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2 Votes
5 Answers
1.27K Views
How do you discover who are the customers for your "alpha" product?

You have a product alpha. How do you discover who are the customers for your product?

asked Oct 10 '09 at 17:49
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Alexandre Gomes
95 points

8 Votes
10 Answers
1.75K Views
How did you learn to sell?

I realize that selling is vital to mine (or any startup). But right now with little experience and tech background, let's just say I'm not proficient in sales. So what books, blogs, advice, etc....

asked Oct 10 '09 at 17:05
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Slav Ivanov
1,146 points

15 Votes
27 Answers
6.96K Views
Recommended books for entrepreneurs to read?

I just started reading The Entrepreneur's Guide to Business Law and it is very good. Are there any other books you would recommend?

asked Oct 10 '09 at 16:22
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Stapler Scissor
96 points

3 Votes
4 Answers
1.02K Views
Is it necessary to get errors and omissions insurance?

Obviously, generally liability is a must have, but is it necessary to carry errors and omissions insurance? What should I consider when deciding whether or not to carry it?

asked Oct 10 '09 at 15:39
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Alex Papadimoulis
5,901 points

2 Votes
7 Answers
2.21K Views
What is your opinion on Provigil/modafinil?

I'm sure many of you are familiar with sacrificing health for your start-up, but I'm curious as to your opinion on on using stimulants, specifically Provigil (modafinil), to enhance your...

asked Oct 10 '09 at 15:10
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Alex Papadimoulis
5,901 points

0 Votes
2 Answers
659 Views
What resources should I use to prepare a new service availability

After I have my service up and running, with some private beta testers enthusiastic about the service, how to announce it publicly? What resources are available, what are the avenues, to make...

asked Oct 10 '09 at 14:47
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Remus Rusanu
3 points

3 Votes
4 Answers
1.61K Views
How should I structure my development environment from a high-level?

So I guess the follow-on question for this will be to jump into some of the specifics, but I have never worked on a software development team in a professional capacity and am building a web...

asked Oct 10 '09 at 14:38
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Marcamillion
153 points

7 Votes
13 Answers
2.28K Views
How do you balance work and family life?

Here it is, 1:06 AM on a Friday night... and I'm still doing business stuff (well, technically, meta-business stuff here with OnStartups). I have a feeling that I probably should have went to bed...

asked Oct 10 '09 at 14:35
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Alex Papadimoulis
5,901 points

5 Votes
10 Answers
1.72K Views
How to compensate people that contributed code

Two classmates and I worked on a class project together a few months ago. The outcome was very good. I continued to work on it over the past few months, while the other two partners haven't done...

asked Oct 10 '09 at 14:20
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Stapler Scissor
96 points

3 Votes
4 Answers
1.64K Views
What is the proper way of doing a press release?

I've seen startups launch without one and fizzled until they reached out. What kind of details are important? Who do you reach out to? How do you get their attention? What are some dos and don'ts?

asked Oct 10 '09 at 14:20
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Van Nguyen
482 points

2 Votes
4 Answers
1.75K Views
Can you registers a LLC if you're not in the US?

Is it possible for a foreign company to register a LLC in the US?

asked Oct 10 '09 at 13:33
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Sean Lin
143 points

1 Votes
5 Answers
1.2K Views
How do you manage risk in a venture?

What are the types of risk that one can encounter in a startup? How can you manage or cope with uncertainty? How can you minimize risk?

asked Oct 10 '09 at 13:33
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Van Nguyen
482 points

8 Votes
8 Answers
1.6K Views
Is it more important to choose the "right" tech or tech you know?

If you know a technology well, should you use it for new projects? Or you should try to objectively choose the "right" technology for the problem at hand? If you go with what you know, you can...

asked Oct 10 '09 at 13:23
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Jason
16,231 points

2 Votes
4 Answers
5.68K Views
Seller permit to sell online in US for non resident

I am a non resident of US. I'm setting up this online store where you can buy consumer products - targeted at US market. When I approached wholesale suppliers who don't have any affliate model they...

asked Oct 10 '09 at 13:12
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Jyothirmayee
11 points

2 Votes
3 Answers
1.5K Views
Pooling money as a group to obtain and share resources

Are there cooperative groups who share the cost for a number of resources (ie media lists, CRM)? Have you ever used this model, and if, so, did you find it successful? How did you meet the...

asked Oct 10 '09 at 13:11
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Publicrelate
315 points

4 Votes
6 Answers
2.45K Views
Using AdWords to test product ideas?

In order to test interest in a product, I've been told that it's useful to use AdWords. What's the best way to maximize the usefulness of AdWords. How do I measure whether or not an idea is useful?...

asked Oct 10 '09 at 13:10
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Van Nguyen
482 points

8 Votes
14 Answers
2.66K Views
How to hire the best developers?

Joel Spolsky is always writing about how companies should treat and offer the best to their developers in order to be able to get the best of them. As a startup, when the time comes and you do need...

asked Oct 10 '09 at 12:44
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Ricardo
4,815 points

2 Votes
6 Answers
2.06K Views
Talent assessment - knowing what you don't know?

Related to this question, and applying both ways - finding a person is one thing, but for a technical founder trying to assess a non-technical founder and vice versa to see if they're a good fit is...

asked Oct 10 '09 at 12:07
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Cade Roux
196 points

2 Votes
2 Answers
937 Views
Tool for publishing an eBook?

I was wondering, does anyone know of any good ebook writer / providers out there for self publishing? For example, I want to be able to write the book and publish in pdf/html on the site, or...

asked Oct 10 '09 at 11:57
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Furtivefelon
111 points

10 Votes
17 Answers
6.63K Views
Should a startup CTO know how to code?

A CTO can often be spread very thin, since they often have to run the product, engineering, IT, and anything else that is tech related (salesforce.com setup too). Do they have to contribute to...

asked Oct 10 '09 at 11:29
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Craig Daniel
223 points