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How to Have Fun and Be an Example of Success

by / ⠀Startup Advice / October 1, 2009

My name is Kate Raidt. I am a lifestyle design junkie. Here is my story. In 1992 I was a broke, miserable college student at Baylor University. I went door-to-door in my dormitory asking people for coins to use “for laundry” when I was actually buying food from the vending machines to feed myself. My standard meal was a bag of pretzels and a Diet Sprite. When most…

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…

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…

Get Known Before your Book Deal

by / ⠀Finding Customers Startup Advice / August 28, 2009

Author of Get Known Before the Book Deal, Use Your Personal Strengths to Grow an Author Platform & Writer Mama, How to Raise a Writing Career Alongside Your Kids Christina Katz is the author of Get Known Before the Book Deal, Use Your Personal Strengths to Grow an Author Platform (Writer’s Digest Books). She started her platform “for fun” seven years ago and ended up on “Good Morning…

The Secrets to Finding Women as an Entrepreneur

by / ⠀Startup Advice / August 25, 2009

We all have our needs. Entrepreneurs are no different but don’t always have the luxury of the office happy hour or meeting someone through a co-worker. Moving home and bootstrapping a business can put a nix in the social life. Especially for many young entrepreneurs who leave the always promising college scene. However entrepreneurs by nature are innovators and think outside the box. Why should sex be any…

How to Motivate Gen Y

by / ⠀Startup Advice / August 24, 2009

How Effective is Your Sales Rewards and Incentives Program? You May be Surprised… by: Dr. David Brookmire Today, an unprecedented three generations—with distinct work styles and preferences, values, expectations, needs, behaviors, beliefs, and goals—are in the workplace. Nowhere is this more apparent than in Sales, where the latest generation, Gen Y, will soon become the most prevalent generation. So how can sales managers in the process of evaluating…

Laying the Foundation for a Solid Partnership

by / ⠀Startup Advice / August 19, 2009

The other night my wife and I took the opportunity to get out and have a meal together at an Indian restaurant.  Turns out the owner is an old friend of mine. We got catching up and before long our conversation turned to his partnership troubles. He’s had three partners in the three years the restaurant has been operating and all have ended in messy divorces. This got…

Building Your Dream Office as a Young CEO

by / ⠀Startup Advice / August 18, 2009

Young entrepreneurs sometimes don’t like the idea of having an actual office. It starts to create the feeling of why they avoided the corporate world in the first place. But if done correctly an office can be a home away from home for entrepreneurs. Remember there are no rules here and you can create it however you like. The idea would be to create the exact opposite of…

Don't Sell Your Soul to Corporate America

by / ⠀Startup Advice / August 14, 2009

Once upon a time, people would line up to sell their souls to big corporations like General Motors and IBM. Of course they did! The corporations were paying a good price: nice salary, prestige, lifetime employment, secretaries to do the typing, decent hours, company pension, not a bad gig at all. I’m sure that the “organization men” of the 50s and 60s had to endure their share of…

Knowing All the Right People

by / ⠀Finding Customers Startup Advice / August 13, 2009

By Jennifer Kushell, co-founder YSN.com “Your Success Network” This may sound a bit trite, and it’s certainly cliché, but if your goal is to build a business that’s not only successful, but powerful and impactful, it seriously helps to know the right people. At the helm of your company, your ability to make smart decisions, learn from leading experts, surround yourself with savvy people, and have access to…

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