A month ago, half way through my angel funds raised from family members, I decided to review the progress I’ve made and figure out what still needs to happen to make this a viable business. I was also actively pursuing raising VC funds with the help of a very talented and well connected friend. At the end, I asked myself what are the most critical resources I need to be successful and the answer was partners and developers. I’ve been looking for both for about a year and was unable to find the right people. I realized that money was not the issue.

Business expenses incurred during the startup phase are limited to a $5,000 deduction in the first year. If your startup expenses exceed $50,000, your first-year deduction will be reduced by the amount over $50,000. For example, if your startup expenses totaled $53,000, your first-year deduction will be reduced by $3,000 to $2,000. If your expenses exceed $55,000, you would lose the deduction entirely. Starting in the second year of operation, you could then amortize the remaining expenses and deduct them in equal installments over 15 years.
You do not have to make an actual charge-off on your books to claim a bad debt deduction for a totally worthless debt. However, you may want to do so. If you do not and the IRS later rules the debt is only partly worthless, you will not be allowed a deduction for the debt in that tax year because a deduction of a partly worthless bad debt is limited to the amount actually charged off. See Partly worthless debts, earlier.
You can also deduct the cost of your own education (including certain related travel) related to your trade or business. You must be able to show the education maintains or improves skills required in your trade or business, or that it is required by law or regulations, for keeping your license to practice, status, or job. For example, an attorney can deduct the cost of attending Continuing Legal Education (CLE) classes that are required by the state bar association to maintain his or her license to practice law.
Webvan was the biggest flop during the dotcom era of startups. At its peak, in 1999, it was valued at $1.2 billion. Two years later they filed for bankruptcy, laid off 2000 employees, and closed up shop. Webvan could potentially be considered a startup ahead of its time, their vision was a home-delivery service for groceries, where customers could order their groceries online, but that’s not where the problem lies. 15 years later it’s still being studied by business schools around the world as a forewarning against excess and ambition. Here’s the cliff notes edition.
Soapstone was an underdog from the start. Even as a known quantity, it was going to have to wrestle with the slow process of qualification at big carriers. The recession certainly didn’t help. And it seems to me (and one source from outside Soapstone agrees) that while Soapstone wasn’t entirely wrapped up in PBB-TE (Provider Backbone Bridging – Traffic Engineering), the stall in that technology’s ascent was a contributing factor, too.
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.

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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.

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In the growth phase, your clients should be able to explain your business model to other prospects. Keep your pricing level with modest increases for new clients. Existing client relationships should be maturing past the three- to four-year mark. Turnover should be decreasing and you should no longer be worried about making payroll and keeping employees.
"Uh-oh" moment: This was before the iPhone kicked off the mobile revolution, and Mehta couldn't pin down a revenue model. He started running out of money in early 2010, and the next six months were torturous. Staff shrank from 20 to six, and he had to float the payroll personally. His co-founder burned out and left. "I remember negotiating his departure on the phone, on my birthday, April 22, 2010, walking around Central Park. Definitely a low point," he says.
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And the rest of the conversation explained why they would not be doing that. My stomach dropped. I knew they were our best shot of getting the money, and some of the angels who had previously invested were interested in coming in but only if I could get a VC to lead it, probably for some oversight. We now had very little cash left, and very little time to find someone else.
In Tarighi, the Tax Court concluded the taxpayer wasn’t engaged in a business during 2009 and 2010, because CES didn’t have any income or clients and didn’t bid on any jobs during those years. Though the taxpayer did engage in promotional activities, he didn’t intend to earn a profit in those years, because he didn’t pursue contracts or bid on jobs. 
Expenses of appearing before, or communicating with, any committee or member of any local council or similar governing body concerning its legislation (local legislation) if the legislation is of direct interest to you, or to you and an organization of which you are a member, and paid and incurred before December 22, 2017. An Indian tribal government is treated as a local council or similar governing body.
