Making Lifestyle Design into a Business

by / ⠀Startup Advice / November 2, 2009

By Christine Eisner of For me, the joy of entrepreneurship comes from having the freedom to channel my time and energy into something that I am passionate about.  Yes, it suits my schedule (I get to work as late as I want!), but most importantly, I am pursuing my vision. Entrepreneurship is not necessarily the path of least resistance, but the rewards are deep and satisfying. At…

Coming out of the Recession — Creating an Opportunity Mindset

by / ⠀Personal Branding Startup Advice / October 29, 2009

By Joe Calloway, Author of Becoming a Category of One: How Extraordinary Companies Transcend Commodity and Defy Comparison Hopefully you didn’t miss it. It’s dominated the news for a year. It’s been described as difficult, daunting, and even devastating. People have referred to it as a meltdown and a disaster. It’s the recession. But no crisis can last forever. One day soon, we’ll wake up and the recession…

Gen Y "The Lost Generation"

by / ⠀Personal Branding Startup Advice / October 27, 2009

BusinessWeek’s cover story “The Lost Generation” frames Gen Y as a pathetic generation surrendering to our circumstances. Yes, the economy is piss poor, but is it true that “young people can’t even grab on to the first rung of the career ladder?” Millennials are not helpless and are certainly not entitled. This may be exactly what the doctor ordered–a wake up call. The level of frustration stems from…

Are You Addicted to Social Media?

by / ⠀Startup Advice / October 26, 2009

Have you checked your email, looked at your phone, or visited a social media site within the past few minutes? Do you refresh your email, glace at your phone, and check your Twitter/Facebook/MySpace/LinkedIN accounts 10+ times a day? If so, you are not alone! Much research and studies have shown a growing trend supporting the idea that people are becoming more and more addicted to their BlackBerry’s, iPhone’s,…

PopTech: Social Conference for World Changers

by / ⠀Startup Advice / October 23, 2009

PopTech! … What is it? Well, it’s a conference, but a whole knew kind of meetup. It’s a meeting of some of today’s most influential minds, coming together to push the boundaries of human knowledge, finding solutions to today’s biggest problems and thinking about what’s coming up tomorrow. But the conference isn’t a talking heads festival; nestled between mind-expanding presentations on a huge variety of subjects are musical…

How To Find New Clients and Leads as a Young Entrepreneur

by / ⠀Finding Customers Startup Advice / October 22, 2009
How To Find New Clients and Leads as a Young Entrepreneur

Ask any business owner what their biggest struggle is and undoubtedly they’ll almost always say it’s finding new clients and getting leads. It’s the axiom of business. Everyone will fall into selling/marketing groove that works for them, however the key is to be diversified so that if one well dries up, there is another to draw from. Keep in mind that what works for you now might not…

Laurie Davis is Building the "eFlirt Expert" Brand

by / ⠀Entrepreneur Interviews Startup Advice / October 21, 2009

Online dating has exploded in recent years. We’ve all heard of people on sites like,, or Most successful entrepreneurs will tell you that opportunity is everywhere and its no different with the explosion of the online dating industry. Laurie Davis has jumped on this opportunity and has turned herself into the eFlirt Expert optimizing people’s online dating profiles. Laurie has been featured in The Boston…

CEO National Conference and After Party

by / ⠀Startup Advice / October 20, 2009

It’s crazy to think but Under30CEO is almost 1 year old. Matt and I launched the whole idea at last years CEO National Conference in Chicago. Well the conference is back this week and we are on our way there. At the conference we will be giving various presentations on Friday and Saturday so if your attending we hope to see you there! Under30CEO has changed and grown…

How to Bullet-Proof Any Business

by / ⠀Startup Advice / October 16, 2009

The following is a case study on a young entrepreneur who started a dot com –we’ll call him Dan. Dan secured $250,000 in funding from friends and went to work. Within one year he was out of business, a quarter of a million buck, gone. His idea was fine. Not remarkable, not awful. What sucked was his model. Your business will live and die by cash flow, pure…

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