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What Your Opportunity Slide is Missing – Make Investors Believe

This article is part of our series “Pitching to Investors” that shares real examples and practical advice from the Matrix General Partners on …

A Strong Team Starts at Onboarding

An Interview with Andrew Quinn of HubSpot Having a high performing team means: Hiring the right people Creating a structure and culture for them to …

11 signs that you shouldn’t launch a startup

Many people believe that they can create and launch a successful startup online. They think that they can magically make money just like Mark Zuckerberg did with Facebook.<p>They see the Internet — websites, social media sites and mobile apps — as a place where all they have to do is stake their claim …

Self-improvement

So What is The Right Level of Burn Rate for a Startup These Days?

There is much talk these days that startup valuations have decreased and may continue to do so and that the amount of time it takes to fund raise may …

Starting a marketplace is hard. Scaling a marketplace is harder.

Trying to turn an idea into reality is hard — it’s hard because you don’t know where to start, it’s hard because convincing people to do things they …

Product Management

The Harsh Truth About Startup Burn Rates

Feeling the burn? Spending money to make money doesn't always work.<p>Your burn rate is often the financial version of faking it till you make it. It can be impossible to grow a business to scale, or to much of anything at all, without using up money as quickly as you find it. But knowing the …

Startups

Recruiting – The 3rd Crucial Startup Skill

I used to believe that there were two critical startup skills: 1. Building a great product that has clear product/market fit. 2. Building a sales and …

Employment

6 things that great startup founders know that other people don't

Here's what many of the greats know — <i>and practice</i>— that seems to elude many founders:<p>1. It's all about the people.<p>Great startup founders don't always have the greatest ideas. But they know how to surround themselves with people will fill the gaps in their thinking, allowing new ideas and …

10 Ways You Will Screw-Up Raising Capital & Tank The Deal | HUSTLE BRANDING

Whether you are looking for an investor or a new customer, I think there are very clear reasons why someone will not invest in your brand. Having …

What To Do When Your Competitor Gets Funded?

This morning Clutter.io announced they raised $9 million from Sequoia, arguably the best venture capital firm that exists. Congratulations. …

Doing these 3 things will destroy your startup

<i>The Entrepreneur Insider network is an online community where the most thoughtful and influential people in America’s startup scene contribute</i> …

3 Things To Know Before You Raise Funding | Inc.com

The business world today has been flooded with startups, and with them has come the attitude that any restriction on a founder's vision can be poisonous to a company's success. But many ventures -- as well as many of the people who launch them -- can benefit from the help of outside investors in …

5 Tips for Forming an Advisory Board

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Behind all successful entrepreneurs are those special people they turn to for advice and expertise: their advisory board.<p>Unlike a board of directors, an advisory board doesn’t represent shareholders or have any decision-making authority. …

If You Can't Overcome These 5 Mental Hurdles, Then Don't Start a Business

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Would I encourage everyone to start a business? No.<p>Starting a business hurts. It requires hard work. Everyone has skills and abilities, but not everyone should invest those skills and abilities in starting a business. Those who possess …

5 Skills And 3 Wills To Be An Elite Entrepreneur | HUSTLE BRANDING

Often times the word ‘great’ is not only overused, but used mistakenly. We know when we see greatness but what is it that makes up this mystical …

What Can You Do if a VC Pulls Their Term Sheet?

What Can You Do if a VC Pulls Their Term Sheet?I was asked to answer this exact question on Quora and I did so some time ago. The beauty of evergreen …

The Real Way to Create a Remarkably Successful Startup | Inc.com

For many, startups have been the hot, new trend. It's not hard to see why.<p>Startups, when done right, are an easy route to success. Who wouldn't want to work closely with a group of peers? Who wouldn't want to develop a new idea simply to sell it? An innovative app that does something nobody even …

How to Create a Versatile Startup Team

Startups face some unique challenges, the biggest one being the fact that limited funds won’t allow you to hire a lot of employees. This is why you …

5 Tips to Chase Your Entrepreneurial Pursuit While Working a Full-Time Job

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>I heard some pretty terrible advice the other day.<p>The advice came on a business podcast from a successful entrepreneur who had built a company to billion-dollar status. In this podcast, he told the audience that if you are going to be …

The 7 things nobody tells you about being an entrepreneur

<i>This post is in partnership with Entrepreneur. The article below was originally published at</i> <i>entrepreneur.</i><i>com</i><i>.</i><p>By Sarah Vermunt, Entrepreneur<p>There’s no …

The 8 Key Rules of Starting the Business of Your Dreams on a Shoestring Budget

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>A few years ago, before the Internet was pervasive, before everyone carried a smartphone and before do-it-yourself software tools were available for free, it was difficult to reach a critical mass of new customers without spending a …

9 Reasons Why It Sucks Working for a Startup | Inc.com

Between offering free gourmet lunches, a relaxed dress code, and the chance to become rich and famous at a very young age, startups have a certain sexiness that drives a massive amount of interest in working for one.<p>Startup founders have become the new age rock stars. They've become fashionable and …

Are non-US startups living on US time zones?

Are all European startups living in US time zones? Do US customers push SaaS providers to improve products and services?

SaaS

A Shockingly Common Way that Sales Misses Plan

It’s just after the end of a quarter, and for VC’s that means many board meetings to review how portfolio companies have performed. Over the years of …

The Secret to Growing Your Customer Base? Smarter Processes | Inc.com

<i>Justin Gray is the CEO and chief marketing evangelist of LeadMD. He founded the company in 2009 with the vision of transforming traditional grassroots marketing efforts through the use of cloud-based marketing solutions.</i><p>If there's one trait small businesses share, it's the need to identify and …

Your Startup's Pitch Needs Only These 10 Slides | Inc.com

Pitching your startup to investors just might be the most nerve-wracking aspect of starting your new business -- well, besides the prospect of losing your shirt.<p>I get it. The last thing you want to do when you're sleep-deprived and edgy and suffering startup angst is pitch it over... and over... …

5 Ways Successful Entrepreneurs Think Differently | Inc.com

When it comes to owning a business, there are two types of people: those who make it and those who don't. And to the surprise of many, it's not always the most skilled or talented in an industry who survive, but rather those who know how to play the game. There are many traits that make for strong …

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