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How would you name a military startup?

How would you name an oddly positioned military startup? [more inside]
posted by speek on Aug 28, 2008 - 23 answers

How to switch companies?

Controversial Job Change: Family business broke up, 1/2 the family left current company to start competing business. Considering the bad blood, how do I make a switch to the other team? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 11, 2008 - 10 answers

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]
posted by drkrdglo on Jul 16, 2008 - 15 answers

Website startups - big or small?

I have an idea for a language-learning website which would take some time to set up. But while I'm doing that, I have thought about setting up a part of the future website - say a blog - and running it independently, hopefully to build up some traffic for a while before incorporating it into the full launch later, when it comes. Which does weblore say is better - to wait until your full site is ready to go, or to start small, potentially building up interest, and then develop? Are there any links giving thoughts on these issues?
posted by Holly on Jun 12, 2008 - 8 answers

It costs WHAT?!?!

Is there an easy way to estimate startup costs of a tech services company? [more inside]
posted by bitdamaged on Jun 4, 2008 - 4 answers

What happens to nerds that strike it big early in their careers?

What happens to rank-and-file tech guys after they strike it rich in a tech boom? Do they keep working? How do they spend their money? Do they waste their lives away? [more inside]
posted by vizsla on May 14, 2008 - 15 answers

Trying to brainstorm for a one-person business idea.

Help me think of a new business or career that can be started by one person with a small start-up budget? [more inside]
posted by pinkbungalow on May 7, 2008 - 14 answers

How to get money to start a business?

Some friends and I are looking at starting a business, and we need some up-front capital. About $100k. What's the best way to try and get this? [more inside]
posted by frijole on Apr 2, 2008 - 10 answers

Payroll processor or part-time bookkeeper for startup? (US/SF)

StartupFilter: Payroll processing co or part-time bookkeeper for SF Bay Area co? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 21, 2008 - 6 answers

Best on-line account for a startup?

Startupfilter: best on-line account for a small US business? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 18, 2008 - 3 answers

OFFICEMONKEY DESIRES HELP WITH PROMOTIONS THXZ

Startupfilter: I'm a 2ndgen hire at a startup (non-computer) in Beijing, and I want promotionZ. HOW DO I GET THEM??? Because I was promised them. The "more inside" is long... [more inside]
posted by saysthis on Mar 5, 2008 - 14 answers

I've got a meeting with venture capital people on Friday, help!

A while ago, I started this open-source project called StupidFilter. Things are proceeding well, albeit a bit more slowly than my initial rather optimistic estimates. Recently, a local venture capital firm contacted me about the project and I've got a meeting with them on Friday. Now, I've got a business plan, and I think it's a pretty good one, but I'm not sure what they'll be expecting or looking for. Anyone have experience with getting a tech startup off the ground with VC funding? [more inside]
posted by signalnine on Feb 16, 2008 - 14 answers

Is there a program out there that will turn on my computer for me?

Is there a program out there that will turn on my computer for me? [more inside]
posted by jModug on Feb 8, 2008 - 9 answers

Which Web Tech?

Which web development technology should I pursue for a commercial venture - php, python, perl or ruby? [more inside]
posted by mooders on Feb 6, 2008 - 18 answers

White screen on startup

My computer- a Toshiba Satellite A65, running Windows XP SP2- will sometimes collapse on starting, displaying only a mottled white screen. The only way past it is to shut the machine off and restart (hoping it doesn't happen again). What component or process is failing?
posted by Kronos_to_Earth on Jan 30, 2008 - 6 answers

How do I go full time on my start-up?

In the evenings and weekends, I've been working on a web start-up company with a colleague. I think our idea is great and can make money and we're both pretty smart. I want to go full time. What is the best way to do this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 29, 2008 - 8 answers

What Percentage of Equity for Soft. Eng. at a fresh startup?

