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"Jason M. Lemkin Whatever do you dont give up control.  Price is what it is.  The market sets the price. The problem with non-professional venture investors is they often have control expectations you cant, or at least, shouldnt meet: They want to ..."
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152 words • intermediate • 3 years, 2 months ago
startups
"Jason M. Lemkin I think if the investment was a very small one as a % of the fund, an acqui-hire is a minor gift re: your dogs. If you put in $500k out of a $200m fund into something that didnt work out, there are a lot of issues in shutting down a ..."

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133 words • advanced • 2 years, 8 months ago
sales
"Jason M. Lemkin In general, its a terrible idea.  At least past $1m-$2m in ARR or so. Co-founders are great.  Two-in-a-box even can be good. But: Who do I report to? Who do the investors invest in? What if one co-CEO is clearly better than the othe..."
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254 words • advanced • 2 years, 9 months ago
startups
"Jason M. Lemkin VCs will complain about YC valuations, but in the end, thats silly.  Because really the market sets the price.  YC has the best track record for accelerators, so all things being equal, its top companies should have the highest price..."
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570 words • advanced • 3 years, 1 month ago
business
"As Airbnb continues to grow, some hotel executives have grown worried about the startupas it disrupts the industry with its unconventional offerings for travelers. Butthe CEO of one of the largest chains in the world isn't sweating it too much. "I th..."
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386 words • intermediate • 2 years, 12 months ago
sales, marketing
"GettyThe word may be everywhere now, but Adele doesn't want to be called a "brand." I dont like that word, the record-breaking singer said of "brand" in a new interview for the cover of Time magazine.It makes me sound like a fabric softener, or a pac..."
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860 words • advanced • 2 years, 11 months ago
business
"Wikimedia CommonsLONDON Twice in the last 15 years, markets have tried to correct the mistakes and excesses of the Bubble Epoch. Each time, the Fed came back with even more mistakes and excesses. Trillions in new credit lower lending rates easier te..."
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219 words • advanced • 2 years, 9 months ago
business
"Jason M. Lemkin Many of them shouldnt. Selling stock is dilutive, and carries economic, social and legal obligations.  Investors will expect 3-10x returns on the capital.  Theyll want board seats, and consultation, and will often push your company t..."
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410 words • advanced • 4 years, 2 months ago
"Every success guru will tell you that goals have to be measurable. If you dont have a means of measuring results youll never know if what youre doing is effective. And, you cant get where youre going if you dont know where the end point is. Waterfall..."
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432 words • advanced • 3 years ago
business
"Are you thinking about taking your accounting to the cloud, but are not too sure about how to get started? A handy Quick Start Guide can solve your dilemma. QuickBooks, the best-selling small business accounting software in the U.S., has updated its ..."

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"For fans of the Alien movies who are able to pull off sneaker boots, Reeboks issue of main character Ripleys sneakers was welcome news. Only there was kind of a problem with the products sizing: the shoes belonging to an iconic female sci-fi hero wer..."
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215 words • advanced • 3 years, 10 months ago
"Now before I commit blasphemy, a few words: I am as close to being aBoglehead as you will find, without actually being one. The bulk of my portfolio is in passive indexes. Most of the assets I manage are in a broad allocation model. This is a tribute..."

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1295 words • advanced • 3 years, 4 months ago
business
"You finally made it to the salary negotiation stage of a job offer and want the job. But how do you counter without losing the opportunity? Salary negotiation is uncomfortable for any job candidate because you want to be paid equitably, but dont want..."
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350 words • intermediate • 3 years, 11 months ago
"If you do it everyday, digital marketing is routine, but for many small business owners its just too overwhelming to even think about. Thats a shame, because a few simple steps can make a big difference in the life or death of a small business. Brand..."

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441 words • advanced • 2 years, 11 months ago
finance, business
"Paramount Pictures The Big Short has done something a lot of personal finance writers havent been able to do for years: Make the economic collapse entertaining! Heck, it even makes subprime loans sexy by having actress Margot Robbie explain them whil..."
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88 words • advanced • 3 years, 4 months ago
sales
"(Hannah 3) Were you thinking about doing some shopping this weekend, for back-to-school season or just in general? Find out whether your state is holding a tax holiday, where state sales taxes are waived on certain categories of items: usually clothe..."
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107 words • advanced • 2 years, 11 months ago
business
"The future of mobile is being redefined. Smartphone and tablet markets are nearing saturation. The days of heady hardware are long gone. Mobile growth is moving into media, advertising, software, and services. Dont get left behind. Book a one-on-one ..."

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"Jason M. Lemkin No, not at all.  Only material expenses require board-level approval. But Be careful with quirky expenses, especially personal ones, even if they are immaterial in size compared to the round. Examples include: Cars and other signif..."
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588 words • intermediate • 3 years, 3 months ago
sales, marketing, business
"Perhaps the most difficult thing to recognize in moving from an individual contributor role into a management role is that made you great as a sales person will be your biggest barrier to being an effective manager and leader. As an individual contri..."

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908 words • advanced • 2 years, 10 months ago
marketing, business
"Customer centricity has been one of the hot buzzwords for at least the past decade.  Its a shame weve made so little real progress in being customer centric. Sure, we put a veneer on it.  Our web sites declare we are customer centric-so we must be.  ..."

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