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Biggest is probably the product-market fit. Is your product or service helping (enough) people solve a problem or fulfill a need? This is the biggest question a startup is trying to answer. You have to answer this question within a "finite time" and with "limited resources". So it really comes...

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I'd venture that if you have to ask such a generic question about how to start a startup, you're probably not well equipped to do so. My suggestions are as follows: 1. do 3-6 months interning with a small very early stage startup 2. find someone else to execute your idea whilst retaining a ...

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Hi! First of all, keep going. There will always be dark days, no matter how well funded you are. In fact, once you accept growth capital for equity, you bring on a whole new set of expectations and challenges. Running a startup, as you know, is never easy and it's never as smooth as people m...

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The ideal way would be to hire the engineer while the project is still under development. You and the engineer should follow up with the outsourced partner in the process. This will give hold to the engineer and later more staff can be trained in upgrading or follow on versions of the product/ser...

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By not focusing on being the CEO for the name and focus on your customers, employees, and the services you offer.

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First, this is a tough spot you’re in. By making it this long you’ve already accomplished something most people never do. My own company was bootstrapped and we’re in our 16th year now. We’re still employee-owned and have no outside investors. Looking back, there have been trade-offs to doing...

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I've found great success in using LinkedIn for find accredited investors individually. Additionally, look at industry-related news websites (GeekWIre or TechCrunch, for example), specifically those who cover funding. Their announcements include the groups backing the project.

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Video marketing - make a video talking about a typical problem your niche faces and post it on youtube. Choose the key words carefully. Make sure your phone # is in the video title. Forum marketing - find forums which your target market is gathering on. Answer their questions. Develop a reputati...

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DO NOT hire a BD person. First, a startup with <$10m/yr revenue almost surely has nothing to offer another company that is interesting to them for BD. Not enough attention, not enough users, not enough revenue-sharing, etc.. BD only works when BOTH sides move the needle on something important ...

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