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7 Common Mistakes Entrepreneurs Make in VC Pitches & How to Fix Them

With plenty of resources available for entrepreneurs about how to craft an effective pitch deck for raising seed-stage capital from VCs, often what’s left out are some of the tactical components of an initial meeting. The following is a list of mistakes that, despite seeming obvious or perhaps mundane, are still frequently committed by founders and CEOs. The good news? They’re easy to fix. (more…)

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  September 30th, 2014
  

The What & Why of Hiring a Great Startup COO

This is a guest post from Stephano Kim, former co-founder of Web 1.0 success story Blackboard and veteran entrepreneur who’s held several COO and president roles at various startups.

Many startup CEOs hire COOs or launch companies with a co-founder carrying the title. But what do COOs actually do for startups? When should founders hire one? Based on what criteria? In this post, Stephano explores this critical but often misunderstood executive role.
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  September 9th, 2014
  

The 2nd Annual List of Go-To Boston Startup Service Providers

A lot has changed since 2013. More Snaps were Chatted. More Things became Internetted of. And, apparently, more Lyfts were Ubered.

Yup — tech moves insanely fast. That’s why it’s important to stop once in awhile and examine the glue that makes it all hold together as you careen down the road to world domination. (more…)

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  September 3rd, 2014
  

Hiring Writers at Your Startup? Scrap Your Usual Approach

The best writer I ever hired at a startup wasn’t a former journalist. He wasn’t a former marketer or a former teacher or even a former liberal arts major. (more…)

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  August 27th, 2014
  

How Various Types of Startup Investors Affect Your Seed & Series A

One question that I’m often asked is, “How should I think about the composition of my seed round?” In other words, how many investors and what type (angels, seed funds, larger funds, etc.) make an ideal seed fundraise? (more…)

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  August 20th, 2014
  

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