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 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.
Costs incurred in expanding an existing business are generally deductible under Sec. 162 as ordinary and necessary business expenses. For example, if expansion occurs regularly, such as when new restaurant or store locations are opened more or less continuously, most of the related costs would appear to be recurring ordinary and necessary business expenses.
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.
Working was often fun, because the people I worked with were some of my best friends. Sometimes it was even technically interesting. But only about 10% of the time. The best I can say for the other 90% is that some of it is funnier in hindsight than it seemed then. Like the time the power went off in Cambridge for about six hours, and we made the mistake of trying to start a gasoline powered generator inside our offices. I won't try that again.

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.
The IRS is authorized to issue regulations to clarify the date a new business is considered to have begun for amortizing startup costs (Sec. 195(c)(2)(A)), but it has not yet done so. However, the IRS believes that for the amortization period for startup costs to begin, the business must be a going concern for which its expenses would be deductible as ordinary and necessary business expenses under Sec. 162(a) (Technical Advice Memorandum 9027002 and IRS Letter Ruling 9047032).
You elect to take this credit only if you were an eligible trade adjustment assistance (TAA) recipient, alternative TAA (ATAA) recipient, reemployment trade adjustment assistance (RTAA) recipient, or Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) pension recipient. Use Form 8885 to figure the amount, if any, of this credit. When figuring the amount to enter on line 1 of Worksheet 6-A, don’t include any amounts you included on Form 8885, line 4.
Example:  Assuming you have $20,000 of start up expenses in 2011 before September when you started your business, your statement would say, “Taxpayer elects to deduct, under section 195 of the Internal Revenue Code, $5,000 of startup costs and amortize the remaining $15,000 of start up costs over 180 months beginning in September 2011. This is the month in which taxpayer’s business started.” The following costs comprised the $20,000 of start up costs:
The deduction under the optional method is limited to $1,500 per year based on $5 per square foot for up to 300 square feet. Under this method, you claim your allowable mortgage interest, real estate taxes, and casualty losses on the home as itemized deductions on Schedule A (Form 1040). You are not required to allocate these deductions between personal and business use, as is required under the regular method. If you use the optional method, you cannot depreciate the portion of your home used in a trade or business.
The senior leadership team now spends at least 20% of the time interviewing, hiring and on-boarding. We firmly believe that this is time well-spent. We focus a lot on evaluating prospective knollies (that's what we call ourselves) on cultural fitment. We are also trying to make the whole recruitment process scientific by introducing assessment tools (some of our own tools in fact) to supplement behavioral interviews.

You have been pushing that boulder up the hill the best you can but let’s face it. It’s just not getting there. Your startup and you are out of gas. And we say that ironically of course in a country with plenty of oil and gas. Still, the end is here and it’s time bury the idea and move on. This is not always so easily done here in Norway, a country where society discourages risk- taking, making it tough for the prideful Norwegian to admit they failed.
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As corporations approach maturity, sales start to decline. However, unlike the earlier stages where the business risk cycle was inverse to the sales cycle, business risk moves in correlation with sales to the point it carries no business risk. Due to the elimination of business risk, the most mature and stable businesses have the easiest access to debt capital.
Engaging and accessible, this audiobook offers a series of rich insights into leading a balanced life as a human being who wants to play as hard as he/she works, and who wants to be as fulfilled in life and in work. Based on the ups and downs of the authors — as well as what has worked, and not worked, for other entrepreneurial couples — Startup Life skillfully addresses how the village of startup people can have their workaholic ways while leading rewarding lives in all respects.
The Chart of Accounts can be an overwhelming concept. Thankfully, most accounting software packages generate the list for you based on your industry.  You can then customize the list to your specifications by adding, deleting or renaming accounts. Contact an Anders Advisor for help getting started. We have several templates available and can show you how to import our template into your software.

