The Toxic Nature of Email

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But what has really killed me is email. I live in email hell. And for the last few evenings I decided to get through email rather than blog. I’m always so completely behind on email. I have a love / hate relationship with email. Email is a chore.

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Why Email May Be Draining Your Company’s Productivity

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Email. Ah, email. I’ve taken to saying, “Email is our personal to-do list that anybody adds to – whether they know us or not.” I have taken to limiting my outbound email. Yet email seems to be an open invitation to anybody.

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Entrepreneurs Can’t Afford To Be Email Deadbeats

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Like it or not, email is still a major business and personal communication vehicle, just like telephone calls. Your business and your integrity are being judged every day by your responsiveness to emails, and no one likes to do business with a dead-letter box.

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How Digital Entrepreneurs Approach Startup Life


Entrepreneurs have become more resourceful since the 80s, and your options are more diverse as well. The Instagram lifestyle may have inspired a slew of would-be entrepreneurs to merge work and travel as never done by previous generations.

Entrepreneurs: Employment law is not on your side!


Email readers, continue here…] Notice that every poster that is required to be displayed in a company public area (usually the lunch room) is posted for the benefit of the employee to inform him or her of rights granted by law.

Can a “good-hearted” entrepreneur succeed in business?


People argue over whether an entrepreneur with a sense of fairness, a desire for collegiality, a want to share the profits can succeed in the long run within a business world full of lions and tigers that eat timid entrepreneurs for lunch. Stories of the selfish entrepreneur.

10 Entrepreneur Attributes That Will Make You A Star

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Elon Musk via Flickr by TED Conference 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 that you can’t quite put your finger on, like Ryan Seacrest is searching for on American Idol.

As An Entrepreneur, Are You Ready To Meet The Press?

Startup Professionals Musings

Most entrepreneurs I know admit to a poor first media interaction, and many are still waiting for the instant replay. These days the media formats range from email, phone, radio, television, to social media. Why do many entrepreneurs think they can “wing it” and get the same results?

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Entrepreneurs: Take the time to celebrate your exit.


Email readers, continue here…] First there comes a sense of relief, knowing that you no longer need to worry over daily cash or threats to your net worth. But what most entrepreneurs fail dramatically at is to celebrate the moment. The do as all good entrepreneurs do.

Why Entrepreneurs Hate (Most) MBAs


Someone on Quora recently asked me to answer the following question: Why Do Digital Entrepreneurs Hate MBAs? Tech entrepreneurs' consternation with MBAs does not rise to the level of loathing. A version of this article previously appeared on Forbes.

The Entrepreneur Thesis

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I call it the entrepreneur thesis. I’m not talk about the age old debate amongst investors whether you back entrepreneurs, markets or products (or as people like to hedge – product / market fit). It’s entrepreneurs I back. It’s what I call the “entrepreneur thesis.”

Should Millennial Entrepreneurs Skip College?


Should millennial entrepreneurs go to college? If you believe the mythology surrounding the handful of entrepreneurs who did not obtain a degree, you may think that the path to entrepreneurial success is enhanced by avoiding college.

What Makes an Entrepreneur? (1/11) – Tenacity

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This is part of my new series on what makes an entrepreneur successful. I originally posted it on VentureHacks , one of my favorite websites for entrepreneurs. I wanted to also post the series here to have it as a resource on my blog for future entrepreneurs who stop by.

Entrepreneurs Need Time Management Accelerators

Startup Professionals Musings

Many entrepreneurs fantasize about days longer than 24 hours, convinced that their new venture could change the world, if they just had more time. However, this topic is particularly critical to entrepreneurs, who struggle with challenges and crises every day that they didn’t anticipate.

10 Recommendations For Entrepreneurs Who Hate Norms

Startup Professionals Musings

Maybe that’s why so many entrepreneurs struggle with building a disruptive new business, where breaks from the norm are the key to success. I suspect that there are really a lot of “grown-up closet freaks” out there who could be great entrepreneurs.

Should You Really be a Startup Entrepreneur?

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One of the most common questions that entrepreneurs who meet me for the first time like to ask is, “Do you miss being an entrepreneur? On Being an Entrepreneur. The following is a short excerpt of what I said, “… being an entrepreneur is very unsexy.

What Tech Entrepreneurs Could Learn from Chamillionaire

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On why you should be an entrepreneur, “A lot of people do what they have to do. Marketing Innovation - Too many entrepreneurs are great product or technology people and lack the knowledge, skills or even desire to figure out how to market their products or themselves cleverly.

