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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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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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Why Entrepreneurs Should Be Mentally Tough

By Martin at April 13, 2015 | 1:51 pm | 0 Comment

You have to be extra tough mentally to be an entrepreneur. While thinking about it, I realized that it’s really not that different from the toughness required and trained into America’s elite military force of Navy SEALs, who are known to be cool under fire, able to sense danger before it’s too late, and never give up on achieving their objective. I just finished more...

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How Startups Should Balance Risk With Right Opportunity

By Martin at March 31, 2015 | 11:28 am | 0 Comment

How Startups Should Balance Risk With Right Opportunity

Outside of dreams, there is no real business opportunity without risk. Serious entrepreneurs know that, but too many “wannabes” still fall for that elusive get-rich-quick scheme with no risk. As an active Angel investor, I still hear entrepreneurs asserting large opportunities with minimal risk and no competition. My conclusion either way is that they have no market, more...

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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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