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Find the Perfect Co-Founder for Your Startup

Find the Perfect Co-Founder for Your Startup

Stewart Butterfield and Caterina Fake in 2005, one year after they co-founded Flickr. 
A lot of founders out there are looking for their significant others. No, we’re not talking about love among the cubicles. We mean the search for a co-founder – someone to share your dreams, frustrations and late-night microwave popcorn.

The Pivot: The Moment Where Startups Change or Die

The Pivot: The Moment Where Startups Change or Die

The software venture that switched to a dog-walking service. The dating site that morphed to data storage. The e-commerce play that transformed itself to make board games. We’ve seen them all.
Actually, we’re lying. We just made them up. But you get the picture: There are times in the life of a startup – especially in its early life – when…

Game Startups Eye Zynga Bling

Game Startups Eye Zynga Bling

The big news in the world of tech acquisition may be Facebook’s $1 billion acquisition of Instagram. But startups that make games are more interested in a deal that happened back in March: Zynga’s $210 million purchase of OMGPop, the company behind Draw Something. For entrepreneurs in the gaming field, being bought by Zynga is the new exit…

“Will Work for $1 Billion”

“Will Work for $1 Billion”

When Facebook bought Instagram for $1 billion earlier this month, casual observers scratched their heads. “A billion dollars for a company with a photo-sharing app and zero revenue? WTF?”
But the acquisition was not all about the app. Important as the app is to Facebook’s mobile strategy, Facebook is also paying for the people behind…

Startup Hiring: The 10% Solution

Startup Hiring: The 10% Solution

LinkedIn employees get a 24-hour gym. Twitter workers get free laundry service. Googlers get Japanese toilets with a cool “rear-cleansing” function. How can your startup compete with that? It’s not easy.

When tech giants such as Facebook give their workers six-figure packages and everything up to and including free leather repair (leather…

Move Your Startup to Chile-con Valley, Get $40,000!

Move Your Startup to Chile-con Valley, Get $40,000!

It’s the plight of every startup: mucho trabajo, poco dinero. What to do?

Steve Davis packed his laptop and his Spanish phrasebook and moved to Chile. On arrival, a government program called Start-Up Chile handed him $40,000, no equity required. He also got a visa, office space, mentoring, help with networking and fundraising, and connections…

How to Choose a Startup Incubator

How to Choose a Startup Incubator

Incubators are hot. There are more than a thousand in the U.S., and the proliferation is causing some tech-industry watchers to fret. The flock of incubators is spawning a glut of wanna-be entrepreneurs ready to quit their jobs, commit their lives to a 10-week incubator program and end up with nothing but broken dreams and a souvenir hoodie.

But…

Don’t Let the Wrong Name Sink Your Startup

Don’t Let the Wrong Name Sink Your Startup

What’s in a name? For startups, not as much as you might think. For example, you might expect a company called whorepresents.com to quickly hit the skids. But the online database of talent agents has been around since 2001 (capitialized as WhoRepresents?com, natch). And the fashion site Fashism is thriving. (Maybe its followers were too obsessed…

SEO DIY: Optimize Your Startup’s Website Yourself

SEO DIY: Optimize Your Startup’s Website Yourself

Anyone who pays attention to the world of search engine optimization knows that maximizing your company’s search results on Google and other search engines is not something you can do with a quick pin here and a hasty status update there. It’s a full-time job.

But if you’re working to build a startup, you’ve already got a full-time job – or two or…