Start-Up Week 2.0
Last week was Start-up Week at The Daily Muse, where we gave you an inside look at the start-up world—everything from getting your idea off the ground to picking a co-founder to hiring your first employee.
And guess what? You asked for more. So we're giving it to you—check in this week for even more savvy start-up advice, included splitting founder equity, getting funded, and more success stories from fabulous female founders.
In the meantime, check out the articles below for what we’ve done so far:
Starting a business with a friend isn’t something to be taken lightly—but if you have the right partner, it can also be the best decision you ever make. Here’s what to know from BFFs who’ve been there.
You have a great idea that you just can’t wait to build—but you don’t know how to start. One common option is to hire a dev shop, but before you go down this road, check out these important lessons from someone who’s been there.
We can’t get enough of the app Foodspotting (especially when we’re hungry). And we were lucky enough to snag an interview with its founder, Alexa Andrzejewski. Read on for her advice on what it takes to turn a simple idea into a delicious reality.
You’ve got a great idea, the right co-founder, and you’re ready to go full-speed ahead with your start-up. But before you do, there are a few key legal decisions that it’s crucial to get right from the get-go.
As anyone who’s launched a start-up knows, it’s really, really hard to get users. But, it’s not impossible—and you can get started even before you launch! Here’s how to get people excited from the very beginning.
When you have a new start-up—who owns how much of the company? This is one of the toughest decisions you’ll have to make as a founder, but it’s also one of the most important to get right from the get-go. Here’s what to consider to before you get started.
As a new entrepreneur, you’ll want to get advice from as many people as you can. But when it comes to choosing your advisors, it’s much more important to be strategic. Here’s how to know who to bring on board.
So you’ve got a great idea, and now you need the cash to take it from prototype to reality. Check out this infographic for a quick rundown of funding types and where the money’s at, then get some inspiration from start-ups that have hit it big.
Hiring your first employee is a huge step for your start-up—and a hugely important one. So how do you pick the right person to help take your company to the next level? We’ve got your guide.
Jessica Mah makes things look easy—founding her first company at age 13, graduating high school at 15, and launching the very successful InDinero in her dorm room. But she’s also one of the most down-to-earth entrepreneurs you’ll ever meet.
Whether you’re starting your own freelance business or launching a start-up, getting your new brand into the universe can be just plain scary, and nothing is ever as hard as that first step. So here are four effective (and affordable!) ways to get started.
This week, we’re bringing you tons of advice on founding a start-up, but we’ve got some inspiration for you, too! Hear first-hand from female founders who’ve taken their companies to the next level, starting today with the incredible Amanda Steinberg.
As a start-up founder, you probably can’t fathom adding anything else to your calendar. But, there’s one activity that’s definitely worth your time: a founder’s network. Here’s how to find the right one and get involved.
So you’ve come up with a rocking idea that’s going to change the world. Well, that’s the easy part! We’ve got your roadmap for taking that idea and turning it into reality.
So you’ve got a start-up idea, and now you need a co-founder to turn your dream into a reality. But picking a business partner is one of the most important decisions you’ll ever make! So here’s what to consider when looking for a partner in crime, from two women who’ve made it work.
Entrepreneurship is a wild ride, and a totally new one for most people. So, if you’re thinking about taking the plunge, read on for advice from a first-time entrepreneur on the lessons she wishes she’d learned before getting started.
Beneath the crude language and haughty accounts of last night’s mishaps, Texts fron Last Night holds some critical lessons for anyone who’s involved in creating or marketing content online. Namely, what is it that makes content really good?
This week, your subway reading is all about start-ups: The coolest ones in America, the videos that drive their success, and an unexpected fictional one who puts some real-life entrepreneurs to shame.
Our Favorite Start-up Articles
The Start-Up Scene
Silicon Valley has long been known as the high-tech start-up capital of the world. But just as “silicon” has come to mean more than just hardware, the start-up scene is no longer confined to one region. Here’s where the action is happening across the U.S.
Our tech columnist was irritated at female entrepreneurs for the types of companies they weren’t starting—until she realized that perhaps her frustration really should be directed toward a society that doesn’t always respect “feminine” businesses.
Hiring women as a core part of the team isn’t just important for the women’s movement or some grander sense of equality. It’s important for the success of your start-up—especially early on.
Starting Your Business
Many entrepreneurs choose to start their companies on the side and grow them slowly over time. But, there comes a point when having another job can be standing in the way of your success. Here’s how to know when it’s time to ditch the side gig.
What’s the difference between a crazy idea and one you’d be crazy not to pursue? The first installment of “The Opportunity of Entrepreneurship” column weighs in on how to know the right business idea when you see it.
Think all entrepreneurs are bold, daring, and consummate schmoozers? Then the traits that really define a successful business owner will surprise you.
Learning the Ropes
You might not realize it at first, but what an investor says and what she really means are often two very different things. So how do you translate the message into plain English? Check out our quick guide to understanding the language of VCili.
You’re thinking about bringing a PR firm in to help your new start-up—but you’re wondering what, exactly, is it going to be doing for you, anyway? We explain how PR really happens, and how you can make the most of it for your company.
There’s a giant push for more female entrepreneurs right now, and it’s a great time to run after your dreams. But, it’s not always easy. Grace Ng shares her personal experience with a difficult—and unexpected—situation: What do you do when your co-founder wants to be something else?
Advice from Other Entrepreneurs
If the start-up world had fairy tales, Rent the Runway founders Jennifer Fleiss and Jennifer Hyman would be the main characters. We sat down with the incredible duo to hear more about how they turned a Thanksgiving Break idea into an opportunity that’s been taking the country by storm.
Women have been starting companies at an ever-increasing rate, and Ladies Who Launch might just top the list of those we can thank for the trend. We sat down with some of the brains behind the operation to get their advice for young female entrepreneurs.
Jean Brittingham, founder of SmartGirls Way, has worked with hundreds of female entrepreneurs to grow and sustain their businesses. Check out the most important lessons she’s learned from them, as well as from her own experience.