The data they had gathered from Fabulis illuminated a real hole in the design market. People were looking for an easy and accessible way to purchase unique and interesting designerware. So they pivoted and became a daily flash sales site for designer housewares, accessories, clothing, and jewellery. The move paid off with Fab growing to over 10 million users, and reportedly generating more than $200,000 everyday.
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For oil and gas wells, your election is binding for the year it is made and for all later years. For geothermal wells, your election can be revoked by the filing of an amended return on which you do not take the deduction. You can file the amended return for the year up to the normal time of expiration for filing a claim for credit or refund, generally, within 3 years after the date you filed the original return or within 2 years after the date you paid the tax, whichever is later.


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.

If you do not expect to make a profit in the first year you are in business, you should consider amortizing the full amount of start-up and organizational costs over 15 years. This will allow you to minimize taxes in years where you make more money. For example, if your start-up costs are $30,000, you could deduct $2,000 per year for 15 years instead of taking the $5,000 deduction in year one.


Failure is almost glorified in the startup world–Y Combinator founder Paul Graham recently told NPR that startup founders are “connoisseurs of failure, experts in both avoiding it and living with it,” noting that only about half the companies he backs will thrive. Dave McClure, founding partner of 500 Startups, calls his own company a “fail factory.” 

“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.


There are two components of the method of availing deduction for start-up cost of your business. IRS allows you to deduct a portion of the start-up cost in the first year of commencement of business. The remaining portion is amortized over the next 15 years / 180 months of business, beginning from the month in which your business becomes operational.
I wish I’d known how litigious Hulk Hogan was … I’m kind of glad I didn’t [hold back from publishing the tape] because if every publisher and every editor made editorial decisions based on who is scary and well funded and litigious and uses the court system to exercise power, to edit what is out there about them, then the news would look very very different than it does.
For tax purposes, Sec. 195 defines startup costs as costs incurred to investigate the potential of creating or acquiring an active business and to create an active business. To qualify as startup costs, the costs must be ones that could be deducted as business expenses if incurred by an existing active business and must be incurred before the active business begins (Sec. 195(c)(1)). Startup costs include consulting fees and amounts to analyze the potential for a new business, expenditures to advertise the new business, and payments to employees before the business opens. Startup costs do not include costs for interest, taxes, and research and experimentation (Sec. 195(c)(1)). Once a taxpayer decides to acquire a particular business, the costs to acquire it are not startup costs (Rev. Rul. 99-23), and the taxpayer must capitalize the acquisition costs (Sec. 263(a) and INDOPCO, Inc., 503 U.S. 79 (1992)).

You should protect the information that you keep, and properly dispose of what you no longer need. And, of course, you should create a plan to respond to security incidents. As part of its longstanding efforts to promote good data security practices, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has undertaken extensive efforts to educate businesses and has brought more than 50 law enforcement actions related to data security issues. For more information, see Protecting Personal Information: A Guide for Business, available at FTC.gov/Tips-advice/business-center/guidance/protecting-personal-information-guide-business, for practical tips on creating and implementing a plan for safeguarding personal information used in your business. Most recently, the FTC released Start with Security: A Guide for Business, available at FTC.gov/Tips-advice/business-center/guidance/start-security-guide-business?utm_source=govdelivery, which draws on the lessons learned from the FTC's enforcement actions.


We talked to a number of VCs, but eventually we ended up financing our startup entirely with angel money. The main reason was that we feared a brand-name VC firm would stick us with a newscaster as part of the deal. That might have been ok if he was content to limit himself to talking to the press, but what if he wanted to have a say in running the company? That would have led to disaster, because our software was so complex. We were a company whose whole m.o. was to win through better technology. The strategic decisions were mostly decisions about technology, and we didn't need any help with those.
I reckon this is one of those things that makes a startup leadership team feel jittery, post funding. One is really unsure of the working styles of the board members. We are extremely fortunate to have two super insightful and supportive gentlemen on the board, Samir Kumar from Inventus and Varun Bhatia from the HR Fund. We've been able to leverage their experience, expertise and networks to a great extent to drive growth.