Recalling the release of Sgt. Pepper in his 1977 book The Beatles Forever, Nicholas Schaffner wrote that "Nothing quite like 'A Day In The Life' had been attempted before in so-called popular music" in terms of the song's "use of dynamics and tricks of rhythm, and of space and stereo effect, and its deft intermingling of scenes from dream, reality, and shades in between". Schaffner said that in the context of 1967, the track "was so visually evocative it seemed more like a film than a mere song. Except that the pictures were all in our heads."[87] Richard Goldstein of The New York Times called the song "a deadly earnest excursion in emotive music with a chilling lyric ... [that] stands as one of the most important Lennon-McCartney compositions … [and] an historic Pop event".[88] In a contemporary music critics' poll published by Jazz & Pop magazine, "A Day in the Life" won in the categories of Best Pop Song and Best Pop Arrangement.[89]
The Anthology 2 album, released in 1996, featured a composite remix of "A Day in the Life", including elements from the first two takes, representing the song at its early, pre-orchestral stage,[73] while Anthology 3 included a version of "The End" that concludes by having the last note fade into the final chord of "A Day in the Life" (reversed, then played forwards).[74] The version on the 2006 soundtrack remix album Love has the song starting with Lennon's intro of "sugar plum fairy", with the strings being more prominent during the crescendos.[30] In 2017, a handful of outtakes from the recording sessions, including the first take, were included on the two-disc and six-disc versions of the 50th-anniversary edition of Sgt. Pepper.[73] The six-disc version of that edition also included, on a disc of mono mixes, a previously unreleased early demo mix of the song in its pre-orchestral stage, as of 30 January.[75]
The meal kits space is notoriously expensive, with many firms facing high marketing expenses as they work to attract and retain customers, many of whom flee after just a few times using the service. There also has been growing evidence that investors, concerned by high operating costs and the lack of a clear path to profitability, are reluctant to invest further in meal kits, a factor that ultimately contributed to the demise of Chef’d.
The election to expense $5000 is deemed to be made if the startup expenses are not greater than $5000; otherwise, the taxpayer must attach a statement to the tax return noting the election. The note for a sole proprietorship must state that the election is being made under Section 195(b)(1) of the Internal Revenue Code (IRC) and that any remaining expenses will be amortized over 180 months, or 15 years. The business name and description must also be noted and the month that the business began. The election for partnerships is made under IRC Regulation 1.709-1(b) and (c); for corporations, IRC Regulation 1.248-1(c). If a business owner failed to make the election, then an amended return can be filed within 6 months of the due date of the return, including extensions, noting the election and with the phrase “Filed pursuant to Section 301.9100-2.”
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.
Following "A Day in the Life" on the Sgt. Pepper album (as first released on LP in the UK and years later worldwide on CD) is a high-frequency 15-kilohertz tone and some randomly spliced Beatles studio babble. The tone is the same pitch as a dog whistle, at the upper limit of human hearing, but within the range that dogs and cats can hear.[69] This addition was part of the Beatles' humour and was suggested by Lennon.[70][nb 5] The studio babble, titled in the session notes "Edit for LP End" and recorded on 21 April, two months after the mono and stereo masters for "A Day in the Life" had been finalised, was added to the run-out groove of the initial British pressing.[71] The two or three seconds of gibberish looped back into itself endlessly on any record player not equipped with an automatic phonograph arm return.[70][72] Some listeners discerned words among the vocal gibberish,[71] including Lennon saying "Been so high", followed by McCartney's response: "Never could be any other way."[72]
If your business or investment activity passes this 3- (or 2-) years-of-profit test, the IRS will presume it is carried on for profit. This means the limits discussed here will not apply. You can take all your business deductions from the activity, even for the years that you have a loss. You can rely on this presumption unless the IRS later shows it to be invalid.
“We knew that we were entering a mature, competitive market, and that we had a narrow window in which to succeed. We developed a TV with a unique display technology, excellent picture quality and a low cost, and we saw an opportunity. Unfortunately, the recent uncertainty in the TV industry, highlighted by particularly slow sales in May, made it virtually impossible to introduce a new type of projection TV at this time.”

Startup went up in flames when our lead Series A investor backed out the day before Christmas (we had previously raised just under $1m). When that investor bailed at the very last minute the other investors scattered, end of company, everybody is laid off (we were pushing it cash wise, but we were done with docs and due diligence so we were just waiting on a wire).

The company appeared to have been facing troubles for some time – the company last year swapped CEOs after examining its books. Founder and CEO Daniel Mattes was ousted after what may have been possible financial irregularities, Fortune had reported. Jumio also acknowledged the it had hired outside auditors though didn’t find anything out of the ordinary.
