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Can you imagine an entrepreneur who is actually afraid of success?

By Martin at December 30, 2015 | 3:03 pm | 0 Comment

Can you imagine an entrepreneur who is actually afraid of success?

Can you imagine an entrepreneur who is actually afraid of success? None will ever admit it openly, but I’m a strong believer that actions or lack of action speaks louder than words. In my years of advising startups, I’ve seen too many cases of seemingly irrational actions, or just freezing with that “deer in the headlights” look when it’s time to make a critical more...

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How To Set up Demand Generation Processes For Your Startup

By Martin at October 23, 2015 | 12:40 pm | 0 Comment

How To Set up Demand Generation Processes For Your Startup

Every entrepreneur knows that good demand generation marketing is the key to growth these days, but very few have the discipline or know-how to measure return in a world of a thousand tools and techniques. Even those things that worked yesterday may not work tomorrow, as the market matures, the culture changes, and competitors appear with new solutions. Business more...

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6 Good Habits For Entrepreneurs

By Martin at October 5, 2015 | 1:38 pm | 0 Comment

6 Good Habits For Entrepreneurs

Most of the entrepreneurs I know realize they have some bad habits, like maybe procrastination or not listening well, so they focus on dropping these. New studies indicate that a more productive approach would be adopting new good habits and behaviors that clearly move your business forward, like good time management and implementing customer recommendations. These more...

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How To Exit From Startups While Gaining Profits

By Martin at September 30, 2015 | 7:27 pm | 0 Comment

How To Exit From Startups While Gaining Profits

Once an entrepreneur, always an entrepreneur. Although many won’t admit it, true entrepreneurs can’t wait to exit their current startup, and build a new and better one with their next great idea. In addition, current investors want to see every startup go public or be acquired, as an exit event, so they can get their due return for that investment which has been tied more...

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6 Popular Assessment Tools For Entrepreneurs

By Martin at September 21, 2015 | 12:50 pm | 0 Comment

6 Popular Assessment Tools For Entrepreneurs

Too many people, young and older, let their career and their lifestyle happen to them, rather than proactively making things happen based on their personal passions, skills, and interests. Others make decisions based on someone else’s interests, such as the father who wants his son to take over the family business, or dreams openly of having a doctor in the family. more...

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Financial Projection Tips For Your Startups

By Martin at September 9, 2015 | 12:38 pm | 0 Comment

Financial Projection Tips For Your Startups

Entrepreneurs often ask me why investors expect financial projections for a new startup even before the product is built and while the market is still being defined. I tell them that the projection process and results are most important for you the founder, to evaluate if there really is a business that can be built from the idea. You shouldn’t invest in an undefined more...

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Why Good Networking Is Important For Entrepreneurs

By Martin at September 7, 2015 | 12:18 pm | 0 Comment

Why Good Networking Is Important For Entrepreneurs

Successful entrepreneurs like Tony Hsieh of Zappos and Chris McCormick ofL.L.Bean have long realized that networking is no longer something that you do to get whatyou want, but requires listening and relationship building to do what the other party wants, with a win-win outcome. We now live in a world where even subtle persuasion efforts are suspect, so it’s a bad idea more...

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How To Build Positive Online Presence & Reputation

By Martin at August 18, 2015 | 8:42 pm | 0 Comment

How To Build Positive Online Presence & Reputation

Most entrepreneurs assume that a lack of an online reputation is a good thing. In reality, it’s negative, because people who can’t find you or any mention of your startup anywhere on the Internet assume you are not savvy or have something to hide. At the very least, with no positives for balance, it’s very risky, since the first negative mention of you or your more...

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Are You An Aspiring Entrepreneur? Then Know Yourself First

By Martin at August 10, 2015 | 7:28 pm | 0 Comment

Are You An Aspiring Entrepreneur? Then Know Yourself First

If you're an aspiring  entrepreneur, you need to take a hard look at yourself before leaving that regular paycheck. Don't assume you will be happier and make more money starting the business of your dreams. The good and the bad news is that as an entrepreneur, you won’t have a manager charged with directing your efforts or peers helping you implement, and your new more...

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How To Develop Team-Centric Attributes For Your Startup Company

By Martin at July 28, 2015 | 1:18 pm | 0 Comment

How To Develop Team-Centric Attributes For Your Startup Company

Every entrepreneur realizes that building a great team is critical to the success of his or her startup, but many don’t realize that it takes more than multiple qualified employees to make an effective team. It’s possible, or even likely, that a set of skilled individuals can result in a dysfunctional team, where contention, jealousy, lack of communication or work more...

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