Why I Look for Obsessive and Competitive Founders

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This blog started from a series of conversations I found myself having over and over again with founders and eventually decided I should just start writing them.It But the film has my brain buzzing all week about obsessive and competitive people. Obsession.

One Book Every Entrepreneur Should Own

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Brad Feld seems to write books faster than I can read and write about them. He teamed up with his wife, Amy Batchelor , to write about about the impact that entrepreneurship has on relationships and what to do about it. Men are generally chest beaters and competitive.

Your Product Needs to be 10x Better than the Competition to Win. Here’s Why:

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It was a pleasure to write them myself. He was a life-long entrepreneur and the first business he created out of college (actually, he founded it while he was at Caltech) was a company that manufactured high quality audio speakers. Too many entrepreneurs focus on dilution.

A Serial Entrepreneur’s Guide To Uncovering Awesome Startup Ideas


Seth is a design-oriented entrepreneur, with little desire to document details. The more you play around with ideas and you write them down, the better. Per Seth, emerging entrepreneurs should, "Find problems that need solving… that resonate (with you). Entrepreneur Video

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7 Business Mistakes Serial Entrepreneurs Never Make (Twice)


As an entrepreneur, I helped create companies which achieved two IPOs and two trade sales totaling $385 million. Fallacy: An entrepreneur’s two most precious assets are time and money. Thus, you have negotiating leverage as long as a legitimate, competitive threat exists.

What Entrepreneurs Should do about Price Fixing

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I thought I’d try to look at it from a different lens, that of the entrepreneur. As an entrepreneur you should assume that. Have you looked at competition? How well financed is the competition? So what is an entrepreneur to do? I sometimes ask entrepreneurs.

The Yo-Yo Life of a Tech Entrepreneur – A Cautionary Tale

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TechCrunch Europe ran an article in November of last year that European startups need to work as hard as those in Silicon Valley and I echoed the sentiment in my post about the need for entrepreneurs to be maniacal about their businesses if one wants to work in the hyper competitive tech world.

Interview with Steve Seigel, Hatched


We take a really friendly, Shark Tank approach that promotes young entrepreneurs, and lets them pitch to a group of seasoned investors and venture capitalists on a panel, and where they not only get an actual investment, but also go through a retail challenge, to get consumer feedback. What we want to do with our show, since it runs on a Saturday, is to be very family friendly, and focused on the entrepreneurs.

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Do you want to control your business destiny?


This moment is not to be spoiled by such mundane warnings from advisors or consultants to plan carefully, research the market and competition, and execute the plan with tenacity and enthusiasm. Write your own Hollywood script.

Should Startups Announce Their Funding?

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Understanding “The Funding Angle” I sit at enough board meetings to hear conflicting advice given to entrepreneurs about how to handle PR and announcements at startups. I will add to this as I write more in the coming weeks on the topic. Entrepreneur Advice

Five Startup Tips From Bill Gates


"The best way to prepare [to be a programmer] is to write programs, and to study great programs that other people have written. Bill’s advice reflects Microsoft’s hardnosed culture, which encourages internal competition and a ruthless pursuit of the truth.

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Nine Startup Tips From Walt Disney


As Seth Epstein makes clear in this talk , entrepreneurs constantly experience breakdowns, followed by breakthroughs. A common theme among successful entrepreneurs is that making money is not a primary motivator. " Entrepreneurs are life-long students.

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Ten Rookie Startup Mistakes You Won’t Make


As an entrepreneur and startup investor, I have helped create companies which achieved two IPOs which collectively raised over $100 million, as well as two acquisitions which totaled $385 million. 5) Allow Partners To Write Your Agreements. Entrepreneur Strategic Planning The Fringe

Interview: Paige Craig, CEO BetterWorks


5) When I interviewed people at my past startups, I rejected them if they asked me about our dental plan, as true entrepreneurs don’t care about such pedestrian benefits. And we hired folks who had previous leadership positions and proof points of being competitive.

Venture investors and startup execs say they don’t need Elizabeth Warren to defend them from big tech

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“If big companies like Google, Facebook and Amazon are prevented from acquiring startups, that actually reduces competition,” Sirinivasan writes. If big companies like Google, Facebook, and Amazon are prevented from acquiring startups, that actually reduces competition. “I don’t think at the end of the day venture capital is worrying about competition from these big platform companies.

Inaugural Open Angel Forum Was a Success

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Jason started the Open Angel Forum in response to his frustration that entrepreneurs were being charged by some angel organizations to present at their events. As a former entrepreneur, I’m a big supporter of Jason’s goals.

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Hands-on Techniques To Avoid Hiring Wantrepreneurs


They profess to be entrepreneurs, but are they actually Wantrepreneurs? A Wantrepreneur is a well-intentioned person who wants to be an entrepreneur, but does not have the skills, personality and or risk profile to be successful. Did you play any team or individual sports competitively?

