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These founders want a more ethical company structure for startups

Called Regenerative and Circular Operations, this organizational model aims to be a practical approach to integrating sustainability at the core.

11:32 am PST • February 14, 2024
These founders want a more ethical company structure for startups

This week, Sophie discusses a myriad of recent updates: The lottery will now be “1 person, 1 chance,” there are new filing fees, forms, software updates, and more.

Ask Sophie: What are the latest H-1B lottery updates?

With greater literacy, focus, professional experience and a vision for the future, boards can position their businesses to thrive in this new era of AI.

5 steps board members and startup leaders can take to prepare for a future shaped by GenAI

Learn how to craft an email update that keeps investors engaged, communicates momentum, and garners support on your journey.

How to write your monthly investor update

Hire mindset over skill set

6:37 am PST • February 2, 2024

Upskilling is more than just a remedy for skill shortages. It is a strategic long-term investment and will help cultivate a dynamic, adaptable workforce.

Hire mindset over skill set

Construction tech founders should consider how their products can serve construction and real estate customers.

5 ways construction tech founders can win in 2024

Sophie Alcorn, attorney, author and founder of Alcorn Immigration Law in Silicon Valley, California, is an award-winning Certified Specialist Attorney in Immigration and Nationality Law by the State Bar Board…

Ask Sophie: What are the USCIS H-1B lottery and filing fee updates?

We are seeing a groundswell of interest from the tech industry to develop ways to serve frontline workers.

A SaaS revolution is coming for the 99%

What makes startups more likely to succeed is the quality of the team, their ability to execute, and their sense of timing.

Team, timing, and execution — the trilogy of success

If you build a truly great product, people will happily pay for it. Just check out how well Apple and Tesla have done.

What if Christensen was wrong about disruption?

Intentionally improving developer experience is the most potent way to improve developer productivity within an organization.

Developer experience is more important than developer productivity

Enterprises need to understand how much to budget into AI tools, how to weigh the benefits of AI vs. new recruits, and how to ensure their training is on point.

Startups must strategize and budget for AI-assisted software development in 2024

Many have described 2023 as the year of AI, and the term made several “word of the year” lists. While it has positively impacted productivity and efficiency in the workplace,…

Critical 2024 AI policy blueprint: Unlocking potential and safeguarding against workplace risks

Buyers are scrutinizing purchases more and sellers are under pressure to provide value in every buyer interaction.

Startups should create a digital sales room to increase interaction with buyers

As we dive in to the work of commercial space technology and startups, it’s important to start with an overview of some of the basics.

Ask Sophie: As an immigrant, how can I work in space tech?

The succession process requires an open and genuine dialogue between the senior retiring and incoming management teams.

How to plan for general partner succession

Balancing protective measures, like data protection protocols, with progressive strategies, such as AI-driven product rollouts, is essential.

Navigate the GenAI era with this startup map

There are ways companies can better understand their customers’ pain points to develop the right products that solve the right problems at the right time.

4 startup fundamentals to help avoid epic product fails

In this week’s Ask Sophie column, Sophie explores immigration options for coming to the United States for customer discovery.

Ask Sophie: What visas could work to come to Silicon Valley for customer discovery?

The number of founders using their go-to-market slide to describe a marketing strategy is downright problematic.

Why most GTM slides suck — and how to fix them

Moonshot startups are inherently about venturing into uncharted territory, giving us new superpowers and creating new markets.

How to mobilize generalist VCs for a moonshot idea

Traditional success metrics like the Rule of 40 and Magic Number must be revised amid an unpredictable and competitive market.

How resilient SaaS startups continue to build and scale in an era of efficiency

Until recently, it was widely accepted that startups, constrained by limited resources, should primarily concentrate on a single product. Prematurely expanding to a broader product portfolio risked diverting attention from…

Look at your startup’s CAC to decide if you should launch another product

The basis of the co-sell GTM strategy is built on understanding the problem and debunking the most common myths of the partner experience.

Startups should use this co-selling technique for successful partnerships with cloud hyperscalers

In this world of exploding innovation in the AI industry, a great name paired with a great product will make your technology rise above.

How to pick a name for your AI startup

A founder’s relationship with their investors should be about more than just financing. Investors bring expertise from their prior careers as COOs, CFOs, or other operational roles. Also, multiple board…

Startups must use investors’ operational expertise to solve inefficiencies and scale up fast

Sophie Alcorn, attorney, author and founder of Alcorn Immigration Law in Silicon Valley, California, is an award-winning Certified Specialist Attorney in Immigration and Nationality Law by the State Bar Board…

Ask Sophie: Do I qualify for the stateside visa stamping program?

Cybersecurity is a complex and multifaceted field, and even with thorough threat modeling, there’s always a risk of compromise.

A startup’s guide to cyberthreats — threat modeling and proactive security

Get the correct elements in place for growth before your IPO, and your startup can make steady progress as a public company.

The IPO window is reopening — here’s what startups need to know

Building a profitable AI business poses unique challenges beyond those faced when launching a typical tech startup.

How to build the foundation for a profitable AI startup