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How Startup Founders Can Avoid Excessive Debt

Author: George Beall, Contributor, The Next Web

The risk of going belly-up should strike fear into any startup founder, as the Small Business Administration estimates that: “About two-thirds of businesses with employees survive at least two years and about half survive at least five years.” Furthermore, a …More

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So, You Didn’t Meet Your Fundraising Goals. Now What?

Author: Ajay Yadav, Contributor, Forbes

There comes a point in almost every startup founder’s career when they fail to raise the money they promised to. Even if you under-promise (which you should), something or another will probably come up that makes you fall short of …More

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How Daily Meditation Helped This Serial Entrepreneur Succeed

Author: Radha Kapoor, Business Banker; and Michele Piccirillo, Managing Director, First Republic Bank

As an entrepreneur, Mark Meyuhas has long relied on meditation to help maintain balance in his life, both while starting The Tasting Kitchen, the much-lauded restaurant in Venice, California, and running the nationally renowned audio production firm Lime Studios in …More

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Startups: Here’s How to Get the Most Out of a Strategic Investor

Author: Valley Voices, Forbes

When a startup does decide that strategic investment is its best course of action, it’s critical to think about how it will structure that relationship to get the most out of the investor that’s interested. When done well, strategic investments can …More

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Client Spotlight: Learn Capital on How Technology is Creating an Education Revolution

Author: Brady Harter, Business Banker; and Hana Yang, Business Banker, First Republic Bank

Jennifer Lee and Michael Staton came to Learn Capital from different backgrounds — she spent her career in finance and he started out as a teacher. But both have a similar passion for exploring how technology can improve education and …More

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Seven Ways Leadership Can Win Over Tech Talent

Author: Falon Fatemi, Contributor, Forbes

Competitive advantage comes in many flavors. You might win with leadership, product strategy or even dumb luck. But in today’s data-driven climate, there’s one thing you can’t compete without: tech talent. Yet with the talent crunch worsening, finding the right …More

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Three Key Rules When Introducing Your Company’s Second Product

Author: Steve Sloan, Contributor, The Next Web

The trajectories of successful tech startups look a lot like the careers of famous rap stars. Some of them have sustained success like Jay-Z and some of them fade away like Vanilla Ice. The question for every successful entrepreneur is …More

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Client Spotlight: How VC Firm Amasia Helps Startups Go Global

Author: Michele Celestino, Relationship Manager, and Hana Yang, Business Banker, First Republic Bank

For many startup founders, taking their company international is a big, often intimidating dream. But with deep experience in cross-border business, the team at Amasia, a California- and Singapore-based venture capital firm, has helped companies more easily explore opportunities and …More

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Seven Practical Tips to Help Protect Your Intellectual Property

Author: Amy Sept, Contributor, Business2Community

Want to engage freelance help, but feel reluctant to give someone access to the nitty-gritty details? Collaboration takes trust, and trust takes time. But at the same time, business waits for nobody. By hiring well and proactively taking steps to …More

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