Startup Burnout: How to Tame Your Startup

Startups are dangerous. Startups are beast that founders feed with their time. Feeding their beast is important; it provides subsistence so that it can survive. Moreover, feeding it helps it grow strong, learn new tricks, and maybe transform into a unicorn. Startups are hungry though. They are all consuming. They…

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The IRS and Startup Education: What's Tax Deductible?

Are programs such as Startup Institute and General Assembly tax deductible? What about courses like One Month Rails or BaseRails? The short answer: it depends. For reference, look at IRS Publication 970: Tax Benefits for Education and the IRS summarization. Full disclosure: The below is based off my interpretation of…

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Recipe for Failure: 3 Terrible Reasons to Found a Startup

Like the cover art for my blog post? Check out Blog Cover. The startup buzz is growing. Whether it's a fad or the new norm, I'm starting to hear a lot of misconceptions from want-to-be entrepreneurs. Most of what I hear scares me — a lot. Here are the 3 biggest…

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Cryptocurrencies 101: What They Are and Why They Matter

Don't "get" cryptocurrencies? Don't want to scour the web for information? You're in the right place! Here are the "need-to-knows", so you won't sound stupid next time it's brought up. What? What is it? You're telling me it's a, "digital" currency, how does that even make sense? Think online banking…

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You Sound Stupid: Cryptocurrencies and Startup Founders

When I talk with other startup founders or operators, we eventually land on the topic of cryptocurrencies. This is usually when I get frustrated. I'm always surprised at the level of misunderstanding and ignorance that follows. Most people "don't get it" — which is fine. What annoys me is when you…

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Surviving an Accelerator: 7 Tips to Help Your Startup Thrive

You got into an accelerator? Congratulations! Now comes the hard part: surviving. Accelerators are good but they also push your team to their limits. Sometimes, teams blow up during an accelerator. Sometimes teams blow up before (after getting accepted). Here are a few tips to survive — and hopefully thrive — during…

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