Items tagged business, quora
What’s the first thing you would check if the company is losing money even though there’s a big increase in its revenue?
The company’s expenses.[... 31 words]
Our site Lanyrd offers LinkedIn signin and works as a social network for business and professional events. You can read more about our LinkedIn integration here: Use Lanyrd and LinkedIn to get more out of professional events and conferences[... 62 words]
Go and work for an early-stage startup. Pick well and you’ll learn a ridiculous amount in a very short space of time: excellent preparation for later striking out on your own.[... 47 words]
Is it possible to run a successful company without being unethical or operating on the fringes of the law?
There is nothing inherently unethical about entrepreneurship. Find a problem people have. Figure out how much money solving it will save them (or help them make). Charge them less than that.[... 108 words]
That depends on your customers. If you’re building software for banks or hospitals you probably need to support older versions of IE. If it’s for software companies or web freelancers, requiring a modern browser version is fine.[... 56 words]
Use a whiteboard.[... 24 words]
I agree with David S. Rose—integrity matters. Look in to BizSpark.[... 108 words]
At minimum: build a prototype. If you really want then to take seriously, launch a first version and demonstrate traction.[... 34 words]
I like Derek Siver’s model proposed here: http://sivers.org/multiply[... 77 words]
PPK’s conference organisers handbook is crammed with useful advice on running this kind of event: http://www.quirksmode.org/coh/[... 30 words]
I like to encourage writing on business cards—which means that the card shouldn’t be glossy (to ensure pens work on it). Our business cards, designed by my partner Natalie Downe, actually have a labelled “notes” area on one side of them.[... 98 words]
There’s no disdain for creativity or the business side—those things are essential! The disdain is for people who think that having the idea is enough for them to be useful for the company (“I’ve got a great idea, I just need a developer to build it for me”). If you can’t build you’d better be able to do a LOT of other useful things. Having an idea isn’t enough.[... 148 words]
No, there isn’t—people can always copy things if they really want to, it’s part of the cost of doing business. If you were to publish a book people could always photocopy it.[... 108 words]
Stop reading, start building. You’ll progress a LOT faster if you’re solving actual problems and writing real code, rather than spending 5-8 hours a day reading but not practicing.[... 156 words]
They need to convince an investor to buy 10% of the company for $500,000.[... 35 words]
Yes. Our startup http://lanyrd.com/ went through Y Combinator Winter 2011 (Jan to March this year) and we’re a pair of UK co-founders. We’re back in London now.[... 41 words]
What are the main things a non-technical co-founder of a tech company should focus on while the site is still being developed?
Building the right product.[... 32 words]
You may find that the quality of developers you can hire depends on the quality of the project. Copying another website doesn’t sound like a very interesting project.[... 50 words]
It depends on what you mean by “outsourcing”.[... 130 words]