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Why No One Will Invest in You
Advice - I often have discussions with people who have a great idea and are thinking of quitting their job to pursue it. However, they have fixed costs (rent, car payments, etc.) and can’t afford to work for free. Instead, they want to raise...
Pre-Funding Tactics-The Art of Pitching Without Pitching
Advice - Don’t start to pitch Venture Capitalists until you’ve tested their likely level of interest in your startup.  This means making the effort and spending the time to build relationships with potential VC’s before you ask for...
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Advice - Let me guess: You have an idea for a startup. It's an awesome plan for a lightweight, agile SaaS killer app that could scale to 1 million users in 6 months. Or maybe it's some fancy new spring-loaded, arduino-infused wearable that'll...
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Advice - Few will argue that the time metrics in Google Analytics are terribly confusing. The report includes data concerning “average time on site” and “average visit duration,” however; each metric will paint a very different...
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Advice - Facebook has seen its shares rise and revenue from mobile ads jump up. How did CEO Mark Zuckerberg turn the company around after its ill-starred...
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Advertising - Every time I challenge a business plan with little or no budget for marketing, I get the answer that they will be using “viral” marketing, which costs nothing. The founder explains that the product is so “buzz-worthy” that...
Startup School
Advice - As an entrepreneur building a company, you should always be focused on learning from those who came before you. With that goal in mind, I’ve documented five lessons from five entrepreneurs who shared their wisdom at Startup...
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Advice - “It was character that got us out of bed, commitment that moved us into action, and discipline that enabled us to follow through.” ~Zig Ziglar Are you living your life with intention doing work that truly matters or… Are...
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Advice - Back in Lesson #106, we talked about the importance succession planning for all positions within your company, but in the event you don't have the right successor talent in house, you will need to recruit replacement talent for...
Not All Leads are Equal
Advice - Some will tell you that a lead is a lead is a lead. That is especially the case in early stage startups where it is hard to get anyone to notice, much less respond. In this state of desperation, it can be easy to fall head over heels...
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Advice - I’ve been advising and mentoring startups and growth companies for years and I find myself always pushing them to try something new, for the sake of growth and survival. When you try new things, you make mistakes, and I’ve seen...
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Advice - Not long ago, I sat patiently in my CEO’s spare bedroom while his mother removed her belongings from the family desk so I could work there for the day. We had no corporate office, no employees and no paychecks. Luckily for us, what...
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Advice - I’ve been an entrepreneur for more than half of my life. At 16, I founded Buzz Marketing Group, the youth marketing and influencer agency I still run today. It’s been a long road to get to where I am today, but I’ve loved every...
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Advice - In my experience, inventors and technologists aren’t interested or aren’t very good at building a business, and entrepreneurs aren’t usually good scientists. These people need to find each other and can jointly make a great team...
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Advice - In light of recent events such as the Tesla Model S receiving the highest owner-satisfaction score consumer reports have seen in years, to the latest news of the hyperloop, I found it fitting to explore the man who is challenging all...
Heres Why You Should Crowdsource Lead Generation
Advice - Imagine if the entire world was your sales force. Imagine that any time, a potential buyer of your product or services was "in market," one of your current customers told them about you - in a very positive manner. Talk about...

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