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Dealing With a Communication Meltdown at Your Startup

Dealing With a Communication Meltdown at Your Startup

For a close-knit team it is imperative everyone is on the page. If not, your startup could go into a tailspin.
Growing Pains: How Expansion Causes Startups to Lose Customers

Growing Pains: How Expansion Causes Startups to Lose Customers

The founder of skincare line S.W. Basics discusses how she has to sacrifice clients in order to gain others and how to deal with it.
Preparing Your Team for a Move Across the Globe

Preparing Your Team for a Move Across the Globe

There are times when entrepreneurs need to uproot their companies and move to a new country. One of the most challenging aspects is preparing your team. Here are a few pointers.
Here is One Way to Grow Your Customer Base

Here is One Way to Grow Your Customer Base

Getting customers to notice your startup in a sea of competitors can be tough. Using the ‘roll-up’ strategy, entrepreneurs are able to acquire new customers -- quickly.
Finding a Top-Notch Manufacturer for Your Startup

Finding a Top-Notch Manufacturer for Your Startup

Finding manufactures is a daunting task, particularly when dealing with factories overseas. Here are a few tips on making it easier.
The 3 Questions You Should Focus on During a Pitch Competition

The 3 Questions You Should Focus on During a Pitch Competition

During pitch competitions, entrepreneurs must go head to head with other ambitious founders to try and win a piece of the funding pie. To prepare for these competitions, entrepreneurs should concentrate on these three questions.
Why I Pivoted My Fundraising Strategy

Why I Pivoted My Fundraising Strategy

Hint: It’s not because I ran out of money.
6 Tips for Bringing on Your First Hires

6 Tips for Bringing on Your First Hires

When starting a business, often it is just you running the show. Shifting from a 'solo entrepreneur' to a founder with a team can be challenging. Here are a few tips to make the process easier.
How to Get Your Startup Past the Debbie Downers

How to Get Your Startup Past the Debbie Downers

After skincare line S.W. Basics met with Target, the founder got a mixed receptions: some people cheered and others were scared for her business. Here is how she dealt with it.
A Step-by-Step Guide to Nabbing an Angel Round

A Step-by-Step Guide to Nabbing an Angel Round

With many entrepreneurs stating their major concern is capital, getting outside funding can be imperative to a startup's success. Here are a few tips on getting your first round.
How I Found Success by Age 30

How I Found Success by Age 30

For our series The Grind, young entrepreneur Jason Lucash opens up about hitting the 30-year-old milestone and what advice he has for aspiring entrepreneurs.
3 Ways To Perfect Your Pitch

3 Ways To Perfect Your Pitch

If done correctly, pitching to clients, investors and partners can open doors for a startup, helping a company catapult to the next level. If done incorrectly, disaster can ensue.
Getting the Most From Your Startup's Board of Directors

Getting the Most From Your Startup's Board of Directors

Forming a board of directors is no easy feat. So don't waste this precious resource, milk it for all its worth.
Shutting Down to Starting Up: Being Hooked on Entrepreneurship

Shutting Down to Starting Up: Being Hooked on Entrepreneurship

Even with past failures, entrepreneurs often continue to persevere on, looking for their next venture to jump into. For our series The Grind, one entrepreneur opens up about why she isn't ready to throw in the entrepreneurship towel.
3 Lessons Learned From Hiring the Wrong Person

3 Lessons Learned From Hiring the Wrong Person

For a small startup, often passion can be more valuable than skills, as mindset can’t be taught but capabilities can.
6 Ways to Grow Your Business Through LinkedIn

6 Ways to Grow Your Business Through LinkedIn

While troves of people scour LinkedIn hoping to land their ideal job or find the perfect connection, businesses can use the mega-platform to grow their business.
Fundraising 101: The First Timer's Guide to Pitching Investors

Fundraising 101: The First Timer's Guide to Pitching Investors

Pitching to investors can be a daunting and at times, tough on an entrepreneur's confidence level. Here are a few tidbits of advice on pitching from an entrepreneur who has been there, done that.
The Awkward Tween Stage: When a Company Isn't a Startup or a Big-Name Business

The Awkward Tween Stage: When a Company Isn't a Startup or a Big-Name Business

This in-between stage for a company can be challenging. The founder of S.W. Basics Adina Grigore discusses the issues and frustrations she is facing as a pre-teen company.
3 Easy Steps for Finding the Ideal Co-Founder

3 Easy Steps for Finding the Ideal Co-Founder

Business partnerships are often compared to marriage: If you find the right match, success will ensue. Otherwise, you may be headed for disaster (and a nasty breakup).
How to Break Through the Online Noise and Get Customers

How to Break Through the Online Noise and Get Customers

Entrepreneurs often spend a lot of money trying to stand out from the crowd. But one simple (and inexpensive) trick can help you gain attention from consumers.
5 Tips for Picking the Perfect Partner

5 Tips for Picking the Perfect Partner

Choosing business partners is not easy. If they are going to be with you in the long haul, you need to make sure they are a great fit. Here are a few things you should be considering.
3 Ways to Treat Early Adopters Like Royalty

3 Ways to Treat Early Adopters Like Royalty

When first launching an endeavor, getting the first few customers on board can be extremely challenging. Yet, they provide a load of information. Here is how to make sure they are happy.
What a CFO Taught My Startup About Projections

What a CFO Taught My Startup About Projections

From hockey-stick growth to flat lines, projections can run the gamut. For our series The Grind, the founder of S.W. Basics offers up advice about how she handled these, at times, elusive forecasts.
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.
How Changing Gears Stopped My Startup From Failing

How Changing Gears Stopped My Startup From Failing

For our series The Grind, the founder of Practice Makes Perfect discusses how pivoting helped him not fall into the category of failures.

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