What we found was that the sales cycle for the market we specifically wanted to go after is just way too long for a small company to absorb. Originally, we estimated that the sales cycle would be somewhere between three and six months. We then adjusted that to say it’s nine to 12 months … We hope to see IoT embraced by manufacturing and ag in the state and in the region. But it’s not going to be because of us.


Why did Asempra cease trading – which, by the way, happened so fast its PR agency knew nothing of the asset sale to Bakbone? The probability is that it ran into cash flow problems in the recession and the investing VCaps were reluctant to go through another funding round. Three million dollars does not look like anywhere a worthwhile exit strategy for the three VC firms, not with $29m in the Asempra can, but it is something to pull out of the failed venture.

I switched gears and focused on sales, calling it "business development" because it sounded better. I started with friends who I knew would answer my calls, then quickly moved on to professional contacts, then to LinkedIn contacts that I was loosely connected to at best, and finally to building my own outbound cold-call list. I sat in our basement office and called so many names from the list that I began to lose count.
As we were in the middle of getting bought, we discovered that one of our people had, early on, been bound by an agreement that said all his ideas belonged to the giant company that was paying for him to go to grad school. In theory, that could have meant someone else owned big chunks of our software. So the acquisition came to a screeching halt while we tried to sort this out. The problem was, since we'd been about to be acquired, we'd allowed ourselves to run low on cash. Now we needed to raise more to keep going. But it's hard to raise money with an IP cloud over your head, because investors can't judge how serious it is.

Amounts paid to organize a corporation or partnership, such as legal and filing fees, are the direct costs of creating the entity. Like startup costs, these organization costs can also be expensed up to $5,000 in the current year. The $5,000 deduction is reduced by the amount that your total organization expenses exceed $50,000. Any organization costs that are not allowed to be expensed can be amortized over a 15-year period.
I put the lower bound at 23 not because there's something that doesn't happen to your brain till then, but because you need to see what it's like in an existing business before you try running your own. The business doesn't have to be a startup. I spent a year working for a software company to pay off my college loans. It was the worst year of my adult life, but I learned, without realizing it at the time, a lot of valuable lessons about the software business. In this case they were mostly negative lessons: don't have a lot of meetings; don't have chunks of code that multiple people own; don't have a sales guy running the company; don't make a high-end product; don't let your code get too big; don't leave finding bugs to QA people; don't go too long between releases; don't isolate developers from users; don't move from Cambridge to Route 128; and so on. [8] But negative lessons are just as valuable as positive ones. Perhaps even more valuable: it's hard to repeat a brilliant performance, but it's straightforward to avoid errors. [9]

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The Beatles began recording the song, with a working title of "In the Life of ...", at EMI's Studio Two on 19 January 1967.[29] The line-up as they rehearsed the track was Lennon on piano, McCartney on Hammond organ, Harrison on acoustic guitar, and Starr on congas.[30] The band then taped four takes of the rhythm track, by which point Lennon had switched to acoustic guitar and McCartney to piano, with Harrison now playing maracas.[30][31]
Engaging and accessible, this audiobook offers a series of rich insights into leading a balanced life as a human being who wants to play as hard as he/she works, and who wants to be as fulfilled in life and in work. Based on the ups and downs of the authors — as well as what has worked, and not worked, for other entrepreneurial couples — Startup Life skillfully addresses how the village of startup people can have their workaholic ways while leading rewarding lives in all respects.
A successful PLM program helped reduce product development time by half and significantly improve quality of the product and reduce design related changes. The solution allowed Nissan to make use of existing design data and concepts repeatedly. It also helped developed virtual prototypes so that only one final physical one needs to be created. All manufacturing requirements are also taken into account very early in the design process, allowing work to begin on making these available.

