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Advice - During a recent episode of Fashion Is Your Business, with Nora Levinson and Soyoung Park of Caeden, Pavan asked Nora to walk through the process of getting their headphones and/or their bracelet manufactured. Despite advances in...
Advice - Based on my own experience as a startup investor, and feedback from like-minded friends, we all get pitches for at least ten startup ideas for every one new business plan. New business founders need to remember that investors fund...
Advice - As many of you know, Red Rocket has been looking for a businesses to buy.  We have previously written about all the challenges that come with buy-side mergers and acquisitions work. But, there is a new wrinkle we have been running...
Advice - Even small businesses have a global reach these days, thanks to the Internet. Thus every entrepreneur and business owner needs to see their market in that context, understanding the global forces that will impact them sooner or later....
#NYCTech - In a milestone achievement in the fight for equal pay, NYC Mayor Bill DeBlasio signed a bill in May that prohibits employers from asking about a prospective employee’s salary history. At a high level, the bill states that relying...
Advice - Your founding team is your Fantastic 4. You’ve beat the odds together and your team is on the cusp of reaching your startup dreams. You’ve already been in the trenches together, but now comes the harder part. Sustaining the same...
Advice - I know entrepreneurs who have suffered from premature execution often associated with the ready-fire-aim quick-to-market approach. Yet I believe that many more have benefited from this approach, especially in early startup stages. If...
Advice - Many companies are caught up in search engine optimization, but this approach belongs in the past. In my 15...
Advice - Mailing lists can be a simple, yet powerful tool to set cadence and keep people up to date on your progress. The advantage of having several mailing lists is that you can share the right kind of information with the right group, and...
Advice - We have previously talked about How to Set Your Mergers & Acquisitions Goals.  But, once those goals have been set, and targets have been identified, how exactly do you fund those transactions?  As you will read, financing...
Advice - Building a business is not rocket science, so there is no magic success formula. Some people think you need to get an MBA to get it right, while others are convinced that those who drop out of school early (Bill Gates, Mark...
Advice - Startups aren't about big announcements. They are about being in the trenches every day getting just one more small victory.We all love celebrating the big wins with big announcements. We celebrate when we raise a big funding round....
Advice - I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Moisey Uretsky, co-founder of Digital Ocean (Techstars ’12), a close friend, and one of my all-time favorite founders. Moisey is incredibly smart, thoughtful, and had the best...
Advice - A 10-15% email open rate is not helping your business. To grow the number of prospects in your marketing funnel, transform your emails into engagement machines with “value exchange.”The concept is simple. Value exchange is a...
Advice - Startup investors tell me they invest in a new venture with a higher caliber of people, rather than the product or service, and I agree. In my role as a business advisor, I see successful businesses most often emerging from great...
Advice - Do you have a million-dollar business idea in mind and don’t know HOW to proceed? Whether it is worth investing time, money and effort?This is the question that haunts many entrepreneurs and demotivates them from working on their...

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