Why Your Business Needs Copyrights

Savvy business owners understand the importance of intellectual property (IP) to their business’ success and most can name patents, trademarks, and copyrights as some of the various forms that IP can take. But the distinctions between copyrights, patents, and trademarks is often confusing and misunderstood, even by business people that regularly deal with IP. But not […]

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Underdog Lessons from Maximus Yaney and Titan Aerospace

Taking on giant corporations isn’t easy. Established companies always have a few home turf advantages: years of experience, a well-trained workforce, and brand recognition, among other things. Imagine how daunting it must have been for companies like Sony and Fuji to take on photo giant Kodak. How tough was it for Google to carve out […]

The Pros and Cons of IT Outsourcing: Globally, Nationally and Locally

The Pros and Cons of IT Outsourcing: Globally, Nationally and Locally

Outsourcing is pretty much de rigueur for modern startups looking to conserve capital. But making outsourcing work for your startup isn’t always easy. One of the first steps is figuring out where to outsource.
There are a lot of choices. The first major decision is geographical. Should you outsource locally, nationally or internationally?

Taking Your Startup Back to the Business Basics

Taking Your Startup Back to the Business Basics

Mentoring startups has a lot of benefits: It gives something back to the community and helps other entrepreneurs avoid some of the mistakes that you’ve already made. And it’s also a lot of fun to meet entrepreneurs who are so passionate about their business. Sometimes, though, that passion can make it hard for startups to focus on the business…

The 3 (or 4) Character Traits it takes to Create a Successful Startup

The 3 (or 4) Character Traits it takes to Create a Successful Startup

Want to know the second most comon question from startup entrepreneurs? (The first, of course, is “Where can I get money?”)
It’s “What traits do successful entrepreneurs share?” They’re not asking about tangible things like good ideas, great teams and adequate funding, but, rather the inner characteristics that set apart the founders…

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…

RWW Recommends: The Startup Toolkit

RWW Recommends: The Startup Toolkit

Startups face a lot of challenges, but putting together the tools and infrasture they need to get up and running shouldn’t be one of them. Startups need to minimize cost and effort so they can focus on brewing their secret sauce, but they can’t afford to look like amateurs.
That’s where ReadWriteRecommends comes in. The Startup Toolkit…

Sharing Office Space – 6 Things to Worry About

Sharing Office Space – 6 Things to Worry About

When you’re launching a business, you’re always on the lookout for every possible way to cut costs. One of the smartest – or maybe the dumbest – ways to save money is to share office space with a bigger company. It all depends on how well you understand the dos, the don’ts and the special […]

How a 9-Year-Old Boy Became the Latest Internet Meme

How a 9-Year-Old Boy Became the Latest Internet Meme

If you’re looking for a warm, heart-rending story for today, look no further than how Caine Monroy became the latest YouTube viral sensation, with more than 2.4 million views and counting since it was posted last week.

Thanks to a loyal customer, Nirvan Mullick (pictured with Monroy), the schoolboy now has a $150,000 scholarship fund and fans all…

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…

3 Reasons Why Everyone Needs to Learn Markdown

3 Reasons Why Everyone Needs to Learn Markdown

You’ve probably heard of Markdown. Maybe you’ve heard the name for years. Perhaps you just encountered it, since it’s enjoyed a renaissance lately.

But do you know what it is? Are you using it? You should be. Here are three good reasons to use Markdown. There are no good reasons not to.