2. Get your finances in order. Next, make sure you get your personal finances in order. You’ll no longer be able to rely on your business as a primary source of income, and if you had a significant amount of your own personal savings tied up in the business, you may lose them in the business’s failure. Even if you end up having to declare bankruptcy, don’t worry — there can still be a bright financial future ahead of you — but you need to spend some time analyzing your expenses and figuring out a new line of revenue if you’re going to be successful.
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).
Generally, you must file your return by the due date (including extensions). However, if you timely filed your return for the year without electing to ratably accrue, you can still make the election by filing an amended return within 6 months after the due date of the return (excluding extensions). Attach the statement to the amended return and write "Filed pursuant to section 301.9100-2" on the statement. File the amended return at the same address where you filed the original return.
There’s been a promising turnaround in the story of startups and mental health during the last few years as first investors, then founders, have begun to share their struggles with depression, burnout and mental health challenges faced in the startup world. Popular articles around the high stakes of entrepreneurship have helped to bring awareness to the issue. This ongoing conversation is a wonderful development, but the conversation still skews heavily male, heavily white, heavily financially successful, and heavily those in leadership positions.
Generally, you must file the return by the due date (including any extensions). However, if you timely filed your return for the year without making the election, you can still make the election by filing an amended return within 6 months of the due date of the return (excluding extensions). For more information, see the instructions for Part VI of Form 4562.
Planning – and hoping it comes off is one part, sure, but so is resilience to disruptive factors. What you’ve written is great – in theory – but putting it to practice, and suffering the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune is the the other side of the story. The only way to truly measure success is from a long way into the future… looking back.

In the email, co-founders Karthik Balasubramanian and Brian Moyer stated their belief that the movement of investor interest away from consumer-facing applications for the technology was also a factor. Balasubramanian and Moyer wrote: “While investment and activity continues to occur it is focused on private and alternate chains rather than bitcoin or other public chains where Bonafide operates.” As a result, the co-founders said they saw “little chance” that they would be able to generate revenue, pivot their product or secure additional funding.


RealNames said it had no choice to but to close operations as Microsoft was its primary distribution partner. Microsoft was owed $25 million for RealNames “resolutions” already delivered over the past two years and remained unwilling to bet that RealNames would become successful in the long-term. In addition, Microsoft expressed concerns about the quality of RealNames keywords that were sold.
For partners, a policy can be either in the name of the partnership or in the name of the partner. You can either pay the premiums yourself or the partnership can pay them and report the premium amounts on Schedule K-1 (Form 1065) as guaranteed payments to be included in your gross income. However, if the policy is in your name and you pay the premiums yourself, the partnership must reimburse you and report the premium amounts on Schedule K-1 (Form 1065) as guaranteed payments to be included in your gross income. Otherwise, the insurance plan won’t be considered to be established under your business.

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To everyone out there sitting on the sidelines, debating over whether or not to jump in the pool — just go ahead and do it. You'll be forced to fight harder than you've ever fought before and you'll learn you can handle a lot more stress than you thought you could. Maybe it won't work out, and maybe you'll cry, too, but at least you will have tried.
Setup: After many years in the computer and consumer electronics industry, Jadhavji decided to parlay his experience into his own company. He launched JustDeals in 2010 in Chatsworth, Calif., buying up closeout and refurbished electronics and appliances and offering them at discounted prices online. The self-funded company broke even its first year. He decided it was time to ramp up for the next stage of growth and purchased a large volume of cameras and other electronics for the holiday shopping season, working with consumer reporters to promote the deals.
You cannot deduct any loss on the disposition or worthlessness of a section 197 intangible that you acquired in the same transaction (or series of related transactions) as other section 197 intangibles you still have. Instead, increase the adjusted basis of each remaining amortizable section 197 intangible by a proportionate part of the nondeductible loss. Figure the increase by multiplying the nondeductible loss on the disposition of the intangible by the following fraction.
U.S.-born engineering and tech company founders are “much older than commonly believed,” according to research that entrepreneur and academic Vivek Wadhwa and colleagues published in 2008. While tech founders on average were 39 when they started their companies, twice as many were older than 50 than were younger than 25, and many were in their 60s, their survey found.
“We really didn’t test the initial product enough,” Ghoshal says. The team pulled the trigger on its initial launches without a significant beta period and without spending a lot of time running QA, scenario testing, task-based testing and the like. When v1.0 launched, glitches and bugs quickly began rearing their head (as they always do), making for delays and laggy user experiences aplenty — something we even mentioned in our early coverage.
We were compelled by circumstances to grow slowly, and in retrospect it was a good thing. The founders all learned to do every job in the company. As well as writing software, I had to do sales and customer support. At sales I was not very good. I was persistent, but I didn't have the smoothness of a good salesman. My message to potential customers was: you'd be stupid not to sell online, and if you sell online you'd be stupid to use anyone else's software. Both statements were true, but that's not the way to convince people.

