Barter, A Pandemic Success Story

Barter, A Pandemic Success Story

Barter, a system of exchanging goods and services for other goods and services, has been around since 6000 BC or thereabouts. While largely overlooked in these days of formal monetary systems, bartering has outlived countless conflicts, epidemics, Acts of God and,...
The NDA as a Noncompete Lite

The NDA as a Noncompete Lite

A new noncompete law takes effect in Massachusetts on October 1, 2018.  Employers will be well served making sure that their noncompetes meet the new requirements.  Local companies will be even better served by paying attention to their Nondisclosure Agreements...
Test Run Misconceptions

Test Run Misconceptions

Question:  When is a test run not a test run?  Answer:  When cash-strapped entrepreneurs are involved.  I’ve observed many pilot production runs, for food, health-and-beauty, and CPG products.  Most were mandated by contract manufacturers as a necessary pre-production...
600 Lbs of Contract Manufacturing Lessons

600 Lbs of Contract Manufacturing Lessons

Contract manufacturing is the engine that propels many a small business.  Few startups have the equipment, experience and money needed to produce in-house.  A contract manufacturer can be a trusted partner, tweaking prototypes and offering suggestions, recommending...
The Reluctant Entrepreneur

The Reluctant Entrepreneur

The Curious Case of the Reluctant Entrepreneur.   A hitherto unknown Conan Doyle story?  No, rather the tale of a founder, “Olivia,” who refused to change her business model when faced with negative investor feedback.   What should have been a relatively simple change...
Don’t Skimp on Legal Advice

Don’t Skimp on Legal Advice

As a startup advisor these many years, I have grown accustomed to working with clients who choose their own paths.  My advice can fall upon deaf ears.  Twas ever thus.  Had my entrepreneurial clients been accustomed to following others’ directions, it’s likely they...

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