HDTV buying guide

Walking into an electronics store and being faced with a wall of large panel HDTVs can be daunting. Then you’re made to feel like an idiot when the sales person starts spewing statistics and acronyms that sound like a combination of Latin and calculus. Buying a flat screen HDTV is far easier than store sales staffs for electronics “experts” make it. You need only consider four questions, all of which can be answered before you step foot into a store.

LCD vs Plasma

There are two basic types of flat-panel TVs currently on the market: Plasmas and LCDs. Generally speaking, LCD HDTVs reflect ambient light better than plasma and, therefore, are more appropriate for bright rooms. However, plasmas generally perform far better in darker rooms, so if you can control the light in the room, you want a plasma.

LCDs are sometimes advertised with technology that can create extra frames between each “actual” frame of footage, sometimes called 120 Hz or, now, 240 Hz. This technology compensates for an inherent problem with LCD technology. Each pixel in an LCD is powered and lit separately, which takes time, measured in milliseconds (8 ms pixel response is too high; the average is around 4 ms.) Each time your picture moves, a new array of LCD pixels have to flicker on and off, which causes the picture to lag or “judder.” LCD HDTV manufacturers compensate by creating technologies, such as 120 Hz which doubles the TV’s frame rate, to compensate what this pixel lag. Without these compensating technologies, you get what’s called “motion blur,” faint image ghosts that follow fast-moving objects such as baseballs, jet planes or text scrolls across the screen. Plasmas work differently and don’t require any compensating technologies. In fact, pixel response isn’t even listed among a plasma TV’s specs.

The best way to decide if you need 120Hz technology or not is to see it in person on a film. Some people think the technology helps make the picture more smooth, while others claim the technology can detract from the “film look,” and be a distraction.

Finding the right size TV

After you nail down your choice of LCD vs Plasma, the next two factors when deciding what size TV to buy are budget (we’ll get to that in a second) and distance away from the TV. Generally speaking, viewers can sit as close as 1.5 times the screen diagonal size. For you non-math professors, take the distance you’re sitting away from the TV, divide it by 1.5 and you’ll have your ideal diagonal TV size. For example, if you’re sitting six feet (72-inches) away from your TV, the right size TV will be right around 48-inches.

Connections

You might already have a wealth of devices plugged into your current set, be it game consoles, VCRs and DVD players, or maybe you even plug in your camcorder or other video device through the traditional red, white and yellow connections known as RCA connections. All HDTVs will include composite inputs, which hook up older devices, but many HDTVs come with new connections like Component video and HDMI connections. HDMI, which stands for High Definition Multimedia Interface, conveys all the digital video and multi-channel (i.e. surround sound) audio from newer home theater components like a high-definition cable box, DVD player or game console using a single cable.

When buying an HDTV, ask yourself: how many HDMI devices will you be connecting? The aforementioned DVD player, high definition cable box or satellite TV receiver? A high-definition video game system? A high definition camcorder? A streaming media component such as an Apple TV or Netflix box?

If you’ve got the cash, avoid the “that’s really all I need now” syndrome. Even though technology is constantly shifting, you’ll be keeping this TV for a long time. If you hear yourself saying “that’s all I need now,” think about an HDTV with more HDMI inputs than the set you’re about to settle on.

Most HDTVs offer at least two HDMI inputs. Our advice: get one with at least three. Who knows what HDMI gadgets the future will bring that you’ll be drooling after?

Of course, the number of HDMI jacks is superfluous if you plan on connecting your HDTV to an A/V receiver. The receiver’s number of HDMI inputs now become the issue.

Price

You’d think budget would be the first question you’d want to ask, but bear in mind you’re going to be looking at your HDTV likely for multiple hours a day for many many years. Analyize exactly what kind of buyer you are. Are you looking for the latest-and-greatest TV where price is no object? Do you like extras like internet connectivity and multiple inputs? Is a middle-of-the-road set ok, where you get an adequate balance of form and function? Or, are you strapped for cash and just need something to replace a dying TV? Be sure that if you’re a budget buyer now, that you’re not going to be adding components in the future, nor will you miss those extra features.

Spending a couple of extra dollars will not only get you a bigger set, but probably more HDMI jacks and/or better video processing. Digital HDTVs often have trouble with unstable images such as fog, fire or water, which can look digitized as the screen wrestles to render them accurately, as well as skin tones in close-ups. Extra processing makes all these difficult-to-render aspects smoother.

