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Advice - Fear of failure is often cited as a reason for not starting a business, and it appears to be well-founded. A quarter of all new businesses in the U.S. fail in their first year, and 44 percent have called it a day by the end of the...
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Advice - In 2011, I went from working at a restaurant making $2.17/hour (plus tips…) to launching one…then two…then THREE successful, profitable businesses with literally no startup capital. How did I do it? Did I come up with the next...
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Business - In my view, entrepreneurship has always been the ultimate embodiment of capitalism and quite synonymous with free enterprise. Yet I find that more and more young entrepreneurs are uncomfortable with the term “capitalism,” somehow...
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Advertising - Over the last few weeks, we heard that Facebook organic reach is approaching zero while their paid ad business is booming. On April 23, Facebook reported revenue of $2.5 billion for the first quarter of 2014, up 72% over the previous...
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AlleyTalk - The American public's attitude toward government, especially toward the federal government, recalls a classic scene in Monty Python's "Life of Brian." "What have they ever given us in return?" fulminates John Cleese, playing a...
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Advice - The difference between a startup and a small business is more than mere semantics.  A startup is about launching a new business model, whereas a small business has a business model.  Startups are focused on hyper-growth, whereas...
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AlleyTalk -   Companies' venture funds poured more money into venture-backed start-ups in the last quarter than they have since the dot-com era. While in other circumstances that might be a worrisome sign, now it might actually be a positive...
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AlleyTalk - Ed. Note: The opinions, beliefs and viewpoints expressed by the contributor do not necessarily reflect the opinions, beliefs, and viewpoints of this publication.   The breadth of the AlleyWatch contributor network is a key strength...
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Advice - The other day I heard a great entrepreneurial panel discussion, including Mahendra Vora, the founder of Intelliseek (sold to Nielsen) and now a Cincinnati-based venture capitalist.  He was advising the entrepreneurs in the room to...
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AlleyTalk - When domestic and international organizations with key stakes in governing the Internet met recently in Singapore, they faced a major task that begins with the question: What's next? At issue: Establishing a new global Internet...
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Advice - There’s an adage that says if you don’t know where you’re going, you’ll end up anywhere. In order to combat this tendency, companies design compasses and maps to inform them of who they want to be in the world. We know these...
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AlleyTalk - The first quarter of this year was huge for venture capital funding and for VC-backed initial public offerings. So huge in fact, that it's starting to look like the beginnings of a bubble, said Anand Sanwal, CEO and co-founder of CB...
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Advice - Oh, the lure of the VC. When they call you had better answer, right? I get the phone call often, “VCs are calling us, what should we do?” My response is always the same, “Take the meeting. Explain where you are in the...
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AlleyTalk - There's no better place than the United States to start a business. We're a nation that prides itself for its entrepreneurialism and independence. And if we want to maintain our competitive edge, we need an environment that allows...
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AlleyTalk - Warren Buffett said bitcoin "is a mirage" and compared it to checks and money orders. "A check is a way of transmitting money, too. Are checks worth a whole lot of money just because they can transmit money? Are money orders?...
Should We Fear Google?
AlleyTalk - Think about it: Google has access to your thoughts, your daily movements and now even your home (see below). Is the company known for its colorful logo, office slides and goofy Vince Vaughn movie, really a sinister plot by...

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