A recently formed company. In modern terminology, it has come to describe a company formed with a business model relying on the internet.
Johnny Asshat: "I live in San Francisco, I think I'm going to wake up tomorrow and create a startup selling downloadable toast over the internet. It'll be free, but you'll have to pay for the jam which is where I'll make my money. Aren't I quirky and special?"

Me: "No, you're a self-absorbed idiot. Get a real job."
by Alexander Vasarab April 11, 2007
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is when you have a great tech business idea and you make it a real business, but usually you fail (it's okay), because you're not that f*cking good businessman, or because it turned out that you had a shitty idea and you hadn't pivotted in due time, and you already spent all money.
Good startups (10%): Google, Facebook, Instagram, Dropbox, Evernote, WhatsApp, Snapchat and every other that you using on daily basis.
Bad startups (90%): There are too many to list them, and it will be better to not say them aloud (superstition)
by RandomStartupGuy November 23, 2013
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Startups" AKA the New Hipsters - Individuals who are not small business owners; Awaiting VC infusion to begin projects; Obsessed with technology, software and hardware; Usually have a degree in business/communication or graphic design; Prefer the comfort of a large modern loft with no roommates. You will usually see them dressed in designer denim with chic glasses and a modern haircut accented with *facial scruff*, a business style messenger bag which includes the most recent Macbook Air notebook. Frequently posting regarding tech, or finance related news. Refers frequently to VIP developer status or unreleased hardware access.

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Startups attend SxSW Interactive Festival
Look at all those startups waiting in line at the Apple store.

"Serge just shared his Trello. He's looking for some coders for his new IOS app."

"Yeah, man. I saw it. He's such a startup. He's going to have to buy a bigger messenger bag to hold his credit card receipts."
by Breakfast Burrito lover 724 November 19, 2012
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A girlfriend of a start-up CEO or co-founder who understands that her boyfriend is a young, crazy, ambitious, aggressive, academically and socially intelligent monster whose sole purpose in life is to create innovative technologies and business models. Therefore, he does not necessarily care about anything that goes on outside of his company or the industry in which it operates.

She also understands that for a period of time, her boyfriend is cash-strapped, and therefore does not engage in spurious expenditures and demands such as bottles of liquor at Hollywood nightclubs, sushi at overtly expensive posh restaurants, and $22 sandwiches at Urth Caffe.

The ultimate startup girlfriend also comprehends that time and not cash is the most important asset.
Dude, Sharon is a total-startup girlfriend. I showed up 2 hours late to her birthday party and even forgot her gift at my apartment, but she wasn't upset at all when I showed up!
by SanguineBio September 26, 2010
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Wearing a T-Shirt under a Suit Jacket.
Jeremy Edberg's suit jacket looked professional from behind, but once he turned around it was clear that the look was just a Startup Mullet.
by e1ven October 21, 2010
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An obnoxiously bright, nearly nauseous tone of green paint found on the walls of fledgling tech businesses often in San Francisco's South of Market District.
Our new office came equipped with foosball table, beer kegerator, game room, Herman Miller Chairs, a top of the line espresso machine and our logo boldly printed over the Startup Green Walls.
by Hepburn September 3, 2015
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A person who attends startup business events with the intention of finding young, naive companies they can take equity from in return for "contacts" or advice.
That guy over there is a real startup paedophile.
by MyCow October 20, 2014
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