I find the legal and operational nooks and crannies of running a startup detailed in Neal Stephenson's novel Cryptonomicon fascinating. (Example: "People like Avi and Beryl, who have been in business a lot, have this noticeable preference for two-person conversations [to protect other corporate officers].") Do you have any recommendations for novels or non-fiction with similar storylines, passages and advice?
I am looking for a high-quality feasibility study template that can work on an international level (this is for a proposed startup in Europe/MENA region). Have you ever come across a template that you thought was well-planned? I don't mind paying for it but if it's for free, it would be great.
I have what I think is a really good idea for a social networking website, kind of along the lines of airbnb or meetup. If it was done right, I think it could be very popular. But the problem is that I have zero business knowledge and zero computer/coding/web design knowledge, and therefore I have no leverage with those I'd have to partner with. All I have is an idea. [more inside]
I'd like to start on online-base media/information/advice business, and I'm having trouble deciding on where to incorporate. [more inside]
I currently live in NYC - uber-expensive. I'm planning to quit my job very soon (maybe Monday) and go fulltime with my own consulting business. Its technology related and I've had 2 clients thus far and I have evidence I can charge a sizable hourly rate and there's a market for it, but I haven't had time to really market it and the biggest problem is I am not available to make sales calls during the day. I've had inquires from Fortune 100 companies where I come off totally unprofessional unable to even schedule a call during business hours so I think its time to free up my schedule. [more inside]
Durrrrrrr... What's a startup? [more inside]
I started a company, but it probably would have been better to co-found. Do people ever do this sort of thing? How? [more inside]
What should I look for in an employment contract for new startup? [more inside]
I've got the technical skills and the product idea, but I know nothing about the business side of doing a startup. How can I learn and do? [more inside]
I'm a woman in my 30's founding a startup that I'm very excited about. I'm also ready to seek out a serious relationship. Are the two mutually exclusive? [more inside]
I'm starting a property management company. Everything is ready to go - except the name! [more inside]
I have the reverse problem of most startups... within two years I built a solid and unique brand, with a high media profile and street cred, proven content and products, and a passionate audience of over 240,000 people and growing. But although people congratulate me daily on my success I'm literally exhausted and starving. People circle me daily wanting to "sponsor" me, but I've found most of them want to make money *off* of me, not pay me and help me grow. Fact is, I'm accepting now that I just can't do it all by myself and I don't even WANT to... but I'm a victim of my own quick success. Without a staff and resources I can't expand, grow and monetize as I *need* to in order to meet the demand. [more inside]
I'm looking for guides, honest accounts and balanced sober economic plans, proposals, checklists etc on the realities of starting a small business in a South Pacific Island Country (think Fiji, Vanuatu, etc) as an American. [more inside]
How do I start a new private limited company in the UK and then start a new business banking account for it? [more inside]
I'm founding a startup! Yaaay! I have some friends who like my idea and want to help me. However, I have no money to pay them, so I'm guessing that I'll need to give them a piece of the action. I don't want to get screwed, but at the same time, I don't want to be perceived as a jerk. What is the most fair way to divide up the pie? What's the best way to approach this discussion without coming off as a jerk? [more inside]
Need help finding manufacturer abroad to produce a product. I'm struggling finding companies that are still interested when I tell them I am a small business startup (with a great idea!). I understand that telling manufacturers that I'm not going to put in a huge order they are less interested but a girl needs to start somewhere! There are so many people that read this site I thought someone might have an idea or experience doing this. Thank you very much!
How to launch a webapp that derives its value from a community when it has no community? [more inside]
Unsecured Startup Loans: Do they really exist? [more inside]
Setting up a small business in the state of Washington (Seattle). Questions. [more inside]
For my wife: What are the best ways to find opportunities for freelance bookkeeping and accounting work? [more inside]
What do you wish you had known before starting your...startup? [more inside]
My friends and I have what we think is a pretty lucrative, clever, and unique idea for a web-service. However, none of us are especially web or business savy, but we are enthusiastic and confident and so would still like to move forward with the idea. [more inside]
Do I need to register a company in all of the countries I want to do business? [more inside]
I'm getting involved with a comic startup. How can I protect the stuff that I make? [more inside]
How should my business partner and I split the ownership and income of our start up? [more inside]
My buddy just landed $100k and we both want to start a business...Any recession-proof business startup suggestions? [more inside]
I need an SBA loan yesterday. My business is in startup mode, I'm already fielding new orders, but I need startup capital to get this thing off the ground. [more inside]
What are the best books to read if I'm interested in incorporating a business? In this I'm interested in more legal-oriented books (taxes, finding a CPA), as well as general advice/best practices. [more inside]
How do a few friends with a talent and a vague idea, but no plan and no money, start a business? Or is this a recipe to disaster and broken friendships? [more inside]
What kinds of advertising options should a new internet startup offer its customers and how should they be priced?
