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don't quit your startup just yet

Before You Throw In The Towel On Your Startup
You've worked countless hours on your product to get it to market. You've sacrificed vacations and friends and sometimes even food. It happens to best of us. And some years down the line, if your "success" is not where you want it to be or have been told to expect it to be, then you'll get a wandering thought about throwing in the towel and maybe starting a quiet life on a farm somewhere.

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startup mistakes to watch out for

If you're looking to start, or are currently in, a startup, then mistakes are part of the game. In fact, they're the biggest part of the game as you can't progress forward until you resolve the issues that you are trying to tackle. But you can perhaps mitigate some of the damage and perhaps get to your next goal faster if you tread carefully.

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quitting your job for a startup

I get asked this question a lot, as I left my job 2 years ago to work full-time on our startup Renly.co. And it's a tough question to answer because I won't be the one living your life without a job. There are many factors to consider before taking this plunge into entrepreneurship. For example, if you have a family to maintain then quitting your job to work from a basement for 2 years probably isn't going to boast well of them. However, if you're single, don't own many possessions and are kind of tired of sitting behind a desk all day making someone else wealthy, then maybe it's right up your alley. . . .

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how to build disruptive technology

What is disruptive technology?

Disruptive technology is any new technology that essentially changes the way that the current societal model functions. And it is only disruptive in the initial stage, as when it becomes the normal standard it no longer disrupts but has changed the way that it is perceived. For example, Uber has changed the way that we get from point A to point B and has done so at the expense of the more inefficient taxi systems that were in place for decades. So while disruptive in its initial phase, it is now very well incorporated into our day to day lives.

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when is the right time to start your business

Sometimes it's difficult to notice because of our usual day to day rush, but somebody owns every single business establishment that you walk into, from the local coffee shop to the small mom and pop shop. Every single one. It's a pretty cool way to look at the world and it definitely should pump you up for starting your own business at some point in your life. And in the current tech boom that we find ourselves in, there is a much less strenuous entry point into starting and owning your own company, your own brand, your own enterprise and or product. So today I'll be going over the best possible time to begin your business and when it might be more beneficial to hold back or to push ahea . . .

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thestartuplife.tv

We're knee deep in this startup life with our company Renly. After about a year and a half we've decided to share this venture with anybody and everybody that is interested in the startup life. During the past few weeks, we have been working on a new web series which we're dubbing TheStartupLife.tv in order to give a brief look at what it's like to be a part of a startup. The ups and downs, the pros and cons and everything else that falls in between.

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graduating from yc startup school

This year YCombinator held a new venture for young up and coming startups which they dubbed "Startup School". It was a 10 week course designed to help startups with any issues that they may be facing in their early stages. Startups were assigned team leaders, past YC alumni that would hold weekly online get togethers with all of the various startups that were accepted. And we were lucky enough to get to participate this year. Out of the over 13,000 applications that were received to participate in the program, only 2820 were accepted and out of those only about 1500 were able to complete the entire program.

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how to find your role in a startup

This is one of those topics that no one likes to talk about when starting a company. Many times it creates tensions between co-founders and many other times the members don't fit their roles correctly, which could lead to trouble down the road. So finding your proper role in your company is something that should not be overlooked.

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top 5 tips for starting a startup

If you've watched the many TV shows about startup life then I am here to tell you, that yes, it is like that, very much. If you're on the outside, its hilarious to watch. If you're on the inside, its a roller coaster of emotions and things going wrong. So if you're planning on being on the inside anytime soon, here are a few tips that you should follow to make the process more smooth and seamless.

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should you bootstrap your startup

There are no easy answers when it comes to startup life. As each startup is 100% different with its own unique set of challenges and routes to take. But some challenges are commonplace, such as how many co-founders to have? And how to fund your startup during the first few months. Should everyone quit their jobs and go all in? Or should you take it on a part time basis. Should you look for funding immediately? Or should you spend the first few months figuring things out first?

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