Leadership Is From Experience, Mentoring and Failure

Startup Professionals Musings

A single visionary entrepreneur almost always is the initial implementer of an innovative new venture, but that lone entrepreneur doesn’t have the bandwidth to grow the business alone. That’s a big transition, and many entrepreneurs never make it.

7 Keys to Finding the Right Startup Mentor for You

Startup Professionals Musings

I’m a big fan of mentoring in business, and have been at different times on both the contributing and receiving end of the process. These days, I seem to often hear from entrepreneurs who are struggling to find a mentor, or complaining about their lack of effectiveness.

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Spotting, Nurturing and Mentoring Talent – The Power of Troy Carter

Both Sides of the Table

In the 90’s most of us studied, “ Crossing the Chasm ” by Geoffrey Moore in which he preached serving a narrow market that are passionate fans about your tech product before trying to bring it to the masses.

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How to Make a Business Mentoring Relationship Work

Startup Professionals Musings

I’m a big fan of mentoring in business, and have been at different times on both the contributing and receiving end of the process. These days, I seem to often hear from entrepreneurs who are struggling to find a mentor, or complaining about their lack of effectiveness.

Find Your Mentor: Here’s How…

Jason Nazar

I never bought books, rarely went to class, and hardly studied for exams. But I did spent those four years starting businesses and courting many mentors to help me along the way. Instead of studying for my classes, I’d set up new meet & greet meetings with successful alums. At the end of every meeting, I’d ask, “Would you consider being my mentor?” — and every time, I got the same response. Ignorance is Blasphemy: Why You Need a Mentor in the First Place.

Should Millennial Entrepreneurs Skip College?

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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.

A Serial Entrepreneur’s Take On Guy Kawasaki’s Enchantment

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Although many are entertaining, most fail to provide entrepreneurs with a sufficient return on their time investment. Unfortunately, most business books do not offer entrepreneurs an adequate payoff. For instance, Guy refers to an entrepreneur’s venture as their “cause.”

Huddlewoo Wants To Connect You To Mentors You Admire Through Online Video

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Huddlewoo a live video platform set to launch early 2013 to give people the ability to access extraordinary people for one-on-one conversations and mentoring. Will Zell (CEO) is based in Columbus, OH, and is an Empact100 entrepreneur who was honored at The White House in 2011.

Entrepreneurs Relish The Challenge More Than Money

Startup Professionals Musings

Over the years, I’ve had the privilege of working with some of the best entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley and elsewhere. On the average, the entrepreneurs I know are living on Ramen noodles. Read entrepreneur stories. Adopt a mentor.

10 Entrepreneur Beliefs That Defy The Stereotype

Startup Professionals Musings

Most people agree that entrepreneurs have to think differently and take risks to have much chance of building a successful business. In his book from a while back “ The Entrepreneur Mind ,” by serial entrepreneur Kevin D. Have you caught the entrepreneur bug yet?

10 Controversial Lessons From Serious Entrepreneurs

Startup Professionals Musings

Most people agree that entrepreneurs have to think differently and take risks to have much chance of building a successful business. In the classic book “ The Entrepreneur Mind ,” from serial entrepreneur Kevin D. Great entrepreneurs aren’t interested in being bosses at all.

Escape From Corporate America - Be An Entrepreneur

Startup Professionals Musings

One obvious alternative is to become an entrepreneur. As a mentor to many aspiring entrepreneurs, I’m often asked what it takes to switch and get real satisfaction from this lifestyle. In fact, Mehta focuses on a special class of entrepreneurs that he calls disruptors.

10 Surprising Assertions From Elite Entrepreneurs

Startup Professionals Musings

Most people agree that entrepreneurs have to think differently and take risks to have much chance of building a successful business. In his new book “ The Entrepreneur Mind ,” by serial entrepreneur Kevin D. Great entrepreneurs aren’t interested in being bosses at all.

Encore Entrepreneur Is The New Baby Boomer Lifestyle

Startup Professionals Musings

Contrary to what you might guess, the highest rate of entrepreneurial growth over the last few years is not Gen-Y upstarts, but Boomers over the age of 50, now called encore entrepreneurs. Here are some indicative entrepreneurial facts from recent Kauffman studies and others.

Problem Solvers Rock In This New Entrepreneur Era

Startup Professionals Musings

Perhaps sparked by the recent recession, I’m seeing a new era of the entrepreneur, with startups springing up all around. Based on my own mentoring and investing experience, the best entrepreneurs are pragmatic problem solvers.

Improve Your Future By Thinking Like An Entrepreneur

Startup Professionals Musings

Maybe starting a new business isn’t your passion, but in these days of rapid change, where everyone is dealing with uncertainty, I believe that thinking and acting like entrepreneurs will help you get ahead in any profession. business career entrepreneur Own Your Future Paul B.

Baby Boomers Are Surpassing Gen-Y As Entrepreneurs

Startup Professionals Musings

In fact, according to a study by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, these Boomers are actually driving a new entrepreneurship boom. Here is a summary of indicative facts from the earlier study referenced, an update published last year, and others.

7 Guidelines For Entrepreneurs To Do The Right Thing

Startup Professionals Musings

Most entrepreneurs I know want to do the right thing for their businesses, as well as themselves, but they are not always sure what that means. The good news is that none of these need be mutually exclusive, according to recent studies of market trends.

