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Bootstrapping? Here are some ideas

Bootstrapping? Sourcing for capital is never an easy task. Thus some startups may have chosen to bootstrap during their first year. How to Bootstrap Your Startup? First and foremost, entrepreneurs who chose to bootstrap their startup will require discipline and fortitude! Next, below are some tips you may consider too. 1)  Shared office space Try to

To Hire a Hacker or Hustler First?

Why would a startup company want to hire a hacker as part of their staff setup? A good argument would be that hackers or developers possess skills that can be used positively. Someone who started out as a hacker breaking into network systems can make a turnaround and use the same skills to help a

How to ask for departure if your co-founder is not competent

Being an entrepreneur is challenging by itself and if you are in a partnership, the situation becomes all the more complex. In a partnership company, the competency and compatibility of both the partners are very important as there are professional as well as emotional factors involved, which if it is strong, the company and the

Top 5 Reasons Why Talents Refuse to Join Startups

It is not always easy when you are thinking of changing jobs. There are so many factors to take into consideration.  People around you will give you all sorts of advice and tips, but in the final analysis it is up to you and what your personal requirements are that should form the selection criteria.

Which role is the most critical to hire initially for a Startup?

Recruitment can be one of the most challenging aspects for a startup company. To pick out the most critical role to hire would be difficult. This is because the base staff itself would be few in number; as there are several areas to keep afloat right from day one – managerial, marketing, accounting, technical etc.

What are Hackers looking for when they join Startup?

Most developers, also called as ‘hackers’ when approached to join a new startup, would in all fairness wonder – what type of gamble would I be taking if I agree to join? It is a fair question and if truth be told, a gamble. But there are many positive reasons why hackers should grab the

Angel investor: Singapore must liberalize talent inflow and maintain open, balanced immigration policy

To describe Ben Chew as a busy man is an understatement. The co-founder of Startup Jobs Asia and current managing director of Strategia Ventures has a broad spectrum of business interests: he’s a business owner, entrepreneur, and angel investor. A graduate of Ngee Ann Polytechnic with a diploma in electronic and computer engineering, Ben is also a Chartered Certified Accountant and

Should a Startup pay Headhunters for Any Hiring?

When starting any new business venture one is faced with a whole lot of tasks, not the least of which is hiring the right staff. After locating appropriate business premises and furnishing the office, the next step would be to fill the empty desks and chairs! Computers may be the need of the day to

Top 5 Reasons Why Startups Fail

Did you know that 90% of startups fail? Having to watch your own business fail is bad enough but not knowing the reason for failure is worse. Some say its luck, while others say it’s the economy. What are the actual reasons that startups fail? 1.  Founders give up  After listening to stories after stories

What Entices Talent to Join another Startup Competitor?

Many people feel that they are stagnating in their present job. Years of putting their back to the grindstone have not been very rewarding. Is it time to look for another job that could be more fulfilling career-wise, and more lucrative? Since there are dozens of job offers being advertised, it is not easy to