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The 6 Skills That Made These 6 Top Entrepreneurs Successful

by / ⠀Entrepreneurship Startup Advice / December 9, 2013

I’m not sure if there are any other occupations out there that require as many skills and abilities as it takes to be an entrepreneur. If you’re a pilot, you need to be familiar with the operation of your aircraft – but you don’t have to source its parts, build it and then sell it to an airline in order to be successful. If you’re an engineer, you…

How to Create the Next Bill Gates

by / ⠀Personal Branding Startup Advice / February 13, 2012

I had drinks the other day with a couple of friends who’d recently had kids.  They wanted to know what encouraged my interest in the business world – and what prepared me for success within it. I started thinking about what impacted my entrepreneurial skills, knowingly or not. You don’t need to teach your kids complicated bookkeeping services, or how to code a website at the age of…

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)…

Most Influential Celebrity Entrepreneurs

by / ⠀Startup Advice / July 26, 2009

Steven Spielberg: Dreamworks Spielberg got his start charging admission to his homemade movies as a child.  His first war movie Escape to Nowhere was award winning at age 12.   After doing Jaws, ET, and Jurrasic Park, Spielberg co-founded Dreamworks which went on to do 10 movies over $100 million at the box offices.  Forbes puts Spielberg’s net worth at over $3.1 billion. Hugh Heffner: Playboy The playboy…

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