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Advice - You are busy. I am busy. Everybody is. Let me tell you why you should spent the next five minutes reading me. I have pitched to friends, family, investors, partners, consumers, at competitions and events, presented various works at...
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Advice - Changing the world is not so obvious at the beginning. As Airbnb’s valuation grows to north of $18 billion, it is hard to imagine the company as anything other than the “global hospitality brand” it aspires to become. For...
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Advice - Let’s face it, consultants have a bad image. Businesses want experienced people who get their hands dirty, rather than experts who give presentations, make recommendations and disappear. Even consultants don’t like their job,...
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Advice - When I walked away from my startup in late April of 2013, I had reached a major crossroads. More than two years of my life had been invested into Habidy.com, a struggling social media company. I was in a place where many entrepreneurs...
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Advice - It is not so much a question of where to get leads as much as a question of how. That is really what people are asking when they ask about finding quality leads. In a previous post we outlined the difference between the process of...
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Advice - With the recent apparent successes of several startups in taking their company public (initial public offering) and raising billions of dollars, I’m hearing a groundswell of enthusiasm from new entrepreneurs to follow in their...
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Advice - A significant amount of your time is spent selling when starting a company. Assuming you are good at selling your company/product/vision, you will often get to the point where you need to close the deal. In between the selling and...
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Advice - If you passed the simple test in my last post for determining if you’re ready to start pitching your FinTech product to customers, you now have a new question to answer: what do you want to get from these first users? Few...
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Advice - Regardless of the strategy you choose – IPO, sell or stay private – the best possible outcome for your company is to “make a dent in the Universe,” as Steve Jobs would say. While Apple was changing the way the world...
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#NYCTech - James Altucher was a loser in the most literal sense of the word. He lost millions of dollars, his home, his family life, and his will to live. That was many years ago. Now Altucher is known as a “Jedi Master,” a “Guru of...
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Advice - One of the most common failures I see in startups is lack of focus. Unfocused entrepreneurs boast that their new technology will generate multiple disruptive products for consumers as well as enterprises around the world. Investors...
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Exits - Josh Lipton reports many companies are choosing to stay private longer. If they need cash, some are choosing to go to a secondary market.    
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Advice - Do you find yourself overworked day after day? Without the normalcy of a traditional career, many entrepreneurs are packing more hours into their workday, but this doesn’t guarantee success. In fact, overworking is a symptom of...
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Advice - There are an infinite number of blogs (including this one*) that provide advice and insight into starting companies. Many of them will have flashy posts like “5 characteristics of successful entrepreneurs” or “10 things that...
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Advertising - When a brand or manufacturer fails to execute a strong digital strategy, it risks falling short of customer expectations. “Consumers today do not distinguish between channels, or even brands vs. retailers, but they do have high...
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Advice - A good many startups I know have been “successful” over a couple of years in overcoming the challenges of starting the business, including incorporation, services development, funding, and setting up operations. Yet they still...

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