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9 Revolutionary Companies to Watch

This year is off and running with some extraordinary companies starting to make a name for themselves. I attend countless conferences and meetups. Over the course of my travels I meet with some of the most promising companies in the world. They’ve lead me over the years to discover three billion dollar unicorns before anyone else had written about them. Rather ...

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7 Lessons From Building a 6-Figure Business in High School

Starting a business is always intimidating – and this is especially true when you are young. From coming up with the idea to charging clients for your product, there’s a lot to learn on a journey full of ups and downs, fallacies and hard work. In the past several years, entrepreneurship has been portrayed as a cool alternative to getting a ...

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For Startups, Do You Bet on the Jockey or the Horse?

There have been several articles written that talk about how venture capital investors prefer to bet on the jockey (the entrepreneur), over the horse (the startup idea). As I have often said, I would much rather invest in an A+ team with a B+ idea, than a B+ team with an A+ idea. So I agree with this premise of the jockey ...

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A Few Pointers on the Worst Ways to Write A Pitch Deck

My friend asked for advice on her pitch deck. She sent me two copies (always a worry). The first pitch deck looked pretty good because she’s clever. I wondered why the second deck. I opened the file and there were 30 slides, all filled with text! I saw red. Swear words were right on the tip of my tongue to describe this ...

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Top 5 Personality Traits Investors Look for in an Entrepreneur

People often ask me what kind of personality traits successful entrepreneurs possess? I’ve always maintained a mental list, based on my observations over years of meeting with entrepreneurs who have founded, scaled and exited businesses. To explore this further, I thought it might be interesting to gather the perspectives of professional investors at venture capital funds who have backed some of ...

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8 Founders on the Turning Points That Changed Their Businesses

Every entrepreneur has the moment — that time when hard work finally pays off, when a long-desired opportunity presents itself and the entrepreneur has to decide how to react. The moment can be stressful, and for good reason. It can be a turning point for any business, but only if it’s seized properly. And as the eight founders here can attest, ...

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The 4 Traits Every Good Project Manager Needs

I did not set out to be a product manager. That seems strange for me to write, considering I have led product and strategy at six companies now. When I started my career, though, I was happy just finding great market opportunities and build products that served customers well. However, early in my career I noticed that product managers set ...

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10 Cities With the Hottest Startup Activity

If you think you’ll have to move to the Bay Area to get a foothold in the startup world, think again. This week, the Kauffman Foundation released its annual Startup Activity Index that explores the state of entrepreneurship across the United States. According to the data assembled in the report, the home of Google, Facebook and Twitter doesn’t even crack ...

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The Case for Hiring a Re-Founder Before You Pull the Plug on Your Startup

Oftentimes, startup entrepreneurs are simply too close to their businesses to get a clear, non-biased look at what may be holding it back from ultimate success. Maybe they lack the required skills or business experience required to identify or correct problems inside their product, process or team. More often that not, as a new entrepreneur  “you just don’t know, what you ...

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3 Major Enterprise App Improvements to Watch For

If you are an entrepreneur, chances are you have been courted by numerous enterprise software companies, pitching how their solution can boost your sales, increase your user engagement or maybe even reduce budget expenditures. If you have worked in larger corporate settings, you are also likely to know that enterprise software, while useful, often ends up creating more work for the ...

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