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Idealistic Naivete

Every now and then, I speak to an aspiring entrepreneur who is amazed by the daring feats of business-building we all read about here on StartupNation, in magazines such as Inc., and anywhere else a business is being built. They perceive a huge chasm between where they are and where we entrepreneurs sit. This couldn’t [...]

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How Would You Use Community Boards?

If you haven’t noticed, our Blogs have received a bunch of comments from fellow entrepreneurs in recent weeks. It’s basically become our best place to have community dialogue — take for example the comments on the Blog entry about Jan and her startup conundrum. You have really poured on the support in a very productive [...]

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Who’s Hiring Santa Claus this Year?

OK, we’re putting the word out to help one of our community members–you can read her article in this week’s newsletter, actually… Linda Case. Here’s her challenge and her request for help: —- Hello StartupNation. You guys were able to help me out once before and I am hoping you can help me again. I [...]

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A Lesson From America’s Pastime

Isolation is an issue all at-home entrepreneurs encounter. When you’re stuck for a new idea, or a solution to a problem, there is no one with whom you can brainstorm, no one to pull you up when you’re feeling down. And sometimes it’s tough. At home, there is no throng of fans cheering you on. [...]

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A way to see if something is patented

Received this email this week… —–Original Message—– From: Sharon Sent: Wednesday, October 05, 2005 9:31 AM message: Where would a person go to find out if some other person or company already has a patent on an invention? Is there a website or can a company help out with that? ————————– It’s a common question, [...]

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Is Your e-mail Getting Through?

I’m not talking about whether it arrives in someone’s mailbox. I’m talking about the contents of the message you are sending. Does the recipient know why you sent it? What they are supposed to do about it? A recent survey by Information Mapping Inc. revealed that 80 percent of those surveyed think e-mail writing skills [...]

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Certain words are creeping into your vocabulary…

First of all, can you name the musical from which the headline of this blog entry hails? Sorry to get fancy on you! Now, to the topic at hand, for all of you language gurus out there (particularly those of you who are entrepreneurs), I have a question about words that constantly get rejected by [...]

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Do IT Pros Speak a Foreign Language?

I’m addicted to my computer. I don’t’ fully grasp how it works. I do know that I like to use it all day long and I’m really unhappy when it doesn’t work. So, I was comforted to come across this survey of workers from Wales in my internet travels. You may want to print it [...]

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I”ll Tell Two People and They”ll Tell Two People

Brandi, who sells big and tall men’s clothing, was an inspiring guest on the StartupNation radio show talking about her EBay store. My fellow blogger, Joel, also wrote about how she created her company so she could spend more time with her son. But something else struck me about her story. I couldn’t help repeating [...]

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The future: global micro-brands

Walking the Via del Corso here in Rome, an American is exposed to all sorts of designers and boutiques that are uniquely Italian. You can find the same spirit in the Soho area of New York and on Haight Street in San Francisco, but secretly and quietly, this spirit is going global. The micro-brand is [...]

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Fleshing out our latest promotion

Well, the "Fleshers" have it. They’ve won the battle (see previous entry, "War of words"). Thanks for the corroboration folks! (did i spell that right?!). Now, to flesh out our latest promotion, I wanted to call to your attention the opportunity we’ve created jointly with Overstock.com, Microsoft, and Bobvila.com for all you home-based entrepreneurs. We’re [...]

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Lagniappe

With fabulous memories of New Orleans during better times, I was reminded last night of a New Orleans’ term , “lagniappe.” It means “a little something extra,” like an extra cherry on top of the sundae, or the prize in the cracker jack box. The word is used mostly in Louisiana and Southeast Texas, but [...]

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Powered by Entrepreneurial Spirit

The power is out at StartupNation headquarters right now. Word is that someone cut a power line & it may be up to 5 hours before electricity is restored. So, do we take the rest of the day off? Go for a long walk, or take a nap? It was fascinating to see the StartupNation [...]

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Reinventing yourself and your business

Milton Hershey, David Bowie, and Bill Bradley did it. “Madonna” and “The Donald” have made careers of it. We were talking about entrepreneurs in many fields who reinvented themselves once, twice, or on a regular basis. Here’s a list of some of the ones we mentioned, and I hope you will add some of your [...]

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Summer of ’05: we will miss you

The leaves on the ground and the Michigan football victory on Saturday aren’t the only reminders that fall is upon us – there are also the roving masses of new and returning students here in Ann Arbor, and the almost complete unavailability of thefacebook.com as we all pound its servers uploading photos of ourselves from [...]

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Happy New Year!

Kindergarten began this week and I’m hoping that it means I have more time to spend building my company. So far, it has meant more trips to Target and bigger piles on my desk. My life is changing and I’m anxious to see how it changes my work. My schedule is in a state of [...]

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Behind the Scenes in the StartupNation Radio Studio

It’s 25 minutes until StartupNation Radio hits the airwaves for this week’s show. We’ll be broadcasting all over the country and the phone lines will jam up within minutes once the show begins. But right now it’s just Heather Cohen, our star associate producer and myself with our engineer Paul Roy in the studio. The [...]

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