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This Week’s Must-Read Articles for Entrepreneurs

Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2014-01-11

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

This week's top articles include how to dominate business in 2014; what makes Silicon Valley a massive hub for technology; how to split equity with your co-founder; and more.

 Check out our must read articles for the week of January 5 - January 11:


Planning Ahead: 5 Steps to Dominating Business in 2014
This year is speeding by and 2014 is just around the corner. While many people wait until New Year's to get their personal and professional lives in order and create the change that they know was long overdue, you shouldn't have to. It is, after all, true that delay is the greatest form of denial.

How Silicon Valley Became The Man 
Silicon Valley has been taking a lot of heat lately for its power and elitism. That’s only natural for a region that has rapidly gained enormous economic and cultural clout. But it seems especially ironic that this is happening in the San Francisco Bay area, that one-time headquarters of flower power where entrepreneurs have long fashioned themselves as rebels and iconoclasts battling robotic rivals (Microsoft, IBM) and liberating workers from the hierarchical ways of corporate life.
How to Calculate the Equity Split Between Co-Founders in a Startup
There are a lot of variables to go into calculating a fair equity split a startup team. These key factors must consider each employee’s role(s) within the company, the compensation they receive for their work, the people investing in the company, and the people behind the idea of the company. Let’s tackle each of these points below.
Top 4 Traits VC's Desire in Startup Founders

Having a great, defensible business idea in a scalable market is only part of the puzzle to attracting venture capital.  A more important part is having a backable management team that can pull off the execution of the plan.  Below are the top 4 traits VC’s desire in their startup founders:

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