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Advice - Hiring is a lot like fighting a fire, if you wait too long to deal with it then it might have already burnt your house down. In the early days of your new company (even when it’s just you), there are always a ton of great reasons to...
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#NYCTech - Brian O'Kelley, the founder of AppNexus, is perhaps one of the most successful Internet entrepreneurs in NYC. Called a visionary and "the king of adtech," by Forbes, O'Kelley is responsible for how modern companies have come to...
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Advice - From the beginning, I have maintained that crowdfunding will become an investment standard, the go-to system to raise funds and one of the best methods for sound return of investments. Long before the JOBS Act came into play,...
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Advice - Good investors are always spoilt for choice when it comes to deciding which startup to invest in. This is one of the primary factors that contributes to delay in getting the deal done. Other factors include due diligence, work...
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Advice - Savvy entrepreneurs start testing their ideas on potential customers even before the concept is fully cooked. They have enough confidence in their ability to deliver that they don’t worry about someone stealing the idea to get there...
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Advice - For years, people have tried to correlate an entrepreneur’s age when they launched their startup with the ultimate success of that startup.  Many studies have been done on the topic, including reports by the Kauffman...
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Advice - Discussing what entrepreneurship is really about, with Stewart Thornhill, University of Michigan, and Sam Zell, Equity Group Investments Chairman.
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Advice - According to my high school report card, I shouldn’t be where I am today. My college GPA will concur. Ask around among my former teachers and classmates and they’ll probably recall me as a below average student at best, and...
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Advice - Recently, I wrote about domain experience. While having domain experience is not the end all be all for launching a successful startup, it can give you an “unfair advantage," as Mark Suster put it, over those without such...
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Advice - 'Technical entrepreneurs love their technology and often are driven to launch a startup on the assumption that everyone will buy any solution that highlights this technology. Instead, they need to validate a customer problem and real...
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Advice - Fundraising: Love it or hate it, unless you are independently wealthy, it’s key to the success of your new startup. When done right, it can lead to lucrative partnerships with angel investors and venture capitalists. Luckily, in my...
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Advice - Growing up I admired Michael Jordan. In my opinion, he is the best player in basketball history. At the time he was playing professionally, I never imagined him making mistakes. But recently, I came across a quote where he said,...
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Advice - One of the toughest decisions for a startup is how to price their product or service. The alternatives range from giving it away for free, to pricing based on costs, to charging what the market will bear (premium pricing). The...
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Advice -   Have you ever wondered what goes through an investor’s mind when you pitch an idea to them? If the answer is yes, then look no further. There are many things, such as: what the ideal combination of people to work with for an...
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Advice - You’ve heard it before: the vast majority of businesses fail within a few years. Now… let’s think about this for second. Why do smart, hard-working people with good intentions crash and burn? It’s often a combination...
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Advice - Founders note: We will do a story on any NYC Startup that completes this challenge this weekend and documents it on video. You must submit it to us by 10/20. Reach us at dispatch@alleywatch.com.  Here’s a fun weekend experiment...

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