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This is going be a bullet FAQ on starting a business. If you're a lawyer, feel free to disagree with me so you can charge someone your BS fees to give the same advice. If you can think of anything to add, please do so. How Panda Express brings Chinese food to the mall - Feb. 5, 2013. Andrew and Peggy Cherng at a Panda Express in Rosemead, Calif.
(Fortune) Andrew Cherng: I was born in Yangzhou, China, two years after World War II ended. I was 5 when my family escaped to Taiwan. Wall Street is from Mars, Silicon Valley is from Venus. The dichotomy of reactions by Silicon Valley and Wall Street to Apple's most recent quarter are so far apart it's comical.
At least, it would be comical if it didn't involve tens of billions of dollars flying out the proverbial window. Apple posted a monster Q1 , logging a whopping $54.5 billion in revenue and $13.1 billion in earnings. The company sold 47.8 million iPhones and 22.9 million iPads in the quarter, all records for Apple. Apple's reward? A brutal sell-off on Wall Street that dropped the company's share price by 12 percent to $450.46. Silicon Valley's reaction? To say the tech community isn't happy with Wall Street would be an understatement. People seem to forget that the stock market, like any market, is made up of people. Perhaps Apple, Facebook, and the tech community's roller coaster ride on Wall Street will result in more tech companies staying private instead of heading toward an eventual IPO.
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Photo: Joi Ito/Flickr Maciej Cegłowski’s new startup fund was the toast of Silicon Valley on Friday, lighting up Twitter, winning top billing on the elite Hacker News forum, and drawing dozens of applications from would-be portfolio companies. The fund’s draw: Extreme stinginess. A New Home for Computer Screens: The Face. Waterstones Bookstores in U.K. to Sell Amazon Kindles. Sorry, Mark Zuckerberg, but I’ve got a bad case of Facebook fatigue. $19bn and just married ... I hope Mark Zuckerberg got a prenup, says Donald Trump. Yahoo Announces Alibaba Plan. Www.forbes.com At long last, Yahoo has announced a plan to monetize its stake in Chinese internet company Alibaba.
It's complicated, and it will be in stages, but the process has begun, and Yahoo says it will get about $7.1 billion in short order, via Alibaba's repurchase of half of Yahoo's stake in the company. The plan is exactly what was reported last week by Kara Swisher at AllThingsD. Here's the key paragraph from the announcement: The first step is the repurchase by Alibaba of up to one-half of Yahoo!' Eduardo Saverin joins the stateless billionaires. The United States is the only country in the world which applies the same tax regime to all its citizens, regardless of where they live: nowhere else are nonresidents charged the same federal tax rate as residents.
And this makes America’s plutocrats qualitatively different from every other country’s super-rich. If you wanted to sum up Eduardo Saverin in three words, you could do a lot worse than Very Rich Eurotrash. Nasdaq's Facebook Problem. Silicon Valley Is Moving Backward on Shareholder Rights. It’s springtime in America and that means it’s proxy season, when most publicly traded companies hold annual meetings, and shareholders elect corporate directors.
So it seems a good time to review the state of corporate governance: It’s slipping. Mark Zuckerberg, the Facebook Inc. founder and chairman, last month agreed to pay $1 billion for the photo-sharing service Instagram without consulting his board. Groupon Inc. in March had to correct its very first quarterly report as a public company and also reveal a “material weakness” in its internal controls, meaning it lacked checks and balances even after accounting missteps last year. LinkedIn Corp., Zynga Inc. and Groupon went public late last year with dual-class shares, which grant their founders and directors super-voting rights to trump ordinary shareholders’ one vote per share. If a corporate raider tries to oust the management, the dual-class shares will protect them -- even if they are performing badly. Category Apart. Qualtrics: Tech's Hidden Gem In Utah. Amazon Killed The Book Reviewer Star. Authors no longer have to impress stodgy English majors to get their book a quality review: new research from the Harvard Business Review shows that the aggregate rating of Amazon reviewers are every bit as good as professional book critics.
Professional book critics, on the other hand, suffer from nepotism: critics give more favorable reviews to their colleagues, authors who agree with their ideological slant, and if the book has been given an award by other critics. The Maturation of Mark Zuckerberg. If all goes as planned, Facebook will finally pull the trigger later this month on its long-salivated-over IPO.
