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Hardware by the Numbers (Part 4: Retail + Exits)

This is part 4 of a series on what building a scalable hardware business looks like. Written by @BenEinstein.

Building Brand Love: Is your brand making me badass?

I know you want me to like your posts, to share your posts, to comment on your posts. To retweet your content. To open and click on your emails. In the words of the great Seth Godin, you want me to be a sneezer. But, you can’t always get what you want.

A Founder's Guide to M&A

As a Founder of a venture backed company, eventually the question of whether and how to seek liquidity for your shareholders will come into question.

Hardware by the Numbers (Part 3: Logistics + Marketing)

This is part 3 of a series on what building a scalable hardware business looks like.

Why the Most Important Success Metric in SaaS is Misleading

What’s the first metric VCs hunt for in your pitch deck? Easy… committed monthly recurring revenue (CMRR).

The Secret to Career Success

What’s the secret sauce to career success? What qualities or abilities are really responsible for determining the level of achievement that an individual reaches in their career?

Measuring What Matters

When it comes to the metrics that measure the efficacy of public relations, social media and content marketing, we have all fallen into the trap of reporting what’s easy, instead of reporting what matters.

Why Design Is Important For Enterprise Software

Over the last several days, in my weekends and evenings, I’ve taken up the daunting task of updating my MacBook Air by installing Yosemite OS X and Bootcamp.

How to Land Key Customers and Partners for your Enterprise Startup

An interview with Ellen Rubin, co-founder of ClearSky Data.

Hardware by the Numbers (Part 1: Team & Prototyping)

This is part 1 of a series on what building a scalable hardware business looks like... 

 

What Startups Need To Know About The Affordable Care Act/Obamacare

It’s hard for entrepreneurs and employees to know what the ACA actually provides. We prepared this guide to get beyond the hype and help you understand the ACA as it relates to your business. 

Making a Referral Into a Great Company Work for You

You really want to work at great company XYZ, but not sure how to get in the door. You’ve done your research about ways to make this happen and now you that getting referred...

How Does Content Management Help with Content Marketing?

When we boil down content marketing to its basics, what we want is creating lots of good quality content that is well optimized for search engines and effectively distributing that content to as many channels as you can in a timely and cost effective manner.

Levels of Leadership

There are five stages of leadership that a company or individual can go through.

MVP Checklist: Prioritizing Features and User Experience

Are you including the right features in your minimum viable product for a successful launch? Are you prioritizing the right functionality? What should the primary intention or goal be for your MVP or early-stage product release?

How to Build a One-of-a-Kind Product Team in Boston

An interview with Elias Torres, former VP of Engineering at HubSpot 

4 Mistakes your Boss is Making in One-on-One Meetings (and how to fix them)

Today’s work environment is all about productivity. Your boss talks about staying focused, eliminating waste, and wringing more work hours from every week.

Hiring With Courage For Startup Success

“How long do you think it will take to hire someone?” 

Your Partner or Your Buddy: How to Split and Structure Equity Between Co-Founders

When you’re starting a new business with a friend, a former colleague, a classmate, or even an acquaintance, it’s easy to get lost in the excitement of starting that business and avoid the awkward but necessary conversation about how to split and structure equity among co-founders.

Are You Closing the Loop on Your Marketing Campaigns?

Do you know how many of your leads this month came from SEO efforts? Can you isolate the number of sales driven by your email campaigns?

Seven Quick Tips for Penetration Testing in 2015

Plan ahead. You’ve probably heard that you’re more likely to make it to the gym if you pencil in your workouts ahead of time...

Should You Pay Up for Team or Traction?

As an early stage investor, should you pay up for team or traction?

2015 Brand Resolution: Top 5 ways to make sure your brand promise delivers

Expectations. That’s really what it’s all about. As consumers, as people, as humans on this Earth, we have expectations about everything and anything...

Video Marketing: The Future of Marketing

You would be hard pressed to find someone who doesn’t see the benefits of video marketing in this digital age. As print struggles to continue on in a meaningful way...

Content Marketing For Tech: 4 Mistakes to Avoid

Give the technology industry credit, they have embraced content marketing to a degree few others can match. But in this business, there are no trophies for participation.

What a Distributed Computing Veteran Can Teach Student Founders

This week, we had the pleasure of speaking with Paul Sagan, former CEO of Akamai Technologies, and current XIR at General Catalyst, where he advises founders and entrepreneurs...

Top Tax Tips Every Startup Needs to Know

Tax Compliance can be a pain. It’s not convenient for startup founders to think about taxes. Valuable time taken away from beating at your craft can be costly.

Four Reasons Broadway and Andrew Square in South Boston are becoming tech hot spots

Tech companies and startups are now looking “outside the box” for office space, and scouring urban neighborhoods for rent value and Innovation District potential in the Broadway and Andrew Square areas of South Boston...

The 5 People Every Startup Needs to Succeed

You’ve got a great idea for a product or service. You have a well-crafted business plan. You might even have – gasp! – a round of funding from a venture capitalist...

[Not] Bluffing your way to a syndicate

Entrepreneurs don’t realize how transparent their bluffs are. Every single week a team tells me a variation of “you only have a week to present a term sheet because other firms are closing in fast.”