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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. Tags: Start-up Advice startup

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. Tags: Start-up Advice

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.

Most Startups Should be Deer Hunters

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This post is part of my series “ Startup Lessons &#. Elephants, Deer and Rabbits – Some thoughts on start-up segmentation.

Project cash flow – not just profit – during start-up.

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Cash is everything to a new business.  How many times do we have to say this?  General

How to Work with Lawyers at a Startup

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Many people start companies arse backwards.  Most lawyers that  work with startups are willing to work on a deferred payment schedule. 

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!

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. Period. Channel Love Story. Nevermind.

Startup Development

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I’ve come to realize that I have lots of posts around startup software development scattered around in different posts. How to Work With a Contract Web Developer How To Bootstrap Your StartupThought it would be good to capture them in one spot and also include links to related posts from other sources.

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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3 Sales Tips for Startups – Creating a Burning Platform

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This is part of my ongoing series Startup Advice.  Most start-up entrepreneurs have little or no sales experience.  I know I didn’t. 

Startup CTO

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I've posted quite a few things on the topics associated with being a Startup CTO. Lessons Learned: What does a startup CTO actually do?

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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.

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.

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? 

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. Business Etiquette Tips for dealing with VCs and Corporates at Conferences. Waste.

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.

Never Hire Job Hoppers. Never. They Make Terrible Employees

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This is part of my startup advice series. Yes, if you were a startup CEO I would probably cut you some slack. never hire job hoppers.

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?

Startup CTO Resources

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I've posted quite a few things on the topics associated with being a Startup CTO. Lessons Learned: What does a startup CTO actually do?

The Danger of Crocodile Sales

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This is part of my series on Startup Advice. It’s subtle and slow.  It starts with the basics: rapport and credibility. Never.

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. 

Building Products for Mass Adoption

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WTF is Traction? A 6-Step Relationship Guide to VC

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Tags: Pitching VCs Start-up Advice startup technology vc venture capital

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?

How to Deal with Skeletons in your Closet

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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?

73.6% of all Statistics are Made Up

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Often when they do I throw out my favorite statistic:  73.6% of  all statistics are made up.  I say it deadpanned. Stats sell. “Yes.

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

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.

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?

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.

Startups and VCs Should Avoid “Pier” Funding

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So startup CEO’s in this position make compromises that don’t necessarily benefit the long-term potential of the company.

WTF is Traction? A 6-Step Relationship Guide to VC

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Many entrepreneurs make the mistake of thinking that funding is something you do in “funding season,&# some mythical  2-month period when you’re ready with a great Powerpoint deck and you hit up all of the VC’s at the same time so that you can quickly raise money and get back to the job of building a business. But be polite.

Scaling Sales: Arming & Aiming – Objection Handling

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Some objections are real and they end up becoming changes to your product, your service plan or your pricing / bundling. Whatever.

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Startup CTO or Developer

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In December 2007, I described how I commonly take on an Acting CTO Role in a Start-up. good Startup CTO will naturally address these.

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