Startup Advice

20 critical startup truths no one will tell you

Some knowledge is so important, everyone assumes everyone already knows it. But they don’t, especially in the tech world where things move so fast that most people are faking. But Stripe’s

Due diligence is a responsibility for investors, an opportunity for startups

Many startup companies begin with either an idea or a proprietary technology. Sometimes this technology is straightforward and easily explained; other times, it is novel and revolutionary. For some fo

How to communicate with your board in tough times

For startup CEOs, tough economic periods are like stressful stretches in a marriage: They test your mettle while making ugly truths impossible to hide. These days, amid industry-wide belt-tightening,

Seattle angel investor Jon Staenberg on the state of startup investing

Jasper Kuria Contributor Jasper Kuria is the founder and editor of Capital & Growth. More posts by this contributor Pioneer Square Labs’ Greg Gottesman on the studio model for high growth startu

Breaking a myth: Data shows you don’t actually need a co-founder

We are often told that starting a startup on your own is madness. There are thousands of articles out there that tell you that and why why you need a co-founder. Probably solid advice, but data from C

Startup spending guide: Where to spend money

There is no shortage of advice when it comes to which tools software companies should use to run their businesses. We’ve all come across numerous “Top 100 resources for startups”-type posts at l

For A Stranger In Silicon Valley, Success Isn’t Only About Who You Know

<b>Editor's note:</b> <em>Cherian Thomas is founder and CEO of Cucumbertown, a recipe-publishing platform.</em> Cucumbertown raised its first round from the Valley a month ago and during the cours

Ten Lessons I Learned from Shark Tank

I just gave up all parenting responsibilities this weekend to Mark Cuban. Meaning, my kids and I watched eight straight episodes of "Shark Tank". For the past two years, people have been begging me

How To Get People To Do What You Want

Leadership in management is the art and science of getting others to do what they don’t necessarily want – or don't understand why they’re being asked – to do. Doing it at a startup is accompl

In Startups And Life, You Need Plan A, B, And Z

An entrepreneur receives lots of contradictory advice from really smart, experienced people. For example, you’ve probably been told to be both persistent <em>and</em> flexible; to have a clear visio

Patience is a Virtue, for Losers

Patience is one of the seven virtues, the lesser-known cousins of the seven sins.  And indeed, “patience <em>is</em> a virtue” – or so goes the saying.  But another saying states that “fortu

To Pivot or Not to Pivot

Ah, the internet – how you hijack our vocabulary.  A few years ago, “embedded” had connotations of journalists following soldiers.  Today, it’s most associated with YouTube clips.  Similarl

Why Every Entrepreneur Should Self-Publish a Book

<strong>I've published eight books in the past seven years,</strong> five with traditional publishers (Wiley, Penguin, HarperCollins), one comic book,  and the last two I've self-published. In this

The Uphill Battle Of Social Event Sharing: A Post-Mortem for Plancast

Nearly three years ago, <a href="//beta.techcrunch.com/2009/03/10/hendrickson-were-gonna-miss-you/">I left my position at TechCrunch</a> to start my own Internet business, with the idea of creating a

Things Entrepreneurs Should Avoid When Raising Capital

Alright, in my last post I argued that <a href="https://beta.techcrunch.com/2012/01/07/why-bootstrapping-over-rated/">bootstrapping</a> is just as over-rated as raising venture capital. But for those

The Seductive Danger Of Half Measures

In the wide world of startups, we mostly like to think of ourselves as go-getters, <a href="http://blogs-images.forbes.com/ericsavitz/files/2011/08/Larry-Ellison.jpg">ass kickers</a>, "in all the way"

9 Things Every Entrepreneur Needs to Learn From Woody Allen

I hate Woody Allen. Here’s why. Because if you’re Jewish and a little neurotic then it has become a cliché that nerdy neurotic Jewish people describe themselves as “Woody Allen-esque” thinkin

Want A Great Team? Focus On Talent, Not Hiring

One of the questions most founders always ask is about the key secrets to hiring. What they need to understand is that there’s a big difference between “hiring” and “talent”. I’m continu

Why Bootstrapping Is Just As Over-Rated As Raising Venture Capital

Entrepreneurship requires balancing unbridled optimism with delusional foolishness.  Most entrepreneurs are <a href="http://www.avc.com/a_vc/2011/12/mocked-and-misunderstood.html">mocked and misunder

Why Salespeople Make Bad Fundraisers

Company founders are the quintessential <a href="https://beta.techcrunch.com/2011/12/24/lies-entrepreneurs-tell/">cheerleaders</a>, promoting their vision and company every chance they get.  But that
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