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Every startup begins with a great idea. With a lot of hard work and a little bit of luck, that idea can become a tangible, real-life product. However, developing a product is only the first hurdle that companies have to clear. The next challenge is to find (and attract) customers who will buy that great idea. If a startup doesn’t have a strong plan to attract customers from the early stages of development, getting that…

Seeing a product idea become a tangible reality is the ultimate thrill for any startup, but getting to that point is another story. Before a product can begin to bring in revenue, startups must travel the long road from sketch, to prototype, to a manufactured product. To reach a manufactured product, the startup needs a manufacturer — and finding the right manufacturing partner is critical. The manufacturer will have a direct effect on the quality…

In the dark ages, before the first dot-com bubble of the 1990s, making a stock trade was an arcane process. You needed a broker — a physical human being with an office and a license and access to the infrastructure that powered securities transactions. You also needed a large amount of money because reputable brokers didn’t have time to waste on people making $100 trades on their lunch hour. Trading meant calling your broker, letting…