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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 out your product.

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. Tags: Start-up Advice We also had facilities in Dublin, Ireland where our company was initially founded.

Start-ups are all Naked in the Mirror

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This is part of my ongoing series Startup Lessons. I started my first company in 1999 in London at the height of the dot com craze. It didn’t add up to me. Bad morale is the enemy of any company let alone a start up.&#. Because I had started reaching out to competitor CEO’s. We were unprepared.

REVIEW | Un-Realistic TV: “Start-ups: Silicon Valley”

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Anyone who lives and works in the start-up world knows that big gambles and intense pivots happen in business every day that could easily be TV-worthy.

Startups: What are your odds for success?

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Starting a company is HARD – in so many ways. I read several years ago, that the average startup restaurant lasts only about a year.

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? An accrual statement is nice to produce. General

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How to Work with Lawyers at a Startup

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Many people start companies arse backwards. I write about some of the lessons in my post on Startup Mistakes. the link is here. Sorry.

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. Full Stop for you Brits.)

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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I recently did a post for startups on understanding sales people. But I do have more insight into understanding your startup team.

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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. Why Buy Mine?

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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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After 20 years: Updating the Berkus Method of valuation

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There is a universal truth: fewer than one in a thousand start-ups meet or exceed their projected revenues in the periods planned.

Don’t be a Grin Fucker

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I grew up in the US but lived in England for so long I can never remember from which country my slang comes. All startups are hard.

Who Should you Hire at a Startup?

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This is part of my ongoing posts on Startup Advice. So what if you’re already a mid-stage startup. I’m not one of those.

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Should Your Startup Have an Advisory Board?

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This is part of my ongoing series Startup Advice. Many startup companies hire advisory boards. So you set up advisory meetings.

How to Not Suck at a Group Presentation

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I’ll put up the video when they post it on their website. Stories have starts, middles and ends. 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. I have a new startup in the space that I think would interest you. Waste.

Never Hire Job Hoppers. Never. They Make Terrible Employees

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This is part of my startup advice series. It’s still important advice for startup founders and something that I’m passionate about.

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People Management: Startup Teams Should Dip but not Skip

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We all like to think of startups as “non hierarchic&# organizations and to some extent that should be true. Attention to detail matters.

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

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Or more precisely the people espousing the benefits of distributed startups teams are often distributed and therefore self rationalizing it.

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. I probably will jump in with a few questions about their industry and start a discussion.

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Are MBAs Necessary for Start-ups or VC?

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This is part of my ongoing series called “ Start-up Lessons.&#. Like Chris Dixon I grew up programing. So back to MBAs.

Building Products for Mass Adoption

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They read the press releases of competitors or see them at a trade show and race to keep up with their feature sets. He is both. Bollocks.

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

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Running More Effective Board Meetings at Startups

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We started with our financial statements. So I changed things up and became much happier with my results. Then competition. But wait?

Online Retailers Start Up Black Friday Sales, Early

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Traditional retailers Target and Kohl's are among those who are starting their Black Friday on midnight on Thanksgiving. READ MORE>>.

How to Deal with Skeletons in your Closet

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Why shouldn’t you tell them up front? This is part of my series with Advice on Raising Venture Capital. I don’t think so.

Paul Kim | Alpha Trainer, Fitness, & LA Tech

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We caught up with Paul to see his views on LA tech, fitness, and his Alpha Trainer app. So how did Alpha Trainer all start?

Calacanis Starts Up New Venture Fund

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Jason Calacanis is busy. According to a regulatory filing, Calacanis is raising $10.0M READ MORE>>.

73.6% of all Statistics are Made Up

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of all statistics are made up. Here’s how I learned my lesson: I started my life as a consultant. Stats sell. It’s irony.

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. I’m fond of saying that I F’d up everything as a first time entrepreneur.

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?

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. We had to ramp up our team quickly and ramp we did. He was to head up UK operations.

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. My whole life I have surrounded myself with what I call “completer-finishers” because I know my weakness for giving up when the task is at 80% and I know the importance of 100%. Drive fast.