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Advice - Every business needs repeatable processes to grow and thrive, but modern business processes need the right people to make them efficient and productive. In addition, today’s customers judge a company by perceived people...
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Management - It’s 2017. The Mad Men era has long since passed. So I’m here to tell you: get over yourself.Gone are the days when leaders were expected to never, ever show weakness or vulnerability for fear of causing their employees to...
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Advice -   After 8 years, Docstoc co-Founder Jason Nazar decided to embark on the acquisition process. Reflecting on the moment he read the words 'Docstoc Acquired by Intuit'—a wave of relief washed over him.  TL;DR: Finalizing the...
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Management - Every boss and decision maker is convinced that he or she is able to look objectively at any problem and make an unbiased decision. Some typically worry about biases in their team, but rarely think of themselves as a source of bias....
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Advice - Most entrepreneurs who start a company alone soon come to the conclusion that two heads are better than one – someone to share the workload, the hard decisions, and the costs. In a moment of crisis, you may be tempted to take on the...
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Advice - Recently, we wrote about questions that investors ask founders during investor meetings. This week, we are turning the tables and talking about questions that founders need to ask investors.Most founders spend little time asking...
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Exits - As a bootstrapper, I had a complicated relationship with the topic of acquisitions. I rejected the idea that an exit strategy was an important part of running a great business.First, I believe that entrepreneurs are conditioned by...
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Advice - CEOs often set out to make an executive hire because they’re in some kind of pain. They might be missing a key player on the team or a person doing the role right now is failing–and it’s affecting everything from performance...
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Advice - As a mentor for aspiring and early-stage entrepreneurs, I talk to a fair number who may have a great vision and a strong engineering background, but have a negative interest in the role of public speaking in business. In fact, they...
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Advice - In my experience, managers either walk on eggshells to ensure they don’t micromanage, or they’re oblivious to the fact that they’re micromanaging. For those who are aware of it, they can end up in an endless cycle of questioning...
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Advice - We’ve talked a lot about raising seed capital. Even when capital is readily available, fundraising is still not easy.But today, the markets are cooler, and according to Crain’s and Alley Watch, early-stage investment activity...
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Advice - Recently, an advisor to me and my company asked me how things were going on the home front with my 1-year-old. A big smile came across my face. Things couldn’t be better. As a new father, there were certainly some nights I could...
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Advice - Nothing stunts the growth of a young business quite like a lack of planning. When my company was in its early days, I often found myself unable to scale as quickly as I wanted to (despite talented employees and some great ideas),...
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Advice - Many entrepreneurs I know are confused by the definition and need for an advisory board versus a board of directors. Some view both of these as a waste of time and a burden on the CEO, while other founders surround themselves with...
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Advice - Acquisition is often the end goal for many startups, especially if they took on venture capital at any point during their journey. Founders dream of multi-million dollar exits as they code for the fourteenth hour that day, when they...
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Advice - Recently, I met up with Cassie Wallender, co-founder and Chief Product Officer at Invio Inc., a company on a mission to target and eliminate clinical trial inefficiencies that slow or block new medical innovations by lowering the cost...

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