Startups

News, trends and advice for people starting companies or those who want to work for them.

Watch as a Silicon Valley Startup Pitches a VC

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If your dream is to start a company and make a fortune by taking it public, you’ve got to be thinking about how to pitch investors. After all, without money a fantastic idea, great market potential and talented team won’t amount to very much. The challenge is to grab the attention of high-powered VCs. They’re inundated with proposals that come at them through everything from email to phone calls to in-person pitches at live events. To break through the clutter,… continue…

Program Taps Recent Grads for Startup Positions

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Venture for America
New York City-based Venture for America is putting recent graduates to work at a number of tech startups across eight cities in the U.S. The program also places graduates in other sectors, as well as accelerators, venture capital firms and economic development programs. But of the companies and organizations participating in the program during 2013, 30 of the total 47 were in the tech space, says COO Eileen Lee. Modeled after the education program Teach for America, the nonprofit’s mission… continue…

NextKids Brings Daycare to Collaborative Workspace

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Women launching a business while simultaneously managing a family can find the dual roles challenging. However, Santa Cruz, Calif.-based NextSpace, which operates nine California workspace locations, offers a solution: It recently added a NextKids childcare facility to its Portrero Hill location in San Francisco. Currently, NextKids serves roughly two dozen families, of which 70 percent include an entrepreneur. And the majority of clients using the NextSpace-NextKids shared workspace are women, says Diana Rothschild, NextKids’ founder. “Most of the startups using… continue…

The Unintended Consequences of Tech Startups

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Why do tech startups all look the same? That’s a question The Economist asks and partially answers in a story that details what it calls “The Dark Side of Tech Startups,” a topic seldom discussed by those involved with them. Startup communities, though very international, are made up largely of youngish white males who are not so much entrepreneurs as new kinds of workers. A further worry is that software — and hence startups — are eating not just the… continue…

When’s the Right Time to Join a Startup?

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Imagine for a moment that you’re among the most fortunate people in the world: Four promising startups have offered you a job, each company at a different stage of its evolution. You have to choose one as the next step in your career path. But, which one? The Companies: Company 1’s founder has money from friends and family, and a good idea. You aren’t being brought in as a co-founder, but as employee No. 2 you can play a major… continue…

Why New York Is a Good Place for Women Tech Entrepreneurs

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Heather Marie’s New York-based startup, 72Lux, is a universal checkout SaaS company that began as a response to what she saw as a big problem in e-commerce. Retailers simply weren’t capitalizing on the power of the Internet in creating their online presence, she says. “As a consumer, I knew there could be improvements. There were opportunities to not just provide a service, but to simplify the entire shopping experience.” Today, 72Lux provides an e-commerce and multi-retailer checkout solution through the… continue…

How Tech Entrepreneurs Avoid Risk

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By Lorne Epstein How many times have you had a great business idea and done nothing about it? If you’re like me, many. I’ve started companies, so why do I hesitate? Because failed businesses cost money, time and can hurt your reputation. I always thought entrepreneurs — myself included — were crazy when they made the leap to a new venture. I changed my mind after speaking with Ric Fleisher, co-founder of roadside-assistance platform Urgent.ly, and TJ Radtke, CEO of… continue…

How Web Dev Firm Type/Code Got Its Start

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Brooklyn startup Type/Code describes itself as a studio of designers and developers who “invent, communicate, build and refine.” In this episode of DiceTV, we hear from the company’s founders and get an inside look at its culture and what it took to get started. The company’s big on “cutting-edge HTML, CSS and JavaScript” on the front end, and Python, Django and Tornado on the back.

VC Leery of Net Neutrality Ruling’s Impact on Startups

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Venture capitalist Fred Wilson at New York’s Union Square Ventures worries that the recent federal court ruling striking down the FCC’s net neutrality rules could put a kibosh on tech startups. In a blog post, he describes the ruling as a “nightmare” and predicts that the “telcos will pick their preferred partners, subsidize the data costs for those apps, and make it much harder for new entrants to compete with the incumbents.” Wilson offers up a couple of mock pitches… continue…

Why Starting a Company is Like Falling off a Cliff

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Does the call of entrepreneurship make your current job seem boring? Are you looking for adventure? Do you seek IPO riches? Are you looking for an escape? Don’t be too quick to make the leap, warns Robert P. Strauss, professor of economics and public policy at Carnegie Mellon University. He says today’s economy isn’t friendly to typical small businesses and the employment situation is worse. “Starting a business is a young person’s game,” Strauss believes. Mid-career workers who quit their… continue…