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Understanding Startup Ceos

Author : Slagen
ISBN : 1646870123
Genre : Business & Economics
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Do you ever wonder what goes on in the mind of a startup CEO? What are they thinking? What motivates them? How can I be successful working for one? These are all common questions that if go unanswered make it seem like start-up CEOs are impossible to understand. Start-up CEOs are some of the most unique people you'll ever meet and require a specific relational approach, but don't worry there's hope, and having a true understanding of their mindset is the answer. Dan Slagen, three time start-up executive shares how-to tips and secrets based on years of experience working directly for, advising, and having countless exchanges with start-up CEOs from early stage to IPO. Whether you report directly to your startup's CEO on the executive team or not, want to better understand startup CEOs in general, or you are a start-up CEO and want to gain a better perspective on your employees thought process, this book is for you."
Category: Business & Economics

Startup Ceo

Author : Matt Blumberg
ISBN : 9781119723660
Genre : Business & Economics
File Size : 76.32 MB
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You’re only a startup CEO once. Do it well with Startup CEO, a "master class in building a business." —Dick Costolo, Former CEO, Twitter Being a startup CEO is a job like no other: it’s difficult, risky, stressful, lonely, and often learned through trial and error. As a startup CEO seeing things for the first time, you’re likely to make mistakes, fail, get things wrong, and feel like you don’t have any control over outcomes. Author Matt Blumberg has been there, and in Startup CEO he shares his experience, mistakes, and lessons learned as he guided Return Path from a handful of employees and no revenues to over $100 million in revenues and 500 employees. Startup CEO is not a memoir of Return Path's 20-year journey but a thoughtful CEO-focused book that provides first-time CEOs with advice, tools, and approaches for the situations that startup CEOs will face. You'll learn: How to tell your story to new hires, investors, and customers for greater alignment How to create a values-based culture for speed and engagement How to create business and personal operating systems so that you can balance your life and grow your company at the same time How to develop, lead, and leverage your board of directors for greater impact How to ensure that your company is bought, not sold, when you exit Startup CEO is the field guide every CEO needs throughout the growth of their company.
Category: Business & Economics

Startup Ceo

Author : Matt Blumberg
ISBN : 9781118683156
Genre : Business & Economics
File Size : 67.94 MB
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A definitive book for any CEO—first time or otherwise—of a high-growth company While big company CEOs are usually groomed for the job for years, startup CEOs aren't—and they're often young and relatively inexperienced in business in general. Author Matt Blumberg, a technology and marketing entrepreneur, knows this all too well. Back in 1999, he started a company called Return Path, which later became the driving force behind the creation of his blog, OnlyOnce—because "you're only a first time CEO once." Now, more than a decade later, he's written Startup CEO. As the fifth book in the StartUp Revolution series, this reliable resource is based on Blumberg's experience as a startup CEO and covers a number of issues he's faced over the dozen years he's been a CEO. Offers valuable insights into how the CEO sets the overall vision and strategy of the company and communicates it to all stakeholders Discusses how to build a company's human capital by recruiting, hiring, and retaining the very best talent Examines how a CEO must align available resources with the company's strategy in order to ensure success Addresses what it takes to master the "How" of being a CEO—from leading an executive team to managing in any type of market Engaging and informative, this book is essential reading for any, and every, CEO.
Category: Business & Economics