The best time of year to buy a new HDTV is January/February just before the SuperBowl, or September/October. These are times when stores try to sell off existing inventory just before new fall sets arrive for the holiday season, then again right after the holiday shopping season and the annual Consumer Electronics Show, when most manufacturers unveil new sets that will reach store walls in the spring. You may even find a bargain by buying a floor sample during these transition periods.

Marketing tricks

You will be bombarded by a lot of  HDTV specification data, which companies use to try to differentiate their product. While they my sound important, marketing terms are largely hogwash.

1080p vs 720p

These two numbers indicate the highest resolution a TV can deliver, expressed as lines of resolution – 1080p indicates 1,080 lines, 720 indicates (duh) 720 lines. You’ll often see an HDTV described as 1920 x 1080p, which indicates total pixels – each line of a TV is comprised of pixels. Multiple the two numbers and you find a 1080p HDTV has more than two million pixels, a 720p set a little less.

The “p” stands for “progressive scan,” which means a TV scans and displays the picture in the fastest and purest form possible.

Why should you ignore these numbers? Nearly all HDTVs from the major manufacturers offer so-called “full HD” 1080p on all sizes of their HDTVs, certainly all HDTVs 50 inches and larger. Some smaller and less expensive HDTVS (yes, even a 42-inch panel is now considered small) are available at 720p, which is fine and might save you a couple of hundred dollars since below 50 inches, we find it difficult to discern the difference between 1080p and 720p, especially from a distance.

Energy

You’ll hear that plasma TVs use more energy than LCD TVs. Technically correct, but misleading. An LCD TV drains at a constant rate regardless of what’s on the screen. Plasmas draw power depending on what’s being displayed – brighter scenes draw more power, darker scenes less power. Over time, plasmas may cost a bit more to operate, but we don’t find the difference worth fussing about.

Burn-in

Plasma HDTVs used to suffer from this problem in which the ghost of an image stayed behind on a screen, especially static images such as static logos or program guide grids. Used to be a problem – it’s not any more. Any sales person trying to steer you to an LCD HDTV by using “burn-in” as a wedge should be ignored.

Screen life

You’ll see HDTVs with life spans rated in hours – 60,000, 80,000, 100,000. This sounds as if your TV may die in a few years. However, do the math and you’ll see it’s a selling point for manufacturers that doesn’t really matter.

Let’s say the HDTV you’re considering has a rated life of 80,000 hours. If you watch your HDTV eight hours a day, 365 days a year, that’s just 2,920 hours and means your TV will bring you high definition happiness for more than 27 years – and that’s only to half brightness.  You can safely ignore the rated screen life number.

Extended Warranty

Save yourself a few hundred dollars. HDTVs don’t have any moving parts, so if anything will go wrong with your set it will happen sooner rather than later, i.e., well within the manufacturer’s warranty period. We find buying an extended warranty on an HDTV is a complete waste of money.

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BlackBerry Bold vs. iPhone 3G

My phone, 9300i seems like ‘buat-hal’. well, since Hazeeq dropped it last week, dah x ble nk tutup da cover dier. bole tu bole, tp tak rapat. so, i m lookin forward for a new gadget (dah start ngade2 huhuh)

Take two very similar devices, put them up against each other, and you get BlackBerry Bold vs. iPhone 3G.

How do they match up?

The BlackBerry Bold is very well built, and should last as long as you would like it to, barring any kind of abuse on the light weight device.

The iPhone 3G is also built very well, the inside engineering is great, the glass is precision-laser-cut, and it should be able to stand a bit more abuse than that of the BlackBerry.

How do they look?

The BlackBerry Bold looks very clean and sharp. The face is black, the sides are chrome, and the back is black leather. The layout of the phone is simple and easy to understand.

The iPhone 3G is undoubtedly a world icon as far as mobile phones go these days. The 3G comes in only two colors; black or white. Although the 3G appears small, most of the commonly used features are accessible.

The BlackBerry Bold is larger in size than the 8800, and is the largest in size since the 8700. The Bold may be a little much in one hand for some people, but the keyboard accounts for much of the space, and most likely, two hands will be used for the keyboard.

The iPhone 3G is slimmer, and easier to hold in one hand than the Bold, but obviously doesn’t have the larger keyboard.

