I’m a branding expert—and I think most startups spend way too much on branding

Wait to invest in premium branding until you have your strategy locked down. In the meantime, here are 3 tips for getting started.

When you’re building an early-stage startup, it’s tempting to create a jaw-dropping brand from the start—one that immediately distinguishes you from the competition and attracts users, investors, and buzz to your growing company.

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