Startup Ceo

Author : Matt Blumberg
ISBN : 9781119723714
Genre : Business & Economics
File Size : 69.88 MB
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You’re only a startup CEO once. Do it well with Startup CEO, a "master class in building a business." —Dick Costolo, Former CEO, Twitter Being a startup CEO is a job like no other: it’s difficult, risky, stressful, lonely, and often learned through trial and error. As a startup CEO seeing things for the first time, you’re likely to make mistakes, fail, get things wrong, and feel like you don’t have any control over outcomes. Author Matt Blumberg has been there, and in Startup CEO he shares his experience, mistakes, and lessons learned as he guided Return Path from a handful of employees and no revenues to over $100 million in revenues and 500 employees. Startup CEO is not a memoir of Return Path's 20-year journey but a thoughtful CEO-focused book that provides first-time CEOs with advice, tools, and approaches for the situations that startup CEOs will face. You'll learn: How to tell your story to new hires, investors, and customers for greater alignment How to create a values-based culture for speed and engagement How to create business and personal operating systems so that you can balance your life and grow your company at the same time How to develop, lead, and leverage your board of directors for greater impact How to ensure that your company is bought, not sold, when you exit Startup CEO is the field guide every CEO needs throughout the growth of their company.
Category: Business & Economics

Hot Seat

Author : Dan Shapiro
ISBN : 9781449360832
Genre : Business & Economics
File Size : 68.49 MB
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What avoidable problem destroys more young startups than any other? Why is it a mistake to ask for introductions to investors? When do you play the CEO card? Should you sell out? Author and four-time founder/CEO Dan Shapiro tells the stories of dozens of startups whose companies lived and died by the advice in these pages. From inception to destruction and triumph to despair, this rollercoaster read takes aspiring entrepreneurs from the highs of billion-dollar payouts and market-smashing success to the depths of impostor syndrome and bankruptcy. Hot Seat is divided into the five phases of the startup CEO experience: Founding explains how to formulate your idea, allocate equity, and not argue yourself to death Funding provides the keys to venture capital, angels, and crowdfunding, plus clear advice on which approach to choose Leadership lays out a path to build a strategy and culture for your team that will survive good times and bad Management reveals how to manage your board, argue with your team, and play the CEO card Endgame explains how to finish a company's existence with grace, wealth, and minimal litigation
Category: Business & Economics

Startup Cxo

Author : Matt Blumberg
ISBN : 9781119772576
Genre : Business & Economics
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One of the greatest challenges for startup teams is scaling because usually there's not a blueprint to follow, people are learning their function as they go, and everyone is wearing multiple hats. There can be lots of trial and error, lots of missteps, and lots of valuable time and money squandered as companies scale. Matt Blumberg and his team understand the scaling challenges—they've been there, and it took them nearly 20 years to scale and achieve a successful exit. Along the way they learned what worked and what didn’t work, and they share their lessons learned in Startup CXO. Unlike other business books, Startup CXO is designed to help each functional leader understand how their function scales, what to anticipate as they scale, and what things to avoid. Beyond providing function-specific advice, tools, and tactics, Startup CXO is a resource for each team member to learn about the other functions, understand other functional challenges, and get greater clarity on how to collaborate effectively with the other functional leads. CEOs, Board members, and investors have a book they can consult to pinpoint areas of weakness and learn how to turn those into strengths. Startup CXO has in-depth chapters covering the nine most common functions in startups: finance, people, marketing, sales, customers, business development, product, operations, and privacy. Each functional section has a "CEO to CEO Advice" summary from Blumberg on what great looks like for that CXO, signs your CXO isn't scaling, and how to engage with your CXO. Startup CXO also has a section on the future of executive work, fractional and interim roles. Written by leading practitioners in the newly emergent fractional executive world, each function is covered with useful tips on how to be a successful fractional executive as well as what to look for and how to manage fractional executives. Startup CXO is an amazing resource for CEOs but also for functional leaders and professionals at any stage of their career." —Scott Dorsey, Managing Partner, High Alpha
Category: Business & Economics

