Idea Stage Startup Funding

I frequently complain about the lack of idea or seed stage funding available for Utah entrepreneurs. Sometimes, especially in the open source software era, and in era of internet marketing, a venture can be started with just a few thousand dollars. (FundingUtah.com cost only $2,000 to launch phase I. We're now finishing phase II and working on a couple possible revenue streams. We also own 70 more domains, so that if this site works in Utah, we may roll it out elsewhere.

Stock Options Vesting Based on Milestones, Not Calendar Months

The Entrepreneur's Manual has another powerful idea, one that I have never seen implemented. In all my years of working in and around high tech companies, I can't think of a single one that has ever rewarded employees and teams with stock options based on achieving milestones; rather, all the options plans I have ever seen are based on a 3-4 year vesting schedule. As long as you don't get fired, you get the stock, month after month.

Getting on the GSA Schedule

A friend of mine wants to get his web application listed on the GSA Schedule so he can sell to federal customers. There are apparently 8,600 approved vendors on the GSA Schedule. I found this link to the GSA web site, with typically hard-to-understand instructions.

Do any of my readers know the fastest way to get approved by GSA to sell to government agencies and federal customers?

The Entrepreneur’s Manual

As a huge fan of The Entrepreneur's Manual published in 1977, I've been wondering what happened to the author Richard M. White. This morning I received an email from a friend who found a 1995 San Jose Mercury news article that says Rich White passed away from cancer in 1995, five years after being diagnosed. Rich was born in North Carolina, received his business degree from Notre Dame, and spent his life starting companies and then helping others learn how to succeed in business. Chilton Publishing sold more than 300,000 copies of his book.

MyFamily.com CEO Departs

Dick Eastman has reported that Tom Stockham has left MyFamily.com where he has served as CEO for 3 1/2 years. I enjoyed working with Tom for several months. He always treated the MyFamily.com founders (including those who had been asked to leave earlier) with tremendous respect. He is a good man and a friend and I wish him all the best in his future endeavors.

Has This Page Been Indexed by Google?

Have you ever wondered if a particular page on your web site has been indexed by Google so that Google users can find it?

It's easy to find out. Here's how:

1. Download the Google toolbar (if you haven't already.)2. Under options, click Page Info Menu.3. Now, go to any web page.4. Use the Page Info Button on the toolbar menu (the blue circle with an "i" inside) and select "Cached Snapshot of Page"

If Google has already indexed this page, you'll see a snapshot of what the page looked like when it spidered your site.