10 Must Read Entrepreneurship Books from 2012

by / ⠀Startup Advice / January 16, 2013

What did you read in 2012? The following are a group of books that were all released in 2012 so maybe you will find something new!  They are also in no particular order…We suggest you read them all! The $100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future In The $100 Startup, Chris Guillebeau shows you how to lead of life of adventure, meaning…

Entrepreneurship is Synonymous with Loneliness

by / ⠀Startup Advice / January 12, 2013

I remember the exact moment when I became an entrepreneur.  I twelve years old and driving with my father from Rochester, New York (my hometown), to Toronto.  As we were entering the city, like in many large cities, one will see a lot of industry and large office buildings on the highway. I thought to myself, “What are all of these businesses?  What do they do?  Who runs…

Being “Nice” Is WAY More Valuable

by / ⠀Personal Branding Startup Advice / January 11, 2013

Under30CEO co-founder and my good friend Matt Wilson wrote a recent article, “How to Stop Being Nice and Get What You Really Want.” While I can’t begin to explain how much I respect Matt and his perspective, I strongly disagree with this particular point of view. From Matt’s article, I deduced that “nice” means being thoughtful, fair, self-aware, and caring. I agree. The logic goes that somehow these attributes cause problems…

Nobody Likes You When You Break The Rules

by / ⠀Startup Advice / January 10, 2013

“You need to figure out how to close up shop Matt…” “It’s about time you moved on and worked for someone else…” “That site actually pays your bills?” Quotes from my motivation board.  At an Under30CEO event, Alexis Ohanian, Co-Founder of Reddit told us to make a negative reinforcement board with all the things anyone has ever said bad about ourselves… as motivational as it is, sometimes that…

20 Quotes to Ring in a Successful New Year as an Entrepreneur

by / ⠀Startup Advice / January 2, 2013

As an entrepreneur, you have a natural aptitude for adventurous business risks, creating inventive ideas, filling a gap in consumer needs, and self-starting. The start to a new year is as good of a time as any to refocus your priorities, create professional goals, or kick start a business idea that has been lingering in your mind. Whether you are an aspiring or seasoned entrepreneur, get inspired through…

Under30Experiences: GREEN Business Tour Costa Rica Recap in Pictures

by / ⠀Startup Advice / December 18, 2012

This past week Under30CEO’s community of ambitious young people embarked on a new journey– our inaugural GREEN Business Tour Costa Rica. As part of our new Under30Experiences travel brand, our 14 handpicked attendees embarked on a whirlwind tour of clean technology, sustainability, and real estate across the Guanacaste region of Costa Rica. Highlights included: a zipline canopy tour in the rainforest, a candid conversation with Witch’s Rock Surf Camp Founder…

How to Stop Being Nice and Get What You Really Want

by / ⠀Personal Branding Startup Advice / December 11, 2012

Want the key to making more money? Stop being so damn nice. I’ve worked on saying “No” for way too long, and I’m still not good enough. For me, it’s nature and nurture. I’m pretty sure I was born nice… On top of that, I was nurtured by the nicest woman alive—my mother. Why isn’t my business more profitable and more streamlined? Because all too often I let…

The Best Entrepreneurs Are Born In A Cubicle

by / ⠀Startup Advice / December 7, 2012

What motivates someone to launch a startup? The secret sauce in this recipe includes things that are almost mystical in nature, including ambition, fearlessness, and more than a handful of luck. The motivation to begin a startup always begins with an idea  — the next “big thing” that an entrepreneur envisions. That’s how Apple, Google, Facebook, Foursquare, and countless other success stories begin. While many famous entrepreneurs launched…