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Stuck In A Rut

I'm 21, jobless (on benefit) and still living with my parents. I want to move out and concentrate on starting a business with my friend (which is something I've thought long and hard about). [more inside]
posted by nam3d on Mar 19, 2010 - 8 answers

Resources to help writing a business proposal

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]
posted by mateuslee on Feb 23, 2010 - 14 answers

Venture Capitalists, and Working in a Startup for Stock

Have you had any experience working for stock options in a startup or being a VC or dealing with a VC? Some questions inside about evaluating the promise of a startup company, and working for stock options... [more inside]
posted by oneous on Jan 22, 2010 - 11 answers

What to do in San Francisco next week

I'll be in San Francisco next week the 17th through the 21st (hopefully) raising some capital for my startup company. While I'm in the Bay area I'd like to attend some startup/tech related informal meetups or unconferences. Is there a good event calendar for this sort of thing? I've found a few listings but not anything that's exhaustive.
posted by signalnine on Jan 15, 2010 - 6 answers

Do I need to register a company in all of the countries I want to do business?

Do I need to register a company in all of the countries I want to do business? [more inside]
posted by nazca on Jan 15, 2010 - 4 answers

I am joining a comic start-up, and I need some advice on what to do next.

I'm getting involved with a comic startup. How can I protect the stuff that I make? [more inside]
posted by hellojed on Jan 13, 2010 - 11 answers

Location, Location, Location. But Which One?

Trying to choose a location for a new retail shop and have narrowed our choices to about 3 neighborhoods based on our own walk-arounds and research. Fortunately, we have connections with current shop owners in each neighborhood and they're happy to sit down with us and talk about their experiences. [more inside]
posted by webhund on Jan 13, 2010 - 5 answers

How to split business ownership fairly?

How should my business partner and I split the ownership and income of our start up? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 7, 2009 - 16 answers

My iBook G4 won't start.

My iBook G4 won't start! [more inside]
posted by The Card Cheat on Nov 30, 2009 - 15 answers

Sounds like your starter is dead.

Why won't my computer boot up Windows on the first try? [more inside]
posted by Saxon Kane on Nov 18, 2009 - 8 answers

Can I use a retirement fund to buy out startup stock options?

I'm about to leave a startup to go to a different company, and I need some help figuring out how to handle my stock options. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 17, 2009 - 7 answers

I need a nerd

Can anyone recommend a tech-startup-friendly accountant in Toronto? [more inside]
posted by hayvac on Oct 26, 2009 - 1 answer

Any $100k recession-proof business startup ideas?

My buddy just landed $100k and we both want to start a business...Any recession-proof business startup suggestions? [more inside]
posted by schindyguy on Oct 14, 2009 - 25 answers

Where can I fit in a small tech startup?

Where can I fit into (and how can I find) a tech startup or small tech company, that does something I'm passionate about with my current skills/experience? [more inside]
posted by studiosonic on Oct 12, 2009 - 2 answers

How do you fund a startup with (virtually) no collateral?

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]
posted by ohyouknow on Oct 8, 2009 - 11 answers

Updating OS on a New Mac...While Keeping it Virginally New

I'm donating a Mac laptop, and it's loaded with 10.6.0. I want to upgrade it to 10.6.1, but then still have the computer start up for them "virgin" (i.e. with the "welcome to macintosh" rigamarole and with no other accounts appearing). [NOTE: you may believe that's a silly thing to desire. Your disdain has been pre-registered, but I stupidly persist in hoping for this result]. Is there any way to update the OS and then completely erase my own footprints? [more inside]
posted by jimmyjimjim on Sep 20, 2009 - 9 answers

What are the best books to read if I'm interested in incorporating a business?

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]
posted by christopherbdnk on Sep 20, 2009 - 9 answers

Where is the idiot's guide to financing a web startup?

Where is the idiot's guide to financing a web startup? [more inside]
posted by nyc_consultant on Sep 8, 2009 - 8 answers

How do a few friends without a lot of resources start a business?

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]
posted by [insert clever name here] on Aug 14, 2009 - 11 answers

At least it was a shit job.

In Queensland, Australia: I've been laid off from a job for which I've never had a contract. No notice, no redundancy payments offered, etc. I'm screwed, right? I imagine so, but just checking. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 4, 2009 - 12 answers

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]
posted by tnoetz01 on Jul 29, 2009 - 2 answers

Startup my Startup

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]
posted by jasondigitized on Jun 24, 2009 - 3 answers

Where the developers at?

New York City or Tri-State Area web developer conferences - are there any upcoming where I could network to find new hires for my company? [more inside]
posted by spicynuts on May 26, 2009 - 6 answers

how do new startup companies outsource labor for a cheaper price?

