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Pilot Companies

Pilot Companies

Since settling on a general business focus in June of last year, we have moved deliberately to develop our first product (as discussed in a prior post) and relied heavily on customer input to inform our critical design decisions. Done well, our framework has a few...
Capital Efficiency

Capital Efficiency

Building complex software takes time. Exactly how long? Great question. It’s one we get asked. A lot. And our answer has changed over time. At the outset, we only had a general sense of how much work was entailed. Months later, after spending countless hours on...
Shifting Gears

Shifting Gears

Six months in, and we’ve hit a key development milestone. One noteworthy upshot of this: after focusing heavily on building the foundation for our software platform to this point, we’re now ready to focus on customer-facing features. From a business standpoint, this...
Startups & Value Creation

Startups & Value Creation

Our goal at Gain Compliance is to create a valuable company. The measure of our success, ultimately, won’t be a passionate mission statement, great company culture, fulfilling work environment, compelling product, or mass adoption with satisfied customers. Don’t get...
409A Valuations

409A Valuations

In terms of the administrative and regulatory overhead of running a startup, the need to conduct a 409A valuation makes for an interesting discussion. The concept of this IRS rule is simple: a company must value its shares fairly and price its options accordingly....
Nuts and Bolts: Choosing a Healthcare Provider

Nuts and Bolts: Choosing a Healthcare Provider

This week, we choose a benefits provider for health insurance. As a company, we spent a decent amount of time researching and debating the relative merits of the options. Not very exciting, I realize, but this process is pretty typical of the day-to-day tasks and...
Quality vs. Speed

Quality vs. Speed

I was chatting with the owner of my neighborhood coffee shop last week. Her place is the antithesis of the Starbucks experience: locally-owned, single location, true artisanal approach (roasting done on premises, espressos are pulled by hand). Not only does this shop...
There are Hidden Costs in Pursuing New Markets

There are Hidden Costs in Pursuing New Markets

Whether you are contemplating a new business or looking at new market opportunities to drive growth within an existing company, there never seems to be a shortage of ideas around the next big market opportunity. Unfortunately, not all ideas are good ideas — nor are...
Team Building

Team Building

One asset of our founding team is its diverse expertise: we brought sufficient experience and knowledge to cover the bases necessary to get off and running. Leveraging overlapping skillsets, we were able to research and identify a market opportunity, draft a business...