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Is It Time to Kill the Business Plan?
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Is It Time to Kill the Business Plan?

As soon as you get out in the real world, your plan is going to have to change and adapt. So, why bother? Wouldn’t writing a business plan just be a waste of time?

Top 4 Tips for New Businesses
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Top 4 Tips for New Businesses

Starting your own business can be simultaneously the most terrifying and exhilarating thing you will ever do. These tips will help you stay on course, juggle your workload, and handle difficult situations.

What Investors Want to Learn From Your Business Plan
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What Investors Want to Learn From Your Business Plan

You’ve built your business idea into a scalable, high-growth potential startup. You’ve demonstrated some initial traction in the marketplace, and now you’re seeking your first round of funding. Here’s what to include in your pitch to investors, and how to create a business plan that will help you get investment.

“Live From The Startup Bus” Heading to SXSW 2013
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“Live From The Startup Bus” Heading to SXSW 2013

This week the Bplans’ blog, Up and Running, is hosting a series of posts by guest blogger and serial entrepreneur Zachary Price, chronicling his adventures on the 2013 Startup Bus MidWest (one of six buses running this year) as it makes its way from Chicago to South By Southwest (SXSW). The group of coders, developers, and designers […]

LivePlan Customer Interview: From Having a Baby to Getting Baby Town Funded
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LivePlan Customer Interview: From Having a Baby to Getting Baby Town Funded

The next LivePlan customer we’d like to feature is Ocean Zhang, who is co-founder, alongside his wife, of Baby Town. Zhang, a former biochemist, was inspired to launch an expansive, one-stop shop with high-end specialty products for expecting moms, babies, and toddlers when his family had a hard time finding the baby products they were […]

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The Lean Startup: Benefits and Criticisms

The Lean Startup is a business approach that is synonymous with the work of Eric Ries (who has also published a book called The Lean Startup) and Stanford professor Steve Blank. It describes a new approach for startups and prescribes behaviours they should adapt to increase the likelihood that they will succeed. While the concept […]

LivePlan Customer Interview: From Fish Tanks to Doggie Day Care
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LivePlan Customer Interview: From Fish Tanks to Doggie Day Care

One of my favorite parts of my job here at Palo Alto Software, is the time I get to spend speaking with entrepreneurs and small business owners. I had the pleasure of sitting down with Mandie O’Neill, founder of Luckydog Day & Night Care (Eugene, OR), and the Downtown Hound (Boise, ID). She shared her […]