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4 Secrets to Improve Your Startup’s Sales

Most startup disasters are caused by a failure to connect with the customer. The commonly acknowledged startup killers — premature scaling, running out of capital and a lack of market interest — all have a root in broken sales strategy. Here are four secrets entrepreneurs can use to nail their messaging, map their sales process and scale into sustainable sales revenue. 1. Embrace ...

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3 Ways to Close the Deal Without Betting the Farm

I was in a meeting last week with some startup founders who got lucky. They reached out to one of their largest corporate targets, a company that could single-handedly make their year, and they were invited in for a meeting. If you have had this luck in the past, or if you are aiming for that big client now, it ...

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5 Ways to Take Advantage of Corporate Venture Capital

Entrepreneurs have multiple sources of funding when they seek their first outside capital: friends and family, professional angels, venture capital (VC) funds and crowdfunding platforms. One type of funding, which is sometimes overlooked and which can be quite powerful, is corporate venture funds. Corporate venture funds come in different shapes and sizes, but typically, they are funds affiliated with large companies ...

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9 Toxic Behaviors and How to Avoid Them

If I could get you people to do one thing differently, it would be to quit obsessing over every little thing you read online and focus on what really matters. I know, it’s not always easy to tell the difference between click-bate and sound career advice, but to be successful you will have to learn how, nevertheless. One thing I ...

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American Express Has a Lot to Teach You About Content Marketing

With 109.9 million cards in circulation and an estimated valuation of $18.3 billion dollars (according to Interbrand), American Express need never worry about where their next round of funding might come from. Why then, do they continue to set the gold standard for content marketing, hustling to create some of the most trusted, most genuinely useful advice for small business ...

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Jay Z’s Roc Nation Is Launching a Venture Fund to Invest in Early-Stage Startups

Jay Z’s entertainment company is adding startup investing to its repertoire. Roc Nation, which Jay Z founded along with Jay Brown in 2008, is launching a “startup platform” called Arrive to invest in early-stage startups and help those companies build their brands. New York-based venture capital firm Primary Venture Partners will be serving as a venture advisor to the fund and GlassBridge ...

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5 Brutal Challenges on the Path to Personal Success

The moment you step off the ledge and actually dive into the world of entrepreneurship is breathtaking. Anxiety, excitement and potential all come together to form a unique mental buzz. But, once the dust settles, the reality that 90 percent of startups fail begins to settle in. You’re up against it. And the biggest obstacle to financial freedom and success is the ...

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Making Money Is About You, Not Your Business.

I seem to attract every man and his dog who wants to start a business. I don’t know why I’m seen as the guru and I definitely don’t want to be. Yes, I had a successful business, and yes I know a lot about the online world of making money. Doesn’t mean that’s the secret. Someone even asked me the other ...

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12 Low-Cost Business Ideas for Introverts

Graphic designer Startup costs: up to $1,000 Equipment: computer, design software For highly creative and visual introverts, freelance graphic design can be a great way to make a living. With digital businesses on the rise, demand is higher than ever. Jacob Cass is a graphic designer who started design business Just Creative in 2012. Solving clients’ business problems through visual ...

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