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What should I check before exiting to a start up? Are there baselines for metrics such as funding? I don’t know where to start. Thanks!

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Hi there! I’m interested in going into Business Development and VC work. I’m 1.5 years out of college and currently working for one of the top market research firms. What is the best path from here to… more

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What are some platforms to connect with entrepreneurs to share and discuss ideas? I’ve heard of Bumble Bizz for professionals but don’t know much about any other platforms.

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Where is a good place to look for someone with likeminded to plan a new business? I don’t have entrepreneurship experience and new, so not sure where to start! Thank you!

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Ever been ghosted by a VC and if so how long until you stop trying to contact them? Got all the way til final presentation, went 'ok' (prior were perfect), told we were to hear 'soon'.… more

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What is the tipping point in which start-ups stop offering equity? After a particular series, after # people hired, at X leadership level or above? I have interviewed with several start-ups pre-IPO/ac… more

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I have interviewed w/ every member of an early stage start up & have an offer to join as their 1st hire. I just don't trust their technical co-founder to be able to execute or attract the righ… more

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Startups, what are some examples of unique value add programs a VC can offer? Some ideas I heard: discounts for software (e.g., AWS), product / design / strategy frequent sessions from in-house / indu… more

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Does anyone know what kind of agreement is needed to repurchase shares from a cofounder who departed? IP, confidentiality, non compete etc? Any insight / advice you could share would be highly appreci… more

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In the past, I’ve creating marketing dashboards for execs and teams in my industry. Often times the request is for excel bc they are smaller orgs. I would love to build a SaaS and market them that way… more

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Does anyone use conjoint analysis for their startup to determine the best features and services to offer as part of your product? If so, any recommendations to specific software with a low price point… more

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Random question: which of these names is good for a social-networking (Meet-up) app / website? 1. Socially, 2. Bunker, 3. Stunt, 4. Venty, 5. Stilt. No real reasoning behind any of the names... just s… more

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How much would you invest (cash and loan) for a relatively stable franchise that as a median number produce the following: $1.6mm revenue and $350m gross profit (royalty fees, staff, occupancy but no… more

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Is anyone here involved in the vc space in Africa. I would love to connect, share notes and explore opportunities

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Please don't roast me. Very new to this: What's a good resource to learn how to make a business plan?

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I’m looking to start applying for funding for my startup HelloPrenup. Totally self funded so far, but considering investment and not really sure where to start looking for it. By way of background, I … more

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Trying to better understand the UK ecosystem regarding getting innovations into the NHS as a startup. Looked for procurement policies around this but was unable to find any. Anyone who could provide m… more

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Hi y’all!! I’ve been chatting with a neat young startup. If hired, I’d be their first marketing hire. What questions should I be asking?

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Given pandemic - Would you buy into a early childcare educational franchise right now ? Why or why not. Looking at existing entity (currently losing money each month). can maybe get for fairly cheap.… more

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My wife and I have a burning desire to open up a soda shack here where we love that does sodas with mixing like syrup, fruit, creams, etc. but we’re just not sure how to make it happen! We have two ki… more

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Anyone willing to work on a project this week end? Similar to a hackathon but just for fun. We will validate the idea, build an mvp and launch it. I have a list of 10 ideas to go through. If you ar… more

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Need a challenge for the weekend... if I could build you any iOS app. What would it do?

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In the *finest* and most *startup-y* tradition ever, teaching myself swift to finally get that damn dream a reality. There may even be a parents basement involved.

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Do COOs or CFOs in startups have better career paths? What are the exit opportunities?

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I’m a lawyer interested in entrepreneurship. Does anyone have recommendations on reading materials/online videos etc. on how to go about pursuing an app idea?

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Working on building a platform where people can create startups without quitting, and folks with extra time at hand can work on these ideas for equity. Thoughts? Would you be interested in either cre… more

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I'm set to have the first official interview (as opposed to informal leadership chats) with a software start-up soon but I know comp is a mix of base & commission. I would be pivoting from con… more

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I am currently negotiating a compensation package and part of it includes stock options. What other information do I need to evaluate if the equity component is a good offer ? It’s a ~40 person compan… more

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I am looking at joining a Cannibas company. if anyone is currently in one a and what are the key issues.

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I am currently interviewing with a startup in FinTech. Could you share what questions to ask the founder on career progression, stability of the startup and compensation?

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Anyone here work at/worked with with Plaid? I have a call with a recruiter tomorrow and would love to hear any experiences

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Hi everyone, I’m Matt, the Cofounder and CEO of Fishbowl. I’ll be hosting a Fishbowl Live convo this Thursday at 8 PM EST sharing experiences that I hope are helpful for this community based on the 3 … more

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Hello! Finally leaving my job to work on my startup full time :) what’s the best practice with the 401K and HSA that I have with the current employer? Where do I move these to?

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Anyone got any good book recommendations about startups? (Please say why you’d recommend!)

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Randome idea coming at ya. A car tire service that is TaaS... Tires as a Service. Make a monthly payment instead of buying a tire upfront. But additionally you could swap out the tires for snow tires … more

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Hey guys, I'm an ex-Bain consultant building a presentation app that shows ways to visualize insights clearly and quickly. We turn blanks into 60% WIP materials in seconds and have an early demo a… more

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Anyone heard of or used Upwork to start a side hustle?

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I have spent the last few years working with startups, sales , marketing, product and a little bit of design. I really enjoy it as I feel it’s a full contact sport which tests me and challenges me in … more

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Any ideas that people have on how to network/break into circles of tech startups? Long story short, joined a tech Fortune 500 company a little over a year ago as an entry level analyst and things have… more

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