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Advice - My grandfather, Antonio Affronti – known affectionately as Poppa Tony to my siblings and I – immigrated from Italy to the U.S. with his family when he was nineteen years old. This was back in the late 1940s when most of...
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Advice - Next to the fireplace at my mother’s house, there are seven photo albums neatly arranged in chronological order. If I want any photo from my childhood, I know exactly where to find it. Personally, I have taken more than 15,000...
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Advice - To be an entrepreneur, you have to navigate lots of unknowns, and the path is fraught with risk. Once you are past a certain mental age, you know too many of the things that can go wrong, so you never start. Sort of like the old...
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Advice - In the new world of the Internet of Things, almost everything you can think of will be connected to the network. Kitchen appliances. Vending machines. Shipping containers. Parking spaces. Power plants. Planes, trains and automobiles....
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Advice - Outsourcing is a strategy that startups cannot live without. When you start as a one-man show and have to do all things by yourself, you find out soon enough that some things you simply cannot do as well as others. Despite its...
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Advice - Why do a few entrepreneurs, like Steve Jobs and Elon Musk, seem to come up with all the real innovations, while the majority of business leaders seem stuck in the rut of linear thinking? I have always wondered if innovation required...
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Advice - When I made the decision to pursue my side business full time in late 2013, I wasn’t afraid of failing. I spent two years preparing for the risk financially and emotionally, understanding that these outcomes were simply part of the...
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Advice - What makes someone an empathetic entrepreneur? The traits that define them are passionate, tenacious and adaptable. They aspire to be a creative visionary. This person wants to be his or her own boss, but also wants to fill a real...
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Advice - We spend a lot of time talking to the founders of “Techstars” about focus. We talk a lot about saying “no” to things that don’t matter. We talk a lot about not chasing too many things at once. We try to give founders tools...
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Advice - One of the most common complaints I hear from entrepreneurs is that they are overwhelmed by the workload and stress of starting their company. Then there are the additional challenges of balancing the demands of family and friends....
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Advice - Management styles vary as much as the millions of managers out there. Each style has some strength sand each has some flaws, but some are much stronger than others. Sean Byrnes has, at one time or another managed me. I was not the...
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Advice - Running a startup involves making decision after decision after decision, and it has been no different in the first few months of building ribl. The tough part is that for a very early stage startup like us, these decisions are made...
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Advice - It seems every time you look around these days there’s an IPO, a startup getting acquired, or a remote startup getting funded. While you can attain some motivation from these examples, it’s important to realize that these...
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Advertising - Like the proverbial old married couple you see bickering on the street corner, agency managers and agency creatives have a relationship that's often fraught with friction and discord. Yet at the same time, there’s cohesion and...
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Advice - I once had a client that brought me in as an interim executive to fill in for a departing employee. I was excited to join the company and knew I could have an immediate impact. In my first week on the job, I noticed something very...
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Advice - If you sold your last startup for $800 million, you probably already know how to build a business, and even conservative investors won’t worry about the quality of your next business plan. But, for the rest of us, don’t believe...