The Startup Playbook

Author : Rajat Bhargava
ISBN : 9781119708513
Genre : Business & Economics
File Size : 66.52 MB
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Get the real guidance you need to create and build your first startup company from founders who have been there many times before. The first run printing of The Startup Playbook SOLD OUT! So, we revised, expanded, and improved this second edition, including a new foreword by Brad Feld, author of Venture Deals. We still give our personal, how-to guide for building your startup from the ground up. You’ll find a collection of the major lessons and shortcuts we’ve learned that will shift the odds in your favor. We’re sharing our tips, secrets, and advice in a frank, founder-to-founder discussion with you. We make no bones about our bias. We’re on your side, the founder’s side. While venture capitalists, investors, and accelerators/incubators can add great value in the startup ecosystem, this book isn’t about their points of view. We’ll tell you where our interests as founders diverge from those on the other side of the table—investors, bankers, advisors, board members, and others—and what to do when that happens. The Startup Playbook is not a recipe, it’s not a template, it’s not a list of tasks to do. It’s our insider’s guide to starting a company and running it successfully in those critical early months. Between us, we’ve started over a dozen high-tech software companies and raised over $500 million in investment capital. We’ve acquired over thirty-five companies, had three of our startups go public, sold six of them, and we made billions of dollars for shareholders. We’ve also invested in over eighty startups, advised and mentored over two hundred companies and actively worked with venture capitalists (VCs), incubators, and accelerators to help launch many other new startups. We’ve had plenty of failures, too. And we’ve probably learned more from those than from the successes. We share those lessons as well. The Startup Playbook is full of our advice, guidance, do’s, and don’ts from our years of experience as founders many times. We want to share our hard-earned knowledge with you to make success easier for you to achieve. This book is extraordinarily fresh and exciting. In an accessible, straight talk fashion, this book is a manual, and an inspiration. The Startup Playbook is smart and avoids the "I am so smart" over-writing endemic to the genre. Read this as it is presented. You'll be doing yourself a tremendous favor. - Amazon Reviewer
Category: Business & Economics

The Ceo Handbook

Author : Steve Wagh
ISBN : 097185629X
Genre : Chief executive officers
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The CEO Handbook is a pocket guide containing the author's direct answers to their most frequently asked questions. It offers step-by-step advice and includes anecdotes from my personal experiences to help you avoid some of the same mistakes made by others.
Category: Chief executive officers

Uncanny Valley A Memoir

Author : Anna Wiener
ISBN : 9780008296872
Genre : Social Science
File Size : 39.8 MB
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‘Joan Didion at a startup’ Rebecca Solnit ‘Impossibly pleasurable’ Jia Tolentino ‘This is essential reading’ Stylist
Category: Social Science

Lost And Founder

Author : Rand Fishkin
ISBN : 9780735213340
Genre : Business & Economics
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Rand Fishkin, the founder and former CEO of Moz, reveals how traditional Silicon Valley "wisdom" leads far too many startups astray, with the transparency and humor that his hundreds of thousands of blog readers have come to love. Everyone knows how a startup story is supposed to go: A young, brilliant entrepreneur has a cool idea, drops out of college, defies the doubters, overcomes all odds, makes billions, and becomes the envy of the technology world. This is not that story. It's not that things went badly for Rand Fishkin; they just weren't quite so Zuckerberg-esque. His company, Moz, maker of marketing software, is now a $45 million/year business, and he's one of the world's leading experts on SEO. But his business and reputation took fifteen years to grow, and his startup began not in a Harvard dorm room but as a mother-and-son family business that fell deeply into debt. Now Fishkin pulls back the curtain on tech startup mythology, exposing the ups and downs of startup life that most CEOs would rather keep secret. For instance: A minimally viable product can be destructive if you launch at the wrong moment. Growth hacking may be the buzzword du jour, but initiatives can fizzle quickly. Revenue and growth won't protect you from layoffs. And venture capital always comes with strings attached. Fishkin's hard-won lessons are applicable to any kind of business environment. Up or down the chain of command, at both early stage startups and mature companies, whether your trajectory is riding high or down in the dumps: this book can help solve your problems, and make you feel less alone for having them.
Category: Business & Economics

