Until I became an entrepreneur I believed I understood the definition of urgency. Consulting required me to work extremely long hours and to hustle in order to win large deals. You could argue I had urgency, but in reality my firm would continue to operate even if I lost a big follow-on project. I had a safety net. If a startup doesn't win the next deal, or if it underperforms, insolvency is always imminent.

To report amortization from previous years, in addition to amortization that begins in the current year, list on Form 4562 each item separately. For example, in 2016, you began to amortize a lease. In 2017, you began to amortize a second lease. Report amortization from the new lease on line 42 of your 2017 Form 4562. Report amortization from the 2016 lease on line 43 of your 2017 Form 4562.
It is advised to have internal validation team (your co-founders, investors and everyone working in your team) as well as an external validation team (a trial network of people you create to test out possible flaws in the system) to find out possible fatal flaws in your startup or to find out where you can improve on your business model, your revenue model and the products to speed past existing competitors.
Every business goes through four phases of a life cycle: startup, growth, maturity and renewal/rebirth or decline. Understanding what phase you are in can make a huge difference in the strategic planning and operations of your business. I’ve met many business owners who believe they are growing because sales are increasing at 2% each year when they're actually declining because they are losing small customers and only slightly growing big ones. These owners aren’t investing in the necessary systems and people to begin a renewal phase. Alternatively, many businesses in the growth phase aren’t allocating the proper resources to fuel the continued growth and miss valuable market share.
In hindsight, a little more downtime would’ve been welcome–we started building it quickly after the software product failed. But I credit this little process to the fact that we’re now building Wakefield, which publishes a daily email on startups and also puts on UNCUBED, New York’s largest startup tech recruiting fair. Content and events–our strengths. And it’s going well so far.

My bottom line for aspiring entrepreneurs is this: just do it. Leaving the safety of a blue chip job to pursue a new venture was the best decision I ever made. Not only was there no shame in my "failure," there have been more rewards than I could have anticipated. The experience made me more attractive to prospective employers, and I believe it will make me a better entrepreneur in my next venture.


Determining the date when your business actually starts depends on several factors, but it's important to determine a startup date for the purpose of deducting startup costs. For example, if you are investigating the purchase of a business, you need to know how far back you can deduct these costs. Typically, you can go back one year from the startup date. 
According to author Ian MacDonald, "A Day in the Life" was strongly informed by Lennon's LSD-inspired revelations, in that the song "concerned 'reality' only to the extent that this had been revealed by LSD to be largely in the eye of the beholder".[8] Having long resisted Lennon and George Harrison's insistence that he join them and Ringo Starr in trying LSD, McCartney took the drug for the first time in late 1966. This experience contributed to the Beatles' willingness to experiment on Sgt. Pepper and to Lennon and McCartney returning to a level of collaboration that had been absent for several years.[9]
Business owners generally want to immediately expense as much startup cost as they can because it means an immediate tax deduction. However, the IRS has strict guidelines for expensing and limiting these costs. The agency instructs business owners to expense the first $5,000 of startup costs, with a dollar-for-dollar phaseout at $50,000. If you had $51,000 of startup costs, you can only expense $4,000, not $5,000. Owners should amortize any remaining startup costs over 180 months. In this example, the business owner has $47,000 worth of startup costs remaining to amortize over the next 180 months.

During the startup phase, you spend your time meeting people, coming up with new ways to sell your products or services and consistently implementing new ideas. At this point, you won’t have many processes and you should be tweaking your business model to get a sense of the market and how to turn a profit. Your employees are wearing many hats. Few job descriptions and titles should exist because you're still creating a corporate structure.

The rules for section 197 intangibles do not apply to any amount that is included in determining the cost of property that is not a section 197 intangible. For example, if the cost of computer software is not separately stated from the cost of hardware or other tangible property and you consistently treat it as part of the cost of the hardware or other tangible property, these rules do not apply. Similarly, none of the cost of acquiring real property held for the production of rental income is considered the cost of goodwill, going concern value, or any other section 197 intangible.

