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Legal Fees: Start Swearing Now
10/18/2007
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Pulling legal documents from the internet may be quick, cheap, and easy, but keep in mind you get what you pay for. Sometimes more is less. An experienced, straight-talking start-up veteran provides three best practices about how to avoid mistakes, what you should pay, and how to negotiate fees.

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Should Entrepreneurs Be Worried About Convertible Notes as a First Financing Event?
10/18/2007
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There are pros and cons associated with using a convertible note structure before doing a Series A round of investment. A venture capitalist explains the ins and outs with a brief, straightforward introduction, including blog comments from other sources.

Go To Source (www.askthevc.com)
Staying On Top Of Your Game
10/18/2007
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Small companies are especially bedeviled by long sales cycles. Taking more control of the process will help. What can you do? Do a better job of tracking each step in the sales pipeline, developing a more efficient training program for new salespeople (a refresher for veterans), and more effectively identifying prospects. This article offers additional ways, compelling examples, and expert sources.

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Staying On Top Of Your Game
10/18/2007
Summary:

Small companies are especially bedeviled by long sales cycles. Taking more control of the process will help. What can you do? Do a better job of tracking each step in the sales pipeline, developing a more efficient training program for new salespeople (a refresher for veterans), and more effectively identifying prospects. This article offers additional ways, compelling examples, and expert sources.

Go To Source (www.businessweek.com)
You Always Start the Last Company
10/18/2007
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Hindsight is 20/20, or so the saying goes. It's useful to learn from the mistakes you made in your last venture, but realize that they might not apply to this venture. So, focus on things you can control (not your competition), be passionate about revenue (or hire someone who is), and remember that, as the author points out, "it's easier to keep spending under control than it is to get spending under control."

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Zero to $1 billion
10/18/2007
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Companies that hit $1 billion in annual revenues share seven traits, recent research shows. This lengthy article explores the concept in some depth with examples. If you want more, read the book "Blueprint to a Billion" by David Thomson.

Go To Source (money.cnn.com)
Buddy System
11/1/2007
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This brief but insightful article offers five guidelines to help decide if an alliance would help your company, as well as someone else's. Partnering can provide immediate access to technology, distribution, and other infrastructure without the time and expense of in-house development.

Go To Source (www.entrepreneur.com)
Green Marketing 101
11/1/2007
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"Going green" is a strategy many organizations are trying to implement, but the marketing processes and language associated with this trend can be elusive. Marketing expert and blogger John Dodds shares his Top 10 list of marketing insights the societally responsible entrepreneur should keep in mind.

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All I Know About VC, I Learned from My Kids
11/8/2007
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Investors can have a high degree of influence on the operations of their portfolio companies because of their capital and their board roles. Such influence, at times, may push through ideas that are not in alignment with the leadership team's strategy. This article offers one VC's insights into the relationship between investor and the entrepreneur or CEO.

Go To Source (www.vcconfidential.com)
Are VCs Simply Valuation Luddites?
11/8/2007
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The mysteries of how VCs determine company value can be daunting to entrepreneurs. This uncertainty is due, in large part, to the uncertainty of the valuation process itself. From the VC Confidential blog, here is a glimpse of what that process looks like.

Go To Source (www.vcconfidential.com)

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