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How To Find Ideal Startup Partner

By Martin at April 23, 2014 | 8:22 am | 0 Comment

How To Find Ideal Startup Partner

A while back I talked about how and where to find a co-founder in “For a Startup, Two Heads are Always Better Than One”. The feedback was good, but some readers asked me to be a bit more specific on attributes that might indicate an ideal startup partner. Even if you are looking in all the right places, it helps to know what you are looking for. In this context, more...

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How To Identify & Remove Your Blind Spots Of Leadership

By Martin at April 22, 2014 | 10:41 am | 0 Comment

How To Identify & Remove Your Blind Spots Of Leadership

Every business leader has blind spots which limit their effectiveness and success, but due to ego, over-confidence, or deferential subordinates, many live totally in the dark. Some are smart and humble enough to assume that they don’t know what they don’t know, but lack an effective process for shining a light on their blind spots. Both are equally surprised by their more...

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Business Culture Tips For Your Startup Company

By Martin at April 21, 2014 | 8:28 am | 0 Comment

Business Culture Tips For Your Startup Company

Many entrepreneurs still don’t understand that building a business culture today of doing good, like helping people (society) and planet (sustainability), is also a key to maximizing profit. Employees and customers alike are looking for meaning, not simply employment and commodity prices. Every company needs this focus to attract the best minds and loyalty in both more...

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Which Side Of Brain Is Good For Entrepreneurs? Left Brain Or Right Brain?

By Martin at April 17, 2014 | 8:50 am | 0 Comment

Which Side Of Brain Is Good For Entrepreneurs? Left Brain Or Right Brain?

Traditionally, the majority of entrepreneurs have been logical thinkers, problem solvers, and pay attention to details. These are the stereotypical left-brain engineers. Yet I see a big shift from the knowledge age, with its left-brain foundation, to a critical focus today on visualization, creativity, relationships, and collaboration, which are more in the domain of more...

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Why Its Best Time To Start Your Own Business

By Martin at April 15, 2014 | 8:21 am | 0 Comment

Why Its Best Time To Start Your Own Business

If you have a unique product or service, and you are not selling it around the world on the Internet, now is the time to start. The cost of entry has never been lower. Anyone can be an entrepreneur today, without a huge investment, bank loans, lawyers, venture capitalists, or Angels. In the early days (20 years ago), most new e-commerce sites, for example, cost a more...

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The Four Stages of Market-Focused Reinvention For Startup

By Martin at April 5, 2014 | 8:41 am | 0 Comment

The Four Stages of Market-Focused Reinvention For Startup

You will be pivoting your business in your lifetime, whether you are a new startup, or a mature company like Motorola or IBM. You can count on it and plan for it, or you wait for the next survival crisis brought your way by this rapidly changing world. You can even give it a more elegant name, like “market-focused reinvention,” but it won’t be graceful if you more...

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How To Build Good Online Reputation

By Martin at April 1, 2014 | 10:12 am | 0 Comment

How To Build Good Online Reputation

These days, your online Internet reputation is your reputation. Of course, having no reputation is usually better than a bad one, but don’t wait for someone else to establish a good one for you. It’s time for every business and business person to proactively create a positive presence, before someone else puts you in a defensive mode that is hard to win. The first more...

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Lessons For Entrepreneurs To Learn From Good Incubators

By Martin at March 31, 2014 | 8:07 am | 0 Comment

Lessons For Entrepreneurs To Learn From Good Incubators

More and more entrepreneurs are hearing about the successful graduates and investors queued behind a few well-known startup incubators, including Y Combinator, TechStars, and the Founder Institute. They dream of appearing at the door, with their idea on the back of a napkin, and popping out a few months later with investor money to burn. The reality is far more...

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How To Become A Problem Solver Entrepreneur

By Martin at March 29, 2014 | 8:35 am | 0 Comment

How To Become A Problem Solver Entrepreneur

Perhaps sparked by the recent recession, I’m seeing a new era of the entrepreneur, with startups springing up all around. Based on my own mentoring and investing experience, the best entrepreneurs are pragmatic problem solvers. They have an uncanny ability to find elegant, easy, and fast solutions to pain points in the marketplace, as well as their own more...

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What Business Legacy Would You Show To Next Gen?

By Martin at March 27, 2014 | 8:14 am | 0 Comment

What Business Legacy Would You Show To Next Gen?

Every entrepreneur and business leader waits too long before really working on the legacy that he wants to leave to society and his family. They realize too late that they don’t really want to be remembered for how many hours they spent on airplanes, how many emails they produced, or even how much money they made for the business. If you disappeared today, what would more...

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