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This Week’s Must-Read #Startup Articles

Posted by Amity Sims on 2013-04-21

Each week we scour the web for insightful articles to share with the Founder Institute network.

This week's top articles include advice on relationship building, funding, beating your competition, and more.

Check out our must read articles for the week of April 14 - 21:

 

Startup Survival 101: It's All About Relationships That Work
By Martin Zwilling of Startup Professionals
Most entrepreneurs, and members of any small team for that matter, naively assume that the key to their success is hard work, dedication and long hours at the business. In reality, their effectiveness is usually more related to how well they develop their work relationships with peers and business leaders.
There Are Only Two Types of Venture Backed Companies
By Michael Fertik
Yes, just two.

A company is either Brave New World — or Faster, Better, Cheaper. One is not better than the other. Neither is more noble or impressive. Put another way: a company can be a huge success no matter which model it embraces. But the trick of success depends on acknowledging your company's core identity with unflinching honesty. Otherwise, it's like putting on a Superman cape when you're the Incredible Hulk — you may look the part, but you'll never fly. And playing to win means more than just playing to your strengths; it starts with knowing them.
Proof of Concept: Majority of angel investments made in revenue producing startups
By John Cook
Angel investors historically have placed bets at the earliest stages of a company’s formation, oftentimes when the business is nothing more than an idea on the back of a napkin.

But as the venture capital marketplace shifts, so is angel investing. According to a new report out today from The Angel Resource Institute, Silicon Valley Bank and CB Insights, the majority of angel investments in 2012 were made in companies that were already producing revenue.
Someone Has Your Same Startup Idea? Move Fast, Launch First
By Mike Jones for Young Entrepreneur
In this edition of Young Entrepreneur's Ask the Expert Column, Mike Jones (CEO of Science, Inc) answers the question "When you discover someone’s working on the same idea as yours and you are both still in the development stages, what should you do? Should you approach them and partner, or go it alone?".

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