The 7 Secret Keys to Startup Success: What You Need to Know to Win

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The 7 Secret Keys to Startup Success: What You Need to Know to Win

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Finally, a new kind of business startup bookpacked full of  practical advice plus essential  legal information you really need but don’t get in business school or anywhere else!

The 7 Secret Keys to Startup Success is the one book every entrepreneur should have. David J. Muchow, an award-winning, thirty-year serial entrepreneur and lawyer, gives you practical legal and business advice covering every aspect of entrepreneurship—and it’s fun to read! It includes all the basics of building and growing a business—management, fundraising, marketing, intellectual property, and risk management—plus much more, like how to avoid the hidden mistakes that cause “Startup Suicide” and kill 80 percent of startups in the first year. There are also model legal forms and charts along with fun-to-read stories and examples.
Muchow, who teaches law, business, and entrepreneurship at Georgetown University, has advised hundreds of businesses on how to succeed. The book reveals key mistakes that can kill businesses. For example, blogging about your new products can prevent getting a patent. And giving away too much equity and picking the wrong partners can be fatal. At the macro level, the book describes why the US should create a National Ecosystem to Support Startups (NESS) to increase our competitiveness, which could take startups from a concept to commercialization in just ninety days and speed up the patent process.

This unique guide, which focuses on both the business and legal aspects of startups, is a must-have for every aspiring entrepreneur, small business owner, startup incubator, student, and for business and law schools.
In The7 Secret Keys to Startup Success, you will learn:

  • How to cut legal expenses and manage lawyers
  • How to fire employees and partners without getting sued
  • Patent, trademark and copyright strategies and tricks
  • How to raise money without SEC problems
  • How to avoid the financial “Valley of Death”
  • What “to do” but also “what not to do" to avoid “startup suicide.”
Business books can be fun! Enjoy the many business stories, such as how Ivanka Trump was sued for trademark infringement over her Hettie Sandal design and Oprah Winfrey’s battle to protect her intellectual property for O Magazine. At the end of each chapter are examples, inspired by Muchow’s years as a foreign agent and federal prosecutor, which demonstrate the principles in that chapter. They’re told by Professor Scooter Magee, the Startup Expert, as he helps startups prevent Startup Suicide and achieve success while fighting the CIA and others. Think Professor Indiana Jones in Raiders of the Lost Ark meets Bar Rescue or Silicon Valley! Enjoy Scooter’s adventures while learning the critical real-life startup legal and business lessons that can help you be successful.
In short, The 7 Secret Keys to Startup Success is a new kind of startup book—it’s like having both an expert attorney and a consultant by your side every step of the way on your startup’s journey to success—while enjoying the ride!

David J. Muchow is a thirty-year business expert, serial entrepreneur, corporate lawyer, and inventor who has advised hundreds of business. He teaches Law, Business, and Entrepreneurship at Georgetown, turns ideas into publicly traded companies, is a former DOJ prosecutor, and served at the NSC, OMB, and on Capitol Hill.