Startup Boards

Both Sides of the Table

Startups that are backed by professional financial investors almost always have a Board of Directors that consists of some set of founders, investors and sometimes independent directors. It is worth pointing out that there are actually three levels of governance in venture-backed startups.

5 Misconceptions You Should Know About Before Launching Your Tech Startup


With multibillion-dollar tech companies and growth startups making headlines left and right, it’s natural to want to get a piece of the action. The post 5 Misconceptions You Should Know About Before Launching Your Tech Startup appeared first on ReadWrite. Startups startups tips

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5 Startup Cost Realities Most Founders Underestimate

Startup Professionals Musings

It’s amazing how fast your startup will outgrow your garage or home office. Every startup I know, in this changing world, has incurred delays and strategy pivots before they zero-in on the best customer solution and business model. costs new venture startups underestimate

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Playing Startup

View from Seed

I’ve observed what may be an emerging trend, at least in some startups, that I find somewhat unsettling. But I think it’s important to discuss, particularly given today’s heady environment for startups. But I’ve witnessed more and more “playing startup” in recent months.

10 Realities Today Cause Startups To Bypass An IPO

Startup Professionals Musings

In the old days, every entrepreneur dreamed of easily taking their startup public, and making it big. Today the rate of startups going public (IPO – Initial Public Offering) is up from the dead zone, but is still half the rate back before 2000. high risk IPO startup

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10 Keys To Surviving From A Startup To An Enterprise

Startup Professionals Musings

Very few startups are cash-rich enough to self-finance aggressive second-stage growth. Many startups are family businesses, and these don’t need to be grown into large enterprises. daniel weinfurter enterprise startup survive

10 Startup Quandaries That May Redefine Your Business

Startup Professionals Musings

Most entrepreneurs struggle with many startup founders quandaries in building their business, and these key dilemmas are probably the biggest source of pain and failure for the entrepreneur lifestyle. Otherwise exit and startup with another idea. dilemma Noam Wasserman startup

Startup Benchmarks

VC Cafe

Top-line metrics are indicators of success, not the one bar to clear to raise funding for your startup. 500 Startups created a helpful primer on key B2C metrics. Benchmarks for deep tech startups.

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10 Keys To A Startup Surviving The First Five Years

Startup Professionals Musings

The “valley of death” is a common term in the startup world, referring to the difficulty of covering the negative cash flow in the early stages of a startup, before their new product or service is bringing in revenue from real customers. Join a startup incubator.

8 Major Legal Risks Faced By Startups


One of the biggest mistakes made by new business owners is not to engage startup legal services to handle possible issues for their new venture. Beginning an enterprise needs planning not only for marketing and growing the business but also to eliminate the legal risks faced by startups.

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When Planning A Startup, A Top Priority Is Location

Startup Professionals Musings

Even in this age of globalization and virtualization, the geographic area where you choose to live and work can still make or break your startup business. Of course, there are always exceptions, but how much added risk do you need for your startup? business location questions startup

The Startup Bubble

Start Up Blog

There are few things any established industrial economy needs more of than new businesses, but I’m here to say that ‘startups’ might not be the answer. So, what is a startup? The post The Startup Bubble appeared first on Steve Sammartino.

Technical Writers are Vital for Technology Startups


The post Technical Writers are Vital for Technology Startups appeared first on ReadWrite. Entrepreneurs Startups Tech Technical Writer technical writers startupA technology start-up without a Technical Writer is similar to a new small business without a marketing plan.

“Nail It Then Scale It” - The New Mantra For Startups

Startup Professionals Musings

I found their five phases of the process to be compelling, based on my own years of experience mentoring startups: Nail the pain. Only then is it time to focus on the get-big-fast strategy, and the transformation of three key areas from startup to a managed growth company.

Job vs. Startup

VC Cafe

Last week, I spoke to a group of students at London Business School about what makes Israel a unique startup ecosystem and our approach to venture at Remagine Ventures. What should I do between school and founding a startup? It can be with a corporate or a startup.

Building a Startup Culture that Encourages Wellness


Tight deadlines and thin margins force employees to do more with less and to put in unreasonable hours to keep a startup functioning as it attempts to gain traction […]. The post Building a Startup Culture that Encourages Wellness appeared first on ReadWrite.

5 Problems To Solve With Unlimited Startup Potential

Startup Professionals Musings

Image via jisc Potential startup founders are always looking for ideas to implement, when they should be looking for problems to solve. Luckily, many startups are smart enough to keep morphing their idea, until it finally fits a real-world problem, and they can move forward in the marketplace.

Tariffs and Hardware Startups

Feld Thoughts

It also became apparent, almost right away, that startups had a huge disadvantage over larger companies that had significant U.S. Once I accepted the reality that the startups were going to have to pay the tariffs directly, that they had little control on what the tariffs would be, how and when they would change, and whether or not they’d get exemptions, I started operating under the assumption that 100% of the cost associated with the tariff would fall on the startup.

If These Quotes Could Be You, Don’t Try A New Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

entrepreneur happiness lifestyle quotes startupSome people are not cut out to be entrepreneurs. This is a good thing, or the business world would be chaos, with everyone trying to do their own thing. So what about you?

How Minnesota Became the Land of 10,000 Startups


The post How Minnesota Became the Land of 10,000 Startups appeared first on ReadWrite. Startups minnesota startups twin citiesMinnesota is no stranger to big business. It’s home to such names as Target, Best Buy, General Mills, and Ecolab — all of which have made their homes in Minnesota for generations and have become a source of pride. But a new industry — technology — is taking Minnesota by storm, boosting the local economy […].

