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Why Entrepreneurs Hate (Most) MBAs

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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.”

Coull Entrepreneurs Get More Customers

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Apologies: an incomplete draft of this article was inadvertently sent out previously via RSS. You can also check out my blog for emerging entrepreneurs HERE. Coull Offers Advertisers Video Skimlinks.

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8 Fundraising Deal Breakers Inexperienced Entrepreneurs Routinely Create

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In many instances, investors simply do not have the patience to wait for an entrepreneur to sufficiently clean up their deal once a significant issue is identified during the due diligence process. A version of this article previously appeared on Forbes.

7 Business Mistakes Serial Entrepreneurs Never Make (Twice)

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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. “Learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t live long enough to make them all yourself.”.

Entrepreneurs Now Start Hyperlocal Then Go Global

Startup Professionals Musings

This is the main focus of EveryBlock, where they give each city block its own Web page, its own RSS feed and its own e-mail alerts. Foursquare entrepreneur startup global hyperlocal business

The Series A Crunch Is For Entrepreneurs Who Can’t Create Their Own Luck

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Fortunately, there is a key difference between startups and baby turtles: entrepreneurs can make their own luck. Customer dollars - Sophisticated entrepreneurs understand that the ideal source of capital is from customers’ wallets.

Five Trick Questions Every Entrepreneur Should Answer Before Asking For Money

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However, certain questions can be tricky for an entrepreneur to answer. Below are five common questions an entrepreneur will encounter when seeking venture funding. Intent : Investor / entrepreneur conflicts often arise when a company contemplates an exit opportunity.

Coull Entrepreneurs Get More Customers

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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. . • Facebook • Twitter • Delicious • LinkedIn • StumbleUpon • Add to favorites • Email • RSS

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From Startup Newsletter To Best Selling Book: How This Entrepreneur Pulled It Off

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Consistent with the statistics cited in Why Entrepreneurs Hate (Most) MBAs , the large majority of John and Kyle''s classmates accepted positions at investment banks and consulting firms upon graduation. A version of this article previously appeared on Inc.

Entrepreneurs Should Forget ROI And Focus On Return On Life – The New Measure Of Wealth

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According to Tige Young, Founder and CEO of Tui Tai Expeditions , entrepreneurs should de-emphasize ROI and focus on a more accurate measure of wealth, Return On Life. Tige''s story of a Silicon Valley entrepreneur who creates a renowned business in Fiji is pretty epic on its face.

From Near Death To YouTube Stardom, An Entrepreneur’s Story

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Performers Are Entrepreneurs. Mike was surprised when I identified him as an entrepreneur. Just like tech entrepreneurs, performers must create something from nothing and then package, position, promote and distribute their product to their fans. “It''s

Shutup And Sell: Entrepreneurs Shouldn’t Discuss Religion, Politics Or Sex(ual Orientation)

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Entrepreneurs with a high-profile role in their organization cannot credibly claim they were speaking "personally" when they make a divisive public comment.

63 Los Angeles Entrepreneurs To Be Proud Of

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where entrepreneurs share their stories. Subscribe to RSS. Subscribe to RSS. 63 Los Angeles Entrepreneurs To Be Proud Of By mario on May 2, 2012 in Features , grid. Free Corporations For First-Time Entrepreneurs. Jeff Unger is a lawyer and entrepreneur.

Five Trick Questions Every Entrepreneur Should Answer Before Asking For Money

InfoChachkie

However, certain questions can be tricky for an entrepreneur to answer. Below are five common questions an entrepreneur will encounter when seeking venture funding. Intent : Investor / entrepreneur conflicts often arise when a company contemplates an exit opportunity.

BERKONOMICS CELEBRATES 6TH ANNIVERSARY WITH OVER 100,000 CIRCULATION

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September 21st, 2015 marks the sixth anniversary of publication for BERKONOMICS , the blog containing insights for business management, entrepreneurs, and investors.

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11 Ways To Start Pulling Customers To Your Solution

Startup Professionals Musings

Here are some of his recommendations for web sites and blogs that I particularly recommend to entrepreneurs and startups: Provide good content. Some folks like websites and blogs, and others prefer RSS feeds, email lists, Facebook pages, and Twitter feeds.

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The Power of Twitter in Information Discovery

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First, A Primer: Portals, RSS, Feed Readers & Delicious - When the web started we needed directories to find information and thus Yahoo! Then came RSS ( Really Simple Syndication ) widely credited to Dave Winer for driving the spec & adoption. Twitter is my curated RSS feed.

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6 Hands-on Tips To Conquer Your Entrepreneurial Fears

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Serial entrepreneur Seth Epstein recently gave a keynote address as part of the University of California at Santa Barbara’s Distinguished Lecture Series. During his inspirational talk, Seth shared six hands-on exercises that entrepreneurs can use to harness their fears.