What Percentage of Equity to expect from a Startup in Options? [more inside]
posted by morallybass on Jan 16, 2008 - 3 answers

How do I execute this command at start up in OS X?

OS X-filter: I've been searching but having a hard time finding an answer anywhere. I have a command I put into the terminal each time I boot my Mac that disables some third party firewall I can't find to delete. I'd like a shell script that would launch and just execute the command each time I start up my computer. [more inside]
posted by mattoly on Dec 13, 2007 - 8 answers

How do I spin this? And how much should I charge?

How do I spin this? And how much should I charge? [more inside]
posted by juliewhite on Dec 6, 2007 - 10 answers

Starting a College or University

Does anyone here have experience starting a small college or university? (more inside) [more inside]
posted by PHINC on Dec 2, 2007 - 19 answers

How much money do I need to save for my new business to take off without a hitch?

How much money do I need to start my business? And am I foolish to think I will be able to do this?? [more inside]
posted by bacall423 on Nov 7, 2007 - 22 answers

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]
posted by Redruin on Oct 14, 2007 - 5 answers

Where should I register my company?

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]
posted by mateuslee on Oct 9, 2007 - 4 answers

I know we need income distribution rules in writing. What does the writing say?

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]
posted by andifsohow on Sep 27, 2007 - 10 answers

Seeking info/guidance on Internet startup costs

We’re seeking advice on startup and ongoing costs specific to an Internet venture. We would really appreciate any advice/guidance at all. [more inside]
posted by boone on Sep 16, 2007 - 19 answers

how to divide ownership shares in a side-project startup?

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?
posted by scarabic on Sep 5, 2007 - 7 answers

How should I continue with my open source web app idea?

I've have this idea for an open source web application project. Currently, there isn't much more than sketches, light research and ideas resulting from my own experiences of using similiar products. I would like to do something real out of this but the scope of the project is far too big for me alone. What should I do next? [more inside]
posted by Foci for Analysis on Aug 5, 2007 - 16 answers

Which costs can we deduct, if any?

I started a voip company in California, with a friend which we will give up soon. Costs were: dedicated hosting, buying servers, telephony hardware, web hosting, headsets, and our own Internet / cell phone services. My question is, what can we deduct on our taxes, if anything? This seems like it should be a common situation. Oh, and we never registered as a corp or partnership.
posted by lpctstr; on Jul 26, 2007 - 2 answers

Help me prepare to prepare my web project.

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]
posted by croutonsupafreak on Jul 23, 2007 - 1 answer

Feasible? Or cuckoo? Where to begin?

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]
posted by jennyjenny on Jul 11, 2007 - 18 answers

What Constitutes a Verbal Contract?

About a year ago I agreed (verbally) to do some programming work for a startup in exchange for a small amount of equity. In the meantime I've lost faith that this equity will be worth anything. Can I decline to do this work, or have I made a binding verbal contract that I must now fulfill? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 25, 2007 - 15 answers

Why is a hard drive preventing my computer from turning on?

Why is a hard drive preventing my computer from turning on? [more inside]
posted by JulianDay on Jun 11, 2007 - 4 answers

My iMac only displays a blank white screen when I turn it on. What should I do?

My iMac only displays a blank white screen when I turn it on. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by deinemutti on May 30, 2007 - 8 answers

how to get started providing a service via SMS?

i would like to develop services that receive and send sms (text messages). how can i get started, playing around with my ideas? [more inside]
posted by k7lim on May 15, 2007 - 5 answers

Initech is already taken....

How do I name a new company? [more inside]
posted by cschneid on Apr 18, 2007 - 20 answers

Do you know of a "Founder's Forum" for startups?

My wife and I are about to launch a new web startup. This is her second successful venture and I am moving from agency creative to join her. Throughout the process, there are many opportunities to reinvent the wheel and I would love to connect with other people that are putting their nest eggs on the line and taking the web 2.0 leap. I am looking for a "founders forum" for entrepreneurs. Does anyone know of a forum or community that is centered around the trials and tribulations of serious startups?
posted by Occams Hammer on Apr 12, 2007 - 11 answers

What to consider when opening a brewery?

