Finding Your Passion is Like Getting Married

by / ⠀Startup Advice / September 17, 2009

A question tweeted by @DanSchawbel: “Who do you think wins: The person who has the most talent or the most drive?” Answer: “Results from the question: 90% drive over talent” What things do you have drive for? They are the things you are passionate about! Passion rules the game. When someone gets passionate about something it shows. Their emotions and true spirit for what they are doing come…

59 Ways to Grow Business Credibility and Experience

by / ⠀Personal Branding Startup Advice / September 16, 2009

One of the most challenging parts of being a young entrepreneur is branding yourself as someone with experience and expertise in your field.  This list is a compilation of ways to grow that credibility and experience so you can look like a rockstar.  Remember, each of these tips are building blocks to get to the highest level of expertise.  Work your way up the rungs, establishing greater authority…

8 Tips to Positive Cashflow

by / ⠀Startup Advice / September 15, 2009

They say there are two things in life that you can be certain of, taxes and death. Well if you’re an entrepreneur you can also be certain of cashflow stress. If there is one thing you need to understand quickly when starting your own business, it’s the importance of cashflow. I learned about cashflow two ways, the hard way through my own mistakes and from fellow entrepreneurs, who…

Founder’s Syndrome–When to Step Down

by / ⠀Startup Advice / September 14, 2009

What is Founder’s Syndrome? Many times founders get intoxicated with their own success and stop seeking feedback and outside perspectives about their leadership.  When a CEO/Founder stops seeking feedback on her effectiveness and overrates her skills and impact, we refer to this as, “blind spots.”   In other words, the leader perceives she is operating at a high level of effectiveness when in fact her stakeholders (investors, direct reports)…

No Education Required: 8 Billionaire Dropouts

by / ⠀Startup Advice / September 9, 2009

Kirk Kerkorian The father of the “megaresort” this high school dropout shaped Las Vegas to the destination it is today.  Buying 80 acres on the strip for a measly $960,000, with vision like this no wonder he is a billionaire. Kerkorian later opened the MGM Grand Casino and Hotel.  Kerkorian was married to professional tennis player Lisa Bonder, 48 years younger than he, for one week. François Pinault…

Stressing as an Entrepreneur? Laugh a Little!

by / ⠀Startup Advice / September 9, 2009

Whats better then being an entrepreneur? You get to run a business. Build a personal brand. Make your own hours and lifestyle. Build things that you can truly call your own. There is no downside! Well wait a second. What about struggling to make a sale. Getting negative feedback. Not knowing what your next move will be or even how you will pay your bills tomorrow. There are…

Bring Your Own Dial Tone: Small Powerful Networks

by / ⠀Finding Customers Startup Advice / September 8, 2009

The following is excerpted from Trust Agents: Using The Web To Build Influence, Improve Reputation, and Earn Trust by Chris Brogan and Julien Smith Jeff Pulver knows a thing or two about dial tone. A while back, he cofounded Vonage, the voice-over-IP telephone network that took on all the major telephone companies in the late 1990s. He continues to be a visionary, usually discovering key trends years before…

Unemployed? Now What?

by / ⠀Personal Branding Startup Advice / September 4, 2009

What do Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and Eric Schmidt all have in common?  Aside from the obvious characteristics that all three are extremely successful and wealthy, they were also all born in 1955.  Around the time of the personal computer revolution, they were all young and deciding their long-term career paths.  It was the time in one’s life that involves big risks and major decisions. In some cases,…

Prepare to Get Wet in the Lost Canyon!

by / ⠀Startup Advice / September 4, 2009

Alright, so you’ve done the canopy/zipline, and you’ve white-water rafted down a river with Class III-IV rapids, and you’ve mountain biked a hardcore trail that leads you to a mountain peak and an adrenaline pumped descent. But I bet you’ve never rappelled down a 200 foot waterfall or sheer rock face into a canyon that is hidden deep within the jungles of Costa Rica! Picture this: You hop…

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