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The Top 10 Big Cities to Launch Your Startup

Today, more and more small cities and towns are becoming great places to start a business. However, for some of us, the pulse of a big city is what keeps us energized. For city-loving entrepreneurs, here’s some good news: You don’t need to move to these small towns to launch a successful new venture. In fact, big cities are still ...

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How to Break Up With Your Business Partner the Right Way

Successful startups may run into many growing pains and hurdles during their first several years of existence, including partnership breakups. If you take the statistics commonly used today at face value, the odds are not in a partnership’s favor. The average startup breakup rate can be 20-30{11dcda262fe6d028e7d36388bc7b637fedc614ce8f4ee25f9be0e8bc9daf6920} higher than marriage divorce rates. If the pairing at the heart of a ...

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Zero Is the New No. 1 (At Least for Google Ranking)

If you’re optimizing your web content for search-engine results pages (SERPs), you might be under the impression that No. 1 is the best you can do. But you need to think bigger. Counter to everything you know about every other aspect of business and life, you want to be No. 0. That coveted slot will snag you a featured snippet to go ...

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Getting Clarity on Your Big-Picture Vision

You’ve taken the step to launch your company and are braving the world of entrepreneurship. But before you can take your business from entrepreneur to enterprise, there is one very important step to cover first. You must create and implement your strategic vision, or what I like to call your “big-picture vision.” I’ve supported thousands of entrepreneurs in breaking through perceived ...

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5 Questions Every Entrepreneur Should Ask Potential Investors

When meeting an investor for the first time, entrepreneurs face a lot of pressure to make a favorable impression quickly. In many cases, this tends to make people talk too much in an attempt to appear confident, knowledgeable and articulate. It also makes them forget to ask questions and qualify the investor’s interest and fit. No one likes hearing a firm “no,” but a ...

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4 Tips for Harnessing the Tension That Comes When a Visionary Hires an Integrator

Tension: The word often carries negative connotations; for example, it’s the term most often used these days to describe the declining trade relationship between the United States and China. But tension is a positive force as well. Consider a sprinter’s legs, gathering and releasing tension as they propel him down the track — or the anchored, yet flexible, tension that ...

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Silicon Valley? Try Silicon Worldwide.

Silicon Valley, home to Fortune 500 companies and thousands of startups whose work has changed millions of lives across the planet, has long stood as a leader in innovation and technology. For years, however, cities outside of the U.S. have surfaced in an ambitious attempt to dethrone the Valley as the dream destination for entrepreneurs and founders. In a 2017 ...

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If Your Startup Really Is Disruptive, Expect to be Sued By a Patent Troll.

It’s an all-too-familiar story: a young company or start-up has an exciting new offering. Success captures the attention not just of new customers, but alsoi of large patent holders sensing an opportunity to assert their patents. As a former patent litigator, I’ve represented many small businesses sued by larger, more established operating companies. With all the demands of growing a new ...

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Want to Build Better Products? Own Your Customers’ Pain.

Many people see the world of finance as dog-eat-dog, but recent data indicates that the best companies are often the most empathetic ones. A Global Empathy Index report showed that the top 10 businesses on the index outperformed the bottom 10 by 50 percent. This makes perfect sense. Founders often build businesses out of a personal need to address their frustrations ...

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3 Ways Entrepreneurs Are Making IoT More User-Friendly

The Internet of Things (IoT) is a rapidly evolving technology sector. As the popularity of connected devices increases with consumers, the number of entrants into the market grows. But rapid growth and iteration have had some unintended consequences in the IoT space, especially when it comes to usability. Analytics firm IDC projects that by 2020, all industries will have rolled out an ...

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