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Advice -  Being an entrepreneur is a lifestyle that requires staying power, because starting a new business is a long-term process with many tough challenges. As an angel investor, I look diligently for signs that an aspiring startup founder...
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Advice -  Don’t let the daily operational tasks get in the way of building your business.Sometimes small, mundane “check-the-box” tasks have to get done. For most people, it’s a problem if they never respond to email or fill out...
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Advice -  Your business will be in good shape as long as you nail these key strategies.There will come a time when your company is no longer a startup or a small business.I’ve been there. Back in 2011, I started Pixloo, a virtual...
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Advice -  Don’t assume that all investors are the same just because their money is always the same color. Every entrepreneur should do the same due diligence on a potential investor that smart investors do on their startups. Check their track...
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Advice -  When I previously wrote about the 1,024 different types of salespeople, one of the variables I talked about was the difference between selling simple products vs. selling ones that are much more complex and consultative in nature. I...
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Advice -  Got a great business idea? Your next step is to find a mentor. Here’s how.Working at 2 a.m. in the architecture studio while drinking a beer was just the inspiration Ben Vanden Wymelenberg, founder of Woodchuck USA, needed to...
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Lifestyle - Most people suck at marketing. Why? Because they’re too focused on the big picture and their end game (what I call the “clouds”). And I get it—the dream is what drives you. It’s fun to be romantic about the clouds. The clouds...
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Advice -  The last thing a new entrepreneur wants to think about for a new startup is how it will end. Yet, one of the first things a potential equity investor asks about is your exit strategy. The answer you give can make or break your ability...
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Advice -  One of the worst things that can happen to a CEO of an early-stage company is to be in the state of perpetual fundraising.Here is how you can tell that it may be happening to you:You have been fundraising for a while You...
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Advice -  When pitching to investors, entrepreneurs always seem to start with a customer pitch, then add a slide or two about the business. In reality, they need a separate pitch about the business, carrying over only a slide or two about the...
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Management -  Finding the right customers requires in-depth research on their lifestyle habits.Finding a target market is not only helpful; it’s a critical part of the process of achieving lift-off for your company. After all, without...
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Advice -  I’ve said it time and time again: Entrepreneurship is hard and it’s not for everyone. If you take a realistic personal inventory of who you are and what you want to do, and you decide you’re ready to start a business, below is...
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Advice -  Most entrepreneurs looking for an investor can tell you how much money they need, but few have given much thought to what they are willing to sacrifice for it. Perhaps they're way off in their valuation (usually far too high), or are...
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Advice -  Don’t just focus on the money. Investors are here to help your company succeed in more ways than one.There were more than 12,000 financial technology startups worldwide at the end of 2014, according to McKinsey & Co., and...
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Advice -  All the way back in Lesson #7, I wrote about how to write a business plan, including the key components that are needed to attract investor attention. However, that was more of an external document to use with third parties like...
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Advice -  Have you been bitten by the entrepreneur bug? Have you been dreaming of starting your own small business or monetizing a hobby? Maybe you caught the fever when you were just a kid dominating your neighborhood with the sweetest...