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In Case You Missed It: This Week’s Must-Read Articles for Entrepreneurs

Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2014-02-15

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

This week's top articles include an explanation of how to hire a programmer when you're not a programmer; advice on how to raise money through equity crowdfunding; a Mentor Minute video with Evernote CEO Phil Libin on being "epic"; and five common mistakes startups make when building for mobile.

Check out our must-read articles for the week of February 9th.

How to Hire a Programmer When You're Not a Programmer

Matt Linderman of Signal vs. Noise gives a detailed, step-by-step explanation on the key issues to consider when hiring programmers, especially if you are not one yourself. Interestingly, Linderman points out that many of the important factors are not technical ones as opposed to personality traits.

The Only Type of Startup Idea You Should Pursue

In this episode of the Mentor Minute, Phil Libin, founder and CEO of Evernote, urges entrepreneurs to pursue ideas that are "sufficiently epic" and not ones that could just potentially make money.

How to Raise Money Through Equity Crowdfunding

Shahab Kaviani of the Washington Post gives seven tips to startups on how to raise capital via the crowdfunding method. He points out that thanks to Title II of the JOBS Act, which was signed by President Obama in 2012, private companies can now publicly advertise their fundraising efforts.

How to Live in the Future

As an entrepreneur, its important to "live in the future", so that you can identify gaps, see what's missing, and increase your odds of building something meaningful. As LP Maurice blogs, "the entrepreneur closes gaps in the world between the future and the present."

The Five Mistakes Startups Make When Building for Mobile
As the head of engineering for Pivotal Labs Canada, Farhan Thawar has seen both effective and ineffective ways to handle a mobile build for startups. He cautions against the common misconceptions that newer companies waste time and resources on.


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