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]
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'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]
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.
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]
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]
Why is a hard drive preventing my computer from turning on? [more inside]
My iMac only displays a blank white screen when I turn it on. What should I do? [more inside]
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]
How do I name a new company? [more inside]
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?
I think my town could support a microbrewery. Where do I start? What are some considerations? [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!
Free or cheap human resources consulting for a start up in Ontario, Canada? [more inside]
What is the name of this movie about a video-streaming startup? [more inside]
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]
SmallBusiness Filter: I need help with how my business partners and I get paid. [more inside]
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.
Where can I find office space by the hour in NYC? [more inside]
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?
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]
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]
My '96 Civic is making a peculiar noise when I start it up in the morning. [more inside]
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]
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]
I'm thinking of starting a small business - should I do it? [more inside]
What is an Advisory Board and what does it do? [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]
Where do I find lists of Ukranian and Israeli Web developers with own Web services/products? [more inside]
What books and websites should a non-business-major read to learn about the legal and practical aspects of starting a small business partnership in the US (MD, to be exact)? [more inside]
I am a college student looking to start up a furniture rental business for University students but don't exactly know where to start. ANY advice would be greatly appreciated.
How do I convince the boss that we need to deploy an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) project. [more inside]
Sony VAIO SZ shutdown - startup issues. [more inside]
Should I bring someone on as a business partner? [more inside]
How do I find investors to pitch my startup plan to? [more inside]
What can I do about a business partner who ran off with an idea? [more inside]
Any advice on reviving an iMac that stalls on bootup? I hit the knowledge base, chatted with a tech, ran various tests and tried the basic tricks, but still, no go. [more inside]
I have a desktop that is located in a semi-public place. I have a bios password and a windows password on it. Sometimes I leave it logged out of windows so that I can leave in the middle of a project without restarting everything again. I was wondering how hard it would be to get my data? Short of stealing the actual hardware, is there a way to get past a bios password and access my data without me knowing? (From what I understand, resetting the cmos would clear the password so I would know if someone got in.) Also, is it possible to get in if I leave it logged out of windows with a password? How safe is my data?
Hello. Here’s the lowdown: I’m the senior sound designer / managing director for a leading international sound library company who’s been successfully running a company that doesn’t belong to me for 6 years. I’ve exhausted this opportunity, as the company is limited in its ability to grow due to the owners methods. In short, although I still have my job (and could have it forever, so to speak), I need to get out. I’m striving to create an opportunity for myself (and potentially for some of the other amazing employees I’ve hired who are looking for better opportunities) by starting a new company, and I must act now as I am not getting any younger.. I’ve been thinking this through for almost 6 months now, and something seeming great has just happened. Can you help me make the most out of it? [more inside]
I have several questions about starting a business. [more inside]
Can I setup a program in OSX to only run at login on a specific day of the week? [more inside]
What are the advantages, disadvantages, and Important Things To Know about officially starting a business? [more inside]
Where can I find a partner to help me build a business based on a Web service? I'm 18, I'm not going to be in college for at least a year, and I can fund the venture for 6+ months out-of-pocket. But the programming is far too much work for just one person. [more inside]
I need advice about taking my side business to the next level. [more inside]
Ever worked for a start-up? I'd like to hear about your experience and get your advice. [more inside]
I'm a developer in the US and I make about $46k. For my position in my zip code, salary.com says that I should make around $60k. Help me ask for a raise. [more inside]
I have been offered shares in a business (a startup) in exchange for work I have done for them. I have nothing in writing yet. What do I need to get from them to prove at a later date I own this stake in their company? [more inside]
Is there a good online source for generic legal-ese? I am starting a business and I need to draft corporate bylaws, stock certificates, and a terms of service agreement. I would like to do this without involving a lawyer, if possible. [more inside]