Resources

Score a High Profile Mentor; It’s Easier Than You Think

“Pick their brain until it bleeds.” Hollywood’s Michael Ovitz, my mentor since I was 19 years old, advised me to do just that when I find someone whose career I want to emulate. Of course, you’ve got to have a little more tact than simply that, but you get the picture. The best way to […]

21 Free Tools to Help Your Small Business Succeed

Reposted from under30ceo.com As small business owners we are always looking for tools to help get the job done at a low cost. Well nothing beats free! It’s truly amazing how powerful some of the free online small business tools are out there. If you’re not taking advantage of at least a few of these […]

7 Qualities of a Good Start-up Incubator/Accelerator

Choosing the right incubator/accelerator is a lot like applying to college, or business school. There’s an increasing number of options available nationwide, some are more desirable than others, and each has its own culture, admissions process, and niche. All of that makes it very hard to determine which one is right for your start-up. We […]

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 […]

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 […]

Top 10 Incubators/Accelerators

There’s a fundamental difference between incubators and accelerators. It’s important to understand the difference so that you know what to expect and know what you’re getting yourself and your startup into. It’s also important to remember that each incubator and accelerator has its own personality and style, so be sure to research that as well. […]