wolfadeus - 7:42 am on Aug 10, 2012 (gmt 0)
Not from online businesses and not from my own experience, but from technology start-up companies of friends. I suggest not looking for advice in forums, but reach out to contact people directly who have been in similar situations. University towns are good for that; unis often run entrepreneurship centers where contacts are made between potential start-ups and investors and mentoring programs are run. This is particularly good in the English-speaking world. I also know of former management consultants that offer mentoring to young companies for a fee; a friend hired one - with subsidies from a German start-up support program - and was very happy about the service.