Your business should be growing about 5% annually and your first employees are now reaching eight- to ten-year tenure. You should feel more secure than you have at any other point since you started out. You are probably able to take regular dividends out of the company. Professional management should be running the day-to-day business. And while some emergencies demand your attention, things are relatively predictable.
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#4: Draw inspiration from the legions of other failed entrepreneurs out there, you are one of many, find the incredible stories of their failures before they "made it": Walt Disney, Henry Ford, R.H. Macy, Bill Gates. If you're a true entrepreneur, you won't be able to save yourself from the desire of starting another company. Don't be afraid to do it again.
For the specialist approach, I suggest finding a tangible, clear, and marketable "thing" you can package and sell-- 409A valuations, MVP mockups, setting up analytics and user metrics, A/B testing services, etc.  In the early days, my “thing” was building financial models; I knew how to build a killer model from my days in investment banking, and I tailored the service for startups (and still build a ton of them today).  The experience gained from helping startups in this way enabled me to expand into a variety of other areas, such as capital raise strategy, exit consulting and startup BD.
Sometimes the VCs want to install a new CEO of their own choosing. Usually the claim is that you need someone mature and experienced, with a business background. Maybe in some cases this is true. And yet Bill Gates was young and inexperienced and had no business background, and he seems to have done ok. Steve Jobs got booted out of his own company by someone mature and experienced, with a business background, who then proceeded to ruin the company. So I think people who are mature and experienced, with a business background, may be overrated. We used to call these guys "newscasters," because they had neat hair and spoke in deep, confident voices, and generally didn't know much more than they read on the teleprompter.
Under the cash method, you can deduct a contested liability only in the year you pay the liability. Under the accrual method, you can deduct contested liabilities such as taxes (except foreign or U.S. possession income, war profits, and excess profits taxes) either in the tax year you pay the liability (or transfer money or other property to satisfy the obligation) or in the tax year you settle the contest. However, to take the deduction in the year of payment or transfer, you must meet certain conditions. See Regulations section 1.461-2.
E. Kelly Fitzsimmons is a well-known entrepreneur who has founded, led and sold several technology startups. Recently, she co-founded Custom Reality Services, a virtual reality production company whose first project, Across the Line, premiered at the New Frontier program of the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. She is also the co-founder of the Hypervoice Consortium, which researches the future of voice communications. Previously, she was the co- founder and CEO of HarQen. Prior to launching HarQen, she founded Sun Tzu Security (1996), an information security firm, which merged with Neohapsis (2003), where she led the combined company as CEO through 2006. Cisco acquired Neohapsis to enhance its information security offerings in 2014. In 2011, the Angel Capital Association awarded her the Silvertip PwC Entrepreneurship Award. In 2013, Speech Technology magazine honored her with the Luminary Award. She is a regular contributor to Information Week and Inc. magazine. Recently, several of her Inc. articles were published in an anthology Been There, Run That. She serves on the board of the Executive Women's Forum, the largest member organization serving female executives in the Information Security, Risk Management and Privacy industries. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Rochester and holds a master's degree from Harvard University.
In my early career, I couldn't imagine being alone with my thoughts. Today, meditation is my happy place. Recently, Harvard released a series of studies on how meditation increases gray matter in the frontal cortex, which handles executive function. I don't know about you, but I need all the executive function I can muster. Today, I meditate by either walking in nature or using an app called Headspace.
Do not hire too many people, specialists or managers too early. Considering the data, the team size of startups that scale prematurely pretends to be three times as big as other startups at the same stadium. Therefore you should stay focussed on your product and on the hiring process. Keep your circle small at the beginning. It is better to figure out if your employees fit in your company, than investing too many money in people who are not necessary.
