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Startups and Relationships: How to get Them Both Right

George Vou | Posted 09.17.2014 | Technology
George Vou

My job now is to try to keep our startup alive; there are no trips and no cars -- there are baby puppies though. My girlfriend is now my pregnant wife and we live at her mum's place. Glamorous, no?

The Buddy System: How To Score A Brand Partnership

Lisa Serwin | Posted 08.15.2014 | Small Business
Lisa Serwin

If you're a newer startup, then chances are, you'd love, love a pitch meeting with a big fish like Starbucks. But corporate titans like those are getting pitched all the time. Is there a shortcut to inking a deal with one of them?

5 Potential Pitfalls for Rapidly-Growing Companies

Brian Hamilton | Posted 08.12.2014 | Business
Brian Hamilton

The issue comes when your growth gets in the way of running your business correctly. It's hard to run any company, but there are specific challenges that are especially hard about running a fast-growth company. If you're not careful, these challenges can turn into hazards.

Start Early to Be an Entrepreneur

Jack Nadel | Posted 09.28.2014 | Small Business
Jack Nadel

In many ways, an entrepreneur's career is like a football game. Both combine a swift pace with a highly competitive atmosphere. The "game" is divided into four quarters. In the first quarter you assess the other team's strengths and weaknesses based on your scouting report.

Just Pick Up the F*#@ing Phone

Matt Douglas | Posted 09.16.2014 | Business
Matt Douglas

Like most people, I send dozens of emails a day. Pretty much anything that I work on can be dealt with using email. But is that always the right choice?

How to Succeed in Business: the First Steps

Jack Nadel | Posted 07.30.2014 | Small Business
Jack Nadel

I'll begin where the majority of successful entrepreneurs begin--"follow your passion." It may be a shopworn phrase, but this advice is as valid today for how to succeed in business as it was a hundred years ago, and it has certainly proven true for me.

NDAs Are Stupid (Mostly)

Matt Douglas | Posted 06.30.2014 | Business
Matt Douglas

A few weeks ago, I asked our System Operation Manager to get a quote from a new service provider. To get a quote, we would need to provide some basic ...

Size is Power for Small, Nimble Startups

Lauren Vaccarello | Posted 05.17.2014 | Small Business
Lauren Vaccarello

Over the years, I've built up a list of marketing tips to help startups take advantage of the inherent strengths of a nimble, growing company.

Startups Are a Workaholic's Paradise

Lauren Kay | Posted 03.29.2014 | Small Business
Lauren Kay

Like falling in love, initially everything was pretty fun and exciting. And then things started getting serious.

How to Hack Agility to Help Scale Your Company

Brian Honigman | Posted 03.17.2014 | Business
Brian Honigman

Growing your company to the next level in its evolution is possible only if your team is willing and able to properly hack agility and reap its benefits.

A Lesson on Why Curling Is Relevant to Startups

Jeremy Shure | Posted 03.15.2014 | Small Business
Jeremy Shure

It's Winter Olympics time. I often flip past a channel that is showing the sport of curling, and curling is a beautiful analogy for startups -- or more pointedly, for the team that must surround a founder.

Start-up Strategies to Build a Business the Affordable Way

Jack Nadel | Posted 02.03.2014 | Small Business
Jack Nadel

My only capital when I started Trans Pacific Traders in 1946 was my accumulated military pay. What I did have was a willingness to research, find opportunities, and make deals. Fancy furniture and a large office would have to wait.

Why Entrepreneurs Should Fire Themselves

Harvard Business Review | Kerrie MacPherson | Posted 10.09.2013 | Small Business

When entrepreneurs first start their businesses, they are usually involved in everything: running operations, keeping the books, and making sales call...

How to Start Small and Win Big in Business

Bill McBean | Posted 01.23.2014 | Small Business
Bill McBean

The goal of most entrepreneurs is to win big! Unfortunately, most businesses fail or struggle for years before making money. Often struggling business owners skip over or ignore two important concepts that successful owners know.

Saving Your Startup From Your Cofounder

Ricardo Garcia-Amaya | Posted 08.21.2013 | Small Business
Ricardo Garcia-Amaya

The past year was a draining mental experience. It felt as if one day I woke up with a sensitive tooth and the next I was in dire need of a root canal. Six months into our partnership I finally came to terms with the fact that I'd made a mistake.

5 Questions to Ask Before Saying Yes

Joe Boyd | Posted 10.12.2013 | Business
Joe Boyd

I needed to create some sort of system to help me determine when a new idea is worth investing my time and resources. From that came these five questions I ask myself almost everyday.

NYPD Blue -- What I Learned About Startups Patrolling the Streets of New York City

Jeff Wald | Posted 09.21.2013 | Business
Jeff Wald

During the last 10 years as I have invested, advised, and founded startups in New York City. I have also spent a significant amount of that time patrolling its streets as a member of the Auxiliary Unit of the New York Police Department.

Five Things Every Startup CEO Should Know About Hiring a PR Firm

David Mandell | Posted 08.19.2013 | Business
David Mandell

Having spent time a good amount of time in the PR world - both agency and corporate side - prior to jumping into the startup world, I often get asked ...

3 Ways Entrepreneurs Can Fail Smarter

Lili Balfour | Posted 07.23.2013 | Business
Lili Balfour

All smart entrepreneurs know to seek legal council prior to signing off on a term sheet. However, even those who do understand the terms, tend to visualize a profitable exit,

Focus on Vision to Avoid Premature Startup Failure

Diana Kander | Posted 07.22.2013 | Small Business
Diana Kander

The first major difference between having an idea and a startup is how others react to you. You need customer feedback to understand if your product or service provides value in people's lives and what they like or don't like about your company.

What Should You Look for in an Internship at a Startup

David Thielen | Posted 06.15.2013 | College
David Thielen

Here's what to do to find an internship at a startup that pays off -- a fun summer, an interesting summer, and a giant step toward a great job upon graduating.

Operations: Get More From Your Team Without Sucking Their Souls Dry

Landon Ray | Posted 06.03.2013 | Small Business
Landon Ray

What is it that big, stodgy corporations have discovered about running a business that keeps things chaos-free? The answer is that big businesses have discovered 'process' and they've run with it.

Leadership: The Killer App That Almost Everyone Overlooks

Landon Ray | Posted 05.07.2013 | Small Business
Landon Ray

Because a truly successful venture is rarely a one-person show, your ability to get the right people on your team -- and doing their best work -- is possibly the most critical, and often overlooked, skill an entrepreneur can have.

How I Raised $3 Million for My Startup in 13 Days

Corey Capasso | Posted 04.17.2013 | Small Business
Corey Capasso

The formal fundraising process from first meeting to close may have taken thirteen days, but the reality is much more complicated. Laying the groundwork for that fundraise required years of hard work, longstanding relationships, and even then, a good deal of luck.

Lessons Learned

Aron Susman | Posted 04.03.2013 | Small Business
Aron Susman

I joined my first startup about four years ago, in what I thought was early in the life of the company. We had about 50 paying enterprise customers us...