It’s hard to pinpoint exactly what tech billionaire Peter Thiel is most famous for. Co-founding PayPal with Max Levchin? Launching Clarium Capital or Palantir Technologies? Early-stage investments in notable startups like Facebook, LinkedIn, and Tesla? Or perhaps it’s his contrarian views on education, science, and technology.
No matter which of his accomplishments you deem most note-worthy — they have certainly solidified Thiel as one of the greatest entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and original thinkers of our time.
You landed your dream job at an up-and-coming startup. Time to pop that champagne, call your mom, and let the world know (read: brag) on Facebook.
After you wake up from your celebratory hangover, it’s time to get down to business and prepare to crush it in your new role. Working at a startup is very different from a regular office job — but keep a few guiding principles in mind, and you’ll not only succeed, but excel in your new environment.
Earlier this week, the Internet practically exploded when it learned of a new service that helps you piss off your enemies in a fun, anonymous, and ostensibly harmless way. For just $9.99 AUD (about $8 US dollars) you can ruin someone’s day by sending them an envelope full of their least favorite craft item— glitter. Seriously, the stuff gets everywhere.
As an entrepreneur, I wear many hats. I’m my company’s chief accountant, salesperson, strategist, and product-builder. I’m responsible for making sure that my business stays thriving six months and six years from now. It’s exhausting, scary, and highly rewarding — all at once.
The biggest challenge that I face is that there are only 24 hours in the day. With 8 hours spent sleeping, I have very little time to be everything to everyone. I’m constantly in the trenches, working with my existing customers, which means that I have very little time to build marketing campaigns, guest blog, and build the infrastructure that I need to keep my business growing sustainably.
As one of the partners of a Ruby on Rails software development agency, I speak with dozens of non-technical startup founders every week who are in various stages of building their first web or mobile application. The range of technical acumen, willingness to learn, and time and resources varies widely among the group.
As a firm, we’re not just competing with other NYC based agencies for their business, but also offshore devshops, freelancers, and in some cases, the prospective client who may want to execute internally.
At the end of the day, a non-technical founder who has decided that they must build something has two options: Pay someone else, or partner with people. Below are the pros and cons.
Starting a company is hard, and finding reliable advice along the way can be even harder. There are thousands of entrepreneurs, investors, and bloggers who claim to be experts, churning out new business advice every day, but how can you trust that it’s advice worth taking?
We’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite business blogs written by startup founders for aspiring entrepreneurs. These resources offer practical advice that is bound to keep you well-informed and inspired as you follow your business dreams.
There’s no denying that a master’s degree in business administration has cachet. Too bad that cachet takes a few years to achieve, comes with a hefty price tag and, these days, offers no job guarantees. Wouldn’t it be a nicer route to become a master of business through interesting career moves and investments, personal connections, great talks, classes and events, and a handful of enlightening business books?
Let’s start with the books. We’ve broken down 10 MBA lessons, and for each one there is a corresponding must-read book. Call it business school in 10 books. It won’t earn you an MBA, but it will give you an education in business.
Karen Farzam is a web developer, startup founder, and recent GA alum. She is the co-founder of W Hub, a profile-driven platform that showcases the entrepreneur and team behind the startup, andWomen Who Code HK, a non-profit organization which inspires women to excel in careers in technology.
Boasting many top tier universities, an emphasis on innovation research, a closer-knit community, and one of the highest rates of venture capital investment in the country, Boston is home to one of the richest tech ecosystems in the US.