market
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Startup Marketing Journal

17 Oct Why Do So Many Startups Still Struggle To Find Success?

startup failure

There are literally thousands of venture accelerators, pre-accelerators, startup weeks, startup weekends, incubators, platforms, books, podcasts, videos, workbooks, blogs, technology tools and more to help startup founders succeed.

But, how well is the current startup facilitation ecosystem actually working?

Worldwide, of the thousands of startups who apply to seed-accelerators only 2–3% are being accepted; 80% of new businesses never get any monies from third-party investors, and it is commonly assumed that somewhere between 75% and 90% of all startups fail.

You’d think that with so many people and organizations trying to help startups that the startup success rate would be much better than it is.

What’s the Problem?

Over the past 5 or so years, seed-accelerators have shifted from accepting early-stage startups to preferring startups that are much further along and have demonstrated some level of initial sales traction. This has led to a significant reduction in the percentage of startups being accepted into these programs and has left many startups with far fewer choices when it comes to getting the coaching and guidance needed in the very early stages of their development.

And those choices, along with the Lean Startup Methodology itself, gloss over what I feel are several core areas of expertise that are critical to a startup’s success, marketing & product management.

Based on a survey by CB Insights of reasons for startup failure, 42% said there was not enough need for their product, 19% said they got outcompeted and 14% said poor marketing & sales processes was a reason for failure.

I believe that it’s time to incorporate more marketing and product management guidance into early-stage startup programs.

After all, selecting and finding the right customers to target, performing competitive analyses, optimizing product positioning and getting your first few reference-able customers are all critical to a startup’s success and all require marketing and product management skills to execute well.

Without this marketing and product management guidance, far too many early-stage startups are doomed right from the get-go.

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Jim Berkowitz
Jim is a startup growth consultant and technology coach. Over the years he's assisted hundreds of organizations with getting, keeping and growing customers.

 Now his focus is on helping startups.

With experience in agile marketing, lean canvas, growth hacking, digital marketing and CRM technology, Jim and his team at LaunchHawk Marketing offer a comprehensive range of consulting services designed specifically to help startups successfully scale their businesses.


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