The picture of your past is already done. It's time to put it away in your portfolio and pull out a sketch pad to start drawing up what your future is going to look like. When I talk with entrepreneurs who are at a crossroads, I recommend keeping a journal of their thoughts. Start writing down your ideas, feelings and perspectives. Brainstorm around new ideas that your entrepreneurial brain has been plotting.
E. Kelly Fitzsimmons is a well-known entrepreneur who has founded, led and sold several technology startups. Recently, she co-founded Custom Reality Services, a virtual reality production company whose first project, Across the Line, premiered at the New Frontier program of the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. She is also the co-founder of the Hypervoice Consortium, which researches the future of voice communications. Previously, she was the co- founder and CEO of HarQen. Prior to launching HarQen, she founded Sun Tzu Security (1996), an information security firm, which merged with Neohapsis (2003), where she led the combined company as CEO through 2006. Cisco acquired Neohapsis to enhance its information security offerings in 2014. In 2011, the Angel Capital Association awarded her the Silvertip PwC Entrepreneurship Award. In 2013, Speech Technology magazine honored her with the Luminary Award. She is a regular contributor to Information Week and Inc. magazine. Recently, several of her Inc. articles were published in an anthology Been There, Run That. She serves on the board of the Executive Women's Forum, the largest member organization serving female executives in the Information Security, Risk Management and Privacy industries. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Rochester and holds a master's degree from Harvard University.
When you're looking for space for a startup, don't feel that it has to look professional. Professional means doing good work, not elevators and glass walls. I'd advise most startups to avoid corporate space at first and just rent an apartment. You want to live at the office in a startup, so why not have a place designed to be lived in as your office?
Entrepreneurs who are involved in the early stages of business creation are unlikely to become preoccupied with life cycle issues of decline and dissolution. Indeed, their concerns are apt to be in such areas as securing financing, establishing relationships with vendors and clients, preparing a physical location for business operations, and other aspects of business start-up that are integral to establishing and maintaining a viable firm. Basically, these firms are almost exclusively concerned with the very first stage of the organization life cycle. Small business enterprises that are well-established, on the other hand, may find OLC studies more relevant. Indeed, many recent examinations of organization life cycles have analyzed ways in which businesses can prolong desired stages (growth, maturity) and forestall negative stages (decline, death). Certainly, there exists no timeline that dictates that a company will begin to falter at a given point in time. "Because every company develops at its own pace, characteristics, more than age, define the stages of the cycle," explained Karen Adler and Paul Swiercz in Training & Development.
For your convenience, the IRS provides an online database for all Authorized IRS e-file Providers that choose to be included in the database. You can locate the closest Authorized IRS e-file Providers in your area where you can electronically file your tax return. For more information on finding a tax return preparer who provides IRS e-file, see Authorized IRS e-file Providers for Individuals on IRS.gov, or go to IRS.gov/uac/Authorized-IRS-e-file-Providers-for-Individuals. The inclusion in this database does not constitute any endorsement by the IRS of the e-file Providers listed in this database or any of the products or services that they provide. You should always be sure to conduct your own due diligence when selecting an e-file Provider. In addition to the Authorized IRS e-file Provider locator tool above, you can also find professional help through the IRS Tax Professional Partner page at IRS.gov/Tax-Professionals/IRSTaxProAssociationPartners.
The tail end of 2016 and start of 2017 were a rough period for startups, in which many were culled from the herd. Pre-smartphone answer service ChaCha asked “can we stay in business?” and received the answer “no.” A drone company with tons of preorders and lots of buzz folded up and left customers stranded, and some blockchain startups ran into regulation challenges, complications, and plain old lack of funding. There are a million reasons startups fail, here are 26 more stories to add to the list.
