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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 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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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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Ten Strategic Tips For Entrepreneurs

By Martin at January 7, 2015 | 10:47 am | 0 Comment

Ten Strategic Tips For Entrepreneurs

Businesses always seem to take longer to succeed than an entrepreneur expects. Seth Godin once said that overnight success in startups takes about six years, and Seth is an optimist. Thus we all look for shortcuts. Execution shortcuts would be hidden strategies to achieve the endgame sooner, without losing 40 to 60 percent of the financial potential along the way. The more...

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Smart Productivity Tips For Entrepreneurs

By Martin at January 3, 2015 | 10:41 am | 0 Comment

Smart Productivity Tips For Entrepreneurs

If you define your self-worth as an entrepreneur by how busy you are, it’s time to find another lifestyle. We all know people who are extraordinarily busy, but never seem to accomplish anything. For survival, entrepreneurs need to be all about accomplishing results that matter for themselves, their team, and their customers. That’s productivity. Why is this so more...

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Strategic Planning Initiatives For Startup In 2015

By Martin at January 1, 2015 | 11:08 am | 0 Comment

Strategic Planning Initiatives For Startup In 2015

Even though it has been a long haul since the recession, it’s nice to see more optimism as we close out this year and head into a new one. A November 2014 report by Kiplinger asserts that economic momentum is back on track. Growth is projected to continue at a 3 percent rate, consumer confidence is gaining strongly, hiring is on the rise, and job openings are at a near more...

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How To Create A Great Customer Experience For Startup

By Martin at December 31, 2014 | 11:21 am | 0 Comment

How To Create A Great Customer Experience For Startup

Most businesses spend big money testing their brand logo, catchy marketing phrases, and demographics, but spend little time training and validating that their employees can and do deliver memorable experiences to their customers. The result, according to a recent Gallup survey, with 70 percent of workers not fully engaged, is unhappy workers and poor customer more...

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Traits Of Intelligent Entrepreneur

By Martin at December 29, 2014 | 11:06 am | 0 Comment

Traits Of Intelligent Entrepreneur

As the economy recovers from some tough economic times, more and more people seem to be turning to entrepreneurship as an alternative to traditional employment. I applaud this trend, but caution all of you thinking this direction to approach entrepreneurship with your eyes wide open. It is not for everyone, as the entrepreneur’s path is fraught with more...

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