themillWelcome to The Mill, our weekly roundup of the hottest startup stories and resources to hit the web from last week. Curated by the PAYMILL team, here’s what grabbed our attention this week.

This week in startups

How To Launch A Startup Without Writing Code: Tal Raviv – co-founder of Ecquire – highlights that some successful startups started with with little or no coding at all. What you’ll discover with this post, is when you’re starting the most important thing is proof of concept. And in most cases you can get by with manual labor without the use of sophisticated algorithms to hold back customer acquisition and development. After reading this post you’ll realise there really isn’t any excuse not to start executing your awesome business idea.

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5 Creative Ways to Drive More Traffic to Your Blog Posts: Seriously who wouldn’t want more traffic to their blog? I’d be the first to admit that I’m a Google Analytics junkie. But regardless of the amount of visitors your blog is attracting, there’s always room for improvement. Over at Social Media Examiner, Kimberly Reynolds identifies five creative ways for you to increase your online reach.

Here’s how to show VCs what your competition looks like: A veteran of Silicon Valley, Steve Blank got started with entrepreneurship way back in 1978 and is also author of The Four Steps to the Epiphany. Needless to say, Blank knows a thing or two about startups. In this post, he presents a different way for you to illustrate your competitive landscape to investors. Discover all the details over at VentureBeat to make sure you don’t miss a beat when pitching.

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95 Ways to find your first customers: If you’ve ever wondered where on earth you can find your first customers, then Jason Evanish has got you covered. In this extensive list post, Evanish covers some practical ideas you can put to good use within five minutes. Definitely worth a look if you want to find out what your customers really think.

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The Lean Hardware Startup: From Prototype To Production:Cyril Ebersweiler – founder of hardware startup accelerator HAXLR8R – examines how the lean startup methodology can be applied to hardware projects. While the lean startup primarily focused on software products, Ebersweiler delivers several examples how startups in his accelerator have been lean.

Finland Eyes Programming Classes for Elementary School Students: Soon we could have a host of elementary school children hacking away from Finland. While in some ways this gives me the creeps, it is nevertheless a step in the right direction. Considering kids these are being brought up with digital device and how encompassing the technology is in our live, only makes sense that coding be offered as a course at school.

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