There is no place like the Granite State to start a small business, but one size does not fit all, even in a relatively small state like New Hampshire. Building vibrant economic ecosystems is no easy feat, regardless of where you happen to set up shop, but the challenges facing rural entrepr…

Staffing is an ever-changing field, evolving with each shift in our economy, each new generation entering the workforce, and in the case of information technology staffing, each wave of new technologies. Our world is becoming increasingly tech-driven and nearly all sectors of the industry ar…

I can’t count how many times colleagues of mine from prior companies who ran multimillion dollar technology sales organizations took a long sigh after a hard week and said, “Boy, in my next role, I just want to go work in a startup and run sales.”

The thrill of a new idea has incredible momentum. It needs to have momentum, as the journey for a startup is long and difficult. That same momentum, however, can sometimes push an entrepreneur past some fundamental concerns early on, before those concerns are adequately addressed.

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 par value. What does “authorized” mean? What is …

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 who you are selling to?

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 and enrollment in …

Building a business, like working toward any big dream, is a roller coaster ride. Any given moment can take you from, “This is awesome! My idea is brilliant! Why didn’t I do this long ago?” to “This is awful. My idea is doomed to failure. Oh no, what have I done?!”

We are only a few months into 2016 and I am already thrilled with all of the startup activity throughout New Hampshire. Alpha Loft has selected its next batch of startups to participate in Accelerate NH, a New Hampshire focused startup accelerator. We will be guiding these startups and their…

For startups and investors in New Hampshire, the process for raising capital recently improved significantly. A sweeping rewrite of New Hampshire’s securities statute, which became effective on Jan. 1, simplified the process for raising capital and brought New Hampshire in line with several …

When I graduated from college, my dad told me one of the hardest things I would ever do is to look for and land a great job. He was right. Now, after 30 years helping companies build teams, I’ve learned the other side of that is also true. It’s hard to hire the right person for the right job…

Even the most seasoned entrepreneurs stand to benefit from learning about the experiences of other startups and the professionals that advise them. This article is part two of a two-part series that describes five difficult legal lessons learned based on experiences gleaned from advising sta…

Startups face many challenges early on, but some common pitfalls can be avoided with foresight and careful planning. This article, the first of two parts, describes five difficult legal lessons learned based on experiences gleaned from advising startups and their owners on a variety of issues.

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