Panelists Andy Tang, Toro Orero, Lauren Feldman, Emily Baum, Torsten Kolind, and Dylan Tweney.

What it takes to be a tech entrepreneur in 2015

A handful of technologies have contributed to an explosion of entrepreneurship in the past decade. But it’s not just technology that is empowering people to take fate into their own hands and launch their own businesses.

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How to rock at startup PR

There is a “going public” that comes before going public. It has nothing to do with stock; nothing to do with strike price or the market’s current appetite for tech offerings. This going public is how companies that understand media introduce themselves to the world.

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Haters gonna hate, but Arizona’s tech sector really is coming of age

When I wrote a guest column in this space back in late November lauding Arizona as a hotbed for tech startups, I never could have anticipated the backlash the story generated. Now I’m back with some more fodder for those haters out there.

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Startups: Does your marketing feel like a gift or a re-gift?

Think about the last time you were “re-gifted.” You probably got the feeling that the gift giver didn’t really care about you as much as you had hoped. That’s what bad marketing feels like.

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When a company founder resigns, investors should head for the exit too

Most large tech companies are no longer run by their founders. This is problematic for investors, because a painful corporate bureaucracy develops when a founder leaves and, as a result, risk-taking and innovation deteriorates.

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5 founder-friendly financing terms that give power to entrepreneurs

For many startups, the hot venture-capital and exit markets mean an increase in deal leverage when negotiating with venture investors. As a result, founder-favorable terms are increasingly a part of formation and financing documents where they wouldn’t have been just a year or two ago.

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How LinkedIn's Reid Hoffman taught Stanford students to build billion-dollar businesses through personal networks (in 4 quotes)

The founder of LinkedIn visited Stanford University’s super-popular tech startup class and dispensed some advice on how to lead a business to Internet fame. The course is curated by noted investor Sam Altman, who has opened up his Rolodex of tech celebrities and asked them to teach the next generation of eager startup founders about how to make it in Silicon Valley.

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How to navigate your first acquisition as a startup

Making the right acquisition can be a game changer. But studies suggest that two out of every three acquisitions fail. So how can you ensure that your first attempt at inorganic growth isn’t your last?

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How to get funding, as told by August Capital (video)

The Internet has fundamentally changed the ways in which startups receive funding these days. In many ways, it’s much easier to connect with investors that you want to work with, but on the other hand, it’s much more difficult to secure funding because of the massive amount of competition in the marketplace. Thus, for early-stage startups, it’s incredibly important to hone in on your product or service and perfect your pitch if you want to be one of the few startups that succeeds.

TechStars managing director Katie Rae

How to be a human in a startup

I helped all of these tech startups get off the ground and as soon as they closed their seed funding they came back to me and said, “Hey, we need people who understand how to work in startups.”

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Russia opening gov’t-backed startup accelerator in Crimea

The Internet Initiatives Development Fund, a government-backed fund supporting startup development, plans to open a remote regional accelerator in Sevastopol, Crimea, as soon as this summer.