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Lessons For Entrepreneurs To Learn From Good Incubators

By Martin at March 31, 2014 | 8:07 am | 0 Comment

Lessons For Entrepreneurs To Learn From Good Incubators

More and more entrepreneurs are hearing about the successful graduates and investors queued behind a few well-known startup incubators, including Y Combinator, TechStars, and the Founder Institute. They dream of appearing at the door, with their idea on the back of a napkin, and popping out a few months later with investor money to burn. The reality is far more...

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209th 1M/1M Roundtable For Entrepreneurs: Spotlight on Penn Students

By Guest Post at March 24, 2014 | 10:19 am | 0 Comment

209th 1M/1M Roundtable For Entrepreneurs: Spotlight on Penn Students

209th 1M/1M Roundtable For Entrepreneurs: Spotlight on Penn Students During this week’s roundtable, we collaborated with the University of Pennsylvania to support their student entrepreneurship drive. All four presenters today are semi finalists of the PennVention competition. AWARE First up, John Bergantino from Philadelphia, PA, pitched AWARE, a very more...

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Why Entrepreneurs Should Focus On Getting Things Done

By Martin at March 18, 2014 | 8:14 am | 0 Comment

Why Entrepreneurs Should Focus On Getting Things Done

When someone introduces me to an “idea person,” I automatically jump to the down-side conclusion that this person doesn’t do follow-up. Of course there are people who are great at getting things done, but haven’t had an original idea in their life. Great entrepreneurs, like Bill Gates, are great at both. I was with IBM in the early PC days when Bill worked with more...

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Six Good Habits For Entrepreneurs

By Martin at March 8, 2014 | 9:01 am | 0 Comment

Six Good Habits For Entrepreneurs

Most of the entrepreneurs I know realize they have some bad habits, like maybe procrastination or not listening well, so they focus on dropping these. New studies indicate that a more productive approach would be adopting new good habits and behaviors that clearly move your business forward, like good time management and implementing customer recommendations. These two more...

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10 Essentials Qualities For Entrepreneurs

By Martin at February 10, 2014 | 8:12 am | 0 Comment

10 Essentials Qualities For Entrepreneurs

To be successful as an entrepreneur, you don’t have to be a fabulous person, but it helps. Some people, and some entrepreneurs, have that something extra, like Simon Cowell is searching for on the X-Factor, that you can’t quite put your finger on. But the entrepreneurs that have “it” seem to be able to effortlessly get team members, investors, and customers to more...

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How Entrepreneurs Should Prepare For Innovation & Change

By Martin at February 1, 2014 | 8:51 am | 0 Comment

How Entrepreneurs Should Prepare For Innovation & Change

It’s time for more entrepreneurs to reset their focus, and shift their thinking to completely different ways of doing things. Everyone talks about innovation, but the majority of business plans I see still reflect linear thinking – one more social network with improved usability, one more wind-farm energy generator with a few more blades, or one more dating site with more...

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201st 1M/1M Roundtable For Entrepreneurs: Investors Fund Businesses, Not Concepts

By Guest Post at January 18, 2014 | 11:56 am | 0 Comment

201st 1M/1M Roundtable For Entrepreneurs: Investors Fund Businesses, Not Concepts

201st 1M/1M Roundtable For Entrepreneurs: Investors Fund Businesses, Not Concepts During today’s roundtable, we had a couple of formal slide presentations, and a number of shorter dialogues. Direct Dialect First, Thelson Richardson from Miami, Florida, pitched Direct Dialect, a language teaching application. Thelson started off by saying that he wants to more...

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Tips For Entrepreneurs To Balance Risk & Opportunity

By Martin at January 18, 2014 | 8:51 am | 0 Comment

Tips For Entrepreneurs To  Balance Risk & Opportunity

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

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Why Entrepreneurs Need To Be Extra Tough Mentally

By Martin at January 7, 2014 | 8:21 am | 0 Comment

Why Entrepreneurs Need To Be Extra Tough Mentally

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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When Entrepreneurs Should Look For Help?

By Martin at January 2, 2014 | 8:31 am | 0 Comment

When Entrepreneurs Should Look For Help?

If an entrepreneur doesn’t find themselves in over their head at least 20% of the time, they are probably not pushing the limits, not taking enough risk, and probably not working on an idea that’s worth doing. The challenge in to know when and how to ask for help, and not let bravado and ego mask anxieties. The best people know when they don’t know, and know how to more...

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