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Most Common Early Start-up Mistakes

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This is part of my ongoing series “ Start-up Lessons. &#  If you want to subscribe to my RSS feed please click here or to get my blog by email click here. Imagine you pour 5 years of your life into your next gig and it starts to become successful. Starting with 25% is even harder. Start building your team early. 9.

Austin Start-up MailLift Joins 500 Startups

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I met fellow hustler Brian Curliss about 2 years ago at a Startup Weekend event that I was covering. So what is  MailLift ?

Start-ups are all Naked in the Mirror

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This is part of my ongoing series Startup Lessons. Building companies is hard work.  I started my first company in 1999 in London at the height of the dot com craze.  We also had facilities in Dublin, Ireland where our company was initially founded. One of my closest friend (our CFO) left the company.  It didn’t add up to me.

The seven attributes of a highly successful start–up CEO

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By David Friedman. I met Kirsten Mangers several years ago after she successfully sold her startup, Webvisible.   Culture Maven. Growth!

Wearable World Labs Partners With Technicolor to Accelerate Wearable Tech & IOT Start­ups

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His center will be the go-to place for startups and corporations to collaborate in a move to create products that change the world.

How to Work with Lawyers at a Startup

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Many people start companies arse backwards.  Your contractor wrote a great V1 of the product and it helped you get angel funding. 

The best advice startups will never follow

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Starting up Raising moneyLet me tell you a few short hair-raising stories of entrepreneurs who have raised money and regretted it later. 

The Fallacy of Channels: Startups Beware

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This is part of my ongoing series on startup advice but also filed under my sales & marketing posts. They help prospect deals together.

Momstamp Looks To Connect Mothers, Help With Referrals

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The startup says it hopes to make it easier for parents to search for everything from plumbers, to dentists, to math tutors. READ MORE>>.

Want to Know the Difference Between a CTO and a VP Engineering?

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But I do have more insight into understanding your startup team. Let’s start with the basics. Every great tech startup needs one.

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How Amavitae Wants To Help Youth Find A Career They'll Love

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To help fix that, the startup has created a mobile app to guide people through their strengths, interests, key skills, and more to guide them along the way to a career they'll love. How did this start? Deborah Ramo: The group of us who started the company are all very interested in solving problems. What brought you here?

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After 20 years: Updating the Berkus Method of valuation

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For example, in Silicon Valley, a “big data” startup might competitively call for a $1.5 Starting up Raising moneyIgnition!

Don’t be a Grin Fucker

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But then I started to see it happening internally. grew up and played sports all my life. All startups are hard. Me: “LOL.

Colony Logic: Helping The Enterprise Overcome Legacy Systems

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It''s not often that startups come out of the gate, backed by a private equity investor. The company is focused on the enterprise software area.

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Should Your Startup Have an Advisory Board?

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This is part of my ongoing series Startup Advice.  If you plan to set one up – no problem.  So do advisory boards really add value? 

Who Should you Hire at a Startup?

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This is part of my ongoing posts on  Startup Advice.  Tags: Start-up Advice startup technology You’re stressed.

Staff Ranker: Helping Hospitality Businesses Better Manage Workers

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How did you start the company? We help district managers when they do audits of their stores. It turns out, it''s not so easy. Thanks!

Arborbridge Helps International Students With Test Prep

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Hoping to help foreign students better prepare themselves to get into U.S. colleges, a new, Santa Monica startup, ArborBridge , has recently begun to ramp up its online tutoring service for the standardized SAT and ACT tests. READ MORE>>. arborbridge international test prep testing standardized college university admissions

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How Card.com Is Helping To Power The Branchless Banking Revolution

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One of the startups looking to help power the "branchless banking revolution" is Los Angeles-based Card.com. What is Card.com? Thanks!

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How to Not Suck at a Group Presentation

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Many of them have their iPhones and laptops ready to command their attention the moment that you start sucking. All numbers above made up.

How to (re) Approach People (Advice on the Eve of LeWeb)

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This is part of my ongoing series with Startup Advice. Give them the short list (2-3 people maximum) that you would love their help in meeting.