No, that would be too easy. The Chart of Accounts vary between companies and are designed to suit the specific needs of an individual company. While most companies will have an “Office Supplies” expense account or a “Checking” asset account, there are certain accounts specific to each industry. For example, a service-based company may have no use for Cost of Goods Sold accounts, but the Cost of Goods Sold accounts are essential to a manufacturing company.  Each business needs to determine specific items they want to keep track of. For example, to keep track of Administrative Salaries vs. Selling Salaries you would set up a separate account for each. The goal is to provide enough detail, but not too much detail where the financials end up unreadable because there is so much going on.

Debit or credit card. Choose an approved payment processor to make a secure tax payment online, by phone, and by mobile device. Your payment will be processed by a payment processor who will charge a processing fee. The fees vary by service provider and may be tax deductible. No part of the service fee goes to the IRS. Note. You usually can’t cancel payments. You can’t make Federal Tax Deposits. You can't get an immediate release of a Federal Tax Lien.
In the introduction stage of the life cycle, an industry is in its infancy. Perhaps a new, unique product offering has been developed and patented, thus beginning a new industry. Some analysts even add an embryonic stage before introduction. At the introduction stage, the firm may be alone in the industry. It may be a small entrepreneurial company or a proven company which used research and development funds and expertise to develop something new. Marketing refers to new product offerings in a new industry as "question marks" because the success of the product and the life of the industry is unproven and unknown.
It takes courage to admit your limitations (in this case, it is less of a talent issue but more of a risk-tolerance/risk management issue) I respect someone significantly more who knows himself/herself and succeeds in the corporate world opposed to a wantrepreneur who jeopardizes many stakeholders because he/she doesn’t realize they are not a good “fit” for the entrepreneurial world.

For more-than-2% shareholders, a policy can be either in the name of the S corporation or in the name of the shareholder. You can either pay the premiums yourself or the S corporation can pay them and report the premium amounts on Form W-2 as wages to be included in your gross income. However, if the policy is in your name and you pay the premiums yourself, the S corporation must reimburse you and report the premium amounts on Form W-2 in box 1 as wages to be included in your gross income. Otherwise, the insurance plan won’t be considered to be established under your business.
You can deduct specific bad debts that become partly uncollectible during the tax year. Your tax deduction is limited to the amount you charge off on your books during the year. You do not have to charge off and deduct your partly worthless debts annually. You can delay the charge off until a later year. However, you can’t deduct any part of a debt after the year it becomes totally worthless.

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?
An alternate (and polar opposite) approach is to take on fewer startup clients, but get deeply in bed with them and bet on the potential long-term upside of the company.  An example would be a consultant who spends 1/3rd of her time with a startup acting as interim CFO or marketing person, and who takes a few points of equity in the company.  This might also be structured as a small monthly retainer with a significant bonus paid when the startup closes a proper funding round or is acquired. 

