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5 Things Startups Should Never Do

5 Things Startups Should Never Do

| November 19, 2012 | 3 Comments

Despite the odds stacked against the success of startups, the allure of the occasional startup success story keeps inspiring other entrepreneurs to try their hands at a high growth business venture. We’ve put together a list of five actions startups should never take in order to have the best odds at having success. Settle for […]

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Are You a Startup Porn Addict?

Are You a Startup Porn Addict?

| November 1, 2012 | 8 Comments

Startup porn, simply put, is a collection of entertaining, stimulating, and worthless activities that distract an entrepreneur from focusing on what really matters, hindering future achievements. When I first started as an entrepreneur, I spent time on the damnedest things. I obsessed about logo colors, the right type of phone system for our office, and […]

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How to Negotiate Your Equity Compensation in VC-Backed Startups

How to Negotiate Your Equity Compensation in VC-Backed Startups

| October 24, 2012 | 0 Comments

In our work at venture-backed startups, we are amazed at how hard new employees will negotiate pay, benefits, workspace, duties, titles, etc. and just totally accept their equity compensation. So, we have prepared six questions that will make you look really smart and help you understand your equity compensation.  It may also make you a […]

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How to Showcase Your Startup without Giving Everything Away

How to Showcase Your Startup without Giving Everything Away

| August 10, 2012 | 1 Comment

Entrepreneurs may find it difficult to garner enthusiasm for their ventures without giving away everything involved, but by maintaining a simple and to-the-point description of their new enterprises, entrepreneurs can “tease” potential clients and investors without exposing the whole idea upfront. The use of advertising, modeling, and promotional materials can lend a helping hand to […]

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Going after the “American Dream”: Starting a Business as an Immigrant

Going after the “American Dream”: Starting a Business as an Immigrant

| August 6, 2012 | 1 Comment

I came to the U.S. from Colombia like many immigrants do: I was looking to find my “American Dream” and have the chance to take part in all life has to offer here.As with any move of significance, there are not only logistical changes, but cultural ones. Running a business in Colombia and overseeing one […]

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8 Common Legal Mistakes That Startups Make

8 Common Legal Mistakes That Startups Make

| July 2, 2012 | 10 Comments

When you decide to start up a company it can be very exciting yet exhausting at the same time. You are filled with joy but at the same time you can’t wait to get everything started and going as well. Throughout the process there are some things that you may accidentally forget or even do […]

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How To Hire the Best Employees For Your Young Startup

How To Hire the Best Employees For Your Young Startup

| May 10, 2012 | 3 Comments

Hiring your first staff as a young entrepreneur and business owner is crucial to determining how far you go with growing your company. You have certain challenges as a young business owner looking to hire great talent to work for you. The earlier you know of these challenges and how to overcome them the better […]

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Please Don’t Try to Build the Next Instagram

Please Don’t Try to Build the Next Instagram

| April 15, 2012 | 15 Comments

2 years of work…  $1 billion payout… In an instant, this became the dream of thousands of young, enthusiastic entrepreneurs.  Instagram was founded in 2010.  They built a relatively simple photo sharing application, gained traction, raised capital, continued to grow, found a buyer (Facebook) at just the right time, and cashed out big time.  Sounds […]

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How to Budget Your Startups Tech Needs

How to Budget Your Startups Tech Needs

| February 7, 2012 | 6 Comments

More and more startups these days have a technology component to their business. And then for some, technology is not only core to their business, but the foundation of it. But while tech has reduced or altogether eliminated many of the barriers to entry that existed even 10 years ago, not every business owner has […]

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8 NYC Startups to Watch. Which Catches Your Eye?

8 NYC Startups to Watch. Which Catches Your Eye?

| December 18, 2011 | 3 Comments

December 8th, 2011. I’m at the last Ultra Light Startups meetup of 2011, and hoping for a good set of pitches to finish off a great year. Every once in a while, there are pitches that wow you and other times, the pitches are just lukewarm. After attending a few of these meetups, I noticed […]

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