What kinds of advertising options should a new internet startup offer its customers and how should they be priced? [more inside]
I am thinking about incorporating my web-based software startup. First, I am not sure if it makes sense to incorporate. Second, if I do incorporate, I am not not sure where in the world ( not just the U.S. ) I should incorporate. [more inside]
I am looking to self fund starting a business, but I need to seek a small amount of additional capital. Ideally, I would like to do this through friends and family, through a more formalized agreement. So how can I "sell them" a piece of my business without selling them stock? [more inside]
LLC d/b/a BBQ. Let's say I incorporate as "cavalierisawesome lol LLC". I then make a business card that says "Bob's Consulting". When I do business, the bills are settled to "cavalierisawesome lol llc". Can I market or advertise my services in a name separate from my incorporated name? [more inside]
BusinessStartupFilter: I'm looking to get into the sports concession business but have idea where to start. [more inside]
I'm about to start some new business ventures and my current web host has not been doing a very good job so I want to switch while things are still small. Helllp! [more inside]
3 guys, fresh out of college, looking for some financial advice on obtaining a developer for our startup
Two college friends and myself are looking to put together a mobile application start-up. We have the business end of the startup covered, but we need to find a developer to help us out. We need some financial guidance on what to do and what not to do. Should we pay a freelance developer, or bring someone on board with us as a partner? [more inside]
Help me think of a new business or career that can be started by one person with a small start-up budget? [more inside]
StartupFilter: Payroll processing co or part-time bookkeeper for SF Bay Area co? [more inside]
Startupfilter: best on-line account for a small US business? [more inside]
Help me appraise the intellectual property values of acquaintances, if I do all the work bringing their ideas to market.
Need help appraising the intellectual property values of acquaintances, if I do all the work bringing their ideas to market. [more inside]
I'm going to register my company as an LLC. My next question is where? Which US state is the best for this? [more inside]
How to divide up a company amongst 3 people when 2 people will be doing most of the work for the first 6-12 months. [more inside]
I have an idea for a web project. It may have some commercial potential eventually but will basically be a night project for me and the other folks involved. Think of how MetaFilter got its start... hand-rolled / bootstrapped, whatever. My question is: how do you agree on who gets what share of any proceeds down the road? In particular, the design work will be heavy up front but tapering off after launch. Is it insulting to offer a designer a 5% share for a few days work? Does everyone brought in need to be made an equal partner? I'm sure the answer to that is no, but I'm not sure what the alternatives are. Paying people cash for work is not an option. There is no cash, and everyone involved is willing to invest some time and wait for results. The only thing is that some of us will be investing more time than others... so what to do?
I'm in the very early phases of putting together a special-interest web site, which will begin as a blog but could eventually add other features. For at least the first year or two, I expect to lose money on this. Eventually, I hope to cover my costs or maybe even make a small (very small) profit with advertising. What business, tax and technology considerations should I keep in mind as I get going? [more inside]
My business idea...brilliant, or a waste of time? Have you, or your business, ever needed a service like this? Has any company you worked for ever employed anybody to do this? [more inside]
my friends and i have an idea for an awesome website - the next youtube or myspace. we know what we want it to look like, how we want it to work, the features we want it to have. but (and this is a big but) none of us have the skills to actually make it - or even know if it's possible with current technologies. is the idea worth anything without the technology or code that would bring the idea to fruition? how do we take our ideas to the next level? how to we protect our idea while trying to do this? hoping you can help a few english majors with a dream make it with an internet startup...thanks!
SmallBusiness Filter: I need help with how my business partners and I get paid. [more inside]
How much should I expect out of partners from a startup, in regards to time and commitment? I am the type who will spend every waking hour researching, working, making contacts, etc. I do not believe my partners are making the same time commitment. Any advice, books or resources on dealing with interpersonal relationships when a startup is in the early phases? [more inside]
When to bring a business development person into a startup? [more inside]
StartupFilter: A two-person software startup wants to bring on two developers, what can we offer them? [more inside]
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