The Curator: Startup Cities, Internet Sales Tax, Tech Talk, Startup Hype and Dirty Details

Here's our weekly link roundup of small business buzz, musings and muchness. A curation of the best small business talk around the web.

The Curator

Here’s our weekly link roundup of small business buzz, musings and muchness. A curation of the best small business talk around the web.

Top 5 American cities for startups. “We’ve curated a list for you of surprising and not-so-surprising locales where you might consider putting down startup roots. Our method? Looking at city tax breaks for small businesses, government programs, talent pools, culture, and more.” (Venture Beat)

Small Business And Internet Sales Tax. “Two separate bills, the Marketplace Equity Act and the Marketplace Fairness Act, have recently gained considerable traction in Congress. Both proposed laws seek to rectify the problems with the current practice of Internet sales tax collection. The bills have been met with some controversy, however, notably on the issue of how they will impact online small businesses.” (Forbes)

Most Tech Startups Aren’t Really ‘Tech’ Businesses At All. “Most of the potential “technology entrepreneurs” I meet aren’t interested in launching technology companies. “What?” you ask. Let me explain …” (Business Insider)

First-Time Startup Entrepreneurs: Stop Fucking Around. “We are in an amazing time right now — perhaps the perfect time to build companies. And it pains me to see first-time entrepreneurs flush away this huge opportunity getting caught in the hype of how cool it is to do a startup, going to endless meetups and spending entirely too much time on Maserati problems when they’re not busy cargo cult coding.” (Tech Crunch)

Entrepreneurs Better Enjoy Getting Their Hands Dirty. “There is no substitute for diving into the key details of a new startup. Executives from large companies have sometimes long forgotten how to do this (“My people will contact your people to work out the details.”). Others hire consultants, or outsource much of the real work. These executives won’t survive long in a startup environment.” (Business Insider)

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