What Makes an Entrepreneur (5/11) – Inspiration

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This is part of my new series on what makes an entrepreneur successful. I originally posted it on VentureHacks , one of my favorite websites for entrepreneurs. I started the series talking about what I consider the most important attribute of an entrepreneur : Tenacity.

Entrepreneur DNA

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Entrepreneur’s Don’t Think Enough. Here’s What You Can Do About It …

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Now, I’m pretty on the record that being an entrepreneur is about being great at The Do. Do you find yourself too much in email mode? I regularly shut down my email so that I don’t get pop-up alerts when I’m working. Entrepreneur Advice

Coull Entrepreneurs Get More Customers


While no one will ever break out in applause when they encounter an online ad, it is reassuring to know that these innovative entrepreneurs are striving to make our collective online experiences a bit less painful. You can also check out my blog for emerging entrepreneurs HERE.

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Do’s and Don’ts For Entrepreneur Business Networking

Startup Professionals Musings

There are other social networks in the list of 200 “major sites” recognized by Wikipedia that entrepreneurs use for networking, depending on where you are in the world, like Orkut, Viadeo, and Sina Weibo, but talking to friends on Facebook probably won’t help you.

Outbound VC Dialing Programs – Total Disrespect for Entrepreneurs

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I recently got an email from a friend who had been approached by a well known VC. He sent me an email asking whether the approach was real and whether he should take it seriously. Here is the email he received (reprinted without names with his permission).

10 Age-Old Entrepreneur Rules Still Lead To Success

Startup Professionals Musings

As an angel investor and a mentor to entrepreneurs I still see this every day. Every entrepreneur needs to start by setting a major purpose for embarking down a specific business path. Successful entrepreneurs do what they need to do without being told how to do it.

10 Ways Aspiring Entrepreneurs Are Often Victimized

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Some aspiring entrepreneurs are so desperate for funding, or naïve, that they ignore the obvious signs of scams and rip-offs on the Internet, praying for a windfall. Chain emails leading to a windfall. entrepreneur home business nigeria scam victim

Entrepreneurs Must Start Selling And Listening Early

Startup Professionals Musings

Savvy entrepreneurs start testing their ideas on potential customers even before the concept is fully cooked. This early in the game, any coverage and peer review is better than just being another unknown entrepreneur. brand business entrepreneur public relations startup

How Entrepreneurs Use Technology to Improve Business Efficiency

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The rise of powerful new tools for automation and management of business tasks is taking the world by storm, because it lets one entrepreneur accomplish much more with their time than they ever could before. Automated mailing tools are a major resource for entrepreneurs.

How Great Entrepreneurs Really Listen To Customers

Startup Professionals Musings

Entrepreneurs and business executives seem to be even more focused on their technology than the rest of us, and less inclined to listen to the voice of the customer, even if they remember to ask. Email surveys and voice response units are not effective listening.

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Entrepreneur's Brilliant Companies List Pinpoint SoCal Startups


Entrepreneur's list included the Southern California startups across a number of areas -- tech, apps, travel, geek chic, invention, retail, social media, and music/art.

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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. Two emailed Marc Benioff directly. So what is an entrepreneur to do? I sometimes ask entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurs need angels.

Entrepreneurs And Startups Drive Future Work Trends

Startup Professionals Musings

I have added my own insights, based on my experience advising and working with entrepreneurs and startups: Pay for results, rather than pay for work. Overall, as an entrepreneur, you just need to be aware that the notions of work are changing just as fast as the technology for products.

How To Snag Lunch With A High-Profile Entrepreneur


I recently received an email from a former student in which he described how he was able to secure a lunch meeting with a high-profile entrepreneur who is operating multiple ventures in parallel. That same evening I followed up with him by email thanking for the opportunity.

Good Entrepreneurs Practice Communication Secrets

Startup Professionals Musings

Effective communication is an absolute requirement for successfully starting a business, but it doesn’t come naturally to many entrepreneurs. But make no mistake about it, being an entrepreneur who does not communicate is not an option. entrepreneur startup John Spence communication

8 Types of Investors That Entrepreneurs Need to Avoid

Startup Professionals Musings

Every entrepreneur should do the same due diligence on a potential investor that smart investors do on their startups. These are “wannabe” investors who don’t have the means, or former entrepreneurs who don’t want to leave the arena. avoid business entrepreneurs investors startups

Lessons For Entrepreneurs From Tech Coast Angels

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Here are quick links to the feature articles in this issue: Lessons For Entrepreneurs From Tech Coast Angels. The Tech Coast Angels talk about improving your chances for long-term success in the lead article of the November SCribe Newsletter. Check this out, along with our other feature articles and links to the upcoming event schedule. 10 Invisible Threats To Every Business. Member Spotlight: