Fri.Feb 15, 2013

Equity basics: vesting, cliffs, acceleration, and exits

The Startup Toolkit

false As a cheatsheet, the “normal” equity structure is: Founder terms: 4 year vesting, 1 year cliff, for everyone, including you. Advisor terms ( 0.5–2.0% 2.0% ) : 4 year vesting, optional cliff, full acceleration on exit. Getting equity structures right.

Engine. Where Startups Come Together

Feld Thoughts

I’ve regularly blog about patent trolls harassing startups and impeding innovation, the experiences of immigrant founders, and the battle for a free internet. While I’m fortunate to have this blog, and other writing opportunities as a platform to give voice to these stories, I also realize that to really have a meaningful impact, we need the startup community to be involved in government. That’s where Engine Advocacy comes in.

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10 R’s of Motivation Every Entrepreneur Should Know

Startup Professionals Musings

One of the keys to maximizing the productivity of your team, as well as yourself, is motivation. It has been estimated that the average team member at any given time works at less than 50% of his capacity.

The 4 Steps To Negotiating Winning Business Deals

Mike Michalowicz

If you don’t know how to negotiate the right way , you don’t know how to negotiate at all. Are you the person who always gets their way, no matter what? You are a horrible negotiator. Do you offer your best deal right off the bat, only to get cut down even further? You too, are a horrible negotiator.

1-man startups

Venture Hacks

The AngelList team is roughly organized into 1-(wo)man startups. That means we expect you to treat your project like a startup. You come up with the idea, do the design, write the code, release it, market it, support customers, collect external and internal feedback and then get to work on the next version. We also expect you to work directly with our business partners like SecondMarket, VC funds and incubators. We don’t hire people who just want to code.

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1-(wo)man startups

Venture Hacks

The AngelList team is roughly organized into 1-(wo)man startups. That means we expect you to treat your project like a startup. You come up with the idea, do the design, write the code, release it, market it, support customers, collect external and internal feedback and then get to work on the next version. We also expect you to work directly with our business partners like SecondMarket, VC funds and incubators. We don’t hire people who just want to code.

8 Ways to Be a Courageous Leader

Inc Startups

As leadership traits go, courage is the big one. It comes from facing and overcoming fear. And the reward for that effort couldn't be bigger.

In a Time When Authors Rule the Web

Duct Tape Marketing

About a year and a half ago I warned bloggers and content creators to take author markup and authority and Google+ seriously. Google was making under the hood noise about attaching authority to content published by individuals based on a variety of factors.

3 Reasons to Treat Employees Like Family

Inc Startups

Applying some basic family principles to your employees can go a long way to improving loyalty and retention--especially during tough times. When starting a business, your main objective usually involves turning a profit.

The Good News ? You're Really Successful! The Bad News ? You're Really Successful!

Small Business Force

Most of my blog posts are focused on keeping you out of trouble.This one is focused on that "oh, s**t" moment of extraordinary success that, hopefully, some of you will someday have. Success is often a two-edged sword.

Make Your Writing Pop: 8 Tips

Inc Startups

With email and social media, everyone writes all the time now. Are you any good at it? Here are eight ways to improve. If you didn't have to write much before, you sure do now. Writing is pervasive in everything we do.

Take Risks. It’s Hard To Embarrass Yourself

Mike Michalowicz

It is a shame that so many entrepreneurs are afraid to take risks for the fear of permanent embarrassment. Instead of doing something edgy and new, they sit safely on the sideline. They never get hurt or embarrassed, but they never get into the game either.

5 Women-Led Start-ups to Watch

Inc Startups

Female founders in Silicon Valley spent their Valentine's Day pitching their big ideas at the Women 2.0 start-up competition. For many women in Silicon Valley, there was no chocolate or romance to be had on Valentine's Day. And that was just fine with them. Women 2.0

Top 8 Best Business Schools in the World

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

Going to the right business school can give you a huge advantage over the competition. By attending one of the best business schools, entrepreneurs can gain critical business skills and increase entrepreneurial opportunities.

Reality Check: 5 Entrepreneurial Myths Busted

Inc Startups

In many ways, starting a business will be nothing like what you expect. One founder reflects on his top five reality checks. Entrepreneurs spend a ton of time learning about how to grow a business--but not nearly enough time questioning whether they should start one in the first place.

Top 8 Best Business Schools in the US

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

Going to the right business school can give you a huge advantage over the competition. By attending one of the best business schools, entrepreneurs can gain critical business skills and increase entrepreneurial opportunities.

2 Kinds of Leadership: Are You a Steve Jobs or a Jack Welch?

Inc Startups

Determine your leadership style and you can figure out the best way to approach change. Great leaders are hard to come by, and they often seem to have more differences than similarities. Some are smooth; some are gruff. Some are aggressive; some excel at politicking.

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Twitter Link Roundup #166 – Small Business, Social Media, Design, Copywriting, Marketing And More

crowdSPRING Blog

Every day on the crowdSPRING Twitter account and on my own Twitter account , I post links to posts or videos I enjoyed reading or viewing. These posts and videos are about logo design , web design , startups, entrepreneurship, small business, leadership, social media, marketing, and more!

5 Mistakes You're Making Online

Inc Startups

For a powerful online presence, what you don't do is as important as what you should be doing. Packing a powerful presence online is about more than what you should do--sometimes it’s also about what you need to stop doing. Here are five major missteps that are worth double-checking: 1.

I’m not saying no one is going to the Microsoft stores, but…

Jeff Hilimire

But everytime I see one, its empty. And at the same time, the Apple Store is almost always pretty full. These pictures were taken at 10:30am on a weekday at the same mall. Technology

Gary Vaynerchuk: The Hardest Working Man in Social Media

Inc Startups

s Scott Gerber corners the wine and social media entrepreneur for a heart-to-heart talk about life, Twitter, and the most valuable thing in business

Elect Yourself President

Up and Running

This Monday is Presidents’ Day in the U.S. and in the spirit of the holiday we want to celebrate our favorite presidents and leaders. Namely: you! We appreciate Lincoln’s brilliant plans, FDR’s innovative new deals, and entrepreneurs’ dynamic business plans.

Photos Are Social Media Gold

Inc Startups

Here are five ways to use images to grow your follower base on social media. Pictures and images make everything better, especially online. I don't know about you, but I'd much rather see something visual than read a big block of text.

Game Consoles: The Last Remaining Walled Garden

Andrew Payne

The reddit user kmesithax wrote a brilliant comment yesterday about the realities of game console development, describing the tools and costs: Well, no, there is no OpenGL or any graphics API for that matter, it’s all some stupid low-level hardware API that you have to tickle to get any 3D rendering to work. So let’s say you get over your initial API shock, you have a decent handle on what all the little libraries do, and you wanna buy some development hardware now. Well, uh, okay.

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World's Dumbest Rebrand?

Inc Startups

There have been some dreadful rebrandings in the past, but this one takes the cake. I once thought it was impossible to come up with a worse idea than Netflix's attempt to rebrand itself as "Quikster. " Boy, was I wrong. Get this: "Buy.com" is changing its name to "Rakuten.com."

[Infographic] Silicon Valley Engineering Salaries In 2012

YoungUpstarts

2012 has proved to be a great year for developers – at least as far as financial compensation goes. The continuing tech boom has resulted in strong competition for top engineering talent, resulting in a subsequent upward surge in salary scales as well. But how much has it grown?

3 Things You Need to Know About E-Commerce in 2013

Inc Startups

A comScore report released yesterday outlined the big e-commerce, e-marketing, and web start-up trends of 2012 and predictions for 2013.

Reaktor POLTE Makes Their First Investment Into Helsinki Based Ninchat

ArcticStartup

Reaktor is not your average software house, they have been winning “best place to work” awards in Finland and Europe left and right and have a very impressive track record.

Why You Need Marketing Automation Software

Inc Startups

Don't know what marketing automation software is? This sales tool will help you turn prospects into buying customers. Businesses invest a great deal of thought and effort in maintaining the all-important online customer experience.

The #1 Way to Improve Client Satisfaction

Early Growth Financial Services

The best way to improve your client satisfaction is by providing clients with the exact product or service they want. And how do you do that? By understanding your clients: what do they need and want and, of equal importance, what don’t they need and want. That may sound obvious in theory, but it is sometimes challenging to execute on. I know this from personal experience.

Founders: Do These 3 Things First

Inc Startups

Sure, it's easy to get overwhelmed. But here are three things all entrepreneurs need to do right out of the gate. If you’re new business is showing some healthy vital signs and getting some serious chatter, chances are that just glancing at your to-do list is enough to give you a headache.

Helsinki-Based StyleLoving Gives Users A Social Fashion Shopping Platform

ArcticStartup

Helsinki has another Fashion startup popping up within its borders. StyleLoving is a new social startup that helps you collect the fashion items you find in one place.

Customer Service, Holistically

Inc Startups

Two online platforms that help small businesses respond to customer commentary. These days, customer communication comes in many forms, including phone calls, emails, and tweets. Whatever the medium, online customer service platforms make it easier to field and respond to questions and complaints.

The virtuous cycle of transparency

The Equity Kicker

I just read this quote from Jeff Weiner, CEO of LinkedIn: I’ve come to learn there is a virtuous cycle to transparency and a very vicious cycle of obfuscation.