7 Tips For Entrepreneurs Who Like To Work Alone

Startup Professionals Musings

You can’t win as an entrepreneur working alone. See my recent article “ Entrepreneurs Learn Best From Business Networking ” on how and where to get started. Studies show that as much as 50-90% of communication is body language. Nominate someone as your mentor.

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Entrepreneurs Love the Learning and Ramen Noodles

Startup Professionals Musings

Over the years, I’ve had the privilege of working with some of the best entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley and elsewhere. On the average, the entrepreneurs I know are living on Ramen noodles. Read entrepreneur stories. Adopt a mentor.

Build Entrepreneur Credentials Early and Wisely

Startup Professionals Musings

Many believe that entrepreneurs are born, not made. While I agree that successful company builders usually have a natural inclination to be entrepreneurs, a good education helps polish that apple. The bigger question, then, for an entrepreneur, is not "Should I go to college?"

How This Entrepreneur Raised $28,000 Using Airbnb to Fund Her Startup

Both Sides of the Table

She actually IS the prototypical entrepreneur. But Tracy did what entrepreneurs do. Tracy studied SEOMoz and several other online sources of SEO tips. Sam is the managing director of Launchpad LA and we were about to pick our 2012 class of entrepreneurs.

Street Smart Disciplines Every Entrepreneur Needs

Startup Professionals Musings

As a mentor and advisor to entrepreneurs, I find it’s easy to recognize “street smarts” when I see them, but it’s hard to explain the specifics to someone on the other end of the spectrum, even if they are willing to learn. Study them carefully and practice them religiously.

Most Great Entrepreneurs Don’t Drop Out of Harvard

Startup Professionals Musings

Many believe that entrepreneurs are born, not made. While I agree that successful company builders usually have a natural inclination to be entrepreneurs, a good education helps polish that apple. The bigger question, then, for an entrepreneur, is not "Should I go to college?"

If Money Is Your Goal, Don’t Be An Entrepreneur

Startup Professionals Musings

Over the years, I’ve had the privilege of working with some of the best entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley and elsewhere. On the average, the entrepreneurs I know are broke. I’ve never known any successful entrepreneurs or investors who were not happy to share their secrets.

Many Entrepreneurs Suffer From the Peter Principle

Startup Professionals Musings

For example: be solutions-oriented, able to balance both sides of an issue, and be a quick study. Provide mentoring and formal management training. entrepreneur startup peter principle manager team

Seven Tips For Entrepreneurs Who Are Lone Rangers

Startup Professionals Musings

You can’t win as an entrepreneur working alone. Studies show that as much as 50-90% of communication is body language. Nominate someone as your mentor. Most entrepreneurs love to help others, and will be honored to help you.

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An Entrepreneur Must Nurture Relationships

Startup Professionals Musings

You can’t win as an entrepreneur working alone. Studies show that as much as 50-90% of communication is body language. Nominate someone as your mentor. Most entrepreneurs love to help others, and will be honored to help you.

10 Challenging Insights From New Venture Innovators

Startup Professionals Musings

Most people agree that entrepreneurs have to think differently and take risks to have much chance of building a successful business. In the classic book “ The Entrepreneur Mind ,” from serial entrepreneur Kevin D. Great entrepreneurs aren’t interested in being bosses at all.

10 Elements of a Coaching Culture and Why You Need It

Startup Professionals Musings

Every entrepreneur and business person I know wishes he had more time for coaching all the members of his team. In fact, studies have shown that the long-term value of coaching has a return of at least 2x to more than 100x times the cost.

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5 Ways Poker Legend Annie Duke’s Brilliant Book Will Help You (And Your Startup) Make Better Decisions

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Annie’s approach is a highly-readable balance between memorable, real-world analogies and hardcore behavioral science studies. The Power Of “I’m Not Sure” – Successful, serial entrepreneurs tend to be self-reflective and not dogmatic. Entrepreneur Iconic Advice

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Baby Boomers May Be Your Biggest Startup Competitors

Startup Professionals Musings

Contrary to what you might guess, the highest rate of entrepreneurial growth over the last few years is not Gen-Y upstarts, but Boomers over the age of 50, now called encore entrepreneurs. Here are some indicative entrepreneurial facts from recent Kauffman studies and others.

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Friendship + Mentorship = Friendtorship

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It is common sense that entrepreneurs should cultivate friends outside of work. However, too often, entrepreneurs allow their non-work friendships to wither, as they struggle to maintain a healthy relationship with their family while nurturing their startups. Be a mentor.

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10 Tips To New Venture Leaders To Never Stop Learning

Startup Professionals Musings

In fact, you may have noticed in a recent study , that the business CEO turnover rate last year was the highest in 10 years, and may go even higher this year. That means a priority on coaching and mentoring, as well as training and tools, before focusing on results metrics.

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Paving The Way For Future Women Entrepreneurs | Technovation LA Pitch Night

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At the Technovation Challenge LA Pitch Night hosted by Iridescent , we saw six teams of high school girls from various Los Angeles City Schools pitch a number of mobile app ideas to a panel of venture capitalists and entrepreneurs.

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