Dan Martell has serious startup cred. He founded two companies that got acquired (Spheric in 2008, Flowtown last year), is working on Clarity.fm, mentors at 500Startups and GrowLab, is an angel investor and answers questions of the startup helper organization Sprouter and blogs at Maple Butter. If you’re in a startup or thinking about starting or joining one, you’d do well to follow him on Twitter and check in on his writings from time to time.
If you’ve got questions about startups, you’re in luck: Dan has posted 189 answers to the most popular questions from Sprouter on Maple Butter. He answers such questions as:
- I’ve heard that people need to move to a ‘Valley’ to succeed. Is that true?
- What % of available time should I put into these: 1. Building Product, 2. Building Metrics/Usage Reports/KPI and 3. Raising Angel Investment?
- What’s the best way to find a co-founder for your startup?
- What are 3 things that make a startup team successful?
- How should I approach an angel investor?
- What is the best way to approach another startup for a potential partnership?
- What is your advice for dealing with criticism when starting/launching a new business or coming up with an idea? Should the idea or business be kept secret?
- How can we reward our top users without money and without appearing too big brotherish?
- What advice can you give us to avoid the fear of start our own company and not stay working for someone else?
- What’s the best startup advice you’ve ever received?
Important questions; interesting answers. Dan’s article is worth checking out.