6 Settings When Ready-Aim-Fire May Doom Your Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

Yet I believe that many more have benefited from this approach, especially in early startup stages. Lonnie Sciambi ready-aim-fire ready-fire-aim startup

5 Startup Intangibles That Can Energize Your Business

Startup Professionals Musings

While these may be necessary for funding, they may not be sufficient to make your startup the great success embodied in your vision. A startup needs to find a voice relevant to its ecosystem. A startup must gain balanced traction. A startup must maintain a relevant laser focus.

The Average Startup Overnight Success Takes Six Years

Startup Professionals Musings

Every startup founder knows implicitly that startup success is a long hard road. overnight success Seth Godin startupYet we always dream that we are the exception to the rule. So once in a while it’s good to look at some facts to temper our imagination.

High Functioning vs. Low Functioning Startup Boards

Both Sides of the Table

This is part of a series on a Board of Directors at a Startup. High Functioning Startup Boards High-functioning boards have a tight-knit relationship between all members based on mutual trust and admiration. Want to read more about Startup Boards ? startup

Is the Lean Startup Dead?

Steve Blank

Reading the NY Times article “ Jeffrey Katzenberg Raises $1 Billion for Short-Form Video Venture, ” I realized it was time for a new startup heuristic: the amount of customer discovery and product-market fit you need to find is inversely proportional to the amount and availability of risk capital. It’s the antithesis of the Lean Startup. Startups wrote business plans, generated expansive 5-year forecasts and executed (hired, spent and built) to the plan.

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Is Artificial Intelligence Still Relevant for Startups?


For context, consider the London-based VC firm MMC who found that about 40% of European AI startups don’t use AI in any tangible way. So begs the question, is artificial intelligence still relevant for startups? Larger entities and new startups have the same needs. .

How New Tech Startups Can Differentiate Themselves


These are important considerations, especially for AI and IoT startups tinkering with revolutionary new technologies. The post How New Tech Startups Can Differentiate Themselves appeared first on ReadWrite. Startups Tech

Lessons On Startup Success From An Olympic Champion

Startup Professionals Musings

The best entrepreneurs always believe their startups will thrive despite the odds. entrepreneur nikki stone olympic champion startup turtles flyWillingness to take a risk is the hallmark of a serious entrepreneur.

Creating the Next Big Startup Takes More Than Passion

Startup Professionals Musings

Every aspiring entrepreneur I know is convinced that his or her idea could be the next big startup, blossoming into a billion dollar unicorn. Then just build a solid plan, find a great team to implement, and execute well to build the next big startup, have fun, and leave a great legacy.

Is Winter coming for startups?

VC Cafe

With the financial crisis meltdown, it was clear that “winter is coming” for startups. What would a recession look like for startups in 2020? 11 years ago Sequoia released the “ RIP Good Times ” Presentation.

10,000 Startups – Startup Weekend Next

Steve Blank

Today we are announcing the biggest entrepreneurial program ever launched – Startup Weekend Next. Our goal– to inspire, educate and empower hundred’s of thousands of entrepreneurs and help create 10,000 startups. The result – Startup Weekend Next.

7 Essentials Your Online Startup Needs to Follow


Starting an online business requires you to be extremely smart because 9 out of 10 startups fail and just 10 percent are lucky to enjoy the sweet taste of success. But there are essentials your online startup needs to follow.

Lean Startup Interns Needed!

Grasshopper Herder

Learning how to coach startups, Learn how accelerators work and how to improve them, Interview thought leaders, Research and write case studies. Lean Enterprise Lean Startups interns internship

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Trademark Protection for Startups


As a startup one of your most important assets is your brand and that brand is usually embodied in your company name and logo. The post Trademark Protection for Startups appeared first on ReadWrite. Branding Grow Marketing ReadWrite Startups Web

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Pitfalls To Avoid During Your Startup Phase


Everyone has to start somewhere, and while some people’s luck is undoubtedly significantly better than others, for the majority of people, startups are usually as bootstrapped and painful as possible. In the beginning of a startup there is a phase called “proof of concept”.

Seek Support Organizations Based On Startup Stage

Startup Professionals Musings

It’s helpful to think of startups as proceeding through several stages, which I have defined some time ago from a funding perspective. Their real value is your access to senior advisors with experience, and other startups in the same stage.

8 Key Skill Sets Required For Success In Your Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

In my experience in large businesses as well as years of advising startups, I see far too much focus on product skills, and too little on people and process skills. Anthony Iannarino skill set startup success

Startup Stock Options – Why A Good Deal Has Gone Bad

Steve Blank

VC’s have just changed the ~50-year old social contract with startup employees. In doing so they may have removed one of the key incentives that made startups different from working in a large company. For most startup employee’s startup stock options are now a bad deal.

7 Ways College Degrees Can Expedite Startup Success

Startup Professionals Musings

Get involved in startup-business incubator activities with peers at school. college degree entrepreneur startup success

8 Ways To Ensure Team Accountability In Your Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

In big businesses, people are quick to defer with “that’s not my department,” and even startup founders too often blame failures on the economy or the lack of investors. accountability John Miller startup team

6 Harsh Truths About Startup Life

YFS Magazine

It's hard to differentiate startup myths from startup reality. Plan starting a business startup adviceHere's a cold hard look at the facts to prepare you for what it takes to start a business.

8 Steps To Assembling The Most Talented Startup Team

Startup Professionals Musings

1099 economy Lisa Hufford on-demand teams startup talent shiftWith the pace of change ever escalating, entrepreneurs today can’t afford to acquire talent through traditional hiring alone, and need to revise the perception that “talent” is only full-time employees.

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Playing Startup

Agile VC

I’ve observed what may be an emerging trend, at least in some startups, that I find somewhat unsettling. But I think it’s important to discuss, particularly given today’s heady environment for startups. The post Playing Startup appeared first on AGILEVC