Failure is one of the best learning experiences you can have as a founder. Unfortunately, it’s just a lot to go through emotionally, and you’re going to have many feelings surrounding it. Sometimes the best thing you can do with those feelings and with what you’re learning from failure is to share them. This will help you to get your feelings off your chest, and if you share what you are learning with other founders, they can learn from your mistakes, too. This takes the form of a “startup post mortem” where you share openly about what happened and any lessons learned. You may actually find that writing about a failure is incredibly therapeutic. And if you need some inspiration, check out a few well done post mortems from Shyp, Circa, and Everpix. In this case, sharing is quite literally caring. Let it out and start to get on with your life.

Expenses of creating an active business are costs incurred after the investigatory process has determined that a particular business should be acquired or established but before the business actually begins operations. The House report on the Miscellaneous Revenue Act of 1980, P.L. 96-605, which enacted Sec. 195 (H.R. Rep't No. 96-1278, 96th Cong., 2d Sess. 10 and 11 (1980)), lists the following as examples of such costs:
“We placed our bets on the extensive collaboration with the television giant NBC. One could say that we placed too many eggs in the NBC basket. We have spent a lot of time and energy on developing the show. When I received the message from NBC that they were canceling the production of the show, it became clear that the conditions for further operation, without substantial changes, were gone,” [CEO Þorsteinn B. Friðriksson] stated.
Comcast had hoped to turn Plaxo into a way “to bring the social media experience to mainstream consumers,” according to a blog post by the startup’s founders at the time of the acquisition. Among the ideas floated: discovering new TV shows to watch based on friends’ recommendations and sharing photos with friends and family that they could view “online, at work, on their mobile device, or in their living room watching TV.” But Plaxo never expanded beyond being a utility for syncing contacts.
“A failure gives one ample time to plan and tighten all loose ends before venturing into a new journey. Therefore, a founder should avoid being hasty in his second attempt at all costs. Also, most startups fail due to lack of cash. Effective cash-flow management, planning, and budgeting go a long way. Founders who have had a bitter experience in their first try know this very well and before venturing out again should have a sound business plan the second time around,” he said.
You will need an e-commerce solution on your website so you can continue to take pre-orders from non backers. This keeps cash flowing into the businesses, enabling you to build more units. It also gives people an action to take when they do hear about your brand because coming to your website to read “we are sold out, sorry” is a very dead end experience.
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Entrepreneurs: build your product, not someone else’s. The most successful products execute on a vision that aligns with their product’s and users’ goals. It’s hard to put blinders on when your stats are slowly coming down and you see other startups skyrocketing around you with various tactics and strategies. For the love of god, put them on. It’s the only way to build what you should instead of chasing others’ ideas.
Investigatory and other preopening expenses will be fully deductible by a corporation as a business loss (rather than subject to these amortization provisions) if the business venture or for-profit transaction proves to be unsuccessful and the corporation abandons the search or investigation (Rev. Rul. 56-520). A similar rule applies to noncorporate taxpayers engaged in a trade or business. However, unsuccessful startup costs cannot be deducted by noncorporate taxpayers not engaged in a trade or business when these costs are incurred, unless a specific business or investment has been identified by the time the search is abandoned. Instead, the expenses are treated as nondeductible personal expenses because they do not qualify as ordinary and necessary business expenses or expenses for the production of income (Rev. Ruls. 77-254, 79-346, and 71-191). Therefore, noncorporate taxpayers not in business who anticipate substantial expenditures in investigating (or searching for) a new business should consider incorporating solely to conduct the investigation. If successful, the corporation would conduct the new business. If unsuccessful, the shareholders could take an ordinary loss on the disposition of their small business (i.e., Sec. 1244) stock.
Startup Autobahn is a high-energy, progressive, and innovative program, every experience that we have had with Startup Autobahn has left us inspired and excited to continue our work in Germany and back home in Israel. We especially have valued our interactions with Startup Autobahn’s partners. All of our interactions have been positive and productive enabling us to get the most out of the program. We like that the program is in a constrained in 3 month time frame after which you must deliver results. This puts both our partners and us in high focus and high gear. In addition, we appreciate the Plug & Play team and the coordinators from each partner, whose sole purpose is to assist us in making the pilots a reality.
