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Top 10 startup needs, according to AngelList

Posted by Scott Kirsner  October 24, 2012 11:49 AM

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Visiting AngelList HQ in San Francisco earlier this month, founder Naval Ravikant shared some interesting survey data that the site has been collecting -- but hasn't previously published.

Ravikant explains that the survey is being used to help his team at AngelList figure out what new features to build. The top needs that startups have, he says, are funding, engineers, and designers, "which is why we have specific products for each of those (angel.co/talent, for example.)"

So what do startups say their other most-pressing needs are?

Here's the top ten list:

1. Advisors
2. Press
3. Social media marketing
4. Co-founders
5. Board members
6. Salespeople
7. PR firms
8. Office space
9. Lawyers
10. Accountants

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