Each company begins its operations starting operations as a business and usually by launching new products or servicesHow VC’s Look at Startups and FoundersA guide to how VC's look at startups and founders. The odds of being funded, the odds of commercial success, traits they look for, good vs bad pitches, and how to increase your chances of getting startup capital from a venture capital firm.. During the launch phase, sales are low, but slowly (and hopefully steadily) increasing. Businesses focus on marketing to their target consumer segments by advertising their comparative advantages and value propositions. However, as revenue is low and initial startup costs are high, businesses are prone to incur losses in this phase. In fact, throughout the entire business life cycle, the profit cycle lags behind the sales cycle and creates a time delay between sales growth and profit growth. This lag is important as it relates to the funding life cycle, which is explained in the latter part of this article. Finally, the cash flow during the launch phase is also negative but dips even lower than the profit. This is due to the capitalization of initial startup costs that may not be reflected in the business’ profit but that are certainly reflected in its cash flow.
Generally, you must make the election on a timely filed return (including extensions) for the tax year in which you incurred the costs. 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). Attach Form 4562 and the statement to the amended return and write "Filed pursuant to section 301.9100-2" on Form 4562. File the amended return at the same address you filed the original return.
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.
Uniform capitalization rules apply to certain taxpayers who produce real property or tangible personal property for use in a trade or business or for sale to customers. They also apply to certain taxpayers who acquire property for resale. Under these rules, you either include certain costs in inventory or capitalize certain expenses related to the property, such as taxes. For more information, see chapter 1.
A big problem at Atrato has been sales. The boxes simply didn’t sell in large enough numbers. . . The new executives couldn’t turn the company around on their own, and by June of this year, it was looking for new funding and what was called a rebirth. Up to a quarter of its staff were laid off, and the company’s strategy changed so that Atrato focussed more on software than hardware. It also intended to promote OEM sales more.
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Be cautious when receiving suspicious calls at home or at work from sources claiming to be from the IRS, other agencies, or outside sources asking for money or credit card information, or threatening to have you arrested for not paying. These callers may demand money or may say you have a refund due and try to trick you into sharing private information. These con artists can sound convincing when they call. They may know a lot about you.
In my first start-up, when we got the celebrities on board for the TV show, we hit the roof. They actually talked to nobodies like us. After we found out that HBO had thrown MILLIONS of dollars behind a very similar show that we were pitching to them at the same time (unbeknownst to us), we cried in our soup. The project ended. In my second start-up, when we were working on bringing a fuel additive to market, we lost a huge investment and our hearts sank. It was stolen from us (literally) by a man falsifying research reports. I twisted and turned in my sheets, damning God and cursing the world, but one day, I realized something: it doesn't matter. The money wasn't mine. The investors who gave it to us knew the risks, despite our best efforts to manage them. I also realized I didn't die, my wife didn't hate me, my family didn't think I was (that much) of a lunatic. I landed on my feet and into an officer role (#2 spot) in a 3rd start-up (of someone else's creation). #3 failed because the product was terrible. I took the job because the pay was good and I thought if I got my hands on a team, they and I could re-vamp the image and make it sellable. Only problem: the CEO's head was as hard as a bag of rocks. He wouldn't listen to any suggestions. It was his way or the highway, which never works. The #4 start-up was a computer translation program. I raised about $5k in investment capital for design, but it wasn't enough. I had to give the money back, so nothing happened. #5 was my present start-up, Blaine & Gonzalez, which is no longer a start-up. This one is the success story. With over 20 recurring clients, 15 members, and service to major corporations like Amazon, the US Federal Government, JD Sports, and more, we are proud to be where we are today. The company's revenue has grown 900% over the past six years. We are preferred vendors in 6 states and are completing our Federal preferred vendor application by the end of 2017 and will be on the Federal schedule in 2018 and eligible to bid on huge government contracts. So, what's it all mean? It means that you have to never give up, no matter what. If you are truly in this game we all love playing, then you have to put your heart, your time, and your money on the line over and over again until your business succeeds. One of my favorite quotes is: "97% of the people work for the 3% who never give up." It took me a decade to make it into that 3%. Washing dishes, working at grocery stores, and even at a VIDEO store. (Remember those?) I drove a limo as well, which for those of you who don't know is like a long, black Uber, but the driver wears a suit ;) The point is - we ALL have it is us to be great. I love reading the stories of other co-founders on this site. Such inspiring stuff. Keep up the good work. Signed: an old guy who failed a million times and finally succeeded.
