How to start your own online gaming site: 6 Tips to Put Into Action?

The online gaming industry is the most popular industry for the gamers and beginners of present era as it has made several things easier for them by providing the comfort of playing their favorite game anywhere they want without having to carry their laptops with them. In the past, the gamers faced a lot of trouble as they were bound to carry laptops with them so that they can play their favorite games.

This trend is increasing every day and the gamers are moving towards the online platforms to save their progress regularly. The race has just started and it will reach its peak in the coming years. If you want to become a giant in this industry, you must start your gaming site today. Here are some helpful tips that you can bring into action to start your own online gaming site.

Hiring an expert developer or becoming one

Only an expert game developer can help run an online gaming website successfully. If you want to run a successful site, you must consider hiring a game developer today but you must keep in mind that hiring a game developer is quite expensive. If you can’t afford to hire a game developer, you must start learning game development yourself. It may take some time but the results will be extremely amazing as you won’t have to rely on someone to make changes to your site.

Preparing a team of friends

You don’t have enough money to start a gaming site and promote it properly. You may ask different friends to become your partner and learn different skills that are important for starting and promoting the site successfully.

Visiting different sites

Before you think of starting your own gaming site, you must take a look at other gaming sites that are running nowadays so that you may design something more creative and appealing. You must think from a gamer’s perspective that what kind of things a gamer wants on a gaming site.

Reliable hosting

You must consider buying the hosting from a reliable hosting provider that may not let you down at any phase of your journey. There are plenty of hosting providers available these days but you must only choose the one that is committed to providing the excellent quality services to their customers.

Offer Free Games

You must start your site by offering free games because if you started promoting paid games in the beginning, the gamers won’t get attracted to your site as they don’t have any idea of what type of games you’re providing them. You must consider adding the Juegos De Friv Gratis to your site to attract more and more customers.

Promotional Videos

You can create promotional videos of the games you’re providing on your site and then you can post those videos to different online platforms. This will help promote your website quickly after its beginning.…

10 Things Founders Can Do for the Startup Ecosystem

A few months ago, I wrote a blog post about why the ecosystem is important for startup founders. In it, I described some of the reasons your local startup ecosystem can affect you personally and your company’s success. If there is a healthy network of investors, companies, and service providers in an area, everyone benefits.

But what can founders can do to help their local ecosystem flourish?Especially on a startup schedule (and budget), it can be hard to dedicate time or resources to enhancing the common good. Nobody running a new company can afford to be a one-person Chamber of Commerce on the side.

The good news is that it doesn’t have to be that hard. Keeping the local ecosystem in mind when you’re making everyday decisions can help both your company and the startup market in your city grow and prosper.

So here’s a list of things founders can do for their ecosystems, for their companies, and for their own careers.

  1. Stay put. Outside investors and some other entrepreneurs will encourage you to move to the Valley, to New York, or somewhere else. You need to do what’s best for your company, but it’s best for the ecosystem if you stay where you are.
  2. Stay in touch. Being a visible part of the local community keeps the fabric of the community together. People will point at you and say, “See? There are startups in this town.” Go to events, meet other founders, give talks, blog, tweet.
  3. Don’t hide your location. There’s a temptation to hide where your company is, so you’re not stigmatized for it. Avoid that temptation. Most of your real customers don’t care where you are, and those people who do — investors and potential partners — are going to find out anyways. Fly the flag proudly.
  4. Use local products. If another local startup launches a product, use it — visibly. Give feedback to the company. Give it the benefit of the doubt.
  5. Partner with local startups. If you can, find a way to put your company’s prestige behind other local startups. Do they have a widget or some other tool you could put on every user page, say? Try to find synergies that work.
  6. Build a local team. Sure, virtual workgroups work. You want the best, and your company deserves it — even if that team is thousands of miles apart. But if you can, try to find people locally who can do the job as well. If possible, try to convince your remote team members to move to your city. The more talented people there are in your city, the more robust the community becomes.
  7. Be a sponsor. Local events are usually cheap to sponsor. They help to galvanize the community and give it visibility. They also help make talented developers or others feel like there’s “something going on” in your city. There are other things to sponsor: blogs, clubs, hackerspaces.
  8. Mentor. You don’t have to have 4 exits and a global business network to be a mentor. No matter how early you are in the startup process, there are others who are behind you. Give them the benefit of your experience. Even in the most robust ecosystems, there are at most a few dozen people who’ve gone through what you have recently. That experience is like gold to other founders.
  9. Make introductions. Investors need to meet founders, and founders need to meet investors. If you can make an introduction, it may be a key factor in getting someone funded. But that’s not the only introduction that matters: introducing employees, other founders, the press, government officials strengthens the web of connections that forms an ecosystem. It takes a few seconds, but can make a big difference.
  10. Invest. If you have an exit with a decent cash-out, you can help significantly in the local ecosystem by investing (re-investing?) that money in new startups. You don’t have to be a billionaire or carry an entire Series A by yourself — just a $10K seed investment can make the difference between life and death for a new team. Combining your funds with other founders in seed funds or angel groups can stretch your influence.

