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Stanford’s “Billion Dollar Startup” Farm
Advice - Entrepreneurship has changed dramatically in recent years. Through the advancement of technology, what used to be a multimillion dollar development process, can now be developed rather cheaply with a PC and some open-source software....
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...
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 - It is impossible to know everything that you will need to know to build a successful business before you start. While you should have some industry expertise, some experience building products and a decent understanding of startup...
Pitch Decks and Executive Summaries-Why Less is Always More
Advice - Most investors don’t read lengthy business plans. When they receive them they file them in the trash. They are time crunched, overrun with pitches and often have short attention spans. So delivering your message and information in a...
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Advice - One of the biggest impediments to starting a new venture is the “terror barrier,” a concept popularized by Bob Proctor, a 75-year-old millionaire and world-renowned entrepreneur.  This is the imaginary barrier that always seems...
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Advice - I read an interesting blog post recently titled, Why Early-Stage VCs Should Be Careful About Intros from Bankers (update: he has since back peddled on the title). The author, Mark Suster, posits that entrepreneurs should carry the...
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Advertising - When I was first starting my business, I was bombarded with information about how to market and advertise myself. You’ve probably heard a few of these tactics before, too. Tactics like: Create an AMAZING opt-in so you can...
How to Attract or Repel Talent on Social Media
Advice - Social Media is a tremendously valuable tool for recruiting talent, but most companies are terrible at it. Even so, that’s not a social media problem–it’s a culture problem. Every company says they care about talent. Great...
Why Some Innovative Leaders Get Exceptional Results
Advice - How is it that only a few business leaders and entrepreneurs seem to drive exceptional results and disruptive innovation in this rapidly changing market economy (marketquake)? These few seem more adept at executing market and...

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