Business

At the announcement of the new service, venture capitalist Marc Andreessen — an investor in Lyft — went on a Twitter firestorm extolling the virtues of the service. Never one to hold back, Andreessen called Lyft Line “an archetypal example of how Silicon Valley is going straight at the hard problems.”

So your company’s in its very early stages. We’re talking a skeleton crew of staff, minimal sales, and even less cash. While your focus is understandably on immediate survival and how you can hit your first big hurdles, what else should you be thinking of, especially where your finances are concerned?

Phones are an integral part of business. Without it, the business wouldn’t have a way to connect with each other and their customers. However, phone systems have been clunky or very hard to integrate into a business and the costs to buy and upkeep the system adds to the problem. Vonjour brings their cloud-based phone systems for business and looks to upgrade business call systems everywhere.

How will you know when to revise your business plan? The short answer is that plans are living documents and should be constantly evolving. That being said, there are certain times when major, rather than incremental change, is called for. How do you distinguish between the two? Below are unmistakable signs, or forks in the road, that should prompt you to substantially rethink your plan.

Through simple design, extensive sensing mechanism research, and behavioral science principles, Moving Analytics is carving out its own innovative niche in a heavily competitive space by providing a simple solution for highly sedentary people.

The relationship between investors and founders can be tricky to navigate. At the best of times, it’s symbiotic, leading to gains for both sides. At others it can degenerate into a test of wills, or worse. How can you forge mutually beneficial, productive relationships with VCs that make best use of your respective strengths and effectively utilize your time?

The R&D tax credit enables small businesses to reinvest and devote their hard earned money into innovative projects that will create jobs and sustain their businesses.

But is using them a good strategy for your business? Not necessarily: it really depends on how you use them. While there are definitely potential benefits, NDAs also have several often overlooked caveats.

Tonight, talkTECH is partnering with USC’s Institute for Communication Technology Management (CTM) to host a forum exploring the trends, regulatory environment, and product innovations likely to engender a tipping point for the mainstream adoption of bitcoin.

There are good times to focus on fundraising and, well, not so good times. If you think that you’re ready to start pursuing investors, you need to make sure that the time is right.