Natural gas sold under a fixed contract qualifies for a percentage depletion rate of 22%. This is domestic natural gas sold by the producer under a contract that does not provide for a price increase to reflect any increase in the seller's tax liability because of the repeal of percentage depletion for gas. The contract must have been in effect from February 1, 1975, until the date of sale of the gas. Price increases after February 1, 1975, are presumed to take the increase in tax liability into account unless demonstrated otherwise by clear and convincing evidence.
We’ve worked extremely hard to build a platform and a community which is uniquely positioned to provide the Bitcoin ecosystem with a greatly needed service. However, over the last year or so, the regulatory pressures has been increasing to the point that it is no longer feasible to maintain the operation of the platform. We are regretfully announcing that we will have to begin terminating the services effective immediately.
According to the IRS under Section 197, some assets are not considered intangibles including interest in businesses, contracts, or land, most computer software, intangible assets not acquired in connection with the acquiring of a business or trade, interest in existing lease or sublease of tangible property or existing debt, rights to service residential mortgages (unless it was acquired in connection with the acquisition of a trade or business), or certain transaction costs incurred by parties to a corporate organization in which any part of a gain or loss is not recognized.

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.
When a co-founder walks out of a company — as was the case for me — you’ve already been dealt a heavy blow. Don’t exacerbate the issue by needing to figure out how to deal with a large equity deadweight on your hands (investors won’t like that the #2 stakeholder is absent, even estranged, from your company). So, the best way of dealing with this issue is to take a long, long vesting period for all major sweat equity founders.
Start by writing software for smaller companies, because it's easier to sell to them. It's worth so much to sell stuff to big companies that the people selling them the crap they currently use spend a lot of time and money to do it. And while you can outhack Oracle with one frontal lobe tied behind your back, you can't outsell an Oracle salesman. So if you want to win through better technology, aim at smaller customers. [4]
After Bloom.fm was placed into administration we received incredible amount of support from our users and a lot of commercial interest from prospective buyers. One offer stood out in particular, as it would have allowed Bloom to continue in the spirit we originally intended. We have worked furiously on finalising it but unfortunately, due to very tight timelines and complexities associated with the administration process, the deal fell through at the last minute.
But there is no greater teacher than failure. Studies have even shown that organizations learnt more from failure than success, and even retain the knowledge longer. If you’re going to be an entrepreneur then you better get used to failing, it will become an inevitable part of your life. Don’t run from it, embrace it and see what lessons you can learn from it.
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Amortized start-up expenses would include the cost of items such as the following: an analysis of the need for a landscaping company in a particular area, securing prospective seed and plant suppliers, locating land for the nursery (but not any fees incurred in acquiring the land), advertisements announcing the opening of the business, business licenses, certain professional services (for example, an accountant’s fees for setting up a bookkeeping system). However, you would not be able to amortize expenses incurred in acquiring equipment such as tools and lawn mowers because expenses incurred for a particular asset generally are recovered through depreciation deductions.
You can apply the provisions of Regulations sections 1.195-1, 1.248-1, and 1.709-1 to all business start-up and organizational costs paid or incurred after October 22, 2004, provided the period of limitations on assessment has not expired for the year of the election. Otherwise, for business start-up and organizational costs paid or incurred after October 22, 2004, and before September 9, 2008, the provisions under Regulations sections 1.195-1(b), 1.248-1(c), and 1.709-1(c), as in effect before September 9, 2008, will apply.
Money buys time, and time buys product iterations. This is why there’s a school of thought that says, raise as much money as you can at every point- before product/market fit, raise the max amount so that you have as many iterations as possible to ensure you get to P/M fit. After P/M fit, raise as much money to maximize the upside. Something a few steps back from that extreme is probably the right one :)
While a number of business and management theorists alluded to developmental stages in the early to mid-1900s, Mason Haire's 1959 work Modern Organization Theory is generally recognized as one of the first studies that used a biological model for organizational growth and argued that organizational growth and development followed a regular sequence. The study of organizational life cycles intensified, and by the 1970s and 1980s it was well-established as a key component of overall organizational growth.
For example, if your business involves providing a service to customers or clients. This includes 
accounting, consulting, financial planning, or law services. Your business begins when you first offer your services to the public. No one has to hire you; you just have to be available for hire. For example, a consultant’s business begins when he or she is available for hire by clients.
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“We knew that we were entering a mature, competitive market, and that we had a narrow window in which to succeed. We developed a TV with a unique display technology, excellent picture quality and a low cost, and we saw an opportunity. Unfortunately, the recent uncertainty in the TV industry, highlighted by particularly slow sales in May, made it virtually impossible to introduce a new type of projection TV at this time.”
