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I invested in Bitcoin. You should, too

Since I heard about Bitcoin earlier this year, I’ve been developing my investment thesis. Here’s some advice for early investors.

Why I broke up with Kickstarter

With Kickstarter, everything that came after the funding was unexpected and frustrating. Here are my lessons learned.

Why struggling startups should look beyond large company bailouts

Virtually all tech acquisitions are characterized by large companies buying small companies, often for cash. But why does this have to be the case? Why can’t small companies also participate in this bonanza of great technology destined for the trash heap?

A Silicon Valley law firm loosens its tie, opens collaborative space in SOMA

Law offices bring to mind power suits, closed-door corner offices, serious conversations, and clients getting billed for every minute of advice. Collaborative work spaces with lounges, foosball tables, communal desks, and fun networking events are the bailiwick of hoodie-filled startups. But what if a law firm started acting like a startup?

Six tips for creating a killer brand for your company

There are misconceptions about how important branding it is to success, how much work it takes, and the best ways to approach it. But every company, from a fresh-faced tech-startup to Apple, knows good branding can make a product or service.

15 entrepreneurs give tips on getting the most out of an incubator or accelerator

Before signing up for your local startup accelerator or incubator, there are a few things you should keep in mind. Is your pitch perfected? Does it matter which group you join? Is there a right or wrong time to sign up? We asked these fifteen entrepreneurs for their nuggets of advice on navigating the world of startup accelerators.

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How JackThreads grew from a bootstrapped bedroom startup to 2M members

After working from his bedroom for two and a half years, Jason Ross launched JackThreads — a men’s online shopping club that had yet to establish a payment system via credit cards — in 2008. His first online sale featured a single brand and only sold three items, but the company quickly acquired several hundred members in the first three months. Today, JackThreads has almost 2 million members, over 500 brands and over 60 employees. The flash-sales company was bought by Thrillist in 2010 for an undisclosed amount, but Ross continues to lead the company’s daily operations. Here, Ross shares his highs, his lows, his best advice and what he thinks is next for the online retail industry.

An alternative to incubators: the co-working space

If you’re a startup, you’ve probably considered joining an incubator. But residency can be competitive and the requirements stiff. TechStars and Y-Combinator are well-known incubators that offer funding, mentorship, and access to a community of venture capitalists and anointed digerati — but only for a select few. Applicants also have to provide detailed business plans and disclose development, operational, marketing, and sales activities to get into the club.

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8 tips for entrepreneurs from a founder-turned-VC

A friend of mine recently asked me a simple question: “After four years as a VC, knowing what you know now, what basic tips do you have for guys like me who are growing venture-backed businesses?” It got me thinking about what I’ve learned being on the other side of the fence – and though I don’t profess to be an expert on how to be the perfect entrepreneur, I thought my own experiences might help some founders out in the trenches today.

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Find your startup’s voice: Why I hired a journalist to run my company blog

As a CEO of a startup, my online voice – a blog called Greg’s Corner — is the place where I share my company news, try to differentiate myself from competitors, and showcase the value I’m offering. But until about a year ago, my online voice wasn’t saying much.

Startup and the city: Fake it until you make it

Editor’s note: Julia Plevin recently started a job at a startup that’s still in stealth mode. She’ll be posting occasional columns on VentureBeat about her experiences.

Punching above your weight: Tips for small startups taking on the big guys

Boxing, mixed martial arts and wrestling employ weight classes to ensure the competition is fair and you’re tested on skill, not size. In business, weight classes don’t exist, so if your company is a young, skinny 95-pounder, while your industry is filled with 300lb giants, you’re going to need to tighten up your laces and punch way above your weight. If you want to survive these mis-matched fights in today’s saturated marketplace, you need to get comfortable.

FAQ: What the new U.S. crowdfunding bill means for entrepreneurs

Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a crowdfunding bill that will allow startups to offer and sell securities via crowdfunding sites and social networks. If passed by the Senate and signed off by the President, the bill will become a law, giving entrepreneurs new options for raising money for their companies.

The basics of founder liquidity in venture financings

In today’s funding environment, hot companies are gaining the upper hand in negotiating deal terms that would have been unheard of a few years ago. One such term we’ve seen recently in venture deals is partial liquidity to founders.

10 reasons to start a company (and 10 not to)

(Editor’s note: Megan Lisa Jones is an investment banker who works primarily with companies in the digital media, technology, gaming and other emerging industries. She submitted this story to VentureBeat.)