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Ask the Expert: Pitfalls to avoid for entrepreneurs and their startups

Published in The New Hampshire Union Leader By John Goodlander & Matt Benson Special to the Union Leader The legal jargon surrounding startups is expansive: LLC agreement, S-corp, nonqualified incentive stock options, flow-through taxation, liquidation preference, Regulation D, shareholder derivative lawsuit, and the list goes on. The reality is that legal issues for entrepreneurs can [...]

May 2nd, 2017|Ask the Expert|Comments Off on Ask the Expert: Pitfalls to avoid for entrepreneurs and their startups

Ask the Expert: Practicing Mindfulness in the Startup Environment

Published in The New Hampshire Union Leader By Heather Lavoie Special to the Union Leader As a culture we celebrate multitasking, business and being overbooked. We glorify long hours, a lack of sleep and putting every ounce of energy into our jobs, particularly if our job happens to be a startup. We make ourselves available 24/7. [...]

April 11th, 2017|Ask the Expert|Comments Off on Ask the Expert: Practicing Mindfulness in the Startup Environment

Ask the Expert: Get ready for startup excitement in 2017

Published in The New Hampshire Union Leader By JOSHUA CYR Special to the Union Leader The startup energy in New Hampshire this early into 2017 may not be easily measured, but it is certainly noticeable. Founders of startups take note: Not only do we have strong consistent programs in New Hampshire, but many new events, [...]

March 6th, 2017|Ask the Expert|Comments Off on Ask the Expert: Get ready for startup excitement in 2017

There’s no ‘I’ in team: Lessons for startup founders

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February 6th, 2017|Ask the Expert|Comments Off on There’s no ‘I’ in team: Lessons for startup founders

Accelerate NH Getting Ready For Third Round of Startups

Published in The New Hampshire Union Leader By Joshua Cyr It is now 2017 and, as is often customary, many people make New Year’s resolutions. For some people these resolutions are personal or professional improvements. For others the resolutions are grand challenges or life-changing decisions such as starting a new company. At Alpha Loft we [...]

January 3rd, 2017|Ask the Expert|Comments Off on Accelerate NH Getting Ready For Third Round of Startups

Young People Need incentive to Stay in NH

Published in The New Hampshire Union Leader By Ken Johnson WANT TO keep young people from leaving New Hampshire? Give them opportunities. The graying of New Hampshire is a topic we’ve all heard. Young people are leaving the state — increasing the average age of residents and narrowing the ratio of working people to retirees. [...]

December 5th, 2016|Ask the Expert|Comments Off on Young People Need incentive to Stay in NH

Social Media is All About Engaging With Followers

Published in The New Hampshire Union Leader By Jason Boucher Social media is about listening to and engaging with stakeholders. Establishing a relationship with your followers is more important than increasing the number of fans or measuring the return on investment. It’s about strengthening your online community, receiving feedback from those who matter most and [...]

November 15th, 2016|Ask the Expert|Comments Off on Social Media is All About Engaging With Followers

How to take advantage of startup learning opportunities

Published in The New Hampshire Union Leader By Mark Kaplan You don't pay someone to do your taxes who has had no training. You wouldn’t hire someone to represent you legally who hasn’t been to law school and passed the bar. Even in taking up a sport such as tennis or golf, you might try [...]

October 3rd, 2016|Ask the Expert|Comments Off on How to take advantage of startup learning opportunities

What is a good number of authorized shares?

Published in The New Hampshire Union Leader By Andrew Grosvenor Sometimes starting a company is as easy as filing a few forms and paying a fee, but in the startup world some common questions come up. Many founders begin the paperwork, but get stumped when they need to list a number of authorized shares and [...]

September 12th, 2016|Ask the Expert|Comments Off on What is a good number of authorized shares?

Finding your first customers

Published in The New Hampshire Union Leader By Joshua Cyr Next month I’ll be giving a seminar at Alpha Loft about startups finding their first 100 customers. While prepping for the talk I thought it would be helpful to write about early customers a bit more broadly. How can you sell if you don’t understand [...]

August 1st, 2016|Ask the Expert|Comments Off on Finding your first customers