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Combustion Matters More Than Scale

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Sophisticated entrepreneurs understand that everything is easier at scale. At scale, entrepreneurs have the luxury of shifting their focus from survival to maximizing the return on their resources. A version of this article previously appeared in The Wall Street Journal .

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Comments are the New Black

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Here’s How You Get A VC To Pull Out Their Checkbook

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Most sophisticated investors ignore them, focusing their attention on an entrepreneur's pitch and presentation materials, financial forecast and executive summary. Entrepreneurs routinely seek my advice regarding their executive summaries. Business Plans are dead.

Eucalyptus Systems CEO Marten Mickos Shares His Secrets Of Startup Success

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As part, of UC Santa Barbara’s Distinguished Lecture Series, Eucalyptus Systems' CEO, Marten Mickos shared his insights and advice regarding what it takes to be a serially successful entrepreneur. Becoming a successful entrepreneur isn't. Learning To Be An Entrepreneur.

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What The Heck Does “Traction” Really Mean To A VC?

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Nearly every entrepreneur has heard the refrain, "Get back to me when you have some traction,” while seeking funding. • Facebook • Twitter • Delicious • LinkedIn • StumbleUpon • Add to favorites • Email • RSS

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‘Pull’ Customers to Website, Don’t ‘Push’ Messages

Startup Professionals Musings

Here are some of his recommendations for web sites and blogs that I particularly recommend to entrepreneurs and startups: Provide good content. Some folks like websites and blogs, and others prefer RSS feeds, email lists, Facebook pages, and Twitter feeds.

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With Greathouse Comes Great Responsibility

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Each week he brought in passionate and successful entrepreneurs to speak to his students and give advice about the different facets of creating a startup. • Facebook • Twitter • Delicious • LinkedIn • StumbleUpon • Add to favorites • Email • RSS.

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Deal Hair: Is Your Startup More Like Russell Brand Or Bruce Willis?

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Whenever a VC assesses a potential investment opportunity, they attempt to match the entrepreneur(s), their solution, and intended markets with a pattern they have previously encountered. Entrepreneurs must be self aware in order to properly manage this pattern-matching phenomenon.

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Startup Tips From College Dropouts: Zuckerberg, Jobs, Gates, Dell, Ellison, Branson and Disney

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For many entrepreneurs, college has little appeal. Academia’s arbitrary, bureaucratic structure, combined with its predominant focus on theoretical issues, causes many entrepreneurs to depart college early. Entrepreneurs are misfits. Entrepreneurs are often societal rejects.

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Startup Lessons From Pink Floyd’s Dark Side Of The Moon

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Entrepreneurs can learn a great deal from the manner in which Pink Floyd created DSOTM. Entrepreneurs should always err on the side of long-term gain. Entrepreneurs should unabashedly copy Pink Floyd's simple, yet effective market validation strategies.

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Want to Know How to Join One of the Country’s Most Successful VC Fund?

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We spoke about how we both like to back entrepreneurs with a healthy chip on their shoulders and a desire to stick ones middle finger up at the establishment. As always, you can subscribe to my YouTube channel, Soundcloud and podcast RSS feed. I recently interviewed Matt Mazzeo of Lowercase Capital. By now most of you know that Chris Sacca invested in what is now thought to be one of the best performing VC funds of all time having invested an $8.4

Startup Lessons From The Beatles’ Biggest Failure

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Entrepreneurs can draw a number of startup lessons from the manner in which the Beatles' addressed Decca's devastating rejection. Entrepreneurs must know when to listen to their advisors and when to reject errant advice. A version of this article previously appeared on Inc.

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Top 120 Startup Posts for 2010

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IP Law for Startups , June 23, 2010 Groupon’s Growth Made Possible by Facebook - Leveraging Ideas , May 5, 2010 Automating Themed Logo Changes by Season - TylerCruz.com: An Internet Entrepreneur's Journey , October 18, 2010 Selling a Business - A Guide for Investors and Entrepreneurs - Angel Blog , February 28, 2010 Minimum Viable Product in practice - Guy Nirpaz , October 17, 2010 Want to Know How VC’s Calculate Valuation Differently from Founders?

Extracting More Than Cash From Your Angel Investors

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There are a variety of factors entrepreneurs should consider when evaluating a potential early-stage investor. The obvious downside of this strategy is that most pitches from experienced entrepreneurs "sound good." A version of this article previously appeared on Forbes.

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How To Change Your Customer Message From Push To Pull

Startup Professionals Musings

Here are some of his recommendations for web sites and blogs that I particularly recommend to entrepreneurs and startups: Provide good content. Some folks like websites and blogs, and others prefer RSS feeds, email lists, Facebook pages, and Twitter feeds.