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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

Your ‘AHA’ moment: What to do about it?

Published in The New Hampshire Union Leader By Mark Kaplan It may happen to you out of nowhere. Perhaps your mind is wandering. Maybe you’re facing one of life’s daily problems. Then the light bulb goes on! We all know what that means. The light bulb is a symbol of a fantastic idea! Or is [...]

July 13th, 2016|Ask the Expert|Comments Off on Your ‘AHA’ moment: What to do about it?

I-Corps grants help launch companies

Published in The New Hampshire Union Leader By Marc Sedam Universities have always played a significant role in society. Just 16 years after landing on Plymouth Rock saw the founding of New College — becoming Harvard College three years later. And an even shorter time, 12 years, transpired between the end of the Revolutionary War [...]

July 8th, 2016|Ask the Expert|Comments Off on I-Corps grants help launch companies

How to get valuable feedback on products

Published in The New Hampshire Union Leader By Becky Stoughton Feedback from prospective customers is golden when you’re thinking of trying something new — say, getting a startup off the ground, offering a new product (or service), or breaking into a new market. A great way to obtain this feedback is through one-on-one discussions. Whether [...]

July 7th, 2016|Ask the Expert|Comments Off on How to get valuable feedback on products