Startup Boards

Author : Brad Feld
ISBN : 9781118516829
Genre : Business & Economics
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An essential guide to understanding the dynamics of a startup's board of directors Let's face it, as founders and entrepreneurs, you have a lot on your plate—getting to your minimum viable product, developing customer interaction, hiring team members, and managing the accounts/books. Sooner or later, you have a board of directors, three to five (or even seven) Type A personalities who seek your attention and at times will tell you what to do. While you might be hesitant to form a board, establishing an objective outside group is essential for startups, especially to keep you on track, call you out when you flail, and in some cases, save you from yourself. In Startup Boards, Brad Feld—a Boulder, Colorado-based entrepreneur turned-venture capitalist—shares his experience in this area by talking about the importance of having the right board members on your team and how to manage them well. Along the way, he shares valuable insights on various aspects of the board, including how they can support you, help you understand your startup's milestones and get to them faster, and hold you accountable. Details the process of choosing board members, including interviewing many people, checking references, and remembering that there should be no fear in rejecting a wrong fit Explores the importance of running great meetings, mixing social time with business time, and much more Recommends being a board member yourself at some other organization so you see the other side of the equation Engaging and informative, Startup Boards is a practical guide to one of the most important pieces of the startup puzzle.
Category: Business & Economics

Business Week

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ISBN : UCLA:L0098884935
Genre : Business
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Category: Business

Startup Leadership

Author : Derek Lidow
ISBN : 9781118845653
Genre : Business & Economics
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Anyone can start a business. But only leaders cansucceed. Most entrepreneurs know the long odds: only a fraction of themwill lead their enterprises through the rocky stages of growth tolaunch self-sustaining companies. Very few know how to outflank thefailures that await them at every turn, including the mostpainful—being abandoned by key members of their team orgetting pushed out by their board just as their business starts togenerate real value. Derek Lidow is on a mission to improve these odds and changethese outcomes. Throughout his long career—as CEO, innovator,and entrepreneur—he has tested virtually every aspect oflaunching a business. Lidow now argues that success is far lessdependent upon a firm’s idea or any grand strategy than it isupon something more personal: leadership. Emerging companies havespecific leadership requirements, stage by fast-moving stage. Fewfounders have been able to leverage the tremendous power of thisunderrecognized reality—until now. Startup Leadership demonstrates how founders can adoptthe skills that are required at each stage of their journey.Whether you are at the idea stage or managing a more matureenterprise, you can start to recognize the fundamental conflict:how to balance your selfish drives with the more selflessleadership required by the organization at any given time. The bookshows you how to achieve this balance by: Assessing your unique motivations, traits, and skills Creating a personal leadership strategy that leverages yourstrengths and mitigates your weaknesses Mastering how to lead teams, including boards Understanding the five prerequisites for driving change Taking control of your inevitable crises, thereby strengtheningyour team and your leadership With Lidow’s help, you will learn how to become thestartup leader your business needs, and you’ll move forwardwith your plans with greater confidence and success.
Category: Business & Economics

The Founder S Dilemmas

Author : Noam Wasserman
ISBN : 9780691158303
Genre : Business & Economics
File Size : 35.64 MB
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The Founder's Dilemmas examines how early decisions by entrepreneurs can make or break a startup and its team. Drawing on a decade of research, including quantitative data on almost ten thousand founders as well as inside stories of founders like Evan Williams of Twitter and Tim Westergren of Pandora, Noam Wasserman reveals the common pitfalls founders face and how to avoid them.
Category: Business & Economics

The Startup Checklist

Author : David S. Rose
ISBN : 9781119163794
Genre : Business & Economics
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"Most books on entrepreneurship focus on strategic issues like product/market fit, deciding what market to be in, or what business to buy, how to get traction with customers, etc. Examples include bestselling perennials such as The Lean Startup, Art of the Start, Zero to One, Startup Owner's Manual, et al Simple Startup, covers a completely different part of the process: the concrete details of business launch, growth, and management. Most best-sellers that promise to tell people how to start a business do so very briefly, and quickly end up recommending that readers seek guidance from lawyers, accountants, and other paid advisors. Simple Startup gives readers the detailed insights they need to understand exactly what they need from each of these professional counselors, to ask the smart questions that will help them get their money's worth, and to make intelligent decisions independent of their advisors' recommendations. Simple Startup is aimed at those who want to make it really big, not just the home-based artisans, daycare providers, or dry cleaning stores. These are innovators and visionaries who have the passion, drive, and creativity to launch a great company, but who need a nuts-and-bolts guide to the hundreds of complex challenges that derail many a business on the journey from their first business card to a successful company sale or IPO"--
Category: Business & Economics

