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How Small Business Should Survive & Prosper In Any Situations

By Martin at July 25, 2014 | 11:35 am | 0 Comment

How  Small Business Should Survive & Prosper In Any Situations

Most small businesses are trying to forget the recent recession, and get back to “business as usual.” They don’t realize that business as usual is gone forever. With social media and smart phone conversations, real product information spreads at astounding speeds. Entrepreneurs that are not listening, not engaging, and not changing will be left behind even in the more...

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How To Create Contagious Leadership For Your Startup Company

By Martin at July 23, 2014 | 10:50 am | 0 Comment

How To Create Contagious Leadership For Your Startup Company

Startups provide business leadership with new products, services, and new revenue models, but leadership startups can only be built by entrepreneurs who are leaders themselves, and incent leadership in the team around them. Leadership which incents other people to be leaders is called “contagious leadership.” John Hersey, in his book “Creating Contagious more...

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When Entrepreneurs Or Business People Should Ask For Entitlement?

By Martin at July 21, 2014 | 11:25 am | 0 Comment

When Entrepreneurs Or Business People Should Ask For Entitlement?

Where did this sense of entitlement in our business culture come from? I’ve written about this before, but I was reminded again a while back at a conference for startups when an entrepreneur started berating investors for not funding early-stage startups. It sounded to investors like me that they felt a funding entitlement for their startup idea. Of course, I’m sure more...

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How To Make Your Inventive Idea Fundable?

By Martin at July 19, 2014 | 10:44 am | 0 Comment

How To Make Your Inventive Idea Fundable?

Every inventor seems to think their invention is worth a million dollars, but I haven’t seen anyone pay that much for one yet. In fact, I often have to tell aspiring entrepreneurs that their inventions have zero value, at least not until they are put in the context of a business plan, with qualified people committed to executing the plan. Early-stage ideas fall in the more...

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How To Build A Prototype Startup

By Martin at July 17, 2014 | 11:35 am | 0 Comment

How To Build A Prototype Startup

These days, everyone wants to be an entrepreneur, pitching their latest and greatest new idea, and looking for someone to give them money. Angel investors, like me, have long figured out that asking to see the prototype is a quick way to separate the ‘wannabes’ from serious players. Talk is cheap, but entrepreneurs who show you a working model of their idea know how more...

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How Entrepreneurs Should Survive The Valley Of Death

By Martin at July 15, 2014 | 11:37 am | 0 Comment

How Entrepreneurs Should Survive The Valley Of Death

The “valley of death” is a common term in the startup world, referring to the difficulty of covering the negative cash flow in the early stages of a startup, before their new product or service is bringing in revenue from real customers. I often get asked about the real alternatives to bridge this valley, and there are some good ones I will outline here. According more...

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How To Transform Yourself From Being Employee To An Entrepreneur

By Martin at July 14, 2014 | 10:50 am | 0 Comment

How To Transform Yourself From Being Employee To An Entrepreneur

I talk to many people who have spent years struggling up the corporate ladder who dream of jumping ship and becoming an entrepreneur. I hasten to tell them that every job move is fraught with risk, but the move from employee to entrepreneur is on the high end of the risk curve. It’s a big jump, especially in today’s economy, so do your homework first on this more...

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How Entrepreneurs Should Build A Brand For Themselves

By Martin at July 9, 2014 | 8:31 am | 0 Comment

How Entrepreneurs Should Build A Brand For Themselves

Starting a business is usually the result of a personal dream or need. Investors tell me that they invest in people more than the idea. Customers buy from people, not from a company, at least at early startup stages. That’s why it’s important to build a personal brand, in parallel and before your business brand. This will kick-start your business, and improve your more...

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Gartner’s Hyper Cycle Tips For Startups

By Martin at July 8, 2014 | 11:38 am | 0 Comment

Gartner’s Hyper Cycle Tips For Startups

The Hype Cycle was a concept put forward by Gartner, Inc. back in 1995 meant to apply to technology product evolution and acceptance. As I was reading about it a while back, it occurred to me that the concept relates directly to how investors see startup opportunities and potential success as well, at least those with technology in their more...

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Great Leadership Lessons For Entrepreneurs

By Martin at July 7, 2014 | 10:40 am | 0 Comment

Great Leadership Lessons For Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurship is all about leading – leading customers to a new product or service, leading a startup team to peak performance, and leading a new business to the market opportunity, while providing maximum return to stakeholders. Most entrepreneurs feel they have innate leadership talents, but struggle with how to nurture these abilities and measure their more...

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