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Putting the Pedal to the Metal at Amplify

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The value that is being “added” is often at arms length or via a specialist who interacts with the entrepreneur. But like a Darwinian experiment, the extent to which these gifts are utilized remains entirely up to each individual entrepreneur.

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Can you overcome five risks and create wealth?


Especially if you are in the early stage of growing a business, these five risks can and often do derail entrepreneurs before realizing the riches of a great exit. And fifth: Competitive risk. . Of course, we are speaking of increased valuation of your company when we speak of “wealth.”

RingRevenue Creates A New Performance Marketing Revenue Channel


9) In Getting The Band Back Together , I write about the power of serial Founding teams. Do you have any words of caution or advice for entrepreneurs who attempt to “Get Their Band Back Together”? “In Who do you view as your biggest competition? Entrepreneur Interview

Intellectual Property – Worthless To A Startup, Priceless To A Big Dumb Company


Patents held by startups generally have a limited ability to reduce competition. This approach makes sense for the following reasons: You gain a year to write a thoughtful, defensible patent without delaying your filing date.

ConTraps Part IV – Avoid Exclusion From Future Revenue Opportunities


As noted in Contract Traps Entrepreneurs Should Avoid , exclusivity can kill a small company. Write this number down. It is simply not rational for an entrepreneur to limit his or her ability to follow their most lucrative paths to success, especially at the outset of an adVenture.

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Interview with Scot Lawrie and John Rhodes, Coverfly


Writers can submit their scripts into these programs, and the dashboards make it convenient to track, and it also allows them to track placement and their scores in these competitions. For those not familiar with the writing process in Hollywood works, fill us in? We saw that there were a lot of talent discovery programs out there, such as screenwriting fellowships, labs, film festivals, workshops, and writing competitions.

What is the Right Amount of Money to Raise at a Startup?

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I’ve seen too many entrepreneurs try to do things on the cheap. there may be major competitive changes in the market that makes your next funding round hard (e.g. Tags: Entrepreneur Advice Raising Venture Capital Start-up Advice Startup Advice

Entrepreneurship: Nature vs. Nurture? A Religious Debate

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In my bones I’m convinced that entrepreneurs are more nature than nurture although I know both are involved. I wasn’t going to write about it since he had just covered the topic and echoed my point of view. I’m an ex entrepreneur. Nature vs. Nurture.

How to Work with Lawyers at a Startup

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I recently read a post over on VentureHacks titled, “ Top Ten Reasons Entrepreneurs Hate Lawyers &# written by Scott Walker (who blogs on legal issues for entrepreneurs ). I write about some of the lessons in my post on Startup Mistakes. But make it competitive.

Joey Flores On Earbits' Life, Death, and Resurrection


Joey Flores: For starters, we're smart enough not to believe anything until it is in writing. The number one thing we are doing is making a competitive listening experience for our users. joey flores earbits you42 music streaming mobile artists stream interview entrepreneur

Interview with Jordan Glazier, Wildfire Systems


If I write back, and tell them to stay at the Marriott in Del Mar, we would detect the Marriott Del Mar in your message, whether that's on Facebook Messenger, Snapchat, in a text message, in an email, or whatever, and convert that into a link to one of our merchants who are part of the Wildfire network. As a serial entrepreneur, what are you doing differently this time based on what you learned from your prior ventures?

73.6% of all Statistics are Made Up

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I’m writing this post to make sure you’re all on that same playing field. One of our core tasks was “market analysis,&# which consistent of: market sizing, market forecasts, competitive analysis and then instructing customers on which direction to take.

How to Present at Big Meetings without Going Down a Rat Hole

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I’m writing this post as part of my series with Advice on Raising Venture Capital but will file it under Sales Tips as well since it applies equally to both scenarios. tip: write it down when asked / parked). Let me write that down.&#. -

6 Tips for Building Relationships with Journalists

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Journalists don’t know enough about your company before the show, don’t have time for proper research, and you will be competing for their time afterward with 49+ other companies that want them to write about you. -

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Running More Effective Board Meetings at Startups

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Then competition. and then write down what they said on a white board (so they feel listened to) but then go around the room and call on everybody and ask, “so what do you think?&#. Tags: Entrepreneur Advice Start-up Advice Startup Advice

Startups and VCs Should Avoid “Pier” Funding

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So by offering convertible debt you can avoid a price discussion in the same way that angel investors sometimes do in order to win competitive early-stage deals. So my view is that VCs and entrepreneurs need to make tougher choices.

People Management: Startup Teams Should Dip but not Skip

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By going on sales calls you pick up directly the feedback of what customers want and also what they’re telling you about competition. As a content management system we had lots of write activities and went with Postgres.

Productivity Hacks: Voicemail, Folders & To-Do’s

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They taught us to write down questions when they came up and batch them together in point sheets. This product seems to be dead-ended the way that Microsoft products become when they have no competition. Tags: Entrepreneur Advice Start-up Advice Startup Advice