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Breakups and flare ups aren’t uncommon in business, but the startup world seems to have had it’s fair share (see Facebook, Snapchat, et. al).
Zipcar is no exception: The Verge’s (thisistheverge) recent feature “Driven: How Zipcar’s founders built and lost a car-sharing empire” describes how the company’s co-founders Antje Danielson and Robin Chase met at their children’s playground and founded the disruptive company, only to fell apart in the boardroom.
We share three lessons we learned about choosing a co-founder from Zipcar on OPEN Forum.

Breakups and flare ups aren’t uncommon in business, but the startup world seems to have had it’s fair share (see Facebook, Snapchat, et. al).

Zipcar is no exception: The Verge’s (thisistheverge) recent feature “Driven: How Zipcar’s founders built and lost a car-sharing empire” describes how the company’s co-founders Antje Danielson and Robin Chase met at their children’s playground and founded the disruptive company, only to fell apart in the boardroom.

We share three lessons we learned about choosing a co-founder from Zipcar on OPEN Forum.

These three entrepreneurs founded their companies before they turned 18!

5 Steps To Master For A Perfect Elevator Pitch

You ready? Go.

  1. Clarify your goal.
  2. Ask for attention.
  3. Make it sticky.
  4. Determine the situation maker.
  5. Get it right.

Remember, the elevator pitch is a pitch, not a conversation,” writes sales expert and OPEN Forum contributor Grant Cardone. “It needs to be hard, fast and loaded with confidence.”

Via OPEN Forum: “How to Sell Your Idea in 20 Seconds

Women entrepreneurs are on the rise: “The number of women-owned companies increased by 59 percent, while revenues from those companies grew by 63 percent,” according to a recent American Express study.

Kara Goldin of Hint Water, Tory Burch’s eponymous fashion line and Sara Blakely of SPANX are just a few of the women who are leading this new wave of entrepreneurship.

Via OPENForum.com: “The Next Chapter: Women Entrepreneurs Making History Today

Springfield, Missouri-based chocolatier Shawn Askinosie shares profits from his company, Askinosie Chocolate, with the farmers who raise the cocoa beans he uses for his products in some of the poorest regions of the world. While this practice incentivizes the farmers to send Askinosie their highest-quality beans, the entrepreneur also has another goal in mind:

"I believe in this open-book model because I think it provides a lot of answers to empowering farmers in the developing world and letting them improve their lives by giving them control and responsibility for whatever product they are supplying. I think it’s one way to bring the world out of poverty. I don’t think it will happen in my lifetime but I think it’s the way we need to go."

Via OPENForum.com: “Choices: ‘Why I Share My Profits With My Suppliers’”

Springfield, Missouri-based chocolatier Shawn Askinosie shares profits from his company, Askinosie Chocolate, with the farmers who raise the cocoa beans he uses for his products in some of the poorest regions of the world. While this practice incentivizes the farmers to send Askinosie their highest-quality beans, the entrepreneur also has another goal in mind:

"I believe in this open-book model because I think it provides a lot of answers to empowering farmers in the developing world and letting them improve their lives by giving them control and responsibility for whatever product they are supplying. I think it’s one way to bring the world out of poverty. I don’t think it will happen in my lifetime but I think it’s the way we need to go."

Via OPENForum.com: “Choices: ‘Why I Share My Profits With My Suppliers’

A recent study says that business owners under the age of 30 are better entrepreneurs than other age groups. We broke out just why that may be.

A recent study says that business owners under the age of 30 are better entrepreneurs than other age groups. We broke out just why that may be.

Meet the women who are leading the next generation of women in tech.

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FounderDating Advisors is Hooking Up Entrepreneurs and Advisors 

We’ve talked about the importance of mentors and advisors to entrepreneurs. Now FounderDating, a site that connects future co-founders together, has expanded into pairing entrepreneurs with advisors.

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FounderDating Advisors is Hooking Up Entrepreneurs and Advisors

We’ve talked about the importance of mentors and advisors to entrepreneurs. Now FounderDating, a site that connects future co-founders together, has expanded into pairing entrepreneurs with advisors.

What Oscar Snubs Can Teach Us All About Success

Come Oscar nod time, for every “It’s an honor just to be nominated,” there’s an actor or director peeved that their performance wasn’t even in the running. You could say it’s similar to the angst business owners feel when their business — their pride and joy — doesn’t land a spot on a coveted “best of” list or win an award.

But there’s wisdom to be found in moving past an upset like this:

Keep auditioning. Even if you’re not getting the top industry awards, or haven’t been added to the “40 Under 40” or all-time favorite blogger lists, doesn’t mean you’re doomed to failure. There’s still an audience and recognition waiting for you. Expand your social media presence by making comments on other blogs and social accounts. Consider guest blogging or asking others for their contributions. Request an interview or volunteer to give one. Keep networking and handing out your business cards. Don’t give up.

Via OPENForum.com: “What the Academy Award Snubs Can Teach You About Success

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How to Stand Out Online in the Year of the Entrepreneur
“2014 is being called “the year of the entrepreneur” by everyone from Richard Branson to Forbes because entrepreneurs have more opportunity than ever to compete in the open marketplace against Fortune 500 brands.”

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How to Stand Out Online in the Year of the Entrepreneur

2014 is being called “the year of the entrepreneur” by everyone from Richard Branson to Forbes because entrepreneurs have more opportunity than ever to compete in the open marketplace against Fortune 500 brands.”