The State of Money, Part I: Private Equity Markets and Startups Before and During 2009

By | Mar 22, 2011 at 1:16 pm

This is part one of a three part series that looks at the private equity market and what it means for your startup. The equity capital market is a space that exists between companies and financial institutions that works to provide capital for those companies….


Finding Cash for Your Start Up – Part 2

By | Jan 23, 2011 at 12:55 pm

On Friday we published part 1 of this article, focusing on various ways to leverage your own cash and credit for your new venture. In today’s post, guest author Michelle Hoffman covers opportunities to fund your business with other people’s money. Other People’s Money…


Finding Cash for Your Start Up – Part 1

By | Jan 21, 2011 at 4:18 pm

Startup businesses need cash to operate.  At the very least, an entrepreneur needs sufficient cash to pay bills, and buy some equipment or server space while things get up and running.  For entrepreneurs, available capital, aka money, can be broken into two broad categories:…


Getting Your Startup Started With Payments

By | Nov 9, 2010 at 12:16 pm

Startups need to make money (unless you’re Twitter) and to make money you need to accept payments. Your head may already be hurting at the flurry of possibilities out there, but don’t worry. Use this quick guide to help you figure out what you…


The QuickBooks Conundrum: A Love-Hate Relationship

By | Oct 7, 2010 at 2:08 pm

This is a guest post by Michelle Hoffman of Hoffman CFO Consulting. HCFO helps lots of young companies understand their finances and put solid internal practices in place. You can reach her on Twitter @hoffmancfo. I hate QuickBooks. It’s not because our company didn’t win…


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How To Determine A Pricing Model For Your Startup with Assistly CEO Alex Bard

By | Sep 23, 2010 at 12:00 am

We saw our first glimpse of Assistly back in January as simple sketches which turned into a private beta. Assistly participated in our first San Diego startup mixer earlier this year and then moved their office to San Francisco and raised $2.2 million dollars…



Old and New School Angel Investing Philosophies Clash in Chicago

By | Aug 31, 2010 at 6:41 pm

Yesterday we attended the Angel Excelerator event in Chicago, Illinois, a half day workshop pulled together by Hyde Park Angels and Excelerate Labs. Going into the event, I was interested in learning the ins and outs of being an angel investor as we see…


SXSW: Building a BulletProof Financial System

By | Mar 14, 2010 at 2:00 pm

Day 3 at SXSW started off for me with a great session by Ramit Sethi, author of I Will Teach You to Be Rich. I had heard of Sethi before, but never read any of his books.  But for some reason, I was interested…


5 Tax Tips for Start-up Businesses & Entrepreneurs

By | Feb 24, 2010 at 2:01 pm

Editor’s Note: This article was written by Bob Meighan, CPA and Vice President of Intuit’s Consumer Tax Group. Meighan is the past chairman and current member of the Electronic Tax Administration Advisory Committee. Meighan has been featured on ABC News, CNBC, CNN, Bloomberg Radio,…


Top Six Small Business Trends of 2010

By | Dec 29, 2009 at 3:10 am

Editor’s Note: This article was written by Shashi Bellamkonda. A prolific Twitterer, blogger, and product innovator, Shashi speaks seven languages and ardently works to turn his hobbies into his profession. He blogs at: and You can follow him on Twitter at: @shashib….