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How to create a proper NDA

Businesses in Colorado and throughout the nation may use a non-disclosure agreement, or NDA, as a way to protect confidential information. However, in some cases, it is better to not disclose it at all. It is also important to consider which party or parties will be disclosing such information. If only one party is going to be releasing confidential information, a one-way NDA may be appropriate.

Finding a creative exit for investors

Any entrepreneur who has ever had to raise funds, be it in Silicon Valley or Colorado, is well aware of the importance of offering their investors an exit strategy. After all, an investor can exit through one of two ways: an acquisition deal or an IPO. Unfortunately, most startups can spend their entire lives neither getting acquired nor going public.

Startups should reduce costs to increase their chance of survival

Startups, whether in Silicon Valley or Denver, Colorado, are infamous for being extremely lavish with their resources. Although this extravagance is explained as a necessary tool to attract and retain top talent, it often causes startups to experience undue stress and requires them to seek extra funding, which can be problematic in the long term. Moreover, it is worth pointing out that the notion of entrepreneurs being overindulgent with their startups is backed up by data as opposed to being purely anecdotal.

Financing advice for startup companies

Many new companies in Colorado inevitably run into the need for business loans. An injection of cash can help a growing enterprise keep up with rising demand or acquire new equipment or real estate. While startup companies generally lack the financial track record required to get a bank loan, the Small Business Administration and online lenders could provide access to money. Choosing the right amount to borrow without overextending a youthful business represents the crucial first step when seeking a loan.

Hidden costs involved in building a startup

For plenty of people living in Colorado, starting a business is a dream come true. After all, the autonomy and freedom that come with being self-employed are enviable, not to mention the ability to shape the world as one sees fit whether it's by selling scrumptious desserts or offering phenomenal customer care in the IT field.

Business accelerators and incubators

Entrepreneurs in Colorado who are interested in ways to expand their business may consider using business incubators or business accelerators. These two options can help entrepreneurs overcome the challenges associated with finding the money their business may need, but it is important that entrepreneurs know which one is appropriate for their situation.

Stock options may be easier to exercise

New tax rules may alter the way Colorado startup companies think about distributing equity to employees. If a startup offers stock options to at least 80 percent of its workforce, it may be possible to ease the tax consequence that come with them. In most cases, stock options must be exercised within 10 years. However, if an employee leaves the startup, those options may need to be exercised within three months.

How to balance family and business

Entrepreneurs in Colorado and elsewhere may think it impossible to both grow a business and a family at the same time. However, it can be possible to be a successful parent and entrepreneur simultaneously. It is important for someone to remain flexible after having a child as it may be difficult to create and stick to a plan for an extended period of time.

Why a new company may not make it

Entrepreneurs in Colorado may have a hard time maintaining profitability or steady growth when running a company. In fact, it is difficult to keep a company going for more than a year as only about 20 percent of businesses survive that long. While there are many reasons why a company could fail, there are a few main causes that startup owners should consider before beginning operations.