Getting the technology right, but the market-timing wrong, is still wrong, confirming cliche about the challenge of innovating… We may have been right that CTCs are “hot” and will be important in the future, but we certainly didn’t have enough capital around the table to fund the story until the market caught up. It will be great in 5-10 years to see CTCs evolve as a routine part of cancer care, though clearly bittersweet for those of us involved with On-Q-ity.
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.
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Related to the above, working with startups means you're always on the front lines of new trends in technology-- sometimes way out in front of them.  I worked with Kickstarter back before there was an "e" in the name, and before anyone had coined the term "crowdfunding." I spent a lot of time with Autonet, a pioneer in connecting the car to the Internet, and with Appbackr, a pioneer in mobile app distribution.  The point is-- staying on the cusp of new tech trends takes a lot of energy, but it's fun to see new industries sprout and blossom, and to know you had a (small) role in making it happen. 
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.
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.
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On June 1, you hired an accounting firm and a law firm to assist you in the potential purchase of XYZ, Inc. They researched XYZ's industry and analyzed the financial projections of XYZ, Inc. In September, the law firm prepared and submitted a letter of intent to XYZ, Inc. The letter stated that a binding commitment would result only after a purchase agreement was signed. The law firm and accounting firm continued to provide services including a review of XYZ's books and records and the preparation of a purchase agreement. On October 22, you signed a purchase agreement with XYZ, Inc.

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It’s very common for a team to break up after a Techstars Startup Weekend. Sometimes it’s the whole team, sometimes it’s just one person. Whatever happens with your team, it’s okay. People come into this event with their own life story and perhaps they cannot commit to adding more work to their plate afterwards. If you have a good chat with your team, and set the right expectations, you’ll be surprised by how generous people can be with their time and how willing they are to lend a hand.
Two weeks later I met the co-founders of what would become my first real startup role. We chatted for roughly 90 minutes. I listened far more than I talked. The technology behind what they were building was fascinating. They oozed passion and excitement for where they would go next. I had never thought I would work around such wildly intelligent, innovative, driven people.
Without surprise, I note that for over 90% of these companies it is impossible to tell what they did by the name of the company. On the other hand, if you look at the companies in the Fortune 100, you can pretty much figure out what they do – International Business Machines, Standard Oil, etc… seems pretty clear. All those little tech companies that have to spend ten minutes teaching each consumer what it is they do — are swimming against the tide from day one.

The key here is that start up expenses and organizational expenses are not deductible unless you elect to deduct them in according with IRS rules noted below. What is interesting, is that tax law presumes you have made the appropriate election, unless you choose to forgo it. In other words, if you do nothing, you are assumed to make the appropriate election by simply take the correct deduction and/or amortization on your tax return.


Consumers in the new industry have come to understand the value of the new offering, and demand grows rapidly. A handful of important players usually become apparent, and they compete to establish a share of the new market. Profits usually are not a priority, as companies spend on research and development or marketing. Business processes are improved, and geographical expansion is common. Once the new product has demonstrated viability, larger companies in adjacent industries tend to enter the market through acquisitions or internal development.
Businesses in this stage often see rapid growth in both revenue and cash flow as the blueprint has now been established, but be warned about getting too comfortable. In business, if you are not moving forward you are moving backwards, and without a constant, almost nervous itch or desire to expand, complacency can set in, and you might get caught off guard.
2018-01-12 Before a business starts to receive revenue, it incurs expenses that the Tax Code classifies as startup or organizational expenses. The startup phase begins when the entrepreneur starts spending money on the business and ends when revenue is 1streceived. There are special rules for deducting these expenses. However, any expenses incurred to actually buy a business or any expenses related to the purchase must be capitalized, meaning that they must be added to the buyer's basis in the business, which is considered a capital asset. Costs that must be capitalized can only be recovered when the business is disposed of or if it is terminated.
Your state imposes a tax on personal property used in a trade or business conducted in the state. This tax is assessed and becomes a lien as of July 1 (accrual date). In 2017, the state changed the assessment and lien dates from July 1, 2018, to December 31, 2017, for property tax year 2018. Use the original accrual date (July 1, 2018) to determine when you can deduct the tax. You must also use the July 1 accrual date for all future years to determine when you can deduct the tax.
This is part of that sketch process and the direction that will help you move on from your past failures for good. Once your brain has something new to fixate on, it will let that past go. Your heart will respond accordingly. Sharing these new ideas with your mentor and loved ones will generate the cheerleading and buzz that will put even more distance between the new and past versions of yourself.
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If you recover part of an expense in the same tax year in which you would have claimed a deduction, reduce your current year expense by the amount of the recovery. If you have a recovery in a later year, include the recovered amount in income in that year. However, if part of the deduction for the expense did not reduce your tax, you do not have to include that part of the recovered amount in income.