The screen of the BlackBerry Bold is excellent. Graphics, content, videos, it all looks great on the Bold thanks to the dense ppi ratio.

The screen of the iPhone 3G is not far behind that of the Bold. Make entire use of the 3.5″ screen while not using the virtual keyboard. Web browsing, email, and videos all look great on the screen of the 3G.

The keyboard of the Bold is excellent. The look, the layout, and the feel of the keyboard is all good.

The keyboard of the iPhone is virtual, which may be nice to some people, but not so nice to others. If you are looking for the real feel of the keyboard then the virtual may not do.

How well do they operate?

Many people love the operating system of the BlackBerry, it does what it’s supposed to do, and users seem to find all of the tricks in which to get all of the usability out of it.

The operating system of the iPhone is said to be the most technologically advanced, out of any other mobile operating system in the world.

As far as general usage goes regarding battery life, the Bold seems to last a littel bit longer than that of the iPhone. You can probably expect to get the same usage out of the Bold battery, as that of any other BlackBerry.

The call quality of each phone seems to be very good, the iPhone might get the slightest edge as sounding a bit more natural than the Bold.

What about email?

On the iPhone reading email may be second to none, however, everything else even related to email is better on the BlackBerry. Using the keyboard on the BlackBerry makes working with email fast and easy. You might say that email on the BlackBerry is almost perfect?

How are these phones for business use?

The BlackBerry can handle anything that you would normally do from Outlook on your Exchange server, and it is a perfect desktop extension. The BlackBerry is said to be the most secure device in the world for business use.

The iPhone needs more testing with its security, the device deployment tools need some work, which leaves the iPhone with more to prove in the business world.

What can I expect to pay?

The BlackBerry Bold is somewhere in the range of $199-$299 with a 2 year contract, and the iPhone is $199 at 8GB and $299 at 16GB, so the pricing seems to be fairly equal between the two.

Which phone is better overall?

Really neither phone is that much better than the other. The Bold is the best BlackBerry up until now, and it is great for business use. The iPhone is a consumer device, and most of the original problems have already been addressed. It all comes down to what you like and what you really want in a phone. Each phone is great in its own right, so the battle really comes down to you, the consumer.

What do you think; BlackBerry Bold, or iPhone 3G?

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p/s : tp skrg da ada blackberry storm & iPhone 3Gs … nnti lah buat comparison yg lain plak huhuh

My few cents about futsal

  • A great team doesn’t have the best players but has the best teamwork
  • look for a player who improves the team, not one who wants the stardom
  • keep your first touches simple until we find our rhythm
  • matches are decided by moments where you play with great intensity
  • scoring in thes intense moments is the difference between success and failure
  • face the opponents, dont turn your backs on the balls
  • the most important player is the goalkeeper; has the opportunity to play outfield, and his quality of passing and reading of the game makes him the most decisive player in winning a match
  • a team has been together for a long time – have a certain maturity and knowledge of the game – try to focus on reaching the next level by improving the players’ decision making and visual awareness

kata uwan, utk hilangkan ketakutan

لَقَدْ جَاءكُمْ رَسُولٌ مِّنْ أَنفُسِكُمْ عَزِيزٌ عَلَيْهِ مَا عَنِتُّمْ حَرِيصٌ عَلَيْكُم بِالْمُؤْمِنِينَ رَؤُوفٌ رَّحِيمٌ

At-Taubah [128] Sungguh, telah datang kepadamu seorang Rasul dari kaummu sendiri, berat terasa olehnya penderitaanmu, sangat menginginkan (keimanan dan keselamatan) bagimu, amat belas kasihan lagi penyayang terhadap orang-orang mukmin.

فَإِن تَوَلَّوْاْ فَقُلْ حَسْبِيَ اللّهُ لا إِلَـهَ إِلاَّ هُوَ عَلَيْهِ تَوَكَّلْتُ وَهُوَ رَبُّ الْعَرْشِ الْعَظِيمِ

At-Taubah [129] Jika mereka berpaling (dari keimanan), maka katakanlah: “Cukuplah Allah bagiku; tidak ada Tuhan selain Dia. Hanya kepada-Nya aku bertawakkal dan Dia adalah Tuhan yang memiliki ‘Arsy yang agung”.

Renungan

Dr.Fadhilah Kamsah menulis ……..

