F|R Crib Sheet: 15 Sites to Cut Your Startup Operating Costs

Clever founders always eke the most out of every buck. But economic conditions being what they are, even the best bootstrappers could use a little extra help.

By now you’ve probably heard of web sites like GasPriceWatch.com, GasBuddy and MSNAutos, which help consumers find the cheapest fuel prices at gas pumps in their geographic area. Such “cost-optimization” sites are now proliferating across all sorts of verticals directly relevant to your most basic startup operating expenses. We’ve assembled a list of a few we like that can help you shop for everything from health insurance to web hosting to wireless service plans and more. [digg=http://digg.com/business_finance/Crib_Sheet_15_Sites_to_Cut_Your_Startup_Operating_Costs]

If you’ve discovered, or possibly even built, additional tools for cutting commodity costs, please add them to our list via the comments section.
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VC Investments Rising In Russian WiMax Service Providers

Russians, like many other emerging telecom markets seem to be quite enamored with WiMAX wireless broadband technology. In past three months, three different WiMAX operators have raised close to $75 million in venture investments. The latest to get a bag full of VC cash is MetroMax, that has raised $20 million from Volga One River Capital Partners. Last month, Quadriga Capital Russia invested $15 million in Tascom, after a competitor, Enforta announced a $40 million round from Bessemer Venture Partners. All I have to say is raising $75 million in three months still pales in comparison to the $1.6 billion raised by Clearwire to get its WiMax network running.

So You Want to Be a “SaaS-y” Founder?

Editor’s Note: Founder and contributor Ben Yoskovitz has been involved with SaaS businesses (Software as a Service) for some 9 years. This includes his current startup, Standout Jobs . How to do “SaaS” right has been debated lately. VC Byron Deeter outlined Bessemer Venture Partners’ 10 Laws for Being “SaaS-y”, some of which were quickly disputed. At his Instigator Blog, Ben recently used his own experience to illustrate the good and bad of being a SaaS vendor, and how to do it better.

We’ve abbreviated Ben’s thoughts below, but here’s his whole post:Lessons Learned Running a SaaS Business.

Extending and responding to Byron’s 10 Laws, here are [my SaaS] lessons learned:

1. Monthly or Yearly Payments?

… as Byron points out, smart SaaS vendors will offer discounts for longer term commitments and payment up-front. “Pay me for a full year today and I’ll give you 2 months free…” This is a smart approach. Anything that helps you get money up-front is a good thing because it’s money you can absolutely bank on. Future potential earnings are not set in stone. And the more money you have in potential bookings the harder it is to plan. Read More about So You Want to Be a “SaaS-y” Founder?