Invest in Real Estate or Stock Market

Average rate of return: Stock Market: 10% (before inflation). 7% (after inflation) Real Estate: 10% (especially in the San Francisco Bay Area) ROI based on own money or borrowed money: If you invest $100,000  in stocks, with a 10% ROI, you’ll get $10,000 in year 2. If you invest $100,000 in real estate (20% of […]

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How to Buy a House Competitively Without Overpaying

Buying a house can be extremely frustrating. The current system in place is full of issues that allow shady, unethical practices to take place. Unfortunately, changing the system isn’t easy and definitely not in the best interest of those who stand to benefit from such issues, e.g. conspiring real estate agents who artificially lie about a […]

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How to Find and Research (Pre) Foreclosure Houses / Properties

This information applies to properties in California (specifically, Alameda County). When a bank begins the foreclosure process, they must file a Notice of Default with the county clerk. You can search for all notices of default within a time period in a county by going the county clerk’s website. For Alameda county, that would be […]

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Doing Business in China

What’s the best way to do business in China? – Dan Harris the legal basics Manufacturing in China How to form a company in China – Dan Harris How to start a business in China: WFOE – Dan Harris Minimum Capital requirements for a WFOE WFOE Scope and here How to start a business in China: Representative Company – Dan […]

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List of Lawyer/Legal Resources

Orick’s Legal Documents for Startups – priceless Walker Law: Tips for Entrepreneurs Top Ten Legal Mistakes for Entrepreneurs Startup Law 101 – George Grellas Intellectual Property Law For Startups Blog Yoichiro “Yokum” Taku – Startup Company Lawyer Startup Law Blog – Davis Wright Tremaine, Joe Wallin Orrick – Startup Legal Tool Kit Goodwin, Proctor – Founders Workbench Law & Disorder: ARS Technica Legal Blog […]

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Web / Mobile Revenue Models

Web/Mobile Revenue Models – Fred Wilson Optimal Platform Pricing Strategies – Bill Gurley Dangers of Lifetime Value formula- Bill Gurley Advertising Revenue Models – Fred Wilson Subscription Revenue Models – Fred Wilson Peer to Peer Revenue Models – Fred Wilson Transaction Processing Revenue Models – Fred Wilson Licensing Revenue Models – Fred Wilson Mobile Revenue Models – Fred Wilson Gaming Revenue Models – Fred Wilson

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Public Relations (PR) for Tech Companies

Tech Reporters Contact Info – Conrad Egusa’s gift to us all Beginners Guide to PR Should Startups Announce their Funding – Marc Suster Should Startups target Tech Blogs? – Marc Suster 7 steps to get press coverage – Leo Widrich How to get media coverage – Leo Widrich Marketwire – low cost wire distribution service

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Executive / Advisory Board Compensation

The Funded Standard Advisor Template Comp Study – Executive Compensation Website– unbelievably useful Expert CEO Compensation page – also incredibly useful SaaS Sales Team Compensation – Philippe Botteri, Bessemer Venture Partners VentureHacks on Startup Advisory Boards – great basics

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Founder Equity Issues

Fred Wilson Advice and spreadsheet Employee Equity Dilution Appreciation Options Option “Strike Price” RSU’s (Restricted Stock Units) Vesting How Much? Intro to Stock and Options – David Weekly Venture Hacks equity section Dilution – Mark Suster Joel Spolsky Advice on fairness Awesome Valuation/Equity Calculator – OwnYourVenture Splitting the Founders Pie – Frank Demmler ScottEdWalker – this legal blog is gold for […]

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List of Intellectual Property (IP) Resources

Patents – U.S. Patent Office Trademarks – U.S. Patent Office Intellectual Property in the “Real World”– Antone Johnson “Nuts and Bolts” of Intellectual Property – Antone Johnson Intellectual Property for Startups – Mashtag

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