Tag: startup

  • How to Build a Startup & Understanding Venture Capital

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    Many first-time founders seek advice when thinking about what ideas would be great for a startup company and receive the wrong advice that you need to focus on a billion-dollar idea. There are very few ideas that are obviously a billion-dollar idea from the start. So what should you do? I advise founders to focus […]

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  • Marketing Tips for Startups

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    Marketing done right can be an incredible boon for your business’s net income. Done wrong, however, it can feel like throwing money into a raging bonfire. Because small business owners have to be whatever their small business needs — all the time — it can be difficult to master all the nuances that go into sales or marketing. If […]

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  • Why Entrepreneurs Stop Innovating

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    At some point, every entrepreneur stops innovating. Let’s talk about how to put that off for as long as possible. Make no mistake, the end of the innovation cycle is inevitable. It’s also necessary. At my last startup, Automated Insights, two years after we were acquired, we decided to go all in and push the […]

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  • Your company doesn’t need a social purpose to succeed

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    Outside, a protest has taken over the streets. A moody cello player leaves his instrument and joins. Then a frustrated photographer. Cut to a lithe model in a silver dress. (Is that a Kardashian?) She observes the passing march, then rips off her blonde wig and joins the movement, too. The scene ends with a […]

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  • New York the Startup paradise — expanding into the US

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    If it attracts Austrian startups to the United States, then the Silicon Valley is often the big goal. This is not always useful. New York is home to big banks, hedge funds and insurance companies — a paradise for fintechs. Even interior design, fashion or media startups are better off here than in the deep tech region […]

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  • What Kind of Startup Is Yours?

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    Not every startup fits the popular Silicon Valley “We’re going to be a billion dollar tech company” model. In fact, the vast majority don’t. But, most of the startup literature (hence published startup advice) assumes you want to hit that $B mark. I understand. Starting a smaller business is much different than starting a billion […]

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  • Your Startup Can Help Fix The Loneliness Epidemic

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    By Alan Cole Why you shouldn’t make a big bet on “remote culture.” Conjure this image in your mind… Tom Hanks in the movie “Cast Away.” His character, barely covered in ragged clothing, stranded on a deserted island with nobody to talk to except Wilson… his inanimate volleyball friend. That’s what comes to my mind when […]

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  • The Design thinking space in a Startup

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    Creativity is a gift, mastering it and being able to channel it productively is a discipline. As an experience designer, I bring sensitivity and empathy to the work space while factoring the value proposition for the business. Working in a startup has created an opportunity for my ideologies to be challenged, always striving to ensure […]

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  • How communities will drive the future of innovation, not governments or corporations

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    Great things in life happen by accident. So has been my journey to find something that I am truly passionate about and love doing. Six months ago I started working with a group of 40–50 students coming from remote parts of India. Their mission: Build a Machine Learning product to improve solar adoption. Challenges were […]

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  • Why Relationships Are Key To Success in Sales (And How To Build Them Using Social Media)

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    By Amy B What’s the most common answer to the question, ‘What’s your biggest weakness?’ Of course, it’s, ‘I’m a bit of a perfectionist.’ For many of us, perfectionism is a humble brag. My only fault is that I’m too perfect. Serious question: how well do you think you could function in sales today without […]

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