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Guest Post: Franchise opportunities are more structured than business opportunities. If thinking of purchasing a franchise, just like with any business venture, there are pros and cons of franchise ownership. For instance, purchasing a franchise can be a little more expensive than buying a business, but it comes with a…

What Does It Mean to Get a Good Opportunity?

The Roman philosopher Seneca said, “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.” It’s another way of saying we make our own luck. What surprises me is how many people prepare and prepare and prepare….and wait and wait…for the “right” opportunity. They wouldn’t recognize a good opportunity if it slapped…

If the ‘gig economy’ is booming, why is ‘freelance’ still considered a dirty word associated with failure?

“Freelance is kind of a dirty word now; it sounds like what you do in between jobs,” says Ryan Emberley, a 30-year-old society and celebrity photographer who travels the world shooting A-listers like Kate Moss and Victoria Beckham. “Like, I’m not freelance. I’m successful. I’m self-employed. Freelance has this aura…

New Study Reveals Whether Entrepreneurial Success Can Be Predicted

SYDNEY, Aug. 8, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Whether specific entrepreneurial attitudes and styles influence venture success is the subject of a world-first study. The 15-year qualitative and quantitative research study benchmarked the motivations of successful entrepreneurs and business builders. Michelle Duval, CEO/Founder of Equilibrio Coaching, conducted the research to scientifically test…

The highest paid CEOs are in charge of companies that have the poorest returns

Marissa Mayer is a former Google executive who joined Yahoo! in 2012 as CEO. However, ever since she took over the company’s financial status went from bad to worse. In four years she earned well over $150 million in cash and Yahoo! stock. Credit: Wikimedia Commons Corporate research firm MSCI…

Investing in a startup? Follow the data, not the herd

The much ballyhooed rise and sudden demise of Theranos is a cautionary tale for anyone interested in investing in early-stage biotechnology companies. The main lesson is not “Stay on the sidelines.” Instead, it’s invest with your eyes wide open. If we are going tackle major challenges in fighting disease, early-stage…

Startup Waze: Peer Groups for Smart Entrepreneurs

Last week I was blazing across Alligator Alley, the long stretch that connects the east coast of Florida with the west coast of Florida. I was cruising at the speed of traffic – about 20 miles an hour over the limit. All of a sudden, as if a switch had…

How (Not) To Name A Company In The Digital Era

 Tronc – How (Not) To Name A Company In The Digital Era by Knowledge@Wharton Got game with your name? In the digital era, executives are discovering that there is more at stake in selecting the right name for a company, product or service than in the pre-Internet era, but the…

What You Need To Know About U.S. Venture In 13 Charts

What You Need To Know About U.S. Venture In 13 Charts by Joshua Mayers, PitchBook If you’re looking for one resource to catch up on all things U.S. venture, you should check out our 2Q U.S. Venture Industry Report (it’s free!). If you’re looking for the quick version, we’ve compiled…

Balance of Trade: The Secret to Profitable Referral Relationships

Referrals are the life blood of many businesses. This is especially true in professional services. Ask any attorney, accountant, consultant, real estate agent, or other professional, and they will confirm that the majority of their new business comes from referrals. This is also true of most employers. Ask any HR…

The No Fail Tactic for Winning Over Investors (or Hiring Managers)

In the great scheme of raising money for a startup, trying to get your dream job, or win a lucrative sales contract from a hiring manager, it all comes down to one or two compelling advantages you can offer that the other candidates fail to offer. What might that be?…

Exit Strategies: What’s Your Business Worth & How to Sell it for the Maximum Price?

I was honored to give a workshop on Exit Strategies yesterday at the Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship. Great turn out and a solid group of entrepreneurs who have built successful businesses. Here are the slides. If I can provide additional context, please reach out to me.

Magic Leap – VR Headset Patent Design Is Not Final Product

The world anxiously awaits what Magic Leap, one of the top funded companies in the world — located right here in sunny Florida — is going to release. Launching the next wave in VR products and services, or one of history’s most spectacular startup flops? Inquiring minds want to know….

BizBuySell – The Demographics of U.S. Small Business Buyers & Sellers

Looking to buy or sell a business? That’s what we do!

Wealth Transfer Strategies for Entrepreneurs’

The Entrepreneurs’ Wealth Transfer by Anne Bucciarelli & Ashley E. Velategui – AllianceBernstein It takes great effort to build a fortune—and great effort to pass it on to your kids (or others) without the taxman taking a big bite. This case study shows our analysis of four potential wealth transfer…

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