Monthly Archives: November 2011

Getting Seed Capital for Startups

Here is 30-minute interview with Daniel Scott, founder of Gazelle Labs in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Note: NOT in Silicon Valley or Silicon Alley or Silicon anything!) Gazelle Labs is a “mentor-driven, three-month, seed stage investment program that provides selected companies … Continue reading

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Get Your Customers to Invest Via Direct Public Offerings (DPOs)

Do you need to raise capital to grow your company? Have you tried tapping into your existing customer base? I’m speaking of offering customers an ownership stake in your business through direct public offerings or DPOs. DPOs are governed by … Continue reading

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you! If you are residing in another country besides the U.S., any time is the right time to give thanks. If you are in the US, enjoy the time with family and friends.I most definitely … Continue reading

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A Craigslist-Inspired Company

I’m a huge fan of craigslist. Tra la la la la! That’s me singing craigslist’s praises! (Believe me, you’d prefer to see my singing in writing than to hear it in person.) Anyway, I was aware of one company, Airbnb, … Continue reading

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Angie’s List IPO

As I previously “reported”, Angie’s List went public last week. (Actually, I reported that Angie’s List was scheduled to IPO on 11/17/11.) Did you know Angie’s List was an Inc. 500 company? Well, I did not until I read an … Continue reading

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Great Video on Equity Partners

I repeatedly preach the need to think long and hard about co-ownership…and how you NEVER enter into a 50/50 equity split. Here is an interesting video about equity partnering to start or grow a business. I wholly agree with the … Continue reading

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Dealing with Divisive Employees

“Divisive people are destructive and toxic. They’re like an infection which drags down morale and then performance and has potentially serious repercussions for the business. Deal with them as soon as you notice or the problems is brought to your … Continue reading

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