What aren’t start up costs? Now that you know what start up expenses are, you need to know what they are not. They do not include monies that you spend on interest, which are deductible anyway, taxes or research and development. They also don’t include any depreciable assets such as furniture, vehicles, machinery and cost of depreciable real estate.  These are treated separately as depreciable assets and can be written off over a number of years or can be written off using bonus depreciation or the expense election.
Back in the day, all our team members rolled up their sleeves and did everything to get things done, cutting across functional boundaries. Personally, like most other startup founders, I have done everything from C-suite presentations to being a janitor. This doesn't help when the company is scaling up. What works is specialization and deep expertise in whatever we do. In line with this, we have fine-tuned our hiring strategy and team structures.
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An example is feminine hygiene products. Sales in the United States have reached maturity due to a number of external reasons, like the stable to declining population growth rate and the aging of the baby boomers, who may no longer be consumers for these products. But when makers of these products concentrated on foreign markets, sales grew and the maturity of the product was prolonged. Often so-called "dog" products can find new life in other parts of the world. However, once world saturation is reached, the eventual maturity and decline of the industry or product line will result.

4. Take time for yourself. Entrepreneurship is demanding, with 25 percent of entrepreneurs logging 60 hours of work — or more — every week. Losing a business is tough, but it’s also a critical opportunity to collect yourself and spend some time doing what you want to do. Take a vacation (if you can afford it), work on the house, or spend time on hobbies and personal projects. You’ll de-stress, clear your mind enough to come up with some new ideas, and prepare yourself to take on whatever venture you have planned next.

The funding and deal activity pullback in Q4’15 was a reality check for venture, and there is more of a focus on business fundamentals. We rounded up 11 startups deserving of an autopsy from the tail-end of 2015 and the start of 2016. From Rdio to the massive KiOR (that raised $403M in total funding), there were a variety of lessons to be learned: hiring problems, inability to compete, legal issues, and many more.


Generally, you can take either a deduction or a credit for income taxes imposed on you by a foreign country or a U.S. possession. However, an individual cannot take a deduction or credit for foreign income taxes paid on income that is exempt from U.S. tax under the foreign earned income exclusion or the foreign housing exclusion. For information on these exclusions, see Pub. 54. For information on the foreign tax credit, see Pub. 514.
Each member of our now pared-down team knew exactly how much runway the company had remaining, the status of our strategic talks, and the acknowledged long odds we faced as a going concern. To their credit, they remained focused, productive and on-task until our final day — a remarkable expression of dedication to the mission and to each other. Sadly, and in spite of the achievements, we simply ran out of time and cash to finish the job.
Many private equity firms will utilize an approach whereby they provide additional funding when the firm reaches a given milestone. For example, the initial round of financing may be targeted toward providing wages for employees to develop a product. Once the product is proved to be successful, a subsequent round of funding is provided to mass produce and market the invention. (Look at the big picture when choosing a company - what you see may really be a stage in its industry's growth. See Great Company Or Growing Industry?)
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Immersing themselves in managing their new wealth is one way entrepreneurs can pull themselves out of the funk. This is also a good chance to strengthen relationships that may have become strained owing to the demands on a founder’s time. “I would get home when my two-and-a-half-year-old kid was asleep, and leave before the child woke up. I hardly spent any time with him earlier,” says Raghunandan, who also learnt swimming and participated in the Ironman Gurye Korea triathlon last year.
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.
You should only become a startup consultant if you, like most entrepreneurs, are a little bit crazy and have so much entrepreneurial DNA you can't handle a "normal" job.  After leaving the i-banking world, I founded one small startup that did ok (small exit) and tried to start another during b-school.  It failed the week of graduation and as such, I had missed all on campus recruiting.  Having zero job offers (or even prospects) was oddly liberating, and I took to heart some advice from a professor-- "find out what you love to do, and do it well enough that people will pay you for it."  I loved startups, I loved consulting, I didn't have any new ideas for starting a startup, so I put these pieces together and hung out the shingle for VentureArchetypes. 
I added it to the Start menu like so: Put the shutdown command above in a file named shutdown-now.cmd (or whatever you want), created a shortcut to it, and moved it to the shell:programs folder (more on shell commands). Next I right-clicked it in the Start menu and chose Pin to Start. For bonus points, right-click on the shortcut in Explorer, choose Properties, Change Icon..., and pick something you like. – User5910 Jan 29 at 4:19
The election to deduct development costs ratably as the ores or minerals are sold must be made for each mine or other natural deposit by a clear indication on your return or by a statement filed with the IRS office where you file your return. Generally, you must make the election by the due date of the return (including extensions). However, if you timely filed your return for the year without making the election, you can still make the election by filing an amended return within 6 months of the due date of the return (excluding extensions). Clearly indicate the election on your amended return and write "Filed pursuant to section 301.9100-2." File the amended return at the same address you filed the original return.
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.
The next day, my 365th, I resigned my position. I began seeing a therapist twice a week. Under her and my doctor’s guidance, I took antidepressants as prescribed for over a year. The therapist guided me through looking at my experience, my feelings of (un)worthiness, my relationship to work. What I originally had thought was a long hard road to feeling normal took less than a month. I never refilled the anti-anxiety medication again.

