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Equity for Early Employees in Early Stage Startups


I was asked by a reader how much equity he should give out to early employees and to service providers in a very early stage startup. million. Not bad.

Why I Quit My Job to Start a Tech Company

Vinicius Vacanti

billion fund called Quadrangle Group. It was just my third year out of college and I made a little over $250,000. There was only one little issue.

Color Wheels are wrong? How color vision actually works

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

Color theory is a little obsession of mine. You’re here for startup advice, but this week I’m taking an indulgence.  Artists get it wrong.

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Digging Deeper into Lean Business Model Canvases

Instigator Blog

If you haven’t seen it, check out his recent presentation: When the Boardroom is Bits. More specifically, they don’t go deep enough.

Hacking Angel List | VentureArchetypes Blog: Seed Stage Capital

Seed Stage Capital

7 Tips For Raising Startup Capital AngelList is an amazing thing. No, let me rephrase that-- AngelList is a freakin' phenomenon.

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The Pay-It-Forward Culture

Steve Blank

——-. We’re all in this together – The Chips are Down. We’re all in this together – A Computer in every Home. Steve Jobs and Robert Noyce.

Do You Have the Mentality to Manage a Startup?

Startup Professionals Musings

Actually, it’s more complicated than that, but that’s a good start. But it’s easier for me to look in from the outside than it is for you to look out.

The Innovator’s Secret Weapon

47 Hats

By Jarie Bolander. Founder, EnduranceLeader.com. Thomas Edison was famous for saying: Invention is 1% Inspiration and 99% Perspiration. Guest Posts

32 Questions Developers May Have Forgot to Ask a Startup Founder


Almost every day I'm talking to early stage startup founders (see Free Startup CTO Consulting Sessions ) about what they plan to do. Partners? Comps?

The Long Grind Before You Become an Overnight Success

Vinicius Vacanti

Hustling from our shared workspace cubicles. “So, what do you do?&#. hated that question. The Grind. What did we have to show for it? Nothing.

The unfortunate math behind consulting companies

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

Consulting can be a great way to fund a startup or make a bunch of cash. It’s easy to start; Just pick an hourly rate and jump in. What to do?

Lessons Learned Launching a Lean Startup Accelerator

Instigator Blog

Year One Labs is a Lean Startup accelerator. Since our launch we’ve co-created and invested in 5 startups (which was our target number).

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What Should You Do When An Investor Asks You For A Business Plan?

Ask The VC

Dan Shapiro has an excellent post up titled What to do when an investor asks you for your business plan. In it he addresses something we missed in Venture Deals: Be Smarter Than Your Lawyer and Venture Capitalist. In the section where we discuss business plans, we say: “We haven’t read a business plan in over 20 years.

How Much Money To Raise

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Image via Wikipedia. spent some time yesterday talking to an entrepreneur about this topic and I thought I'd share what I told him with everyone.

The Best Vacation Responder Ever

Feld Thoughts

I go off the grid four times a year for a week at a time. During these weeks I put up a vacation reminder that says I’m off the grid, not checking email or phone, but if it’s an emergency I can be found by my assistant Kelly. My blackberry will be with me and I can respond if I need to. Powerful – and fucking brilliant.

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Why You Need to Take 50 Coffee Meetings

Both Sides of the Table

50 coffee meetings. It should stick in your head as a metaphor for networking. For getting outside of your comfort zone. Recruiting. Job Hunting.

Hiring – Easy as Pie

Steve Blank

Over the last few weeks I’ve gotten involved in hiring for two startups, a public agency and a non profit. Don’t even start with the job spec.

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7 Reasons Big-Company Executives Fail in a Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

In reality, very few executives or professional stars from large corporations thrive in the early-stage startup environment. Never cover your a$$.

Your startup needs a pre-launch signup landing page

47 Hats

[After last week's post on A prelaunch page for your startup , Josh Ledgard of KickoffLabs reached out to point out his alternative. by Josh Ledgard.

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Branchout an Example of Viral Spread Opportunity for Startups


The purpose of Branchout is helping people to network their way to jobs. But that's not the focus of this post. That's impressive growth!

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Stop Saying ‘Let me know when works for you’

Vinicius Vacanti

You will often get introduced via email or you are cold-emailing them. Suggest Possible Times. Suggest Meeting Location or Phone Number.

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How cold calling (properly) works better than AdWords

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

(Powered by LaunchBit ). Tweet. --> This is a guest post from Robert Graham — a solo bootstrapper who  blogs about the experience. He is a Ph.D.

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Don’t Sell Technology, Sell Magic

Instigator Blog

Tech startups aren’t in the technology business. Startups need to sell magic. Most don’t care. They don’t need to. That’s it.

Great Startups Can Hook an Investor in 60 Seconds


An “ elevator pitch ” is a concise, well-practiced description of your startup and your plan, delivered with conviction and enthusiasm, that your mother should be able to understand in the time it would take to ride up an elevator. Everybody knows about these, but few people seem to deliver a good one. About 150-225 words. It won’t work.

The Oxymoron of Small Business Social Media Marketing

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Social marketers have a complex yet unique combination of traits that make them true artists in their field. That’s why I call it an oxymoron. 

The Silent Killers

Feld Thoughts

On my run yesterday in Central Park, I was thinking about the characteristics of some of my favorite companies. Suddenly a phrase popped into my head about what ties all of these companies together – they are the silent killers. When I look at the Foundry Group portfolio , we’ve got a bunch of them in it. They just do it.

Lead, Follow or Get the Fuck Out of the Way

Both Sides of the Table

Today’s post courtesy of the Dave McClure school of vocabulary. About a month ago I was meeting with a seasoned entrepreneur. It happens.

The Government Starts an Incubator: The National Science Foundation Innovation Corps

Steve Blank

Over the last two months the U.S. government has been running one of the most audacious experiments in entrepreneurship since World War II. Say what?

10 Preparation Steps to Win an Angel Investment

Startup Professionals Musings

Every new startup I know dreams of being funded by an angel investor. Line up an experienced team. Get your Internet domain name and website.

Your Financial Model Is A Work Of Fiction; Build It Anyway

Seed Stage Capital

Startup Financials Series Startup financial models are a pain in the ass. They take a ton of time to build. They are complex and often messy.


How to Hunt Programmers for Your Startup - A Field Guide


This post is admittedly the outcome of a conversation with a few people over some beers. So, please take this in the spirit intended. Is it big data?

How To Get Your First 1,000 Users

Vinicius Vacanti

The good news is that it’s easier than you think to get 1,000 people to try your site. Get Yourself a Domain Name and a Splash Page. HackerNews.

Hiring Employee #1

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

(Powered by LaunchBit ). There’s already a lot of great advice about hiring at little startups. Or therapy. Potential earnings (e.g. Why so long?

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Small Features

Instigator Blog

But are small features really that easy to build? Small features are not necessarily easily to build. Session Lock is below the list of participants.