I think my town could support a microbrewery. Where do I start? What are some considerations? [more inside]
posted by Telf on Mar 14, 2007 - 13 answers

how to make the next big site

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!
posted by sacho on Mar 11, 2007 - 29 answers

Human resources consulting in Ontario Canada?

Free or cheap human resources consulting for a start up in Ontario, Canada? [more inside]
posted by saraswati on Feb 13, 2007 - 1 answer

Help me identify this dotcom boom movie?

What is the name of this movie about a video-streaming startup? [more inside]
posted by mikeyk on Feb 10, 2007 - 13 answers

How to get work at tiny tech startups without knowing a friend-of-a-friend of the founder

In my 8 remaining months before I start at Stanford, I'd like to find a job at a small (1-10 people) tech startup in the Bay Area, preferably Web-related. I have previous experience at this type of company as a Web developer, and I have useful skills. The problem: I don't have a network of people to help me find such a job, and these positions seem to be given to friends-of-friends(-of-friends) of the current employees. [more inside]
posted by jbb7 on Jan 5, 2007 - 11 answers

How do we split profits for our startup?

SmallBusiness Filter: I need help with how my business partners and I get paid. [more inside]
posted by xyberspam on Dec 20, 2006 - 3 answers

How can I stop an automatic adobe download?

How can I stop an automatic adobe download? Every time I boot up my computer I get a prompt to download Adobe version 7.0. I already have it on my machine and I use windows XP. I’ve tried to initiate the download, to get rid of the prompt, and I get a message that you already have this version on your machine and the download stops. I’ve tried to uninstall version 7.0 and reinstall it and that doesn’t work either. Does anyone have a suggestion? Thanks in advance for your help.
posted by orlin on Dec 2, 2006 - 8 answers

Where can I have a meeting in New York?

Where can I find office space by the hour in NYC? [more inside]
posted by crickets on Nov 30, 2006 - 6 answers

Crazy Startup Shiznit

I'm checking over the health of a friend's Dell laptop. In System Information -> Software Environment -> Startup Programs, she has thousands of entries, consisting of all the files in the system32 folder. These entries are duplicated under the user names .DEFAULT and NTAUTHORITY\SYSTEM, and are in location "Startup". Is this a problem, why are the entries there, should I delete them, and how?
posted by Arcaz Ino on Nov 12, 2006 - 15 answers

Any resources for working with other partners in a startup?

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]
posted by anonymous on Nov 11, 2006 - 16 answers

No lawyer jokes, please...

What should I be asking and looking for while meeting with potential corporate lawyers and tax people? What should I expect from them during these meetings? [more inside]
posted by NotMyselfRightNow on Nov 6, 2006 - 2 answers

Why is my car making an odd noise?

My '96 Civic is making a peculiar noise when I start it up in the morning. [more inside]
posted by fermion on Nov 2, 2006 - 14 answers

What is the name of the programmer who killed himself?

I read this article a few years ago about a Silicon Valley programmer who committed suicide after getting rich off a startup. I can't remember the name of the programmer but I do remember some of the details. Does anyone know this story? [more inside]
posted by onepapertiger on Oct 27, 2006 - 9 answers

Can't we negotiate?

After only a week or so of job search, I've been offered a software development position at a little startup that does almost exactly what I want to do. Seriously, I cannot imagine a more ideal group to work for. I'm supposed to contact them next week to discuss terms and salary. However, during the interview, some of the statements seemed to imply that they didn't have the budget to satisfy my requested salary. I really want to work for these folks, but don't want to sell myself short. Can you think of creative suggestions I might make during negotiations to make up the difference? [more inside]
posted by Netzapper on Oct 27, 2006 - 19 answers

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