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[ 4:31 PM PT – update: Carla just upped the ante to 6 from 4, so Karl, you’re in and there’s one more left.] The one thing every self-respecting startup founder needs is snazzy new business cards, so let me pass on to you an offer from Carla San Gaspar at Uprinting.com, an online printing company. The first four people to comment on this post will get 250 Die Cut Business Cards from Uprinting.com, free.…

For years, startups and their founders have built their products, then searched for their markets and prayed for the best. I won’t dignify this as a methodology – it’s rolling the dice, hopefully with somebody else’s money. If you want to roll the dice, go to Vegas. If you want to build a successful business producing software, then now is the time to learn about the Lean Startup approach. In one short year, Lean Startup…

Maybe because we’ve all been burned at one time or another by a boss or client who didn’t spec out the software we ended up trying to build. Or maybe it’s because we live in a world where everything that matters is true or false, none of this messy in-between stuff that’s impossible to code. Developers crave specificity, exactitude, precision. We are far better at dealing with 3.14159265358979323846264338327950288 than “a little more than 3” so…

It’s been an axiom of mine for a long time: everybody wants justice, but you’ve have to have the money to buy it. And for bootstrapping startups and microISVs, lawyering up even when you desperately need to has been too damn expensive. Legal River, a new Washington D.C based startup is standing that on its head. Instead of a sellers market based on relying on recommendations of friends or the local bar association, Legal River has created…

Late last night Google announced it would build Google Chrome OS – a new operating system initially for netbooks. The online tech media immediately did its version of over-the-top Michael Jackson-like coverage: TechCrunch’s “Google Drops A Nuclear Bomb On Microsoft. And It’s Made of Chrome” was typical. The announcement’s timing is strange: At 9:37 pm PT Google’s Sundar Pichai, VP Product Management and Linus Upson, Engineering Director up and decide it’s time to formally declare…

As some of you know, I’ve spent the last six months writing The Web Startup Success Guide. One giant – and personally uncomfortable – lesson learned in all those interviews was the finding the right partner or two could make a huge difference in whether your small software company will succeed. It’s not about getting funding – although your chances as a one-person company of getting even a smidgen of angel funding fit comfortably on…

Corey Maass, the creator of DubFiler, sent me an email he’s allowing me to share with you: If you have a minute, here’s a quick question I’m putting to the start-up people I know. I’m going this alone. I’ve asked a few people to get involved but haven’t found the right fit. I’m wondering if you agree with everything I’m reading that says, ‘under no circumstances go it alone!’. It’s been a question on my…

A friend of mine, Dave Collins (Shareware Promotions) has been trying to wrap his head around just what value Twitter offers for about the last month. “I’ve been asking this question so long that my throat’s starting to hurt. So this time I’m going to throw in a reward,” Dave said in this BOS post. “How do I use Twitter for my business?” He’s even offering a $100 Amazon gift certificate to get an answer…

An email I got today: Last month I sent you an email about selling your hats through our stores. I think they’d be a great fit. We work hand in hand with thousands of department stores, specialty shops, large chains, mail-order catalog companies and internet shopping sites. We look for products we think will sell to them, hence my email to you. If you’re interested in selling your hats to more stores visit us at…

What do you do when you’ve launched a startup and you want to get some attention on it? If you’re Amy Hoy, who’s made a hell of a good name for herself in the Ruby/Rails community, you and your team put together a killer free ebook that every other startup should read on credit card processing, complete with JavaScript validation code, ruby examples and checklists. And yes, I really mean you should get this ebook.…