In 2010, Goldberg founded another company with his friend Bradford Shellhammer, his Socialmedian cofounder, Nishith Shah, and Shah's wife, Deepa. They created Fabulis, a social network for the LGBT community that pivoted to become a daily-deals site. Fabulis finished the year with only 150,000 users. They told investors, who poured about $1 million into Fabulis' seed round, that they needed to shut down.


You can claim deduction of such investigation expenses as personal expenses. You can mention them in the Schedule A of Form 1040 under the head ‘miscellaneous expenses’. However, you must have incurred the investigating expenses for evaluation of a particular business proposition. It could be for creating a new business or buying an existing one. You cannot claim deduction for the investigating expenses that you incurred on any random business idea.
If you spend all of your time in corporate roles, there is a good chance you might pursue your entire career without truly understanding the end-to-end mechanics that go into building a product or service. Whether it is a digital business or a new flavour of soda, understanding how to build a product that users want to pay for is extremely difficult. It is a mixture of art, science, and in some cases fortunate timing.
The key here is that start up expenses and organizational expenses are not deductible unless you elect to deduct them in according with IRS rules noted below. What is interesting, is that tax law presumes you have made the appropriate election, unless you choose to forgo it. In other words, if you do nothing, you are assumed to make the appropriate election by simply take the correct deduction and/or amortization on your tax return.
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.
Palmer also says that it has proven difficult to compete with better-funded consignment startups when it comes to spending on marketing that brings in shoppers. In the Bay Area, the RealReal has raised $83 million, and ThredUp, founded in Cambridge but now based in San Francisco, has raised about $125 million. The capital pouring into those resale sites made it more difficult for “specialized” clothing consignment startups like Fashion Project to attract investment, Palmer says.

Also present at the session was David Crosby of the Byrds. He recalled his reaction to hearing the completed song: "man, I was a dish-rag. I was floored. It took me several minutes to be able to talk after that."[63] Due to the multiple takes required to perfect the orchestral cacophony and the final chord, the total time spent recording "A Day in the Life" was 34 hours.[64] By contrast, the Beatles' debut album, Please Please Me, had been recorded in its entirety in only 10 hours, 45 minutes.[65]


There are three types of start-up expenses that you can amortize: (1) expenses incurred in investigating the creation or acquisition of a business; (2) expenses incurred in connection with creating a business; and (3) expenses incurred in connection with an activity engaged in for profit and for the production of income before business begins, in anticipation of the activity becoming an active business. These expenses can be deducted only once business operations have commenced. Note, however, that interest expenses, taxes, and research and experimental expenditures are excluded from start-up expenses, because they are currently deductible under special rules and, thus, are not required to be amortized.
You can claim a deduction for travel, meals, and entertainment expenses if you reimburse your employees for these expenses under an accountable plan. Generally, the amount you can deduct for meals and entertainment is subject to a 50% limit, discussed later. If you are a sole proprietor, or are filing as a single member limited liability company, deduct the travel reimbursement on line 24a and the deductible part of the meals and entertainment reimbursement on line 24b, Schedule C (Form 1040), or line 2, Schedule C-EZ (Form 1040).
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.
It should go without saying that you shouldn’t be putting all your eggs into one basked. Entrepreneurs should take a lesson from investors and look into the barbell investment strategy. Entrepreneurs should invest half their marketing into a high-risk strategy, and the other half in a proven consistent strategy, albeit with a lower return on investment. When it comes to business, you can either live or die by the sword, or just be smart and carry a shield.
The purpose of this next step is to test your product hypothesis with the smallest possible investment of time and capital, hence, minimum viable product. In this way you are proving demand and learning about customer behavior, while minimizing risk. Once you put your MVP out into the wild, focus on getting users flowing into your product — this is where the seeds of initial startup growth are sown.
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