Assalammualaikum. …..
Masa saya kecik-kecik dulu,mak selalu sangat suruh saya habiskan belen-belen( sisa-sisa) nasik yang dia makan …dan pagi-pagi sebelum pergi sekolah,mak akan tuangkan air teh untuk saya minum itu dan macam biasa,mesti ada sikit belen … tapi taklah everytime secara puratanya seminggu sekali mesti ada mak suruh buat macam itu …
Dan sampailah saya dah besar panjang nie pun situasi ni still berjalan ….either belen makanan mak atau abah … tapi kalau belen makanan anak-anak memang jadi satu kepantangan bagi mak atau abah untuk habiskan… kami kena habiskan sendiri atau akan dihabiskan oleh adik beradik yang lain … samada kami perasan atau tidak ….so satu hari itu tergerak nak tanya pasal isu ini kat mak …
Akhirnya mak dedahkan bahawa memang purposely dia buat macam itu sebab itu petua yang dia dapat dari arwah mak mentua dia sendiri …arwah tok perempuan kami lah sebelah abah …mak kata,supaya hati anak-anak sentiasa melekat kat mak bapak…dan saya sendiri akui kesannya …..makin umur kita meningkat,hati kita senantiasa belas tengok mak bapak kita yang makin tua itu..
Kalau kena marah ke kena tengking ke memang kami adik beradik diam membisu..jer lah namanya nak menjawab balik memang tak dak walaupun kita tahu yang kita betul dan mak pesan,dah ada anak sendiri esok …jangan sekali-kali makan lebihan makanan anak… samalah ceritanya ..dan mak kata jugak, pagi-pagi jumaat masa dia bancuh air untuk kami semua,dia akan selawat 3 x dan berdoa semoga kami sel amat pergi dan selamat balik …dan guru saya pesan, antara kesan terbesar bagi ibu bapa yang tidak menunaikan solat maghrib ialah,mereka- mereka ini akan Allah cabut rasa hormat anak terhadap mereka … solat berjemaahlah dengan anak-anak tiap kali waktu maghrib … kalau ada lebih dari sorang anak,suruh sorang azan dan sorang Qiam … kemudian berganti-ganti bacakan doa lepas solat… ini yang kami sekeluarga amalkan sampai sekarang …
Saya personally memang cukup malu kalau tak sempat solat jamaah maghrib dengan mak abah secara praktiknya,inilah yang paling paling paling berkesan sekali ….tak caya try buat …solat jamaah dengan anak-anak tiap kali maghrib …. dapat semua waktu lagi baik …sangat besar ‘rahsia’ dan peranan dapur rupa-rupanya. ..dan jugak kesan solat jamaah walau hanya bagi waktu maghrib.
“Apabila kita kejar dunia,dunia akan lari; tetapi apabila kita kejar akhirat, dunia akan mengejar kita”. Just to ambil iktibar untuk mendidik diri & family.Usia dunia sudah terlalu hampir ke penghujungnya, terlalu! So,it’s good if we can remind each other because in Rasulullah’s last sermon,baginda pun did mention that all those who listen to him (on shall pass on his words to others,and those to others again; and may the last ones understand his words better than those who listen to him directly…
Yang baik datang dari Allah & yang kurang itu is from my weaknesses. Do impart this knowledge; you’ll lose nothing. Wallahu A’lam… Terima Kasih

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At-Talaq [2] ……dan sesiapa yang bertakwa kepada Allah (dengan mengerjakan suruhanNya dan meninggalkan laranganNya), nescaya Allah akan mengadakan baginya jalan keluar (dari segala perkara yang menyusahkannya),

At-Talaq [3] Serta memberinya rezeki dari jalan yang tidak terlintas di hatinya dan (Ingatlah), sesiapa berserah diri bulat-bulat kepada Allah, maka Allah cukuplah baginya (untuk menolong dan menyelamatkannya). Sesungguhnya Allah tetap melakukan segala perkara yang dikehendakiNya. Allah telahpun menentukan kadar dan masa bagi berlakunya tiap-tiap sesuatu.

How to Name Your Business

What’s in a business name? Plenty. Not only must your name reflect your brand and be memorable, there are also a host of legal issues to consider. Here’s how to choose a name that’ll best suit your business.

What’s in a name? A lot, when it comes to small-business success. The right name can make your company the talk of the town; the wrong one can doom it to obscurity and failure. If you’re smart, you’ll put just as much effort into naming your business as you did into coming up with your idea, writing your business plan and selecting a market and location. Ideally, your name should convey the expertise, value and uniqueness of the product or service you’ve developed.

