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About Dharmesh Shah

Dharmesh Shah is a serial software entrepreneur. He is the author of the widely read startup blog OnStartups.com which focuses on advice and ideas for startup founders and management teams. Dharmesh is also the co-founder of HubSpot.com, a software company building applications that help small businesses transform their website into a marketing machine.
The Startup Spouse: On Risks, Trade-Offs And Never Sleeping On The Floor
Rewards aren't without risk
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“He who sleeps on the floor will not fall off the bed.” ~Robert Gronock “I quit my job today,” announced …

Startup Advice In Three Words

For some reason, I like wordsmithing and trying to make phrases smaller (but still have some meaning).   So, late …

You Can Create Publicity Without A PR Firm

I came across a great article today by Jason Calacanis on the topic of PR for startups.  Jason Calacanis is …

Business of Software 2008 In Boston

If you read this blog, there’s a pretty good chance you’re somehow involved in the business of software.  By that, …

6 Simple Startup-Building Steps

Here are the six simple steps for building a startup (in this case, a software startup). 1.  Figure out what …

Web 2.0 and Bubble Stages

Don Dodge posted an interesting article recently on his blog titled "Web 2.0 = Bubble 2.0". The part that really …

Can Venture Capital Be More Like EC2 and S3?

I’m becoming an increasingly big fan of infrastructure services like Amazon’s EC2 and S3. The reason is simple: You pay …

Student Entrepreneurs – Pay Attention

I did the opening presentation at MIT’s Underground 2008 event  for student entrepreneurs. My hat’s off to Albert Park and …

Uncommon Questions For A Startup

Venture capitalists have a hard job.  The good ones have to pick a small number of investments from a large …

The Early Days of Startups

My favorite stage of a startup is the early, early days. This is when things are the most chaotic, resources …

The Web Innovators Meetup

I attended the Web Innovators Group meetup in Cambridge, MA. I’m a long-time attender of these meetings and can remember back …

Take a Good Look at Your Startup Description
How NOT To Describe Your Startup

I’m subscribed to a Yahoo! group that occasionally gets a post from recruiters looking for candidates for startups. Though I …

Startup SaaS Maturity Levels
From Chaos to Utopia

I’ve recently been thinking a lot and discussing with my colleagues at HubSpot the implications of Saas (Software as a …

When You Might Not Need a Startup Lawyer
Sometimes You Need One, Sometimes You Don't

First off, let me begin with a disclaimer: I AM NOT A LAWYER, I don’t play one on TV and …

Don’t Blow Your Limited Resources
Use them wisely...

Early-Stage Startup: "We’ve designed the system to handle millions of users and be fault-tolerant so that there is no single …

Why Startups Have Less Dilbertian, Pointy-Haired Bosses
Have You Been Subjected to one?

If the title of this article made you smile, then chances are that at some point in your life you’ve …

A Real Market Of A Few Is Better Than A Mythical Market Of Millions

I talk to entrepreneurs all the time that are very excited about their idea because “…the market opportunity consists of …

Startups – The Involved Vs. The Committed

I’m going to refrain from starting this off with the story about the chicken and the pig (there’s something about …