Harsh Reality

Why Scaling Fast Is Nearly Impossible

By | Aug 5, 2016 at 4:00 pm

Startup Genome analyzed surveys from 3,200 startups to conclude that, of startups that failed, 70 percent did so due to premature scaling. Jeff Haynie agrees: His 20-year startup career taught him a thing or two. Writing at Recode, Haynie detailed five lessons he’s learned in…

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Here’s How to Succeed as a Single-Person Startup

By | Jul 11, 2016 at 4:40 pm

When it comes to the startup world, there’s always a new company to know on the horizon. Whether it’s the latest tech startup, or an up-and-coming niche, it’s important to keep an eye on the rising stars of the industry. But whether you’re running…

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If Your Startup is Struggling, That Might Be a Good Sign

By | Aug 18, 2015 at 12:30 pm

No successful startup was easy to build, writes entrepreneur Mathilde Collin – so if your startup is struggling, it might mean you’re onto something. As cofounder and CEO of Front, Collin has gone through many of these struggles and heard tales of others. Like…

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Raise Standards to Boost Business Growth: 4 Areas to Improve

By | Jul 21, 2015 at 7:00 pm

Whether your business has just started out, or you’re working your way through a rough patch, it can become tempting to take any customers that you can find, say yes to every project that comes your way, and cut corners whenever possible to maximize…

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3 Insider Tips for Helping your Startup beat the Odds

By | Jun 16, 2015 at 8:00 am

As the saying goes, you can’t expect to succeed without failing first. This is especially true if you are an entrepreneur who has embarked on the rollercoaster that is starting your own business. While you do need to possess a certain level of passion…

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76 Powerful Lessons from Failed Startups

By | Jun 5, 2015 at 5:00 pm

While the notions of casual wear, hip coworking spots, and Friday in-office happy hours are very alluring for those wanting to get into the startup life, the reality is that most startups will inevitably fail. We read stories all the time about startups raising…

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The Harsh Reality of Working for an Early Stage Startup

By | Mar 14, 2015 at 8:00 am

What do you think of when you hear “I work for a start-up”? Probably something that resembles the latest GoDaddy Superbowl commercial of a self-employed man hard at work instead of watching the game like everyone else. Or maybe you’re thinking of something out…

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6 Similarities Between Startups and Babies

By | Mar 6, 2015 at 10:00 am

In a post written a couple of days ago, Omniref cofounder and CTO Montana Low wrote a blog post sharing his belief that startups and babies actually have a lot of similarities. Dubious as the comparison may sound, the analogy (and the accompanying story…

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Shanghai

Launching a Sex Startup in China

By | Feb 4, 2015 at 4:30 pm

In China, every new website is required to register with the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, which regulates new media. When the ministry looked at Playroom, a startup that sells luxury sex toys and accessories, they didn’t like what they saw. They gave…

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Logistics: The Unplanned Challenges of Joining a Startup Accelerator

By | Feb 4, 2015 at 2:30 pm

Out of the hundreds of companies that applied to the 2014 class of the Techstars R/GA Accelerator, they chose mine. I still remember the day the call came that startup founders dream about. I immediately began to imagine how my startup would benefit from the…

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Startup CEO: The Loneliest Job in the World?

By | Jan 22, 2015 at 2:30 pm

The presidency was dubbed the “loneliest job in the world” in 1961, when New York Times photographer George Tames snapped a black-and-white photo of President John F. Kennedy alone in the Oval Office. The US president is arguably the most powerful person in the…

Dev & Design

Watch This Designer Create Things Using Just Her Nose

By | Jan 6, 2015 at 8:00 am

Can you imagine going about your everyday life with little to no use of your arms? Can you imagine being a designer with such limited functionality? For designer Michelle Vandy, it’s a reality to which she’s had to get accustomed: everything she designs is…

Entrepreneur

5 Pieces of Startup Advice From a Pair of Teenage Sibling Cofounders

By | Jan 5, 2015 at 12:32 pm

Launching a startup is hard – that statement on its own needs no additional explanation or follow-up; this is just a simple reality – a widely-accepted truth. It can be even harder, though, if you’re still a teenager and still have to deal with…

Entrepreneur

For Startup Success in 2015, Watch Out For These Top 20 Reasons for Startup Failure

By | Jan 2, 2015 at 2:30 pm

For most, startup failure is inevitable. It’s a harsh reality to face, but it’s a reality that you have to acknowledge before fully jumping into the startup world. Resources vary, but anywhere between 70 percent to 90 percent of all startups eventually fail –…