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5 Funding Options You Didn’t Think Of

You may have heard of some of these options in the distant past, but we doubt they’re on the front of your mind when you think of ways to finance your venture. 5) Federal grants and loans. There are multiple federal agencies that have space allocated in their budget for financing the private sector. If […]

Finding a Great Startup Domain Name

VentureStart will be moving off of wordpress.com and onto it’s own domain name in the next month. We’re not giving away the domain name yet, but we’ll keep you updated. In honor of that move, here’s a post about domain names. A company’s marketing strategy is like an octopus. It has a lot of tentacles […]

Failure Is Not An Option, Or Is It?

“Failure is not an option!” How many of us have been told that, or thought it, or even said it ourselves? The quote was made famous for an entire generation by Gene Kranz’s character in the movie Apollo 13. Yes, I just dated myself, but go see the movie anyway. It will teach you a […]

Don’t Neglect Due Diligence on Your Trademark

Due diligence is important regardless of what industry you’re in and what stage your company’s at. Due diligence is even important outside the business world. You wouldn’t buy a house without verifying that the seller really owns the house (something your broker usually does for you). You wouldn’t book a vacation with a travel agency […]

Female Entrepreneurs

Are female entrepreneurs any different from their male counterparts? The surprising answer is, yes! But it may not be in the way you think. This has been a hot topic lately in the start-up world. According to a report by The Kauffman Foundation, male and female entrepreneurs usually have equal levels of education and agree […]

Company Culture Counts

The value of a strong and positive company culture can’t be underestimated. It sets the tone for everything a company does and it’s never too early to start implementing the desired culture. Implementation starts at the top with the founders and executives as they set the tone for everyone around them. For more on why […]

The Secret of Instant Success

You’ve been working hard, pulling all nighters, and slaving away. You’ve been working on your venture for months, maybe longer. You have the drive, the skills, the brilliant concept, and you want to know why your start-up isn’t the next Google, Facebook, Dropbox, Twitter, LinkedIn, or YouTube yet. There are several reasons those businesses succeeded […]