I have a number of start-up ideas and that was the ultimate goal. I began to get one off the ground, but realized I had to make money first. So, I started a digital marketing company. Bootstrapping and building companies from ground zero meant I had a lot of real world experience in a lot of areas from PPC, to video production to coding to design. I can do them all and reasonable well.
Phase 6: Changing your behavior. Once you’ve gained insight, it’s time to change your behavior. He writes about the last and hardest phase of his grief: “While I stopped blaming others, understanding what I could change in my behavior took long months. It would have been much easier to just move on, but I was looking for the lessons that would make my next startup successful. I looked at the patterns of behavior, not just at my last company but also across my entire career. I learned how to dial back the hubris, get other smart people to work with me–rather than just for me, listen better, and act and do what was right–regardless of what others thought I should do.”
Paul and I were definitely working together, especially on "A Day in the Life" ... The way we wrote a lot of the time: you'd write the good bit, the part that was easy, like "I read the news today" or whatever it was, then when you got stuck or whenever it got hard, instead of carrying on, you just drop it; then we would meet each other, and I would sing half, and he would be inspired to write the next bit and vice versa. He was a bit shy about it because I think he thought it's already a good song ... So we were doing it in his room with the piano. He said "Should we do this?" "Yeah, let's do that."[7]
In the tax year when active conduct of business commences, the Section 195 rules allow taxpayers to elect to amortize start-up expenses. The election potentially allows an immediate deduction for up to $5,000 of start-up expenses. However, the $5,000 deduction allowance is reduced dollar-for-dollar by the amount of cumulative start-up expenses in excess of $50,000. Any start-up expenses that can’t be deducted in the tax year the election is made are amortized over 180 months on a straight-line basis. Amortization starts in the month in which the active conduct of business begins. 
Talk to as many VCs as you can, even if you don't want their money, because a) they may be on the board of someone who will buy you, and b) if you seem impressive, they'll be discouraged from investing in your competitors. The most efficient way to reach VCs, especially if you only want them to know about you and don't want their money, is at the conferences that are occasionally organized for startups to present to them.

The maturity phase begins with a shakeout period, during which growth slows, focus shifts toward expense reduction and consolidation occurs. Firms achieve economies of scale, hampering the sustainability of smaller competitors. As maturity is achieved, barriers to entry become higher, and the competitive landscape becomes more clear. Market share and cash flow become the primary goals of the remaining companies now that growth is relatively less important. Price competition becomes much more relevant as product differentiation declines.

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.
If you have the financial means, take some time off. Travel and eat good food and make a few new friends or find some new lovers. If you’re completely wiped out financially from living the life of a founder, do what it takes to stabilize things quickly. That might mean consulting, or even worse, taking a cushy corporate job. Do whatever it takes to rebuild a foundation for yourself. I recommend doing this before jumping back into startup life. Without a pause and chance to reset your batteries you may find yourself in the same situation again far too soon.

You can usually deduct the cost of furnishing meals and lodging to your employees. Deduct the cost in whatever category the expense falls. For example, if you operate a restaurant, deduct the cost of the meals you furnish to employees as part of the cost of goods sold. If you operate a nursing home, motel, or rental property, deduct the cost of furnishing lodging to an employee as expenses for utilities, linen service, salaries, depreciation, etc.