As I said before, founders have to put their companies first – ahead of other factors like ecosystem. But that doesn’t mean that the interests of your region and of your company can’t be aligned.

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Are Canada’s tax incentives causing startups more harm than good?

The person above, who didn’t want to be named, is referring to one of the government programs that fund R&D activity in Canada. Programs with alphabet soup names like SR&ED and IRAP can repay up to 85% of your developers’ salaries. (Yes, 85%)

Fred Lalonde, an experienced entrepreneur and founder of Hopper Travel, recently said these programs are the devil. And I think he was being nice. Here’s why:

  • These programs create bureaucracy. The government hires technical “experts” to audit companies and decide whether the work they’ve done is innovative enough. To navigate through their requirements and make sure you use the right buzzwords, startups hire consultants (some of them previously employed as the aforementioned government auditors) to prepare their claims. All of this costs money.
  • They’re a distraction. None of the people above add any value to your business. Every minute you spend dealing with them is a minute you could be spending learning about your customers/users, getting to product/market fit or gaining market traction.
  • They create incentives to misalign resources. This is dangerous because it’s insidious. When you’re getting back 85% of your engineering salaries, it’s easy to just throw more engineers at your problems. As a result, Canadian startups have world class engineering teams, but often fall short on the product and user experience side.

I’ve spoken to a several Canadian startup entrepreneurs in the past few weeks about these programs and there is clearly a lot of frustration regarding them. Yet at the same time, there is a reluctancy to discuss the issue publicly for fear of biting the hand that feeds them given the already limited pool of capital available to early stage startups here.

I’ve come to the conclusion that these programs do more harm than good, and it’s time we have an honest conversation about getting rid of them.

But wait, you say, how will our tech industry continue to exist? You can argue it’s time to just drop the crutches and learn to walk. After all, these programs don’t exist in Silicon Valley, yet they seem to be doing just fine.

Or, the government can take that capital and redeploy it in other ways, such as:

  • Investing in venture capital. You don’t want the government investing directly in startups, but they can act as a catalyst by acting as a limited partner in funds managed by people with operational experience. This model has worked in Israel, and Quebec has taken some big steps in this direction recently with the creation of the Teralys Capital fund of funds as well as investing in Real Ventures.
  • Invest in infrastructure that creates conditions for innovation and risk-taking, from universities to places like Notman House in Montreal or MaRS in Toronto.
  • Creating startup friendly tax policies. We give tax holidays to foreign “specialists”; why not do the same for entrepreneurs, or early employees who decide to take the risk on a startup, or angels who invest in them?

What has your experience been with these R&D programs? Should we keep them or replace them, and if so, with what? Let’s get a discussion going in the comments below.

George Favvas is a serial entrepeneur and founder of SmartHippo, a social comparison shopping platform for financial products. This post was republished with permission from George’s blog.

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