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Stop Wasting Time on the Details and Commit to the Fundamentals

Stop Wasting Time on the Details and Commit to the Fundamentals

The small stuff, like answering emails and tweaking your web site design, are important but shouldn't be at the top of your to-do list. Instead, your time would be better spent focusing on the fundamentals.
Better Features Doesn't Make a Successful App. Here's Why.

Better Features Doesn't Make a Successful App. Here's Why.

If you really want to disrupt the field, your product has to be leaps and bounds over the competition. If not, prepare to be ignored.
Has Your Startup Earned the Right to Buy Chairs?

Has Your Startup Earned the Right to Buy Chairs?

It may be common sense, but you should focus on what's actually important to your business, rather than aesthetics.
5 Tax Mistakes that Startups Make

5 Tax Mistakes that Startups Make

Get through tax time without a migraine or massive fines by avoiding these rookie tax blunders.
Want to Get Money From Mark Cuban? Here's How.

Want to Get Money From Mark Cuban? Here's How.

Getting the Dallas Mavericks owner to invest in your startup is easier than you think. Entrepreneurs who've successfully done so—and Cuban himself—weigh in on what to keep in mind.
3 Surprisingly Hot Global VC Markets That Are Getting Even Hotter

3 Surprisingly Hot Global VC Markets That Are Getting Even Hotter

The U.S., Europe, China, India and Israel continue to dominate the venture capital game, but a few emerging markets are worth keeping an eye on.
Rules for Hiring a Startup Team That Believes in Your Brand

Rules for Hiring a Startup Team That Believes in Your Brand

Aside from more obvious qualifications, there are many intangibles to look for in your first employees.
Does Your Team Have the Right Stuff to Attract Venture Capital?

Does Your Team Have the Right Stuff to Attract Venture Capital?

These four things may be even more important to investors than a solid business idea.
No, You Shouldn't Obsess Over Being Perfect -- Especially When Starting Up

No, You Shouldn't Obsess Over Being Perfect -- Especially When Starting Up

An imperfect start can always be improved, but obsessing over a perfect plan will never take you anywhere on its own.
These Startups Found Unusual Ways to Get Funded

These Startups Found Unusual Ways to Get Funded

Three entrepreneurs share the surprising ways they were able to launch their businesses.
Starting Up? 4 Ways to Turn Your Former Employer Into an Ally.

Starting Up? 4 Ways to Turn Your Former Employer Into an Ally.

Quitting your job to launch your own business can be a hard pill for your company to swallow, particularly if your company is in the same industry. Here's some advice.
6 Ways to Get the Best From Your Team

6 Ways to Get the Best From Your Team

A team can make or break a startup. Ensuring your team is top notch takes work and dedication. Here are a few lessons I learned on how to get the best from your employees.
4 Ways to Be a Frugal CEO

4 Ways to Be a Frugal CEO

How to save on items that can quickly deplete a startup's bank account.
Forget Love: Your Future Co-Founder Could Be Waiting for You Online

Forget Love: Your Future Co-Founder Could Be Waiting for You Online

Startup mythology is rooted in dorm-room ‘meet cute’ stories, but some entrepreneurs are determined to seek out their perfect co-founder online.
Attention Culturists, Political Junkies and Renegades: Here is Where to Launch Your Startup

Attention Culturists, Political Junkies and Renegades: Here is Where to Launch Your Startup

While Silicon Valley, New York and Boston's entrepreneurial ecosystem get the most media attention, these hubs don't make sense for all companies. For our series The Grind, globe-trotting entrepreneur Jamie Wong gives us the skinny on other amazing locations to start a company.

Growing Your Business When You Can't Trademark Your Name

Lack of a trademark your name doesn't have to stop your company's growth.
Is Your Business Plan Missing This Vital Ingredient?

Is Your Business Plan Missing This Vital Ingredient?

Here are five steps to take to maximize your chances of startup success.

How Can I Find a CEO for My Startup?

You might have great ideas but not the skills to build a company. We break down what you should look for in a chief executive.
Be Selfless, and You May Develop Products Customers Actually Want

Be Selfless, and You May Develop Products Customers Actually Want

When you make other people's problems your own, their happiness will be your success.
To Avoid Common Startup Ailments, Try These Preventative Measures

To Avoid Common Startup Ailments, Try These Preventative Measures

Having a good company culture can keep your company and employees healthy.
Want to Innovate? Get Uncomfortable.

Want to Innovate? Get Uncomfortable.

Four young entrepreneurs share the importance of pushing boundaries to create change in this roundtable discussion.

Is My Landing Page Clearly Written?

Sometimes your startup's biggest obstacle can be your own website. Make sure the language is clear and engaging.
15 Entrepreneurs on What They Wish They'd Known When They First Started Up

15 Entrepreneurs on What They Wish They'd Known When They First Started Up

We all wish we could get everything right the first time. That, of course, isn't the case. Here's what some business owners wish they new from the start.
Finding a Kick-Ass Team for Your Startup

Finding a Kick-Ass Team for Your Startup

Think you need a lot of money to entice a qualified team? Think again. Our VC expert Kirsten Green explains why founders should focus on vision, discipline and confidence when recruiting potential hires.
The One Thing Your Startup Really Needs to Succeed

The One Thing Your Startup Really Needs to Succeed

It's not a business plan, or even a killer idea. Can you guess what it is?

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