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Advice - 02Every so often, a promising entrepreneur seems to freeze in the oncoming headlights and gets run over by his competition. Why is it that his idea, which seemed so fundable only months ago, fails to attract investors today? The...
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Advice -Startup founders often get more advice than necessary about their investor pitches. There are innumerable posts on the subject. (For my contribution click HERE.)However most of this advice comes from a personal perspective. ie...
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Advice -In the old days, every entrepreneur dreamed of easily taking their startup public, and making it big. Today the rate of startups going public (IPO – Initial Public Offering) is up from the dead zone, but is still less than half...
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Advice - The military has long recognized that machine guns are force multipliers for rifles. However, businesses have been slow to capitalize on this idea. Sometimes, all the planning in the world is not enough for business survival, when...
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Advice - Every entrepreneur I know can’t find enough hours in a day to do the good things they want, and yet they often find themselves saying “yes” to new requests. Perhaps because they are optimists by nature, or they just hate to...
5 things all great leaders have in common
Advice - When it comes to achieving business success, most people think it is mostly because of the strategy that the business comes up with. Strategy is one part of a whole range of reasons but not the only reason for success. There are a lot...
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Design - Reviewing a web developer’s portfolio doesn’t guarantee a good hire. Ask these questions to make sure you get the right fit for your needs. When you recognize that your company needs a web developer to create a compelling...
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Management - The Andreessen Horowitz co-founder's New Yorker profile reveals that talent is the key to his decisions. There's a lot to chew on in the New Yorker's massive profile of Marc Andreessen. It's a fantastic look into the mind of one of...
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Advice - How do you know if you should take a job at a startup? Imagine if someone asked, “Would you invest in this company?” Your answer is going to be similar. With a few additions. Here’s the checklist I would follow:A) Has the...
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Advertising - Storytelling is a tool that small companies can use against their bigger, deeper pocketed competitors. Small businesses, startups, and entrepreneurs can tell powerful stories that drive recall, emotion, and character that can lead to...
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Advice - Motivating yourself can be hard. Motivating others can be even more difficult. As an entrepreneur it’s critical that your small team is excited to come into work and help your company grow. How do you do this? Glad you asked! Step...
3 Simple Ways to Pitch Your Startup Today
Advice - Have you ever sweat bullets on national television in front of 1 million viewers while pitching your startup in front of Google executives? And messed up? No? Good for you, I did though. My biggest lesson learned from that moment was...
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Advice - Here’s what an entrepreneur should consider when evaluating a convertible equity financing option. In our work with clients, I’ve seen nearly every variety of fundraising vehicle in use. Lately though, I‘ve been getting more...
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Advice - Almost every entrepreneur starts their journey by developing a solution, based on their knowledge of a new technology or required service. Developer skills are necessary, but not sufficient, to build a business. A real business requires...
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Advice - I’ve been investing in, buying and restructuring small businesses for over 20 years and it’s a passion of mine to see everyone succeed from employees to shareholders, owners and investors. One of the issues however that appears to...
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Advice - Thanks to the likes of David Brent, it’s easy to see team motivation as excruciating at worst and slightly cringey at best. But if you’re in charge of a group of people then it’s your responsibility to commit time and effort to...