Quick Start Guide


Helping members get the most out of Startup Alliance

 

Things to remember

  1. On Startup Alliance, you’re not alone
  2. We are here to help each other
  3. Helping others helps you too
  4. Invite people who can help
  5. Invite people you can help

Sign up and activate your account

  1. Choose the Membership Plan that’s right for you
  2. Sign-up with your email address
  3. Find your account activation email and activate your account
    • Your capabilities are limited until you activate

Finish your member profile

Sample profile

  1. Write your personal mission statement
  2. Rate your startup skills and personal traits
    • Only rated skills and traits are visible to other members Optionally, you can make them visible to the general public (in account settings)
  3. Visit Gravatar.com to attach a profile photo to your email
    • That’ll replace your default cartoon face, we recommend that. :-)
  4. Add your social media accounts
  5. Your username determines your profile URL, choose wisely

Private Messaging

Alliance or Company membership required to send first message. Associates can respond but not send first message.

  1. You can initiate a conversation in three places:
    1. Members profile page
    2. Company team section
    3. Alliance members section
  2. Access ongoing conversations on your main menu
  3. Each member can delete their own messages from the conversation
  4. Either member can delete the entire conversation and all messages

Create a Private Alliance

Alliance or Company membership required

  1. Visit the Alliance listings and click the +
  2. Complete and submit the Alliance creation form
  3. Complete your Private Alliance profile
  4. You have the option to activate stealth mode
  5. Only the Alliance creator can invite members

Maximize Private Alliance results

Grow beyond the walls of your own company to achieve goals, overcome challenges, expand networks and maximize success

  1. Inspired by Mastermind Groups, Private Alliances unite up to 12 entrepreneurs who build long term partnerships to help each other become more successful
  2. Any Startup Alliance member can join any Private Alliance
  3. Invite the people who will benefit your Alliance the most
  4. If you find an Alliance you want to join, ask a member for an invite
  5. To help each other, Private Alliance Members can review a restricted set of Alliance Member Company information
  6. Alliance Members must abide by our Code of Conduct and maintain the confidentiality of Member information

Invite Private Alliance Members

Alliance or Company membership required.

  1. To begin, click the + in the Members section of your Private Alliance Profile
    • Only the Alliance creator can add or remove people
  2. Choose one of these two ways to add a member to your Alliance:
    1. Email the confidential invitation link to each person you want to invite
      • Anybody with the link can join your Alliance team
    2. Paste their SA username into the form and click the button
  3. Members may remove themselves from a Private Alliance
  4. The Private Alliance creator may remove any member except themselves

Video Conferencing

Available for unlimited use by Company Teams and Alliance Members

  1. We recommend the Chrome web browser
  2. Video conferences use the microphone and camera on your computer
  3. Click the Video Conference Room link on your Company or Private Alliance page
  4. Take advantage of the chat and screen sharing features

Private Group Discussions

Available for unlimited use by Company Teams and Alliance Members

  1. Create a discussion for each topic you want to discuss
  2. Post within each discussion topic
  3. Reply to each post

Maximize Company results

Company team members collaborate to focus on the right objectives and deliver the necessary results

  1. The power of Startup Alliance is unlocked when you make full use of the collaboration and success optimization tools we provide:
    • Objectives and Key Results Tool (learn more below and in the FAQ)
    • Startup Alliance Key Performance Indicator (SAKPI) Tool (learn more in the FAQ)
    • Private Group Discussions
    • Private Messages
    • Video Conferencing
  2. Any Startup Alliance member can join any Company Team
  3. If you find a Company you want to join, as a team member for an invite
  4. If Team Members belong to a Private Alliance, Alliance members can review a restricted set of Company information
  5. Team Members must abide by our Code of Conduct and maintain the confidentiality of Member information at all times.

List your Company

Company membership required

  1. Visit the Company listings and click the +
  2. Complete and submit the Company listing form
  3. Complete your Company profile
  4. Only the person who listed the company and invite people to the team

Invite Company Team Members

Company membership required

  1. To begin, click the + in the Team section of your Company Profile
    • Only the Company creator can add or remove people
  2. Choose one of these two ways to add a member to your team:
    1. Email the confidential invitation link to each person you want to invite
      • Anybody with the link can join your Company team
    2. Paste their SA username into the form and click the button
  3. Team members may remove themselves from a Company Team
  4. The Company creator may remove any team member except themselves

Make the most of Company OKRs

Available to all Company Teams

Indepth: Google’s OKR guide

  1. The Objective should be ambitious but not impossible
  2. Key Results should be quantifiable and measurable
  3. Recommended OKR duration is one calendar quarter
  4. Do not have too many OKRs active at the same time
  5. If you are struggling with an OKR, set the status to Yellow or Red and tell the team
  6. Score each Key Result at the end of the period on a scale of 0 to 1
  7. If you consistently score above 0.8, your OKRs are too easy
  8. Write a postmortem to help you learn from your experience
  9. Retain your concluded OKRs to track your improvements

Need something else?

  • We’re always looking for ways to make the platform more useful to our members.
  • So by all means, please, let us know what you need!
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