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How to Get a Business Loan

On January 12, 2017, Posted by , In Misc., By , With Comments Off on How to Get a Business Loan

Introduction According to The SBA Loan Book: The Complete Guide to Getting Financial Help Through the Small Business Administration, over 99 percent of all business entities in the US are small businesses. These businesses represent over half of the private workforce and the private-sector output and over 40 percent of…

B2B Lead Generation

On October 19, 2016, Posted by , In Misc., With Comments Off on B2B Lead Generation

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?

On August 24, 2016, Posted by , In Startup Ideas,Startup Timing, With Comments Off on 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?

On August 15, 2016, Posted by , In News for Startups,Misc., With Comments Off on 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

On August 15, 2016, Posted by , In Startup Team, With Comments Off on 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

On August 8, 2016, Posted by , In Startup Team, By , , With Comments Off on 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

On August 8, 2016, Posted by , In startup investing,Startup Economics, With Comments Off on 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

On August 5, 2016, Posted by , In Startup Team, By , With Comments Off on 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

On July 14, 2016, Posted by , In Startup Team, By , With Comments Off on 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

On July 14, 2016, Posted by , In Startup Economics, By , With Comments Off on 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…