The experience shattered my persona as a smart, successful entrepreneur and exposed me as a failure. Like a traditional Near Death Experience (NDE), this journey reordered my priorities and changed me as a person. Without it, I wouldn’t have quit drinking and taken up authenticity as my guiding star. Learning how to be me without armor and jazz hands has been a challenge but ultimately worth it — allowing me to be more successful in business and life.
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Alberta Health Services issued a cease-and-desist order to Scarf, shutting down the meal sharing service last month. In a written statement, Alberta Health Services said its duty is to “keep Albertans safe. This includes working with food operators to ensure they are meeting the provincial standards required to serve safe and healthy food to Albertans.” AHS says all kitchens producing food for public consumption must have proper permits. Scarf cooks did not have those permits.

Business start-up and organizational costs are generally capital expenditures. However, you can elect to deduct up to $5,000 of business start-up and $5,000 of organizational costs paid or incurred after October 22, 2004. The $5,000 deduction is reduced by the amount your total start-up or organizational costs exceed $50,000. Any remaining costs must be amortized. For information about amortizing start-up and organizational costs, see chapter 8.
People are pouring into startups at a rate we’ve never seen. Literally, never–not even during dotcom mania, at least if Stanford’s MBA program is a good barometer. Per a Fortune report, the 2011 class sent 16% of grads to start their own companies, a full third higher than the late-’90s peak, and more than three times greater than the early ’90s averages. And we should probably assume that the 2012 numbers will be higher yet.
Having a web app being created at the same time was ridiculous too — especially since we still hadn’t nailed down the favoriting process or tried it with any users. I was blowing cash — at a ridiculous pace. I had 7 guys working on this thing at once, as we were hustling for SXSW launch deadline. We decided to focus on the iPhone app, which sucked for me and Dan the backend programmer, because we both couldn’t even use the app — we both have Droid X phones.

The cost of food and beverages you provide primarily to your employees on your business premises is deductible. This includes the cost of maintaining the facilities for providing the food and beverages. These expenses are subject to the 50% limit unless they qualify as a de minimis fringe benefit, as just discussed, or unless they are compensation to your employees (explained later).
You have a partial interest in the production from a property if you have a net profits interest in the property. To figure the share of production for your net profits interest, you must first determine your percentage participation (as measured by the net profits) in the gross revenue from the property. To figure this percentage, you divide the income you receive for your net profits interest by the gross revenue from the property. Then multiply the total production from the property by your percentage participation to figure your share of the production.
Social networks (by my general definition and among which I count Plancast) are essentially systems for distributing content among people who care about each other, and the frequency at which its users can share that content on a particular network is critical to how much value it’ll provide them on an ongoing basis. Unlike other, more frequent content types such as status updates and photos (which can be shared numerous times per day), plans are suitable for only occasional sharing. Most people simply don’t go to that many events, and of those they do attend, many are not anticipated with a high degree of certainty. As a result, users don’t tend to develop a strong daily or weekly habit of contributing content.
After almost a two-year break, I have spent two days at the company. Majority shareholders abandoned it. The company does not have assets to save and competencies to preserve. Twenty months of my absence have allowed the “professional” top managers to kill the company using the money of rich oligarchs. They have spent (in rubles) twice (!) more than we, Kamil Kurmakaev and I, spent since the company’s inception in 2008 till August 2014. And EVERYTHING has been lost or stolen — mostly lost.”
The above expenses must have been incurred before you are open for business, to be qualified as start-up cost. Another point that must remember is that the cost of small equipment qualifies as the start-up cost. However, the cost of heavy equipment or machinery is recovered by depreciating the asset over a period of time. Talk to your tax consultant as to what equipment would come under the umbrella of start-up cost.

