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#NYCTech - In the tech world, there’s likely no archetype more famous than the college dropout. From Steve Jobs to Bill Gates to WhatsApp co-founder Jan Koum, there are plenty of stories floating around about scrappy entrepreneurs who dropped...
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Advice - I'd raised money for startups before. How different could it be? Just add a zero or two to the ask, right? It turns out that raising money for a venture fund is a heck of a lot different than raising money for your startup... and...
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Advice - In Step 0 of this series, I described the arsenal one should have ready when preparing to make a funding pitch to a VC. Assuming you have most of the materials I suggest or, at least, are in the process of gathering the bits and...
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Advice - Every startup lucky enough to get some traction gets to the point where it decides to hire some “regular employees” for sales, marketing and administrative tasks. Then the company is surprised to see productivity and creativity...
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Advice - Developers come in all shapes and sizes, but they do share one thing in common: they all THINK like programmers. And they bring that approach to everything in their lives, whether it is a challenging software problem, or “hacking”...
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Advice - If you have a startup company with limited resources, you are probably wondering how you can ever compete with the 800-pound gorillas in your industry? I know I was when we launched our business at the end of 2013. My partner and I...
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Advice - Today’s digital age is all about capturing the moment. From selfies to constant status updates, the up and comers of the consumer market are consumed with having an instantaneous presence. And social media platforms are the best way...
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Advice - I recently finished reading Peter Thiel’s book, Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future, and it’s a must-read for anyone working on a startup or any product in general. Peter Thiel was the founder of PayPal,...
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#NYCTech - So what did I learn in 2014 from some on my startup investees? In this post, I share some of the things I have seen six companies I have invested in do especially well. Typically posts on what makes a great founder/entrepreneur...
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Advice - I found this excellent guide on how to easily and simply learn to code.  I share the main steps for my dedicated readers, but I highly suggest you read the original post in its entirety.  If you are indeed embarking on a journey...
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Advice - Change is hard. I see entrepreneurs every day who are trying to change the world with a new idea, and startups that are trying to survive their hyper-growth phase by changing processes to meet demand. In both cases, it’s easy for...
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Advice - You know startup fever is rampant when The New York Times is writing articles about bankers leaving Wall Street for early-stage tech companies and HBO follows “Game of Thrones” with the celebratory satire of startup culture that...
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Advice - You can’t make something from nothing all by yourself. Somewhere along the line, you might decide that you’re more powerful as part of a team. But when you’re hit with a flurry of inevitable, unpredictable events (your funding...
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Advice - Whether you are trying to motivate your team, close a deal with a customer or get funding from an investor, a casual conversation is usually a waste of your valuable time. The result of avoiding conversation is a founder who is always...
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Advice - How often do you hear that it’s all about the team? Your team is an essential aspect of your startup. You don’t want to have the wrong people on your team. So how do you get the right people? What do you do if you end up with the...
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Advice - Securing a partnership with a major brand may seem like winning a golden ticket for startup success, and it certainty can be! Not only can such a partnership be a really strategic way to scale, but it can also save your startup money,...

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