October 8, 2014 - Early stage and small companies need CFOs with a different mindset and skills than their peers’ in large organizations. Of course, early stage CFOs can and do manage P&L and handle investor relations, but they also do a lot more. How do you know when it’s time to bring one on? And more importantly, what exactly does a startup CFO do?
this post, Courtney Spencer, vice president and compensation manager at Square
1 Bank, explores, and hopefully demystifies, incentive stock options and
restricted stock from employer and employee points of view.
September 24, 2014 - Like all entrepreneurs whose dreams may appear crazy at first, I left to follow a startup dream. My team and I at Flywheel Ventures set out to provide capital, relationships, and advice to entrepreneurs across the region, playing a small role in pioneering the region’s broader transformation to an innovation-based knowledge economy. As a result, I believe I’ve learned a few things about building startups in regions beyond Silicon Valley.
Startups are a mess. They are frustrating,
exhilarating, stressful, and full of problems that need to be solved. The
exhilaration of a startup is getting to actually solve these problems in new
ways. In your ways. For
all the great ideas and all the big markets, it really comes down to people. Who,
as an entrepreneur, can you go to and say, “I really screwed
this up”? It’s an important question to ask: who can you be real with?
September 2, 2014 - Over the years, the one consistent question I have been asked by inventors, innovators and business executives is "how do you know that something is patentable?" It is a valid question, as you cannot protect patentable inventions if you are not aware that you have them. As a result, I developed the "Wow, that's cool!" factor to provide a common sense approach to determining whether something is novel and non-obvious.
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