So, how did this change Fishkin’s ideas moving forward? “Even today, the hard-won lessons of focus, discipline, and building the *best* thing rather than the *new* thing have yet to fully permeate Moz’s organizational and strategic thinking. My hope is that with more time, they will. And certainly, I plan to take that learning with me for the rest of my career.”
More importantly though, people really didn’t really LIKE anything about our product. No one that used the service thought it was that cool. In fact, some people that participated in the sale didn’t even like our “dynamic pricing” system. They were trying to support the artist, so saving a few dollars didn’t excite them. They could easily have just gotten his music for free elsewhere.
Almost from the start, Pets.com was a losing proposition, despite its backers’ talk about how much money consumers lavish on their pets. Many pet supplies are heavy and costly to ship – cat litter, cans of dog food – and the firm couldn’t sell enough higher-profit items such as pet toys. Moreover, to attract customers, the company depended heavily on discounts, said Jupiter Communications analyst Heather Dougherty. As a result, the firm was selling supplies below cost the entire time.
I launched my first company in 2006. I started dating my girlfriend, now wife in 2005. She has been through my whole entrepreneurial journey and we've experienced the roller coaster ride that start-ups / entrepreneurship can take you on. What I love about this book is that Brad & Amy have been through what we have experienced, are experiencing and so much more. I can relate to many of the stories that are shared and am thankful to be educated on what may lie ahead. Through this book they share practical advice and unfiltered real life insights that are extremely relevant to helping my wife and I live a fulfilled and balanced life. I also appreciate this book because it gives perspectives from both the entrepreneur and the significant other of the entrepreneur. This book therefore is a helpful resource for not only myself, but my wife as well. As a husband you want your wife to be happy....as an entrepreneur you want your business to be successful. This book helps significant others of entrepreneurs better support them throughout their entrepreneurial journey and helps entrepreneurs stay aware of how to optimize their relationship and life so that they can have their "entrepreneurial cake" and eat it too...with the person they love. I give this book two thumbs up!!!
It came with some of the best credentials a security technology company could have, as well as $23 million in venture capital behind it, but FST Biometrics is closing up shop after 11 years. A source at the company who asked not to be identified said Tuesday that the board voted June 14 to cease operations. “Management is now making an effort to meet its obligations to customers and minimize the harm to its employees,” the source said.
Buildzar started off as a pure-play B2C ecommerce business. In June, it pivoted to a subscription model. Earlier, we used to generate leads and convert them into transactions ourselves. But, after the pivot, we were just doing lead generation and selling those leads in the market … When transactions failed to pick up, we decided to wind up operations, which in my opinion was the right decision.
A US term for a form of equity ownership of a company, equivalent to the terms “voting share” or “ordinary share” used in other parts of the world. In a liquidity event or a bankruptcy, common stockholders receive all of the net value of a company after paying the fixed amounts due to bondholders, creditors and preferred stockholders. Common stock usually carries with it the right to vote on certain matters, such as electing the board of directors.

You are a calendar year taxpayer and sign a 20-year lease to rent part of a building starting on January 1. However, before you occupy it, you decide that you really need less space. The lessor agrees to reduce your rent from $7,000 to $6,000 per year and to release the excess space from the original lease. In exchange, you agree to pay an additional rent amount of $3,000, payable in 60 monthly installments of $50 each.

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.

Phase 5: Accept your role in the failure. This is the phase where you start redeeming yourself. After a few weeks, Blank started to talk about what happened to those around him, mostly to his wife. “At first you don’t want to talk about it,” he says. “You don’t want to admit it because it’s embarrassing.” But then you accept it, you talk about it, and you realize that failure in Silicon Valley isn’t an uncommon occurrence.
The growth effort referenced above is the beginnings of the Growth Stage; during this stage the company endeavors to grow sales.  It is usually financed by follow-up financing from angel groups, super angels, larger angel groups, angel syndicates and VCs as part of Series A, and as such this growth which began late in the Early Stage extends into the Mezzanine stage.
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