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Making Your First Time Special: Tips on Hiring Your First Employee


As a startup, one of your biggest challenges will be the hiring process. You might be tempted to rush a hire, because you have a lot on your plate, and need to fill a position right away. Don’t give in to the temptation. Here are some of the costs associated with a mis-hire: severance pay, […]


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A Beginner’s Guide: 5 Early Stage Investment Options


The first year of your startup will be the hardest (it never gets easy, so if you’re in this industry, you better love a challenge!). During this period, most startups consistently find themselves short of money – to pay their employees, their company’s bills, and even their own bills. The need to fundraise or find […]


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Don’t be Stupid: 5 Tests to Shatter Your Startup’s Assumptions and Help You Know Your Customer


One of the toughest lessons I learned at JFDI, Asia’s #1 Accelerator, was that an idea isn’t true until it’s tested. An untested idea is an assumption, and to use a turn of phrase typically reserved for middle management, ‘when you assume, you make an ass of you and me’. To give you some background, […]


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The Talk: Essential Discussions to Have With Your Cofounder


Once you’ve found a co-founder, or put together a team, it’s important to have ‘the talk’. You might recognize ‘the talk’ from romantic relationships (or rom-coms, whatever). People joke about fearing ‘the talk’, but the root of that worry is concern about misalignment of values, timelines, and ultimately a reassessment of their relationship –potentially a […]


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Sharktank: Should You Fundraise?


Fundraising needs to be a conscious choice. For those new to the startup sector, it may appear as though fundraising is almost a rite of passage – every startup goes through the same ‘logical’ investment steps from Seed/Early Stage, to Series A, then maybe to Series B, finally completing with an exit. In fact, entrepreneurs […]


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Get Out of the Office II: Innovation Accounting, or Tracking What You Test


Steve Blank, Godfather of the Lean Startup, is known for pushing entrepreneurs to ensure their ‘startup vision isn’t a hallucination’. Systematic testing is useful way for entrepreneurs to ensure that their startup is based on something other than buckets of optimism. Entrepreneurs are often characterized by their passion and idealism – in addition to their […]


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The Pitch Deck: An Entrepreneur’s Calling Card


Do you want investors to remember you for all the right reasons? Entrepreneurs need to communicate clearly, concisely, and empathetically. Whether you’re a technical cofounder translating a concept to non-technical VCs, a sales person outlining the details of a vision to her technical team, or a founder trying to illustrate the value of his product […]


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Finding the One(s): Search for Your Co-founder


Finding a co-founder is like finding a life partner – you should feel a spark, be able to communicate well, and they should make you laugh. Just as most people are pressured to find a significant other, there’s a lot of hype about having a co-founder. I’m in the camp that says co-founders are useful, […]