Noramay Cadena, Make In LA: Accelerating Hardware Startups

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We caught up with co-founder and General Manager Noramay Cadena to learn more about the accelerator. What exactly is a hardware accelerator?

How ContractSafe Wants To Help You Get Your Legal Docs In Order, With Ken Button

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To address that disaster, Ken Button and Randy Bishop�two veterans of the startup industry�created ContractSafe (www.contractsafe.com), a new online service aimed at helping companies to tame that mess and manage and store their contracts in the cloud. So how'd you end up starting the company? What is ContractSafe?

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People Management: Startup Teams Should Dip but not Skip

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This applies to both founders and to VC’s that work with them. I see two common mistakes in companies (not just in startups, in fact). 1.

Guardian Circle Taps Your Social Network For Help In A Crisis

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Just having one of those days, when you need some help--ie your car broke down, you can't get to daycare to pick up your child, you've got a medical emergency? 911--to provide help. The app was created by startup veterans Mark Jeffrey and Chris Hayes. guardian circle help panic button smartphoneREAD MORE>>.

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Startup Helps Blind With iPhone App

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In many other nations, different denominations of paper money are different sizes, which helps blind users to tell the difference between amounts.

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The Power of “In Person” – Why Distributed Teams are Less Effective

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There reality is that a certain magic that happens when you’re in person is critical in a startup. Been there. What about call centers?

How Thrively Wants To Help Your Child Reach Their Full Potential

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Kraft, who co-founded Thrively with fellow startup veteran Girish Venkat, sat down to talk to us about Thrively, as it emerges out of beta.

Are MBAs Necessary for Start-ups or VC?

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BCG, Bain, LEK – they’re all great), a few years at a start-up or a few years somewhere like Microsoft, Google, Amazon or Apple. 

The One Key Person That Will Help You Improve Sales

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No product sells itself no matter what startup companies like to think. Not everybody who is nice or helpful to you is your “champion.”

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Tips to Help you Think About Sales at Your Startup

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It’s the lifeblood of any organization and yet most startups don’t have any sales DNA on their teams. 24:00 Selling a startup today.

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Running More Effective Board Meetings at Startups

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So I changed things up and became much happier with my results.  Here For the most part I’d call them Bored Meetings. But wait?

Ten Startups Helping Your Earn Money In Your Spare Time

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Airbnb lets users offer up their spare room to travelers and others via its peer to peer marketplace. DogVacay. Love dogs? Airbnb. Hubber.

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Paul Kim | Alpha Trainer, Fitness, & LA Tech

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TechZulu: Since you are stationed up in North California,  What is the tech scene like in LA for you? So how did Alpha Trainer all start?

Good Judgment Comes with Experience, But Experience Comes from Bad Judgment

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This is part of my Startup Advice series of posts. Tags: Raising Venture Capital Start-up Advice Startup Advice

How Tuition.IO Is Helping To Tame Student Debt, One Employee At A Time

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Once upon a time, one of the best benefits that employers could offer up an employee was a company contribution to their retirement plan.

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2015 LA Investor Startup Forecast

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TechZulu is excited to invite you to the 2015 Startup and Entrepreneur Forecast taking place Thursday, January 29 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

A Hard Post to Write. Helping @MattLauzon Bring Justice

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I was contacted today by Matt Lauzon, the founder of Dunwello , who I had met previously when he was running his startup Gemvara. Matt brought to my attention an issue that deserved increased awareness on multiple front: Police abuse, police cover-ups and child molestation. We must all speak up. Startup Lessons

Why ADD Might Actually Benefit Startup Entrepreneurs

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“he quit his job and threw himself into a start-up company, which has him on the road in constantly changing environments. ” So as I realized that ADD is a trait found in many successful CEO and entrepreneurs and that it has this creative benefit I started to feel better and look at how to improve my life. p.p.s.

Startup Founders Should Flip Burgers

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This is part of my ongoing series Startup Advice.  And this is how it should be in startups. Tags: Start-up Advice Burger?