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Advice - For the past 8 years, I have been advising entrepreneurs on their growth and funding strategy. I’ve seen the worst and I’ve seen the best.Life is too short to learn from your own mistakes. Let’s learn from others.First...
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Advice - Although the right time to raise funding should be very early on from when you start your business, the time when you should look to seek funding needs to be very carefully thought about as there are many risks involved in mistiming...
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Advice - After having started seven businesses over the last 10 years and as an Enterprise Ambassador for The Prince’s Trust, I have been fortunate to view startup businesses and entrepreneurs in a variety of contexts. Below are seven...
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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? These few seem more adept at executing market and technology turns, not...
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Advice - People are the foundation of your company, and every employee you add serves as another brick — making your company stronger and more resistant to the pressures of today’s marketplace. But if you don’t invest in good bricks and...
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Advice - What is a startup, anyway? I went to business behemoth Forbes for a concrete description. As Natalie Robehmed aptly describes, “the term ‘startup’ has been bandied around with increasing frequency over the past few years to...
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Advice - I have been telling startup founders for a while about the dangers of the corp dev guys.  Paul Graham says it with a clarity however that gets to the heart of why conversations with corporate development arms of big companies are so...
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Advice - The good news is that recent big company financial woes and layoffs have generated a flood of candidates with real experience seeking positions at startups. The bad news is that many of these frustrated employees may have already...
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Advice - If they can’t help you with these things, it’s time to look elsewhere. You need help managing your small business finances; a professional partner who understands small businesses can offer strategic financial advice, help manage...
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Advice - If you’re interested in selling your business, here are some things to keep in mind.A couple of questions on Quora about whether there’s a “buyer wanted” listing service for startup owners who want to sell their businesses...
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Advice - The growing trend in early-stage mergers and acquisitions (M&A) is to ditch the suits. According to Dealogic, 73% of acquirers utilized a formal investment-banking firm in 2003. By 2013, only 31% of acquirers used a formal...
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Advice - I was talking earlier this week with a new product manager on my team. It was a one-on-one discussing his latest project. It is the first big product area that he has taken on and it is very important for our next release. We were...
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Funding - Within the past two years, more than 50 new “unicorns” have emerged in the U.S. These unicorns are propped up by venture capitalists and their rapidly expanding funds. While many will evolve into self-sustaining businesses and...
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Advice - Aspiring entrepreneurs who rely only on traditional learning vehicles (teachers, classrooms, and risk-free practice) are doomed to failure in founding a startup today. Either they are never really ready to start, study an opportunity...
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Advice - I have been working with several founders recently on their fundraising decks. Having had to do some intense thinking around the subject, what investor side advice do I have to share? For founders on this journey, here are three...
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Advice - So, you want to work at a startup. You know how to handle interviews and you know what startup skills you need. You know your strengths and cannot wait to get started.Three years ago, I was in the same position. After working in...