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How Entrepreneurs Should Build Self-Esteem & Avoid The Ego Trap

By Martin at March 5, 2015 | 11:05 am | 0 Comment

How Entrepreneurs Should Build Self-Esteem & Avoid The Ego Trap

In my years of mentoring entrepreneurs, a problem I have seen too often is low self-esteem, and over-compensating through arrogance and ego. These entrepreneurs find it hard to respect customers or team members, and their ventures usually fail. As a team member, low self-esteem leads to low confidence, poor productivity, and no job satisfaction. Fortunately, both can be more...

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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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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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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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10 Smart Tips For Entrepreneurs

By Martin at December 24, 2014 | 12:09 pm | 0 Comment

10 Smart Tips For Entrepreneurs

Successful entrepreneurs are the ones who think the most creatively, not only in their initial product or service, but more importantly all through the stages of growth from startup to maturity. But even the best of them can easily slip into some bad decision habits that limit or hurt their business, due to natural human tendencies and the pressures of business more...

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Why Entrepreneurs Need Smarter People For Their Startup

By Martin at November 26, 2014 | 10:53 am | 0 Comment

Why Entrepreneurs Need Smarter People For Their Startup

Helpers do what you say, while good help does what you need, without you saying anything. People who can help you the most are actually smarter than you, at least in their domain.Top entrepreneurs spend more time putting the right team in place to accomplish their objectives than they spend on any other components of their job. Some entrepreneurs are so in love more...

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Why Gaining Trust Is Most Important Task For Entrepreneurs

By Martin at November 21, 2014 | 10:26 am | 0 Comment

Why Gaining Trust Is Most Important Task For Entrepreneurs

One of the first harsh realities that every entrepreneur has to learn is that most of the things that are critical to startup success are outside of their direct control. Just because you dream it and build it, doesn’t mean they will come – that encompasses not only customers, but also investors, partners, team members, and even your own family. They won’t come if more...

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Ten Rules Of Science Of Success For Entrepreneurs

By Martin at October 18, 2014 | 12:43 pm | 0 Comment

Ten Rules Of Science Of Success For Entrepreneurs

In this world of constant change, new technologies, and a thousand cultures, it’s evident and somehow comforting to me that the basic rules for business prosperity really haven’t changed in the last hundred years. Business success is still more about the people than the technology or idea involved. As an Angel investor and a mentor to entrepreneurs I still see this more...

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