“Before Touch of Modern, we spent a year and 800K on a project that, at its core, could not scale. After the initial failure, our investors jokingly said, ‘Consider it tuition.’ We meandered along for a year slowly bleeding money. What I regret most is not that we failed, but that we did not fail quickly enough. During this situation, turns out we did not know the difference between success and failure. We held on to really tiny successes among our small group of users as signs that we had something that worked. We thought that the way we struggled was just the way the way the startup life was. The solution we have now to prevent the same mistake is to launch things on a small scale, do it quickly and establish beforehand very concretely what goals we have to hit for the initiative to be considered successful and for us to keep investing. If we don’t hit those goals, we evaluate objectively and move on knowing that the most valuable thing we have is the time we will be spending in the future, not the time we spent in the past.”
Paradoxically, this cultural environment exists at the same time as everyone in Norway is trying to orient the economy around entrepreneurship. We always want to see everything as super positive! Everyone’s idea should be applauded and many startups should, according to this thinking, be financially supported by the government. This is true even when sometimes it might be a better to be more critical of Norwegian founders who are clearly not developing a viable business. Norwegians are not known for being overly polite, but when it comes to bad startup ideas they still shower praise. As a result, I see a lot of very smart people working on very bad ideas for far too long here in Norway. That means good talent gets locked up when it could be doing something much more impactful.
Of the two versions, the one where you get a lot of customers fast is of course preferable. But even that may be overrated. The idea is to get there first and get all the users, leaving none for competitors. But I think in most businesses the advantages of being first to market are not so overwhelmingly great. Google is again a case in point. When they appeared it seemed as if search was a mature market, dominated by big players who'd spent millions to build their brands: Yahoo, Lycos, Excite, Infoseek, Altavista, Inktomi. Surely 1998 was a little late to arrive at the party.
Taxes and tips relating to a meal or entertainment activity you reimburse to your employee under an accountable plan are included in the amount subject to the 50% limit. Reimbursements you make for expenses, such as cover charges for admission to a nightclub, rent paid for a room to hold a dinner or cocktail party, or the amount you pay for parking at a sports arena, are all subject to the 50% limit. However, the cost of transportation to and from an otherwise allowable business meal or a business-related entertainment activity isn’t subject to the 50% limit.
You cannot deduct as a current business expense all the IDCs paid or incurred for an oil, gas, or geothermal well located outside the United States. However, you can elect to include the costs in the adjusted basis of the well to figure depletion or depreciation. If you do not make this election, you can deduct the costs over the 10-year period beginning with the tax year in which you paid or incurred them. These rules do not apply to a nonproductive well.
Like most startups, we changed our plan on the fly. At first we expected our customers to be Web consultants. But it turned out they didn't like us, because our software was easy to use and we hosted the site. It would be too easy for clients to fire them. We also thought we'd be able to sign up a lot of catalog companies, because selling online was a natural extension of their existing business. But in 1996 that was a hard sell. The middle managers we talked to at catalog companies saw the Web not as an opportunity, but as something that meant more work for them.

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The cost of food and beverages you provide primarily to your employees on your business premises is deductible. This includes the cost of maintaining the facilities for providing the food and beverages. These expenses are subject to the 50% limit unless they qualify as a de minimis fringe benefit, as just discussed, or unless they are compensation to your employees (explained later).
In a technology startup, which most startups are, the founders should include technical people. During the Internet Bubble there were a number of startups founded by business people who then went looking for hackers to create their product for them. This doesn't work well. Business people are bad at deciding what to do with technology, because they don't know what the options are, or which kinds of problems are hard and which are easy. And when business people try to hire hackers, they can't tell which ones are good. Even other hackers have a hard time doing that. For business people it's roulette.
An electing large partnership, rather than each partner, generally must figure the depletion allowance. The partnership figures the depletion allowance without taking into account the 65%-of-taxable-income limit and the depletable oil or natural gas quantity. Also, the adjusted basis of a partner's interest in the partnership is not affected by the depletion allowance.
