My Co-founder is manipulating me to give him my 50% equity in our Startup

I recently started a Salesforce solution company with a co-founder, who has a solid background with Salesforce certifications. I have a background related to Web application development, graphic design, CMS & digital marketing, although I’m also a software engineer. My co-founder was & still is working in a company & drawing a handsome salary while on…

August 30, 2015

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Sun Tzu or Shady?

We’re entering into a space with a very disruptive product. A competitor offers large rewards ($10k+) for solving single instances of the problem which our product does largely automatically. Can we collect these rewards, and leverage them instead of a next round of funding? This, of course, is using our enemy’s strengths against them to…

August 30, 2015

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Living in a country without resources.

I am living on an island that doesn’t really have the resources either in product designs or raw materials. I always have ideas but can’t seem to get to the prototype stage because no one around me is able to provide. Talking to people from other countries to explain my idea is often very difficult….

August 29, 2015

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When should I get a cofounder?

I’m a full stack developer, I know a little about many things and I can build any MVP product on my own. Should I build the software and then look for a co-founder (biz or marketing person), or should it be the other way around?

August 24, 2015

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Do high-end silicon valley law firms matter for fundraising?

I am considering a move to a top tier law firm. I have a smart, but not well-known lawyer who charges about $400 / hr. The top tier firm has approached me and has offered to defer payment .  The nature of my business will probably require 50-100K of legal work over the next 12…

August 20, 2015

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Best questions to ask/vet a potential technical co-founder

I am a non-technical founder. What do you think are the best questions to ask a potential technical co-founder(s) or any co-founder when deciding whether to partner with them?  I have a client order that needs to be fulfilled and identified potential future products so would like a longer term partner vs. using various development…

August 18, 2015

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Has anyone gone through ERA?

Looking for some info on the program.  Did you like it.  Did you raise afterwards?  How were the mentors and access to funding sources?

August 18, 2015

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Tim Draper’s Startup U is the most pukifying TV series on tech ever

I just can’t get through it. Tim’s trying to act all outrageous but just looking really silly, the “students” are so sugary in their quest to “change the world” with their utterly pedestrian ideas, and there’s this mentor who quips words of worship of Tim in every cut-away as if Tim’s the Dalai Lama.  

August 17, 2015