There’s a lot of controversy over what makes a good business name. Some experts believe that the best names are abstract, a blank slate upon which to create an image. Others think that names should be informative, so customers know immediately what your business is. Some believe that coined names (names that come from made-up words) are more memorable than names that use real words. Others think most coined names are eminently forgettable. In reality, any type of name can be effective if it’s backed by the appropriate marketing strategy.

Do It Yourself?

Given all the considerations that go into a good company name, shouldn’t you consult an expert, especially if you’re in a field in which your company name will be visible and may influence the success of your business? And isn’t it easier to enlist the help of a naming professional?

Yes. Just as an accountant will do a better job with your taxes and an ad agency will do a better job with your ad campaign, a naming firm will be more adept at naming your firm than you will. Naming firms have elaborate systems for creating new names, and they know their way around the trademark laws. They have the expertise to advise you against bad name choices and explain why others are good. A name consultant will take this perplexing task off your hands–and do a fabulous job for you in the process.

The downside is cost. A professional naming firm may charge anywhere from a few thousand dollars to $35,000 or more to develop a name. The benefit, however, is that spending this money now can save you money in the end. Professional namers may be able to find a better name–one that is so recognizable and memorable, it will cut down your costs in the long run. They have the expertise to help you avoid legal hassles with trademarks and registration–problems that can cost you plenty if you end up choosing a name that already belongs to someone else. And they are familiar with design elements, such as how a potential name might work on a sign or stationery.

If you can spare the money from your startup budget, professional help could be a solid investment. After all, the name you choose now will affect your marketing plans for the duration of your business. If you’re like most small-business owners, though, the responsibility for thinking up a name will be all your own. The good news: By following the same basic steps professional namers use, you can come up with a meaningful moniker that works . . . without breaking the bank.

What Does It Mean?

Start by deciding what you want your name to communicate. To be most effective, your company name should reinforce the key elements of your business.

Gerald Lewis, whose consulting firm, CDI Designs, specializes in helping retail food businesses, uses retail as an example. “In retailing,” Lewis explains, “the market is so segmented that [a name must] convey very quickly what the customer is going after. For example, if it’s a warehouse store, it has to convey that impression. If it’s an upscale store selling high-quality foods, it has to convey that impression. The name combined with the logo is very important in doing that.” So the first and most important step in choosing a name is deciding what your business is.

Should your name be meaningful? Most experts say yes. The more your name communicates to consumers, the less effort you must exert to explain it. Alan Siegel, chairman and CEO of Siegel & Gale, an international communications firm, believes name developers should give priority to real words or combinations of words over fabricated words. He explains that people prefer words they can relate to and understand. That’s why professional namers universally condemn strings of numbers or initials as a bad choice. On the other hand, it is possible for a name to be too meaningful. Naming consultant S.B. Master cautions business owners need to beware of names that are too narrowly defined. Common pitfalls are geographic names or generic names. Take the name “San Pablo Disk Drives” as a hypothetical example. What if the company wants to expand beyond the city of San Pablo, California? What meaning will that name have for consumers in Chicago or Pittsburgh? And what if the company diversifies beyond disk drives into software or computer instruction manuals?

Specific names make sense if you intend to stay in a narrow niche forever. If you have any ambitions of growing or expanding, however, you should find a name that is broad enough to accommodate your growth. How can a name be both meaningful and broad? Master makes a distinction between descriptive names (like San Pablo Disk Drives) and suggestive names. Descriptive names tell something concrete about a business–what it does, where it’s located and so on. Suggestive names are more abstract. They focus on what the business is about. Would you like to convey quality? Convenience? Novelty? These are the kinds of qualities that a suggestive name can express.

For example, Master came up with the name “Italiatour” to help promote package tours to Italy. Though it’s not a real word, the name “Italiatour” is meaningful. Right away, you recognize what’s being offered. But even better, the name “Italiatour” evokes the excitement of foreign travel. “It would have been a very different name if we had called it ‘Italytour,'” says Master. “But we took a foreign word, ‘Italia,’ but one that was very familiar and emotional and exciting to English speakers, and combined it with the English word ‘tour.’ It’s easy to say, it’s unique, it’s unintimidating, but it still has an Italian flavor.”

