Online resources for start-ups

By Jim Battey, InfoWorld |  Business

Entrepreneurial Edge - target="_new">edge.lowe.org

What you'll find: The site has a nice mix of how-to articles and links to
resources, and also useful tools such as business forms and financial templates. The
Digital Library features training materials on topics such as recruitment.

What you won't: The site lacks listings of jobs available at start-ups, and the
start-up section is comprised chiefly of links to external Web sites, as opposed to
original content.

The essentials: It is a useful, but not comprehensive, resource. This site is a
service provided by the Edward Lowe Foundation, a nonprofit organization set up to
assist entrepreneurs.


Garage.com - www.garage.com

What you'll find: Information, resources, and job listings are offered, with an
emphasis on securing venture capital. The Forums area features a broad range of feature
articles and FAQs addressing issues that relate to start-ups.

What you won't: Garage.com doesn't give you unfettered access to all of the
resources -- visitors must apply for a password in order to get into many of the
sections.

The essentials: Launched in 1998 by former Apple Computer evangelist Guy Kawasaki,
Garage.com is an excellent resource for information about leading venture
capitalists.


Startups.com - target="_new">www.startups.com

What you'll find: Plenty of useful advice and resources for start-up companies can
be found here. Included are tips on developing a business plan, sample legal documents,
and advice on valuing your company.

What you won't: Startups.com doesn't have any frills -- it is very straightforward
and easy to navigate. The site does not offer job listings, and it does not include
many links.

The essentials: While playing the venture capital game itself, Startups.com
dispenses a healthy dose of free advice and provides a solid collection of basic
information for fledgling companies.

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