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Tennis and Small Business

I’m a tennis player. Well, let me rephrase … I play tennis. I played last night as a matter of fact. Two hours of singles against guys younger than me. Not bad for a dude with a titanium hip. At this point in my tennis “career” it’s extremely important for me to understand what my [...]

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Entrepreneurs Capture the Flag for Smarts & Prizes

We’ve been running a daily contest the past two weeks at StartupNation.com (there are still 2 days left!) and awarding daily prizes leading up to a Grand Prize drawing. The winner gets $1,000 to go toward starting and growing their small business. The really cool thing is that we have been getting overwhelmingly “I LOVE [...]

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You need to be the best in the world at … something

I was in a Starbucks the other day for a mid-afternoon pick-me-up and I was amazed at how the caffeine-ologists were able to create drink after drink without looking at anything in writing. One “associate” would listen to the drink order, call it out to the next guy & at the other end of this [...]

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Time Off

Plain old hard work is a huge component of any successful startup. Sure, great ideas and great people matter as well. But without hard work, and lots of it, success will probably prove elusive. I heard famed management guru Tom Peters speak last week, and he said the same thing: if you want to be [...]

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Entrepreneurs Love Pizza!

The new StartupNation “Capture the Flag” Contest is giving out daily prizes and the first prize was $100 of pizza from the winner’s favorite pizza joint. This could be our most popular promotion ever!! A budding entrepreneur in Las Vegas, Teresa, won the pizza and has offered to share it with other StartupNation community members [...]

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You Really Do Get What You Pay For

Well, another week comes to an end. It seems this one was faster than ever. Monday seemed to butt up against Friday with nothing in between. Where did it go? One reason it went so fast is that we were on the road again, and one of the interesting stops was NYC where we taped [...]

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Never Stop Learning

I take every chance I can to learn more about business. The profiles and success stories on StartupNation are fun and inspiring. So are the business human interest stories in the Wall Street Journal. I am fascinated by the ingenious ways that entrepreneurs overcome all sorts of obstacles. So in this blog, I’ll occasionally bring [...]

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Is this the golden age for entrepeneurs?

We have a lot of philosophies about entrepreneurship and small business here at StartupNation. One of them you will hear us mention often on the radio show or at live appearances is that "this is the golden age of entrepreneurship". And essentially what we mean by this is that there has never been a better [...]

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Love Is the Killer App

Step aside, email. Internet? You ain’t got game. iPhone sounds sweet, but doesn’t even come close to the real killer app – that business application that holds the true power to change the world. Starting with your own world. The ultimate killer app is Love. What the heck does that mean? It means that we [...]

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The Power of "You"

Did any of you catch the "Time Magazine" "Person of the Year" feature? The Person of the Year according to "Time" in 2006 was….."YOU". Now sometimes I think "Time" tries to keep things interesting with this annual feature by stretching to be creative….just for the sake of being creative. I’ve agreed, of course, with many [...]

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Thanks for Stopping By

As a new blogger at StartupNation, I thought I would introduce myself. Your time is precious, so hopefully I can help you decide whether to invest any more of it reading this blog from time to time. The main thing to know about me is that I founded and still run PrintingForLess.com. Most of what [...]

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It Still Smells at StartupNation HQ

Entrepreneurs need those unique and unexpected diversions in order to shake them out of their daily intensity and provide a proper perspective and the proverbial “looking at things from a different angle”. The good news is that we model that kind of activity here at StartupNation headquarters. Our team is made up of some of [...]

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iPhone – Apple vs Cisco

So it’s big news these days about Apple coming out with a product and calling it something that Cisco already is calling one of its products. This is very likely much ado about nothing as Apple certainly was aware that Cisco already had a product called iPhone. Reports are that the two companies have been [...]

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Britney Spears as an Entrepreneur?

Yes, that is exactly the kind of conversation that goes on sometimes in the StartupNation community forums. And for good reason. It’s often the wacky, off the wall, “bend your mind just a little bit” topics that spawn the kind of creativity necessary to make it as an entrepreneur. And entrepreneurs absolutely need to blow [...]

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Startup Business Coaching

I’m going to Italy in September with my wife. I don’t speak Italian. If I want to be able to get along in Italy by speaking the native language I have two choices. I can learn it on my own or I can learn from experts. My friend Tom and his wife are taking Italian [...]

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Target and CK’s Book Club

Happy New Year! My holiday was a blast, and now it’s back to work. January is always a busy month and this one is looking to be no different. We have a ton going on, most notably a launch into Target stores with our So Easy Baby Food Kit. Yes, TARGET! We feel pretty accomplished [...]

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Entrepreneurs are constantly project managing

Let’s stay with my movie theme for blogging this week. I was having a strategy conversation with one of my StartupNation teammates, Chuck, this afternoon and I promptly (maybe a little too easily) shifted over to a war movie analogy. It turns out that Chuck is a huge fan of the movie “Patton” as well [...]

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Small businesses can learn from Netflix and Blockbuster

Suzanne and I gave each other a Christmas gift this year that we’re really excited about – a Netflix subscription. Friends have been touting the internet based movie rental service for a few years and we finally cut the ties with our local video store and signed up. It seems like it will really work [...]

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How to Ask for a Proper Website Critique

I never, never, ever ceased to be amazed by the intelligence that rises forth from a properly engaged community. The wisdom of crowds is a popular topic of intriguing evaluation these days and you can see it happen in full bloom in the StartupNation community. You see, you cannot get away with simply posting a [...]

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