The deal could value the company in the neighborhood of $100 billion, making founder and CEO Mark Elliot Zuckerberg’s own unusually large stake worth $25 billion. It is a huge sum, even in context. Zuckerberg’s impending fortune is more money than Wal-Mart’s 10,000-plus stores made last year. It’s more than Wall Street paid in bonuses to New Yorkers last year. And it has been amassed in only eight years by a 27-year-old who not long ago passed out business cards reading “I’m CEO, bitch.” How To Raise A $1M Seed Round. Editor’s note: Sunil Rajaraman is the co-founder and CEO of Scripted.com, a marketplace for businesses to hire freelance writers.
Follow him on Twitter @subes01. When I talk to my friends who are not currently at startups, or the Silicon Valley, the perception is that VCs and individual investors are throwing around investment dollars like drunken sailors. Outsiders think that there is a bubble, and that any company with two engineers and an idea will get funded (though there is some truth to that in certain cases). The reality is, competition has never been fiercer for startups, especially at the seed stage, to close a round. The pendulum may have swung for Y Combinator companies, but not everyone else. I am a non-technical co-founder of Scripted.com – a marketplace for businesses to hire freelance writers. Get Ready for an Uphill Battle. LinkedIn: Great New Feature Thanks To These 20-Something Entrepreneurs. Crocodoc Ryan Damico is a co-founder of Crocodoc.
Running a startup. Tumblr's President Resigns. Must-read for founders: A VC explains how to build a killer value proposition. On the surface, value propositions seem incredibly straightforward. I’d argue that this is why, in practice, they’re often given such short shrift. In reality, getting a value proposition right requires some focused thinking and structured analysis, some of which I’ll preview here. Given my particular background, much of what I recommend will have a bias to B2B startups — though, in many instances, I think that you’ll find applicability to virtually any endeavor.
Six tips for creating a killer brand for your company. There are misconceptions about how important branding it is to success, how much work it takes, and the best ways to approach it. But every company, from a fresh-faced tech-startup to Apple, knows good branding can make a product or service. Branding is how you present your company — your name, imagery, reputation — to the world through logos, ads, marketing materials, websites, apps, and social media. Google Drive vs. Dropbox, SkyDrive, SugarSync, and others: a cloud sync storage face-off.
Google's very own "Loch Ness monster," also known as Google Drive, has finally launched. It's the new face of Google Documents, and it's also Google's oft-rumored Dropbox-killer. It enters a scene crowded with competitors besides Dropbox that let you sync multiple folders, collaborate with friends, and stream data to your mobile device — so how does Drive fare? We'll take a look at the top apps that let you sync files between all of your devices automatically, share files using password protection, pick which folders you want to sync, and do anything else you might want to do with a syncing app.
While our evaluations of each app aren't full-on reviews, they are encapsulations of where each app excels and what makes each unique. The Man Who Makes the Future: Wired Icon Marc Andreessen. What If Facebook Isn’t So Special After All? 10 Things Chinese Startups Can Learn from Facebook. Facebook is blocked in China. But that doesn’t mean that Chinese companies can’t learn from it, and today, Sina tech is featuring a post by blogger Wang Huai about what Chinese companies can learn from Facebook. Want to get acquired by Google? Google VP explains how to go big. David Lawee is Google’s vice president of corporate development, the latest in his string of high-profile positions at the search giant. An Open Letter To Those Not Employed At Instagram.
Editor’s Note: Alexander Haislip is a marketing executive with cloud-based server automation startup ScaleXtreme and the author of Essentials of Venture Capital. Follow him on Twitter @ahaislip. Stop Looking For A Technical Co-founder. Groupon’s restatement doesn’t add up. HEARD ON THE STREET: Facebook's Instant Product Fix. Mark Zuckerberg says he doesn't "plan on doing many more" big acquisitions. HEARD ON THE STREET: AOL: You've Got Moolah. Hotel's Free Wi-Fi Comes With Hidden Extras.
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How Wall Street Bankers Use Seamless To Feast On Free Lobster, Steak, And Beer. Twitter, the Startup That Wouldn't Die. Selling unusual online. Collaborative Fund. A cheat sheet of peer-to-peer car sharing players — Cleantech News and Analysis. The World’s 50 Most Innovative Companies 2012. Ten Lessons I Learned from Shark Tank Altucher Confidential. How I Helped Mark Cuban Make a Billion Dollars and 5 Things I Learned from Him Altucher Confidential. Work Hard, Work Hard, Work Hard. Singapore, Indonesia, and Lazy Founders. Venture Firm Seeks the Atypical, and Finds It in Brazil. Adam Lashinsky: ‘There’s nothing shiny or happy … inside the doors of Apple’ 9 bootstrapping ideas for small business publicity. Motivation Killers: 9 Things You Should Never Ask Employees.
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