Entrepreneurship

As more and more tech startups launch vying for the attention of both consumers and investors, founders are figuring out which niche to serve and which industry to disrupt. Launching in 2012, Moreboats.com has been successful in reinventing the market of a mature boating industry.

This year marked the 10th anniversary of the annual Clinton Global Initiative founded by former president, Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton. The event, held in New York City, gathered in a plethora of world leaders, corporate executives and philanthropists. This year’s theme is “Re-imagining Impact,” which Hillary Clinton suggests, “requires leaders who will re-imagine and who will be unafraid to do so and ask themselves, beginning with themselves, hard questions. “

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?

If there’s one important thing I’ve learned after going on several business (and family) trips in my young adulthood, particularly the ones overseas, it’s the following: there are some devices that I really just needed during our trip. Of course, there are items that are more obvious that you already have with you, such as your laptop, tablet, and anything remotely related to working while on the road. But you knew that already.

You need a strategic financial partner who is in close contact, asking questions and ensuring that they understand your business intimately.

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.”

With lots of people converging on the social media arena to engage, connect, and share with people wherever they may be, emphasis is put on quick exchanges of messages. And this gives way for mobile messaging apps.

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?

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.