The Tech Entrepreneur S Survival Guide How To Bootstrap Your Startup Lead Through Tough Times And Cash In For Success

Author : Bernd Schoner
ISBN : 9780071823364
Genre : Business & Economics
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Most technology startups never make it to the funding stage, and only a small percentage of those that are venture-backed generate a positive return for their investors. An even smaller number of startup founders enjoy a truly prosperous exit. Bernd Schoner cofounded his tech startup during the dot-com bust, navigated it through market crises and internal turmoil, brought it through the global financial meltdown intact, and eventually sold it to a multibillion-dollar, multinational public technology company. In The Tech Entrepreneur's Survival Guide, Bernd shares what he learned and what he wished he knew at the time. He explains the major phases in a technology company's life cycle, helping entrepreneurs avoid common pitfalls and survive crises when they strike. He guides readers from the initial bootstrapping process through venture-capital financing and provides valuable advice on how to sell a technology company profitably--even in a challenging economic environment. Every chapter presents solutions to realworld issues that could otherwise have fatal consequences for a tech venture. Aspiring tech entrepreneurs will learn to: Set up shop: build the team, assemble necessary startup assets (including technology and intellectual property), get legal and financial affairs in order Secure capital: ask for money, nail the term sheet, ask for more money Get out: know when to sell, who to sell to, and how to make it a happy exit for all stakeholders, including the employees Written with deep insight, refreshing candor, and a dash of humor, this comprehensive guide to the often harsh realities of startup life is indispensable for entrepreneurs at any stage. PRAISE FOR THE TECH ENTREPRENEUR'S SURVIVAL GUIDE: "A genuine narrative from the field, with battle scars and self-reflection. Reading this book will help you avoid many pitfalls." -- Nicholas Negroponte, professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab "There's a lot of great insights and practical advice for the entrepreneur in this book, stuff you normally won't read or hear unless you buy some hard-bitten company founder a few drinks. If you are launching a technology startup, reading this book is the thing you should do first." -- Mark Roberti, founder and editor in chief of RFID Journal "I wish I had read Bernd's book when we founded The Echo Nest. Bernd touches on all the major issues in the initial formation stages of a tech company and many of the problems that come up when the company matures. If you are thinking of founding your own tech startup, read this book first." -- Tristan Jehan, cofounder of The Echo Nest "A visceral, behind-the-scenes guide to technology entrepreneurship. Bernd tells it like it is and presents a universe of solutions to tricky startup situations that can significantly improve the odds of success. Indispensable." -- Larry Begley, cofounder and managing director at .406 Ventures "The best-laid business plans never survive contact with reality. Bernd has provided a comprehensive guide to anticipating the unexpected in the life of a startup." -- Neil Gershenfeld, professor and director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Center for Bits and Atoms
Category: Business & Economics

How To Bootstrap A Startup

Author : ARX Reads
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Genre : Business & Economics
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Not all startups have the luxury of getting investors right off the bat–sometimes it takes bootstrapping a business by funding it out of your own pocket. While this is an honorable way to start a company, bootstrapping is more difficult than it might seem. First-time entrepreneurs often have trouble getting funding without first showing some traction and a plan for potential success. Bootstrapping a business is a lesson in hard work and flexibility, but ultimately it can help accelerate a company’s success. From our experience, here’s The Definitive Guide on How to Bootstrap Your Startup.
Category: Business & Economics

