Here’s our weekly link roundup of small business buzz, musings and muchness. A curation of the best small business talk around the web.
Startups: Yes, You Can Move Fast Without Breaking Things
“Your freewheeling workflow could blow up in your face when you start hiring more engineers. Automated testing and checking, or Continuous Integration, is the antidote to having too many cooks in the kitchen. (Fast Company)
Series A Crunch: Why Startups Will Use Crowdfunding Instead
“With a plethora of venture capitals, the issue of funding used to be just finding the right match. Now, Series A investments are in a crunch, with investors shying away from taking risks via internet companies seeking funds. Nicole Perlroth of The New York Times calls it The Facebook Effect, citing the megacorp’s public offering plunge as the catalyst. (Forbes)
Patent Trolls Eat Startups First. Here’s What You Can Do About It
“Patent assertion entities (PAEs or trolls) regularly engage in the practice of sending patent demand letters to unsuspecting startups and small businesses in preparation for going after much larger entities. A patent demand letter is typically sent by a patent holder to a company it believes is infringing the patent, and in the letter, PAEs offer a license to the patent.” (TechCrunch)
5 Public Speaking Tips for Entrepreneurs
“For most of us, public speaking can be incredibly nerve-wracking. What if you mess up? What if no one claps? What if someone asks you a question to which you don’t know the answer? What if you throw up on stage? But with the right preparation, public speaking have to be such a daunting, fretful experience. (Mashable)
8 Major Mistakes Entrepreneurs Will Make In 2013
“Not Fundraising in Q1 – if you’re planning on raising money for your business at any point in 2013, DO IT NOW. There’s a growing buzz amongst entrepreneurs and VCs about “The Series A Crunch”. The fundraising climate in 2013 will be brutal, make the most of your fundraising shot before it gets really ugly.” (Forbes)
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