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TOP SECRET: Entrepreneur forum on steroids

I care what you have to say. Now that’s a pretty bold statement. Well, let me prove it to you. The StartupNation team is feverishly working on a top secret initiative that I’m not going to tell you about. I will tell you that it has to do with you. It has to do with [...]

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Entrepreneurship is what Africa needs

We received this message today from a Zimbabwe-based soon-to-be entrepreneur. Here’s what Kuda wrote us: message: Hi guys , what a great website you have its quite informative , i am in Harare Zimbabwe, eager to start up my own business and i can say the resources you availed to me on the website will [...]

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Born To Be An Entrepreneur

“Luck” may be part of a direct translation of the company’s name, but Geely Automotive founder Shufu Li seems to have been born with an entrepreneurship gene. When you are born to peasants and raised in rural China, that’s pretty incredible. An article in the Detroit Free Press by Carol Cain tells his story. "I [...]

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Ditch your day job!

As our most recent newsletter stressed, there’s got to be a way for you to get out from the grind, ditch the drudgery of that day job, and do something YOU LOVE with your precious time!!! Our lead article indicates that over 80% of the businesses that will open for business next month will be [...]

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Consultants of every kind

In a world of dog psychologists, feng shui gurus, and astrologists, it seems like these days there’s a consultant who’s an expert on anything and EVERYthing! That’s not necessarily a bad thing. For example, we recently got an email from an entrepreneur who’s developed a consultancy specifically and solely for coffee shops and how to [...]

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Hate your boss? Start Your Own Business.

The number one reason that people change jobs is their immediate supervisor. The company can be crumbling around you but if your manager is treating you well, you are likely to stick around – and flourish. On the other hand, you could be at one of the best companies to work for, but if you [...]

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Thank God for Entrepreneurs

It happens to me every day. Actually, it happens all day long. My life is impacted by an entrepreneur. Not only because I am a part of the StartupNation team and get to interact with entrepreneurs and people who are still working at their careers and dreaming about starting their own business. That is, of [...]

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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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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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Welcome to the Sandwich Generation

I think I can safely mark in my calendar that yesterday I became an official member of the Sandwich Generation. My son started kindergarten and while he was there, my sister called from the hospital to say my Mother’s doctor thinks we should consider a nursing home for both of my parents. To boot, kindergarten [...]

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Everyone Says They Want the Big Order

Everyone says they want the big order. But beyond all the techniques and tricks of the trade you’ve heard about how to crank up your sales, here’s an ever-looming challenge entrepreneurs have to deal with: Would you take an order–sell, basically–a product or service only once it’s clearly developed, locked, loaded, and ready to go? [...]

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Entrepreneurs Will Knock You Over

This past weekend’s StartupNation radio show featured an interview with entrepreneur Emily Blumenthal of Yasmena. She tells the story of how she got her product to be featured on QVC. She saw her opportunity and literally knocked people out of her way to make it happen. You can listen to the story here – it’s [...]

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Ideas floating in the ether

It’s grey today in Michigan – someone owes me big for taking away a sunny summer day. In honor of a somewhat dour Sunday, I wanted to share a a somewhat dour (but hopefully moving) message once told to me by a bright young venture capitalist: an idea entitles you to very little. Here are [...]

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Desire

I was a bright-eyed 15 year old at the Detroit Auto Show in 1995 when a then-conceptual Audi TT was on display. "I will have that car by the time I’m 21," I told myself. Five months before my 21st birthday, I was driving away from Fred Lavery Audi with a new, Brilliant Black Audi [...]

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Connecting The Dots

The answers are often within us. That’s not to say you don’t have to work hard, research and struggle through, but your gut instincts can be the key to your success. I was reminded of that when I read Steve Jobs’ commencement speech at Stanford a few weeks ago. If you haven’t read it or [...]

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Serial College Dropouts Anonymous

I was just part of a mass email from my buddy Tom, who is an awesome guy and also has an unreal golf swing. Here’s the first paragraph: — An unholy event has occured about which some of you have already heard rumors. I wanted to clear things up right away before anything gets out [...]

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Start Your Dream Business Through Your Own Daily Experiences

The inspiration for starting a business can come from so many different sources. It happens every day and very often it is spawned from our daily experiences. The two inventor winners from our StartupNation/INPEX promotion, Dave Hammond and James Acevedo, came up with their inspiration through their vocations. Dave was a medic in Vietnam and [...]

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Start With A Plan

Over the Memorial Day weekend, we built a wooden play structure from a kit. It is very hard work and I learned a couple of important things: 1) Carpenters and landscapers probably don’t have very nice fingernails or soft hands. 2) You really need a plan. Without the instruction manual, we would have had no [...]

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Road Trip!!!!

Our L.A. – San Fran – Chicago road trip is complete. Actually, it involved 4 flights ending up back at the StartupNation HQ in Michigan. What a blast we had! The photo is from our chicago breakfast panel sponsored by Washington Mutual. Entrepreneurs were IN THE HOUSE! and they were looking for answers to their [...]

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