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5 Must-Do’s For Non-Tech CEOs in Technology

by / ⠀Entrepreneurship / August 7, 2014

  Technology is the canvas for our teenagers and 20something to build their vast dreams and ambitions on. Deals like “yo” that get funded 1million$ further fuels the already maddening gold rush to dive in and be a participant. Outcome:  A lot of start-ups trying to solve a lot of problems. That is great. But, very often the CEO’s of such tech start-ups have never written a line…

More Than Just a Title: Becoming a CEO

by / ⠀Entrepreneurship / April 22, 2014

When I started my company, I became CEO by default. I had no idea what a CEO really did, but I was the one in charge, so the title fell to me. Needless to say, I wasn’t performing my duties well. Since then, I’ve learned that being the CEO doesn’t just mean signing checks and giving the final stamp of approval on projects. Your day-to-day tasks will vary…

Law School Dropout – Interview with LawKick’s Aaron George

by / ⠀Entrepreneur Interviews Entrepreneurship / April 15, 2014

Dropout is such a negative word. Young entrepreneurs all across the country and world are ‘dropping out’ of school, but not because they are failing.  Aaron George may have dropped out of law school, but it wasn’t to take a  job or because he couldn’t handle it. He left law school to focus on something he was truly passionate about – lawyers. But why work with lawyers if…

An Involved CEO is a Learning CEO

by / ⠀Entrepreneurship / April 12, 2014

  What does that mean, “a learning CEO?” It is exactly what it sounds like: a Learning CEO is a CEO who is not only open to the idea of learning new information and skills but actively seeks them out. Brad Feld talks more about this on LinkedIn. When you look at the organizational pyramid of a company, it’s easy to think of the CEO as the King…

Finding the Right Spot – Interview with Spot Hero’s Jeremy Smith

by / ⠀Entrepreneur Interviews Entrepreneurship / April 1, 2014

Parking in Chicago can be as difficult as it is expensive.  In trying to find an affordable place to park while attending a Bachelor party, I discovered SpotHero. The options available to me before finding SpotHero included paying $50 a day for valet parking at the hotel, spending $6.50 an hour for metered parking, or searching for a parking lot the day of, which averages $32 a day. …

5 Tips for Living a Healthy Startup Lifestyle

by / ⠀Entrepreneurship Health & Fitness / January 28, 2014

The startup lifestyle can be grueling. If you’re not careful, it can take a serious toll on your physical and mental health. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a CTO, a programmer, or work in a nontechnical capacity; everyone needs a startup survival strategy to help them maintain their work-life balance as they learn to juggle an ever-growing workload, excessively long days and a personal life. It can be…

How To Vacation Like a Startup CEO

by / ⠀Entrepreneurship / October 29, 2013

Any small business or startup CEO will attest that it is nearly impossible to take a vacation. The combination of endless work to be done, constant race against the clock in managing cash flows, push to acquire customers and downright passion for your business makes the thought of stepping away almost laughable. Nevertheless, stepping away can be important and a vacation is sometimes vital either for your own…

CEO Reputation Can Kill or Strengthen Your Business

by / ⠀Entrepreneurship Personal Branding / October 19, 2013

  Imagine for a moment, the immense pressure that must come with the control of a multi-million or sometimes billion dollar company. How many jobs are at stake with every decision that must be made? How many product releases will be delayed by your indecisiveness? Some people are cut out for the pressures of this job. For others, the work is less becoming. Some are outright failures who…

Making Success Look Easy: Interview with Taykey CEO Amit Avner

by / ⠀Entrepreneur Interviews Entrepreneurship / August 20, 2013

Still under the age of 30, Taykey Founder and CEO Amit Avner’s entrepreneurial roots trace back to when he was just 14. In 1999, Avner built a search engine named WittySearch.  Four years later Avner created a social note-taking application – Witty Notes. In January of 2009, he started advertising technology company Taykey, which “helps to make advertisers more real-time by delivering media based on what is topical…

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