McCartney said about the line "I'd love to turn you on", which concludes both verse sections: "This was the time of Tim Leary's 'Turn on, tune in, drop out' and we wrote, 'I'd love to turn you on.' John and I gave each other a knowing look: 'Uh-huh, it's a drug song. You know that, don't you?'"[19][nb 1] George Martin, the Beatles' producer, commented that he had always suspected that the line "found my way upstairs and had a smoke" was a drug reference, recalling how the Beatles would "disappear and have a little puff", presumably of marijuana, but not in front of him.[22] "When [Martin] was doing his TV programme on Pepper", McCartney recalled later, "he asked me, 'Do you know what caused Pepper?' I said, 'In one word, George, drugs. Pot.' And George said, 'No, no. But you weren't on it all the time.' 'Yes, we were.' Sgt. Pepper was a drug album."[23]
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.

When Tien returned from her trip, she still didn’t have it quite figured out, and the first job she took (at an auto dealership), she did so because frankly, she “needed income.” It was OK for a while. A self-described people person, Tien explains that she “always enjoyed making people happy, talking to them, and turning their situations around,” so she was able to thrive in the customer service role—at first.
We’ve spent the past six years working hard to build a product that is engaging for users, reduces symptoms, and has a sustainable business model. After some trial and error in the direct to consumer and employer spaces, we ultimately pursued a strategy of alignment with traditional healthcare insurance companies. Healthcare moves very slowly and we made the mistake of misjudging the time it would take to achieve sustainable revenue through this approach.
A joint effort by many individuals to support a cause, project or company. Donation-based crowdfunding bears no expectation of returns. In reward-based crowdfunding, contributors are promised rewards (such as the ability to purchase a product) in exchange for their contributions. Equity-based crowdfunding gives funders the ability to purchase equity interests in a company.
For the angel to have someone to make the check out to, you're going to have to have some kind of company. Merely incorporating yourselves isn't hard. The problem is, for the company to exist, you have to decide who the founders are, and how much stock they each have. If there are two founders with the same qualifications who are both equally committed to the business, that's easy. But if you have a number of people who are expected to contribute in varying degrees, arranging the proportions of stock can be hard. And once you've done it, it tends to be set in stone.
A joint effort by many individuals to support a cause, project or company. Donation-based crowdfunding bears no expectation of returns. In reward-based crowdfunding, contributors are promised rewards (such as the ability to purchase a product) in exchange for their contributions. Equity-based crowdfunding gives funders the ability to purchase equity interests in a company.

Under the high-low method, the per diem amount for travel during January through September of 2017 is $282 ($68 for M&IE) for certain high-cost locations. All other areas have a per diem amount of $189 ($57 for M&IE). The high-cost localities eligible for the higher per diem amount under the high-low method are listed in Notice 2017-54, available at IRS.gov/irb/2017-42_IRB#NOT-2017-54.
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This is very similar to the concierge method. In fact, it’s nearly identical, except with one difference: you’re still delivering your Value Proposition manually, but it looks like it’s automated. This method adds a little magic to your solution, as the name implies. The work is still being done in the background, but behind a curtain so that the customer doesn’t see what’s going on. In this case, the automation is part of the Value Proposition, and the onus is on you to work out the magic later.
Keep in mind that not all products follow a bell-shaped life cycle pattern as shown in the diagram above. Researchers have identified over a dozen different Product Life Cycle patterns. For example, a fashion fad becomes popular quickly, peak early, and decline very fast. Fads don't usually last long because most of them don't satisfy a strong need.
If you receive a below-market gift loan or demand loan, you are treated as receiving an additional payment (as a gift, dividend, etc.) equal to the forgone interest on the loan. You are then treated as transferring this amount back to the lender as interest. These transfers are considered to occur annually, generally on December 31. If you use the loan proceeds in your trade or business, you can deduct the forgone interest each year as a business interest expense. The lender must report it as interest income.
Another venture was based around myself, a member of my team from the previous venture, and a new guy I met who had claimed to have some experience in management. Still in polytech, one of them constantly pointed out that “this is where all the big company’s start out,” referring to Microsoft, Apple, and other tech giants. The other was constantly reminding us that we would be driving our Ferarri’s and living in million dollar homes within 3 years. I like the optimism, but I think the focus should be on making the company successful rather than getting an expensive car.
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.