Start Up And Scale

Author : Ben Waldeck
ISBN : 1700405071
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Start-Up and Scale guides you through the startup process in Australia. Written by technology and startup lawyer, Ben Waldeck who has a real-world background in tech and startups. While Ben's tech perspective provides insights into the digital setup of your startup, his business and legal expertise will allow you to fast-track your way to success by avoiding the common pitfalls Ben has seen cost entrepreneurs their time, money, relationships - and even their sanity! You will gain confidence and clarity as Ben guides you through his 6 Stage Startup system - step by step. Being armed with this information can put you at a distinct advantage. Gain a clear direction and understanding about what it takes to be a successful startup founder in Australia and what it takes to scale your startup internationally. Gaining this clarity will be a breath of fresh air, as you gain confidence in the fast-paced world of startups. While Ben Waldeck discusses tech, legal and business requirements startup founders, employees, investors must be aware of, world-class startup expert contributors share their secrets of success with you:- Global entrepreneur, investor and astronaut, Nik Halik provides excellent guidance on his success secrets - Serial startup CEO heavyweight, Gregory Duffell also shares his incredible advice with you- Incredible insights from Sam Riley, CEO of Ansarada.com and one of the leading tech startup CEOs in Australia - Alastair Loxton and Sara O'Shea, co-founders of MinistryofVillas.com - Government Grants expert, Ben Cusack of Bulletpoint Consulting shares his wisdom - David Petrie, CEO of Athletes GelStart-Up and Scale covers a lot of ground in a surprisingly easy to follow format. The structured content delivered in the 6 Stage Startup system makes the book's content quick and easy to digest.Read Start-Up and Scale from front to back, use it as a reference book or as a checklist. Start-Up and Scale is suited to new entrepreneurs who want to start-up. It is also perfect for entrepreneurs who have already begun their startup journey, and want to circle back to ensure they have 'checked-off' on everything. As you read this book, you will gain confidence as you understand the requirements, risks and opportunities - as you Start-Up and Scale. If you have ever wanted to learn the strategy you need to make in the exciting world of startups and you want to stack the odds of success in your favour, then Start-Up and Scale might be the book you have been looking for.
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Get Funded The Startup Entrepreneur S Guide To Seriously Successful Fundraising

Author : John Biggs
ISBN : 9781260459074
Genre : Business & Economics
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From a TechCrunch founder and award-winning strategist comes the most comprehensive guide to the newest fundraising options for today’s entrepreneurs. Fundraising for startups has changed dramatically in the past decade. There was a time when VCs were rock stars and a founder with a big idea and a little drive could raise a few hundred thousand dollars to build a business. But those days are gone. In the aftermath of the Great Recession and a massive drop in tech investments, it’s become harder and harder for founders to raise money. The good news? Today’s entrepreneurs have more options than ever before—with greater opportunities to get the ball rolling, get investors excited, and Get Funded! A comprehensive, cutting-edge guide from tech journalist and entrepreneur John Biggs and communication strategist Eric Villines, Get Funded! will enable you to: Create a solid business plan and a powerful story that investors respond to Explore a wide range of funding options—and find the ones that are right for you Understand valuation and dilution Plan, prepare, and deliver the perfect pitch Raise money through grants, micro-loans, micro-donations, and crowdfunding Take advantage of the latest online resources and financial tools Filled with step-by-step strategies, ready-to-use resources, and on-the-ground insights, this is a must-read for every entrepreneur. Even if you’ve started a business before, you’ll discover a whole new funding landscape with exciting tech-driven models―including crowdfunding platforms like GoFundMe and Patreon, cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, IEOs (Initial Exchange Offerings), micro-loans, and micro-donations―as well as more traditional, tried-and-true methods. Beyond a road map to the current world of funding, Get Funded! provides proven strategies for pitching, marketing, bootstrapping, and more. It’s a complete 360-degree tool with easy-to-follow worksheets and online resources that will help you build a sustainable funding strategy that’s right for your business—and crucial to your success. Whether you’re starting a food truck or a biotech startup, Get Funded! has got you covered.
Category: Business & Economics