Before you start thinking up names for your new business, try to define the qualities that you want your business to be identified with. If you’re starting a hearth-baked bread shop, for example, you might want a name that conveys freshness, warmth, and a homespun atmosphere. Immediately, you can see that names like “Kathy’s Bread Shop” or “Arlington Breads” would communicate none of these qualities. But consider the name “Open Hearth Breads.” The bread sounds homemade, hot, and just out of the oven. Moreover, if you diversified your product line, you could alter the name to “Open Hearth Bakery.” This change would enable you to hold onto your suggestive name without totally mystifying your established clientele.

What Investors Look For in a Plan

From venture capitalists to angel investors, here’s what your business plan needs to include to catch the eye of startup investors.
September 12, 2005
By Tim Berry

Although you definitely need a business plan to find investors, your plan alone–no matter how good it is–isn’t enough to attract investors. The investment decision depends on a lot of other factors: the business team and its track record, the product you’ll be selling, the competitive advantage you have and what your market is, among others. By itself, your plan is like an automobile engine–the car won’t go anywhere without it. But the engine alone isn’t enough to make the car go, and you need to recognize this from the beginning.

Another important point to understand is that investors are not all the same. At the high end, there are a few thousand venture capitalists working for a few hundred venture capital firms. At the low end, you have friends and family. And in the middle, there are tens of thousands of private investors called “angels.”

The venture capitalists are the most demanding. They fund only a few thousand plans per year, and they have to reduce their risks because they’re investing other people’s money. They probably won’t consider your venture unless you’re introduced to them first because they have no other way to screen and process all the proposals they get. They aren’t sharks or bad people–they’re just professional managers doing their job. They won’t steal your idea: The last thing they want is another business idea without a team to implement it. Therefore, when they search for investment vehicles, they look for the following:

  • A management team with a proven track record. Yes, that often means they won’t fund your plan because you don’t have experience, but you don’t have experience because they won’t fund your plan. Deal with it. If this is the case, look for angel investors or friends and family (and keep reading).
  • A defensible product with a competitive advantage. It’s easier to predict the success of a tangible product than it is a service, which is why service businesses are rarely interesting to venture capitalists. Of course, there is the occasional exception, such as Netflix, the popular home delivery service for DVD movie rentals, for example.
  • Reasonable valuation. Divide the amount you plan to take as investment by the percent of ownership you’re offering to give in exchange. For example, offering 50 percent of a company for $5 million means you’re valuing your company at $10 million. An outrageous valuation shows investors you may still have your head in the clouds.
  • A clear statement of the investment offering Check with your attorneys about the legality of your offering, including how much equity for how much money you’re planning to offer this time through, and the planned future dilution for later rounds of investment.

Other things that interest venture capitalists include:

  • A shot at increasing the value of the company from whatever they think it is now to about 100 times that in three to five years.
  • A plan that requires at least a $3 million investment–in fact, the more the better. Your plan has to show that the money is carefully planned and really needed.
  • A plan that has several other similar investors ready to invest at the same time. Venture capitalists find safety in numbers so they don’t want to be the only investor in a deal.
  • A clearly stated exit strategy. Investors like to see that you’ve thought ahead to how they’re going to get their money back on the deal.

Angel investors are harder to predict. They’re usually wealthy individuals or small groups who invest in different ways. Most of them look at almost the same factors as venture capitalists. Some of them, however, will consider lesser investment amounts and will even invest alone. They often specialize in a specific type of business, such as retail or technology, perhaps because they know that sector well.

When it comes to friends and family, I can’t tell you what they’ll look for because they’re your friends and family. I can tell you to be very careful about seeking friends and family to invest in your new venture because businesses frequently fail and you don’t want to lose your friends and family when you lose your business. And don’t make the deal based on a handshake–you should treat your deals with friends and family just as you would with a professional investor.

I can also tell you that you absolutely must check with an attorney before taking any type of investment for your startup. There are laws that control private investment; most of them were enacted to prevent stock fraud. And selling stock takes significant legal work. Whether you’re one of the very few startups that land venture capital investment or you’re taking investment from angel investors, friends or family, work closely with an attorney to be sure that any deal you do is structured properly.
Tim Berry is the “Business Plans” coach at Entrepreneur.com and is the president of Palo Alto Software Inc., which produces the industry’s leading business planning software, Business Plan Pro, as well as other popular planning applications for businesses.

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