Business start-up and organizational costs are generally capital expenditures. However, you can elect to deduct up to $5,000 of business start-up and $5,000 of organizational costs paid or incurred after October 22, 2004. The $5,000 deduction is reduced by the amount your total start-up or organizational costs exceed $50,000. Any remaining costs must be amortized. For information about amortizing start-up and organizational costs, see chapter 8.
During Blank’s 21-year career in Silicon Valley, the startup guru was involved in eight startups and responsible for starting three or four of them, depending on your definition of “cofounder,” he says. Along the way, none of the failures he encountered made the same impression as the ones he made with video game company Rocket Science Games where his title was CEO.
Provide tax records. A good preparer will ask to see your records and receipts. They ask you questions to report your total income and the tax benefits you’re entitled to claim. These may include tax deductions, tax credits, and other items. Do not use a preparer who is willing to e-file your return using your last pay stub instead of your Form W-2. This is against IRS e-file rules.
Go back to school - I love school (but also hate it). Grad school is always a great option. People talk about how “Is school worth it?” => Well its always how you make of it. Trust me. I was a college drop out who also ran away from home in middle school to avoid school (Yea I know… Korea is super hardcore when it comes to school) But I also went to a Top 5 MBA program in the country (University of Chicago) There’s always a time and place to sharpen the saw. Consider every option.
Better had one of the best consumer user experiences out there but that isn’t enough. One of my formative Internet experiences was being part of the founding team of Microsoft Sidewalk (later acquired by CitySearch) in 1995…[Sidewalk was] too far ahead of its time with some user experiences only coming into the mainstream now. The Internet audience was too small, the bandwidth too low and the digital advertising too nascent. My hunch is Better faced similar issues. As much as I’d love for healthcare to be a consumer-driven market, I’m afraid we’re at least 3-5 years away from it no longer being “too early”.
The reasons are that 1) our revenues do not cover our costs, and 2) we are not able to close a third fundraiser …. In March 2016, after having been rejected by 114 VC funds, we signed a term sheet with a French, state-owned, logistics group, for a 30M euro investment. Unfortunately, after 3 months of intensive due diligence, their board rejected the deal and they ended up withdrawing their offer. We were negotiating with them under an exclusivity agreement, didn’t have a plan B, and only had a couple of weeks of run-way left.
The above expenses must have been incurred before you are open for business, to be qualified as start-up cost. Another point that must remember is that the cost of small equipment qualifies as the start-up cost. However, the cost of heavy equipment or machinery is recovered by depreciating the asset over a period of time. Talk to your tax consultant as to what equipment would come under the umbrella of start-up cost.
A lot of entrepreneurs quit when they hit the Trough of Sorrow, struggle for 12-24 months, and face up to the reality that they’ll have to raise another dilutive round. Is this a good time to quit? Maybe. But given that the majority of startups go through this kind of stage, I’d actually argue that it’s just part of struggle to being successful. Sometimes it just takes 3 years to get through the Trough of Sorrow, but on the other side is something that might really be worth the pain. Maybe :)

Assume the same facts as Example 1, except you are a cash method calendar year taxpayer. You may deduct the entire $12,000 payment for 2017. The payment applies to your right to use the property that does not extend beyond 12 months after the date you received this right. If you deduct the $12,000 in 2017, you should not deduct any part of this payment in 2018.
To be deductible for tax purposes, expenses incurred for travel, meals, and entertainment must be ordinary and necessary expenses incurred while carrying on your trade or business. Generally, you also must show that entertainment expenses (including meals) are directly related to, or associated with, the conduct of your trade or business. For more information on travel, meals, and entertainment, including deductibility, see Pub. 463.
In life, and in startups, there are endless tempting opportunities to chase. But the founders who learn how to critically assess opportunities, create thoughtful strategies and stay focused in their execution, outperform those who move from channel to channel and idea to idea. Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown is one of my all-time favorite books and has become the bible I keep coming back to when I feel like I’m losing my edge. Read it.
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