Privacy policy, cookie policy, cookie solution etc….Do I really need all of that for my website?

We aren't lawyers or familiar with building a basic site, so bouncing our thoughts here for some guidance/clarification.

We got a coming soon page where:

  • User enters email. This gets collected by Mailchimp
  • User can share the site by clicking on the Facebook or Twitter icon, and then be directed to their social post page

We have been recommended to use Iubenda as it integrates with our website builder, Webflow.

Iubenda suggests a privacy and cookie policy, a cookie solution, a T&C, and a consent solution for a website. As we are just starting out, we obviously want to keep cost at a minimum. So we are hoping to go for their free plan, which only comes with 4 clauses, a privacy policy and a cookie solution. We are targeting US and EU markets.

Would Iubenda's free plan be sufficient for our site? Or do we really need to go all in and go for their pro license and get all the policies/solutions they suggested for a website?

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Strategy during onboarding. Should we force users to upload content?

Hi everyone! I am working on a video-based dating app. Our goal right now is to encourage users to upload videos, because we need more videos in order for the app to be useful.

My question is: should we force users to upload a video while onboarding?

In my opinion, there's three ways to do it:

(1) Do not have a step in onboarding asking users to add videos. This is what Tik Tok does. They don't ask you to add any videos during onboarding. After using it enough, you become hooked and started uploading content yourself.

(2) Have an onboarding asking users to add videos but make it optional. Thus, there would be a skip button.

(3) Force users to upload a video during onboarding.

I'm leaning towards (3) because of our immediate need for more content. Over time, with more videos, I was thinking about doing (1), similar to Tik Tok.

I would love to hear if anyone thoughts on how to strategically think about this. Thanks 🙂

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Startups and Tax

Hey

Recently been looking into various tax situations and obligations based on various potential startups and business models and have been surprised at the lack of clarity or some form of streamlined solution which allows small & medium businesses and startups to ensure they are covering the necessary bases when it comes to tax.

What seems to be particularly complicated to me is paying tax in foreign territories i.e. a UK company selling to US consumers and navigating US sales tax, the various situations in which you may have Nexus in a state and therefore be liable to pay taxes there. Similarly with a US based startup selling to UK or EU consumers ensuring they are VAT compliant. It's something which seems to be further complicated by whether you are selling a physical product, a service or some kind of digital good or service or SaaS.

I appreciate that most of the time, founders/business owners will probably just consult a tax professional, however I'm surprised there isn't something like a SaaS solution whereby when you're setting up your company, you detail your HQ i.e. UK, US, France, Germany etc + where your customers are/what markets you are selling to and it can advise you on the neccasary steps you take to ensure you are tax compliant. One thing which does seem like a positive is the 'Streamlined Sales Tax Registration System' which I think has just over 20 states currently signed up, allowing you to register for sales tax for each of states in one simple application.

I'd be grateful if anybody knew of anybody doing anything in this space already and could point me in the right direction, otherwise it seems like there is some kind of void for a SaaS solution which allows SME's and Startups to simplify being tax compliant both domestically and abroad as well as other areas perhas such as data protection etc

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Need Ideas/Feedback – Hyper Local Delivery Grocery Store

I operate a Daily Essentials/ Grocery retail store (in SriLanka) for about a year now and during this lockdown period I took the service online (accepting orders using WhatsApp) and managed to do around 50,000 deliveries in two months. We have the logistics and warehousing established and we marketed it as a same day delivery service.

Now I’m in the process of building an e-commerce store to continue this stream of service even after the lockdown.

Do you think people will still be interested in ordering groceries online after the lockdown period when the bigger supermarkets start to operate. What are some of the features that we can provide to keep the customers coming back and continuing to use this service?

Looking for ideas to keep customers coming back to us after the lockdown period.

Feature Set I have thought of;

• Like providing loyalty points?

• Team up with restaurants to provide a % off their bill at the restaurants

• Pay utilities bills through our store

• Pharmacy

• Convert their loyalty points to phone credit (sorted and ready to roll)

• Sell a monthly subscription bundle of essentials products? (Household, Body care) (Snack Box- chips, chocolates) (Cooking ingredients/essentials- Oils, fats, spices)

• Free In-store pick-up

Would really appreciate your input.

P.S – Delivery service has been outsourced to another company at a flat rate of $ 1 per delivery which is charged from the customer.

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Launching a service business with no previous client. Do I use a landing page?

I launching a service business with no previous clients or track record. My customer acquisition process will rely mostly on cold email outreach to business initially. Is it important to have a landing page even if it is barebone?

Or can I just rely on sending information through email and discuss over the phone? I m just worry the landing page will discredit me further…

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What Type of Entity Should We Become

Hey everyone! My friend and I are in the process of starting up a SaaS company, but we do not know what type of business to start up. Currently, only the two of us are working, but we plan on hiring employees when our business gets a bit bigger. I was thinking of creating a LLC and electing to be taxed as an S corp after hiring employees. Does this sound like a wise decision? Thanks!

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Does it really have to be so hard?

I'm currently 1 third founder of a mobile app. Never turned a profit… I'm the tech guy, so I build it all…

Just spent the last 6 months pulling 18+ hour days… burnt out a few times.. it's been rough. Finally on the verge of releasing our new and improved app.

Here's the rub – are people doing this 100 times just to see a glimmer of success?How on gods earth do you stay alive and motivated?How do you feed yourselves?

For context I have spent the last 8 years building unsuccessful projects, tools etc.. never went anywhere – was just all too much for one guy. I honestly could never figure out how like indy developers were ever able to build, deploy, run and make money off stuff. I almost gave up.

Finally decided to bite the bullet and get someone else who had connections and the skills in marketing and admin. So I traded in my skills for a share of the company. But I'm struggling to understand how people do this.. I see so many success stories.. and where people are getting up and running in months and making money in less than a year.. seems almost impossible.

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Should I learn how to code or use Bubble?

I have been learning how to code for the past month, I am wondering if I should build my MVP through something like bubble for my SAAS? Or learn how to code, which I have been doing and create it from scratch? I am teaching myself how to code because I thought, I was making dumb excuses. What's your thought?

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VC let term sheet expire then came back wanting to do tranches. Told them to get lost now I’m sad.

I’ve been working on a startup for a few years. We are about to release a polished version. Have had about 200 paid users on the mvp which we shut in the fall. Jan we signed a term sheet with a local VC for $ 1m. Due to covid things got delayed and they let it expire. They came back and said we will give you $ 250k now and $ 750k later based on milestones and charge you convertible interest. I said no and they walked away.

I feel like I made a mistake. Every advisor is telling me I should’ve taken the money. I’ve recruited two A+ tech guys as CTO and TBA and they both said do not take this deal. Maybe I let them influence me too much. Thoughts? This is more of a rant. Haven’t had a salary in a long time.

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Best Payment model in a aggregator business

When you serve as an aggregator platform. What is the most secure and cost effective way of charging the customers money and then paying the seller on a mobile platform. Do you directly transfer the payment from buyer's credit card to the seller at the time of purchase ?Is it fair to ask the sellers to share some of the transaction fee burden or to ask the customer ? From my initial research, there are too many mouths which take their cut in this process. Visa, bank, Apple pay, stripe.

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