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5 Tips For New Entrepreneurs & Startups

By Martin at June 22, 2015 | 11:37 am | 0 Comment

5 Tips For New Entrepreneurs & Startups

The cost of entry for an aspiring entrepreneur has never been lower, and the total wealth of opportunities has never been larger. You can start a new web site business on the Internet for as little as $100, with cheap smart phone apps, new technology innovations, or tapping the multitude of opportunities brought by capitalizing on our concern for dwindling natural more...

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Why Visionary Entrepreneur Need An Execution-Oriented Partner

By Martin at June 18, 2015 | 2:05 pm | 0 Comment

Why Visionary Entrepreneur Need An Execution-Oriented Partner

It seems like every entrepreneur I meet these days is quick to proclaim themselves a visionary, expecting that will give more credibility to their startup idea, and improve their odds with investors. In reality, I’m one of the majority of investors who believe that startup success is more about the execution than the idea. Thus, unless the visionary highlights a more...

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8 Tips For Entrepreneurs From Shark Tank TV Series

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

8 Tips For Entrepreneurs From Shark Tank TV Series

As an advisor to entrepreneurs and active angel investor, I often get questions about the realism of theShark Tank TV series, compared to professional investor negotiations. The simple answer is that with all the staging of TV lights and billionaire investors, it’s nothing like Silicon Valley. Yet the process is eerily realistic, and every entrepreneur can glean some more...

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Basic Learning Principles For Entrepreneurs

By Martin at May 28, 2015 | 11:39 am | 0 Comment

Basic Learning Principles For Entrepreneurs

Aspiring entrepreneurs who rely only on traditional learning vehicles (teachers, classrooms, and risk-free practice) are doomed to failure in founding a startup today. Either they are never really ready to start, study an opportunity until it has passed, or fail with tools and techniques from a bygone business era. The Internet and the current information wave have more...

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How To Identify Difference Between Real Business & Hobby

By Martin at May 25, 2015 | 11:13 am | 0 Comment

How To Identify Difference Between Real Business & Hobby

As a startup investor, I often see business proposals looking for funding that really look like expensive hobbies looking for donations. I recognize that entrepreneurs tend to substitute vision and passion for formal processes, but no discipline or process in building something new is a sure way to spend money, rather than see any return and build a self-sustaining more...

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How To Foster Team Accountability In Your Startup Company

By Martin at May 21, 2015 | 11:07 am | 0 Comment

How To Foster Team Accountability In Your Startup Company

Getting things done effectively in a startup requires total individual and team accountability. You can’t afford excuses and multiple people doing the same job. In my view, “taking responsibility” is the core element behind accountability. Many people hear responsibility as an obligation, but I hear it as “the ability to respond.” Unfortunately many people more...

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How To Pick Right Startup Model

By Martin at May 13, 2015 | 11:17 am | 0 Comment

How To Pick Right Startup Model

Being an entrepreneur seems to be one of the most popular lifestyle aspirations these days. According to most definitions, anyone who starts a business is an entrepreneur, but most people don’t realize there are many startup types out there, and picking the wrong one can be just as disastrous as being stuck in a cubicle at work, or doing things with no interest and no more...

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Key Challenges Of A New Startup

By Martin at May 11, 2015 | 11:23 am | 0 Comment

Key Challenges Of A  New Startup

In my experience with entrepreneurs, there seems to a wealth of self-proclaimed “idea people” who aspire to start businesses, but only a few who are willing and able to dig in and get the job done. All the great ideas in the world won’t make a business, if the ideas never get implemented. Only rare great entrepreneurs, like Bill Gates and Elon Musk, have proven to more...

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Best Entrepreneurs Are Pragmatic Problem Solvers

By Martin at May 8, 2015 | 11:27 am | 0 Comment

Best Entrepreneurs Are Pragmatic Problem Solvers

Perhaps sparked by the recession recovery, 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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How To Become A Successful Entrepreneur

By Martin at May 6, 2015 | 11:22 am | 0 Comment

How To Become A Successful Entrepreneur

Despite the rush in every academic institution to offer more courses on entrepreneurship, I still haven’t found it to be something you can learn in school. Of course, you can pick up the basic principles this way, but the problem is that the practical rules for success are changing so fast that no academic can keep up. The best thing you can learn in school is how to more...

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