Startup Advice

5 Tips for Scaling Your Fast-Growing Startup

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By Mohit Garg Fast-growing companies have an enviable problem. They’re growing headcount, with many of them hiring as fast as they can. And while this sounds like a nice issue to have, it’s actually a very serious challenge. Once that initial traction kicks in, how these companies hire and develop their talent often makes or breaks their future success. Click here to find a tech job at a startup. For all those fast-growing businesses out there heading into 2015 with… continue…

The ‘Final Pinch’ That Dooms Startups

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What’s one of the biggest dangers facing your average startup founder? According to Y Combinator co-founder Paul Graham, it’s the self-delusion that sets in during the startup’s last six months’ worth of operating capital, when founders refuse to either curb expenses or change strategic course. To find a tech job at a stratup, click here. “There may be nothing founders are so prone to delude themselves about as how interested investors will be in giving them additional funding,” Graham wrote… continue…

Does a Startup Need a Moral Compass?

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Ride-sharing service Uber found itself in a lot of trouble this week after BuzzFeed quoted one of its top executives as saying the company should fund opposition research into journalists. The executive, Emil Michael, suggested spending a million dollars to hire a team of opposition researchers and journalists, who would then dig into the personal lives and families of those critical of Uber. While Michael didn’t suggest any such plan was in effect, and apologized for his remarks soon afterwards,… continue…

Daily Tip: The Startup ‘Gut Check’

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For those who work in tech, the prospect of joining a startup holds definite appeal. If the startup goes public, or ends up acquired by a tech giant, its first employees stand to earn a lot of money. Startups also dangle the tantalizing prospect of helping create or refine a product used by millions of people. To find a tech job at a startup, click here. But not everybody is suited for the startup life. Before you take the plunge… continue…

Google’s Ex-CEO on Building a Strong Company

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As part of the effort to promote their new business-management book, How Google Works, former Google CEO Eric Schmidt and former SVP of Product Jonathan Rosenberg put together a huge slide-deck—complete with cute cartoon illustrations—that shows how to build a company in this tech-empowered age. They shared that deck with Business Insider, which printed it in its 54-slide entirety. While those slides provide only a quick overview into the thinking processes that underlie the creation of a company, they do contain… continue…

Best Advice for Startups Is Also Most Obvious

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What’s the secret to succeeding in the startup world? According to serial entrepreneur Justin Kan, the answer is simple: perseverance. Click here to find a tech job at a startup. “If you look at all startup stories, it’s not a straight line… to success,” he told the audience at this year’s Disrupt Europe 2014, according to TechCrunch. Kan should know: It took eight years from the time he founded online-streaming service Justin.tv until the platform’s offshoot, Twitch, sold to Amazon for… continue…

Daily Tip: Dump the Ninja

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It’s one thing to refer to people colloquially as “coding ninjas” or “programming wizards,” but it’s quite another when such terms begin appearing on business cards—which they do, periodically, at startups. And that’s great for startups: Nothing conveys a sense of fun and creativity like switching out stodgy ol’ “Chief Technology Officer” for “Grand Czar of Macbooks” (even if you end up on a Buzzfeed list of “Worst Startup Job Titles Ever” as a result). But such titles won’t fly… continue…

Is Cyber-Liability Insurance Worth the Cost?

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A growing number of companies ask vendors to buy cyber-liability insurance—and for a tech startup or an independent IT consultant, that cost can put a real dent in the bottom line. Cyber-liability insurance might include coverage for losses related to denial-of-service attacks, threats to intellectual property, business interruption, cyber extortion, and a variety of security breaches. An advisor such as an attorney or insurance agent can help firms properly assess the type and amount of cyber-liability insurance they might need,… continue…

This Is How You Shut Down a Kickstarter Project

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Late last year, sci-fi author Neal Stephenson had bad news for the thousands of people who’d supported his CLANG project on Kickstarter: Despite making its funding goal, the project itself would be placed on indefinite hold. CLANG (9,023 backers on Kickstarter, contributing $526,125) was a video-game platform that—had it seen the proverbial light of day—would have allowed players to duel like medieval knights, using a hardware controller to swing a virtual sword. Click here to find developer jobs. In a… continue…

Five Traits of Successful Startup Leaders

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It’s exciting to work on something that might become the Next Big Thing—but tech skills and a novel idea aren’t enough to make a startup a success. Roughly 90 percent of startups fail, according to some estimates. That places an enormous amount of pressure on startup founders. Not only do they need to be creative, optimistic, self-confident, and unafraid of failure—they also need considerable business smarts to carve out a financial plan and woo investors. But even that’s not quite… continue…