Does Location Matter for Your Startup?

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Speaking at a gathering of young entrepreneurs a few years ago, Mark Zuckerberg surprised some in the audience by saying that if he could do it all over again, he would have stayed in Boston and founded Facebook there, not in Silicon Valley. “There’s a culture out here where people don’t commit to doing things, I feel like a lot of companies built outside of Silicon Valley seem to be focused on a longer-term,” he said. “You don’t have to move out here to do this.”

How To Avoid Common HR Mistakes

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Until recently, it was more or less the norm for companies of all sizes in the United States to offer benefits to their employees. But as we all know, the employment landscape has drastically changed. Today such benefit packages are increasingly rare – especially with early-stage startups. While companies with 51 or more employees are legally required to provide benefits, smaller companies are left to make tough decisions for themselves, balancing the desire to recruit top notch talent with the real costs of competitive benefit offerings.

Five Awesome Accelerators & A Startup

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It takes a village to start a company. GAN accelerators do a great job surrounding entrepreneurs with a supportive network, which is why we wanted you to know five awesome things GAN members are doing for the startup industry this past month!

How to Build a Happy Startup

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Startups often struggle to find a balance between hiring people for talent and hiring them for cultural fit. It’s a tough line to walk, since both are so important. Having considered case studies from companies like Airbnb and Rackspace, entrepreneur and tech writer Josh Althuser concludes: “If a prospective employee is slightly lacking in talent but is a culture fit, you can help them work on their weaknesses. But if an employee does not fit culturally, that’s a harder change to make. At the end of the day, maintaining the right equilibrium between talent and attitude will ensure you have the right team in place.”

The Biggest Deal Ever for Startups

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At GAN, we’re committed to doing whatever it takes to help our member startups maximize their potential. We’re continually searching for new and innovative ways to partner with founders so they can overcome the obstacles that threaten to derail their growth.