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[29 Nov 2010]
Finding the Right Startup Attorney by Process of Elimination

This is a guest post by Roman R. Fichman, ESQ, who practices in the areas of business and technology law. Founders Block would like to thank Roman for sharing his perspective regarding the entrepreneurs search for the right startup attorney.
There is plenty of advice out there on how to find a startup attorney. Most such advice is pretty generic, for example: “ask other startups for a recommendation” or “interview several attorneys.” If an entrepreneur needs this type of advice then a bankruptcy attorney rather than a startup attorney would be …

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[17 Nov 2010]
Advice from “The Pitch Doctor”

McAdory “Mac” Lipscomb, operating partner at RRE Ventures, is often referred to as “the pitch doctor” around the VC community in New York. Mr. Lipscomb brings extensive corporate management experience to RRE, with senior level positions held at Accenture, Showtime Networks, and WorldSpace – the first global satellite direct radio broadcaster (leading the joint venture strategy that created XM Satellite Radio). Mr. Lipscomb also spent time working on Presidential campaigns on both side of the aisle during his 12 years in Washington D.C.
Mr. Lipscomb was kind enough to take part …

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[5 Nov 2010]
Winner of “What is an Entrepreneur” Contest

Congratulations to Alex Kombos, from EventNow, for winning our “What is an Entrepreneur” contest! Hope you enjoy the free pass to New York Entrepreneur Week.
Remember, if you plan on attending NYEW, use the code “Founders345″ to receive a 66% discount.

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[20 Sep 2010]
Creating a Business Plan that Successfully Raises Capital

Establishing a business plan is essential for any new startup, but for some aspiring entrepreneurs, writing a solid business plan can be a challenge. Ryan Kim , who provides business consultation for small businesses and startup ventures, was kind enough to share his insight with Founders Block on how to create a successful business plan. This is Part 1 – an overview of key general parts of a business plan.
Have you ever wondered why some companies get funded and others don’t? In this six part series we discuss the dynamics …

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[7 Sep 2010]
[Video] 5 Steps to Successful Outsourcing

Gary Reloj talks with Keith Guirao, founder of Locality.cc, where he lists 5 basic steps when utilizing business process outsourcing (BPO).

Make a list of your core business activities.
Identify non-core activities as BPO candidates.
Research and select reliable outsource vendors.
Establish goals and strategies with vendor. Solidify with a written contract.
With the time saved from BPO, enhance core business activities.

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[30 Aug 2010]
Business Networking Groups, Entrepreneur Organizations, and Resources in Silicon Alley

This is a guest post by Gary Whitehill who was kind enough to allow Founders Block to repost his article, originally published on March 26th, 2010.
Almost everyday someone asks me “where can I go to find XYZ.” I figured it would be easier if I wrote down a decent portion of the organizations I normally recommend to folks. Here in New York there are a plethora of events day in and day out. They include conferences, forums, meetups and workshops.
The frequency, quality, size and scale of events in New York …

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[19 Aug 2010]
An Analysis on Seed Funding in 2010 (Part 2 of 2)

This is a guest post by Gary Whitehill who was kind enough to allow Founders Block to repost his article, originally published on August 11th, 2010. In case you missed Part 1.
Seed Fund Opinions Numero Uno – The Nay Sayers
In a recent blog post, Paul Kredowsky voiced his disapproval of the seed funding phenomenon. However, his post is less about the entrepreneur, than the seed funding companies themselves.
His argument boils down to the fact that he believes many of the seed investors out there are running on very tight budgets themselves. …

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[17 Aug 2010]
An Analysis on Seed Funding in 2010 (Part 1 of 2)

This is a guest post by Gary Whitehill who was kind enough to allow Founders Block to repost his article, originally published on August 11th, 2010.
The entrepreneur community is more closely knit than you’d believe, and when someone picks up on a notable event or trend, the blogosphere literally lights up with posts.
As far as entrepreneur blogs go, the flavor of the month appears to be the debate about whether the seed funding phenomenon is a bubble waiting to burst, or whether it’s a viable means of funding pre-revenue/start-up businesses. …

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[10 Aug 2010]
Utilizing Positive Self-Promotion To Help Your Brand

I had a great opportunity to listen to Peter Shankman, founder of Help a Reporter Out (HARO), talk about “self-promotion”. The following is a recap of his presentation.
There are good and bad ways to practice self-promotion. Here’s an analogy demonstrating the difference: As a guy, if I went up to a random girl at a bar and told her “I’m rich and I’m awesome. Let’s go back to my place”, I’m most likely going to have a drink thrown in my face. However, if I had a mutual female friend go …

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[20 Jul 2010]
Things to Consider Before Becoming an Entrepreneur

When Congress was first proposing health care reform, I had a conversation with a member of the United States House of Representatives about health care reform. During our conversation, the Congressman made an interesting comment to me about entrepreneurship; he said that the biggest concern with health care costs now are that they prohibit people from becoming entrepreneurs.
When deciding whether or not to pursue an entrepreneurial opportunity, you are forced to choose between a job with a steady salary and health benefits or starting your own company with no salary …