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4 Lenses Of Innovation For Entrepreneurs

By Martin at February 26, 2015 | 11:27 am | 0 Comment

4 Lenses Of Innovation For Entrepreneurs

Why do a few entrepreneurs, like Steve Jobs and Elon Musk, seem to come up with all the real innovations, while the majority of business leaders seem stuck in the rut of linear thinking? I have always wondered if innovation required some rare gene mutation, or whether I might be missing a simple formula for unlocking the ability in any intelligent business person to more...

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10 Unusual Courses To Learn For Business People

By Martin at February 24, 2015 | 11:41 am | 0 Comment

10 Unusual Courses To Learn For Business People

I’m sure that every one of us who has been out in the business world for a few years can look back with perfect hindsight and name a few college courses that we should have taken. What’s more disconcerting to me is that I can name a few that aren’t usually even offered, resulting in more than a few students graduating ill-prepared for the real business world! I more...

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How To Build A Big Startup Company

By Martin at February 19, 2015 | 11:08 am | 0 Comment

How To Build A Big Startup Company

To build a startup, entrepreneurs need a laser focus on providing an innovative solution to a real problem. Once they achieve that initial traction, the focus needs to change for quicker growth. Most entrepreneurs dream of achieving the exponential expansion of a Google or Amazon, but few investor pitches I see outline any strategy beyond simple marketing to make more...

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How Startups Should Turn Resource Constraints Into A Competitive Advantage

By Martin at February 18, 2015 | 11:00 am | 0 Comment

How Startups Should Turn Resource Constraints Into A Competitive Advantage

Most entrepreneur that fail are quick to offer a litany of constraints that caused their demise – not enough money, time, customers, or support from the right players. Ironically, as a startup investor and mentor, I have seen too many failures caused by just the opposite – too much money spent too soon, taking time to get product perfection, and assuming customers more...

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8 Insights For Startups To Find Suitable Angel Investors

By Martin at February 17, 2015 | 11:31 am | 0 Comment

8 Insights For Startups To Find Suitable Angel Investors

Most entrepreneurs have found by now one or more of the many popularcrowdfunding sites, and have the name and contact information for at least one of the big venture capital firms. But many have no insight or connections to the ethereal angel investment community, which actually funds more startups then all other venture sources combined (over $25 billion more...

Money Matters , entrepreneurship

How To Give Funding Pitch To Angel Investors

By Martin at January 21, 2015 | 11:25 am | 0 Comment

How To Give Funding Pitch To Angel Investors

The average length of a funding pitch to Angel investors is ten minutes. Even if you have booked an hour with a VC, you should plan to talk only for the first fifteen minutes. The biggest complaint I hear from investors is that startup founders often talk way too long, and neglect to cover the most relevant points. Or they get sidetracked by a technical glitch due to poor more...

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How To Make Your Startup Company More Profitable

By Martin at January 19, 2015 | 11:06 am | 0 Comment

How To Make Your Startup Company More Profitable

Successful entrepreneurs often start with a “random” idea, but they quickly focus their efforts and follow a “system” to organize their startup and maximize the clout of their activities. Too many entrepreneur “wannabes” never get past the idea stage, or strike out randomly in many directions, hoping that their passion will convince people to follow them and more...

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5 LifeCycle Phases Of Startup Company

By Martin at January 16, 2015 | 11:18 am | 0 Comment

5 LifeCycle Phases Of Startup Company

Successful startups seem to follow similar paths to greatness, and unfortunately all too often that path leads them back down the hill much faster than they went up. Big company powerhouses, like IBM and Xerox, took fifty years to make the cycle, but new companies today, in the age of the Internet, often make the cycle in five to ten years, or even less. Consider MySpace more...

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How Entrepreneurs Should Deal With Failure

By Martin at January 14, 2015 | 11:06 am | 0 Comment

How Entrepreneurs Should Deal With Failure

If you can’t deal with failure, then the entrepreneur lifestyle is not for you. Don’t believe that urban myth that all you need is a good idea, a little fun work, and the money will start rolling in. When you are pushing the limits, nobody gets it right the first time, or even maybe the tenth time. That’s why the term “pivot” was invented, so you don’t have to more...

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10 Ways To Make Your Startup Company Scalable

By Martin at January 12, 2015 | 11:08 am | 0 Comment

10 Ways To Make Your Startup Company Scalable

Investors will tell you that they love to put money into startups that are scalable, and ready to scale. But what does that really mean? Simply stated, it means that your business has the potential to multiply revenue with minimal incremental cost. Ready to scale is when you have a proven product and a proven business model, about to expand to new geographies more...

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