Open Source Startup: Contents & Introduction

This is something I've been wanting to write for a while. One of the frustrating things about a South African startup journey is the lack of open source material to help you along the way. I'm not talking about code - there's plenty of that. I'm talking about the nuts and bolts of building a business: contracts, cashflows, policies and procedures.

In the US, you can download a term sheet, pitch deck and employment contract - from multiple sources. Here, it's a little tougher.

Over the next few months, I'm going to be sharing some sanitised versions of some of the documentation and processes that we've used to build forgood into SA's largest corporate volunteering platform. It's a fairly typical SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) SME - just playing in the new social enterprise space.

Hopefully these posts help you in some way. I'll answer any questions I can on @andyhadfield and if there's something in particular you'd like me to cover, leave a comment. I'm not going to claim that these are perfect. And they might not be perfect for you (in fact, apply a broad disclaimer that if you're unsure, consult the right professional before implementing anything). But the more we share, the more we grow the startup scene in South Africa.

Our challenges should be creating the right products for the right markets at the right time, not agonising over a Department of Labour audit.

This introductory post will also serve as a Table of Contents for the series. I'll update it as we go along...

Open Source Startup: Templates & Processes for Building Businesses in South Africa

1. Employment Contract Template for South Africa

2. Performance Management Framework

3. Cashflow Template

4. Investor Pitch Decks

5. Investor Report Templates

6. Shareholders Agreement and Memorandum of Incorporation Templates

7. Disciplinary Policies - Surviving South Africa's Labour Law

8. Tools, Tools Everywhere and You Probably Only Need a Few

9. Codifying Company Culture

10. The Open Startup Movement

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