Start Up Resources

By Chaya Cooper | Start Up Resources from D//D Female Founders

5 Cheap And Easy Ways to Prototype Your New Startup Idea

Picture this: you’re ready to get your startup off the ground. You hire the best developers you can find. Your user experience guru has worked for the top startups. Your designer is talented beyond imagination. You spend months (or years!) perfecting the app you have dreamed of building. The app …

Eric Ries

13 ways to create a prototype on a limited budget

A well-designed app or website can dramatically increase interest in a company or product, but both require an investment of time and capital. As these resources are often in short supply for many startups, releasing a poorly thought-out product can leave a company struggling to regain ground.<p>To …

Lean Startups

What is the Right Burn Rate for your Startup?

One of the hardest decisions entrepreneurs make when they start a company and raise outside capital is figuring out what an acceptable “burn rate” …

Venture Capital

Where to Post Freelance Writing Jobs? Stacklist Reviews 6 Tools to Use

Content is at the center of what we do at Stacklist. We interview founders, and our blog is one of the main ways we synthesize our learning to make …

Employment

5 Tips for Startup CEOs on Running a More Effective Board Meeting

A funny feeling erupts from your belly. Your heart rate accelerates, you check your notes and how presentable you are. On your way to work, you …

Office distractions could be costing your company more than $30k per high-performance employee each…

For a great real-world example, let’s look at the software process methodology called Scrum—where teams synchronize around standardized delivery and …

The Yin and Yang of Product and Engineering

For a tech company, product and engineering are the heart and soul of the business. When I do a quick mental query of headcount across our entire …

First-Mover Disadvantage: Hitting the Market Before it's Ready

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>This is a guest column by Sangeet Paul Choudary, who analyzes business models for internet startups at his blog</i> <i>Platform Thinking</i><i>. You can follow Sangeet on Twitter at</i> <i>@sanguit</i><i>.</i><p>Amazon is entering India. The timing, and not the move in itself, catches the eye. 2010-2011 was a period of …

Business Planning

10 phrases that make angel investors cringe

I’ve seen hundreds of pitches from early stage startups. I’ve invested in some of these startups. I’ve pitched my own companies dozens of times as an …

Want to Attract More Star Performers? Ditch Your Open-Plan Office

More than half of highly talented employees say the noise at work is driving them insane.<p>If you're looking for reasons to dislike open-plan offices, you won't have to search long. Stories of employees hiding in broom closets to avoid distractions abound, and there are plenty of studies testifying …

The Workplace

Brown & Michaels - How to read a patent - the claims

In a printed patent, the claims usually come last. In the USPTO database, they are first, immediately after the bibliographic information and …

Patent Drafting for Beginners: The anatomy of a patent claim

First, every patent claim needs a preamble, which is the introductory phrase in a claim... Second, every patent claim needs a transition. The most …

Intellectual Property

Patent Claim Structure

At the end of every patent is a numbered list of patent claims. Unlike the text that precedes them, the claims very specifically define what is …

VC Finder (New York only). Input Data Here: tiny.cc/vcfinder-form

A<p>B<p>C<p>D<p>E<p>F<p>G<p>H<p>I<p>J<p>1<p>1. WHAT IS THIS?<p>2<p>VC Finder is a tool to help founders form their fundraising strategy, starting with a focus on firms with a New York …

Fundraising Rounds Are Not Milestones

When meeting with founders for the first time I sometimes hear, “We’re a Series A company.” Meanwhile, YC alumni I talk to tell me that their angel …

Founders' Favorite Tools for Startup Fundraising

Raising a round of venture funding is one of the highest stakes business processes we run at a startup. For most founders, it feels like a necessary …

Best Practices in Spreadsheet Design

<i>(This is the first of three blog posts on financial modeling for startups.)</i><p>While some entrepreneurs may think that financial models are just a …

Income Statement

<b>Definition:</b> <i>A financial document generated monthly and/or annually that reports the earnings of a company by stating all relevant revenues (or gross income) and expenses in order to calculate net income. Also referred to as a profit and loss statement..</i><p>The income statement is a simple and …

SaaS

Learn how to pitch your startup with Pitchbot.vc

How much traction? What’s the market size? Who else invested? Are you the target user? These are the questions every investor will ask you, so you better build a business with the right answers and get ready to recite them. That’s what Pitchbot.vc helps you practice.<p>Pitchbot simulates a pitch …

Startups

Forming an Advisory Board that's not horrible

In my last monthly company update for Hitlist, I asked for advice on how to form an advisory board. Here’s a distillation of the feedback I got.<p><b>WHEN</b> …

Exploring the Tech Startup Space

A <b>startup business model</b> is a particular startup’s strategy for generating revenue and profiting from business operations. (Translation: it’s how a …

Start A Fire

Copyright, Trademark, Patent: Your Go-To Primer for Fashion Intellectual Property Law

We will level with you guys: Understanding intellectual property issues in fashion is <i>seriously</i> challenging. It's a field of law that is complicated …

Patents

T.J. Maxx: The rare store that’s thriving while those at the mall struggle

It was hard to find any shred of upbeat news in the apparel industry last week, when heavyweights Macy’s, Kohl’s and Nordstrom all reported disappointing spring sales results.<p>But on Tuesday, the parent company of T.J. Maxx and Marshalls dropped a roaring first-quarter earnings report that showed no …

Trends

First Round State of Startups 2016

Complete Survey Results<p>While we highlighted a dozen findings, the survey actually yielded many interesting, surprising, non-obvious results. See …

How NYC's universities are fueling the local startup ecosystem

New York City is known for a lot of things. It's often labeled as a capital for business, food and culture, but no one ever mentions that it's a …

New Grad and Intern offers 2017 (Input Here: https://goo.gl/forms/iJAdQfrswCN5nrWI3)

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