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Advice - When you’re an entrepreneur, you’re busy working every day to find your way, build your product or services, grow your company and achieve your goals. Unless you’re a financial whiz, it’s not always easy to also work out your...
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Advice - If you define your self-worth as an entrepreneur by how busy you are, it’s time to find another lifestyle. We all know people who are extraordinarily busy, but never seem to accomplish anything. For survival, entrepreneurs need to...
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#NYCTech - Recently, The New York Code + Design Academy hosted “Women in Tech Lecture Series” at their headquarters in New York City. The guest of the night was Joy Marcus, the CEO of Bloglovin, a site where people can find blogs of varying...
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Advice - There could be a number of reasons why a few startups work their way up and many just fail to exist. Some say “luck” works. Well, I say it all depends on your actions. Take a look at case studies of startups, and you will know...
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Advice - I belong to a great science fiction writer’s meetup here in the bay area and we have a problem. If you’ve never participated in such a group, the format is simple: each month a few members submit pieces they have written, and...
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Advice - M-dot sites aren’t dead, just dying. A recent report released by Pure Oxygen Labs surveyed the Internet Retailer 500 Guide (2014) and found use of m-dot sites for ecommerce dropped from 79 percent in 2013 to 59 percent, with...
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Advice - Previously, I wrote about the importance of planning ahead for proof-of-concept marketing based on my first-hand experience seeing the same consistent mistakes being made by the hundreds of startups calling Red Rocket for...
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Advice - In the beginning, all businesses are just people playing out an idea. It’s never the other way around —  there is no idea so big that it doesn’t need people to make it succeed. Investors know this, hence the saying “Bet on...
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Advice - So how does initial contract size affect the distribution strategy of SaaS companies?  Here is some interesting data from a recent survey that is not all that surprising, but it does clearly show what has been intuitive for many...
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Advice - In building a successful business, I find that creating a new and innovative product or service is usually the easy part. The hard part is providing the leadership required to align and motivate all the constituents and players –...
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Advice - The dreaded sales pitch – like a job interview, only more terrifying. Whether you are just starting up, and your first time is on the horizon, or you’ve done a few already, there is certainly an art to nailing it. Naturally,...
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Advice - Professional athletes and pop singers make millions. All-star technology entrepreneurs make billions. Kids now grow up on Facebook and Snapchat, not with baseball cards and CD players. And while traditional manufacturing jobs face...
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Advice - In 2013, my life devolved; seriously devolved. Too often, I sat in listless, darkened rooms, pitchwatching slides go by, slides explaining why I should part with money and why that money should find a way into some startup’s...
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Advice - Sharing isn’t always caring when it comes to social media. This is something we see every day through lengthy status rants on Facebook, detailed dirty laundry blog posts and 24 hours of a sick day chronicled entirely on...
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Advice - Securing funds is the first problem an entrepreneur encounters. It often requires courting a venture capital firm with the aim of wowing its members into opening the coffers. Sadly, there can be only so many winners, and a number...
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Advice - Currently, I am an advisor/mentor/investor in ten early stage startup companies, three accelerators and one venture fund. I pride myself on spending a lot of time with each company, getting as involved as possible, and, in many...

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