What if I want to outsource a product to another country to get it made cheap. How do I do that? [more inside]
posted by femmme on May 24, 2009 - 3 answers

How to investigate a slow startup process on Windows XP computers on a medium business domain

Is there software or some automated method to audit the entire startup process of a Windows XP computer to find why startup is slow? [more inside]
posted by joshrholloway on May 15, 2009 - 11 answers

Podcasts about start ups and social media

Business Start-ups plus Social Media podcasts? [more inside]
posted by ZackTM on May 14, 2009 - 2 answers

Advice on forming a mostly online-based LLC while not having a stable physical location?

Advice on forming a mostly online-based LLC while not having a stable physical location? [more inside]
posted by Poleris on May 12, 2009 - 8 answers

What useful web site should I write?

I want to write a web application. What would be useful to you? [more inside]
posted by jlstitt on May 5, 2009 - 30 answers

Should I include a failed startup on my resume?

Should I include a failed startup on my resume? [more inside]
posted by lenny70 on Apr 29, 2009 - 17 answers

Help me help her iMac boot from the install DVD.

iMac G4 won't start from (iMac G4-specific) OS X install disk. But WILL start from the Apple Hardware Test CD. More details follow... [more inside]
posted by The Deej on Apr 24, 2009 - 10 answers

Going through the startup steps. Next step: the lawyers!

I need advice on lawyer(s) for a startup venture. [more inside]
posted by swngnmonk on Apr 15, 2009 - 6 answers

What is the best way to pay independant contractors of my new web development company?

I'd like to hire some designers/copywriters as contractors, how do I handle stuff like "comps" for my clients? Also, is it a common practice to tell the contractor that they will get paid when I get paid by the client? I have some more questions inside. These are partly business process questions and partly "contractor etiquette" questions. [more inside]
posted by sideshow on Mar 23, 2009 - 16 answers

How Do I Talk to the (Graphic Designer/Coder) Animals?

Teach a person without a creative/coding/CSS bone in his body to talk at least semi-intelligently to graphic and web designers. [more inside]
posted by webhund on Mar 18, 2009 - 13 answers

What sites should I submit my startup to?

I have almost finished development on an online classified site dedicated to bartering. It will launch at the end of April and I want to know what general submission / initial promotion sites I should use to get my name out there. [more inside]
posted by schindyguy on Mar 11, 2009 - 2 answers

Emphasis on "good"

How do I find a good technical co-founder for my startup? (I am not the worthless ideas-only guy!) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 23, 2009 - 7 answers

2001 Saab 9-3 ignition problem

My car won't start up on the first and sometimes second try, after a cold night. [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Feb 9, 2009 - 16 answers

Do I exercise my options early if I have the choice?

Did you work for a startup and exercise your options early? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 5, 2009 - 11 answers

Help me micro-fund my business, but not like, by YOU giving me money..

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]
posted by Jonsnews on Feb 5, 2009 - 9 answers

Small mobile development start up looking for advice on becoming an LLC and paying freelacers.

Small mobile development start up looking for advice on becoming an LLC and paying freelacers. [more inside]
posted by drkrdglo on Jan 30, 2009 - 5 answers

How to negotiate with the boss of the startup company I work for?

Working for a startup and going a little crazy- how should I handle it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 25, 2009 - 10 answers

Bobs LLC dba FrankFurters

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]
posted by cavalier on Jan 5, 2009 - 5 answers

I like my start tabs, but not that much!

Why is Firefox duplicating my tabs? [more inside]
posted by pdb on Dec 29, 2008 - 4 answers

New Business - Where Do I Start

BusinessStartupFilter: I'm looking to get into the sports concession business but have idea where to start. [more inside]
posted by shew on Dec 17, 2008 - 5 answers

"I'm gonna make him an offer he can't refuse"...

Writing your own job description - how to talk yourself into a job you want? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 15, 2008 - 2 answers

Unemployment for an unpaid startup co-founder?

Do I qualify for CA unemployment as an unpaid founder of a startup? What if the company goes under or lays me off? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 11, 2008 - 3 answers

Could cold be a imac problem

Is it possible the cold in the room is a factor in why my older imac has a difficult time starting up in the morning?
posted by citybuddha on Dec 8, 2008 - 12 answers

Help me become a web savvy mogul superstar! (on a budget) :)

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]
posted by miss lynnster on Nov 2, 2008 - 7 answers

How do I compensate for sweat equity in a software startup?

How do I set up a fair system of compensation for people contributing sweat equity to a software startup? [more inside]
posted by Turtles all the way down on Oct 9, 2008 - 4 answers

Cost of living or job pool: help me decide!

In the current economic climate, should I stay where I am in a place with average cost-of-living and a average job possibilities, or move to a place with high cost-of-living but great job possibilities? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 6, 2008 - 11 answers

I LOVE Brainstorming. How can I do more of it?

I LOVE Brainstorming. How can I do more of it? [more inside]
posted by k7lim on Oct 3, 2008 - 16 answers

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