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Divorce and Business

Divorce and Business: 4 Key Questions

According to a study conducted in 2011, 90% of small businesses in the US are considered family owned and in a separate study, researchers estimate that 50% of marriages end in divorce, with both these figures in mind, it is important to ask the question, what will happen to the family business in the event of a divorce?

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Digital Life

Our Digital Lives Create Barriers

[586 words | 2 minute read] I keep hearing that digital communication has made us more connected but I don’t completely agree.  Instead, I think digital has made us feel like we’re more connected and always available, but it is actually a self-imposed digital exile.  For example, by reading my Facebook news feed, I get [...]

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16 Habits to Make You Uber-Productive

What’s the one top habit that makes you most productive? This was the question StartupNation asked of 16 successful entrepreneurs. The following answers are provided by the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC), an invite-only organization comprised of the world’s most promising young entrepreneurs. In partnership with Citi, the YEC recently launched #StartupLab, a free virtual mentorship [...]

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5 Tips For Living the Double Life: Employee and Entrepreneur

[525 words | 2 minute read] You might love working as an employee, but is your position stable? It’s almost impossible to have guaranteed stability in the workplace, which is why I always suggest finding another form of career insurance –– aka your “side hustle.” This is a gig that you dedicate time to away from work, [...]

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Pre-launch Questions

4 Questions You Must Answer Pre-Launch

You miss a lot of the shots you take if you’re aiming at the wrong target. When I’m working with startups on when to launch, I always stress the importance of careful aim. Launching without doing thorough market research is like taking a shot in the dark. Many startups ultimately fail because they don’t know [...]

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A Successful Entrepreneur Gives 5 Rules for Bootstrapping

Alykhan Karim is the founder and CEO of Sonoma, which offers access to premium wines in Brazil.  We asked him to go over the process he took to make Sonoma successful and to share his secrets to bootstrapping.  Even though he is in Brazil, his insights are universal. Please briefly describe Sonoma and what market [...]

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Take Action

Lights, Camera, ACTION!

[803 words | 2.5 minute read] The lights are on.  The cameras are rolling and the new and improved StartupNation is in action delivering on its mission to make a profound and lasting difference for entrepreneurial America.  What’s new and improved and how are we going to make such an impact for people, you may [...]

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Online Business

5 Tips for Growing Your Business Online

[1165 words | 4 minute read] Growing your business online and getting noticed can feel a lot like being at your first high school dance before you hit your growth spurt. All the guys are bigger than you and push you out into the hallway where you sulk because you just want to show off [...]

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Nicola Tesla

Tesla, The Failure

[860 words | 2.5 minute read] The first time I heard about Tesla in any context was when I heard a guy on the street say, “Whoa look at that dope ride, is it a Tesla?” and I thought, god, what a cool name for a car. The second time Tesla made his way into [...]

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Personality in Business

Does Your Business Have Personality?

[606 words | 2 minute read] When you think of some of the best brands and companies in the world, they often stimulate an instantaneous flow of images and possibly emotions – their brand identities.   Virgin Airlines, along with its charismatic founder Richard Branson, denotes a company committed to top-notch service, fun and an irreverent [...]

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Business Risk

The Risks of Ascent

[2196 words | 8 minute read] As a business consultant I am painfully aware of the inherent risk in starting/growing a company. I work with entrepreneurs from cradle to grave; of course hoping the grave refers to a planned sale or merger. However, this week the grave that occurred was undesired. After 26 years in [...]

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Humor in Marketing

Humor in Marketing

I’m onstage next to an MIT quantum physicist and he’s going off script. He just claimed to have sent an electron back in time and I can’t figure out whether he’s serious or joking. The packed audience – a sold-out crowd – leans forward in their seats. That’s when three professional comedians start heckling me. [...]

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The Competition Paradox

Two shoe salesmen from Victorian England travel to the colonies to assess the business opportunity for shoes. The first dispatches his analysis back to headquarters: “This is a terrible market – no one wears shoes!” While the second counters: “This is an excellent market – no one wears shoes!” This simple parable offers two valid [...]

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The marketplace – and its relationship to your product – is organic, forever evolving and morphing, oftentimes in ways that neither the marketer nor the end user anticipated, intended or even recognizes. The only way to assess that relationship accurately is to walk in the target’s shoes, get on the ground level with them and understand the challenges they face, the rewards they seek and experience what it really is that drives them to purchase and to embrace your product.

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