Posts tagged startup

You have a great idea, and can’t wait to get started. But how do you get the funds to turn your dream into a reality? Alley Watch has some great advice on getting your business funded, whether through bootstrapping or microloans.
(Flickr user: 401 (K) 2013)

You have a great idea, and can’t wait to get started. But how do you get the funds to turn your dream into a reality? Alley Watch has some great advice on getting your business funded, whether through bootstrapping or microloans.

(Flickr user: 401 (K) 2013)

"My strike zone is when other people are underestimating me. I’m going to get through every obstacle and leave them with their jaws dropped.“ — Zoe Barry, a young entrepreneur with zero experience in the $1 billion specialty prescription industry she’s disrupting now with her company, ZappRx.
Via OPENForum.com: “ZappRx: Small Steps Make a Big Impact in Health Care”

"My strike zone is when other people are underestimating me. I’m going to get through every obstacle and leave them with their jaws dropped.“ — Zoe Barry, a young entrepreneur with zero experience in the $1 billion specialty prescription industry she’s disrupting now with her company, ZappRx.

Via OPENForum.com: “ZappRx: Small Steps Make a Big Impact in Health Care

Just as the way to get startup ideas is not to try to think of startup ideas, the way to become a startup founder is not to try to become a startup founder.
Paul Graham - http://paulgraham.com/wids.html (via wmougayar)

Are You A Rhino Entrepreneur?

Quite a few entrepreneurship heavyweights have weighed in on the issue of quitting.

Paul Graham, founder of Y Combinator, one of the leading accelerators in the world, says that companies fail for one reason and one reason alone: The founders quit.

Let’s face it: Startup life is brutal. The failure rate is high. Even the companies that succeed face long, grueling slogs. You also have to deal with a constant stream of criticism, from customers, competitors, co-workers, and sometimes, investors. If anything goes wrong, rest assured, it’s your fault. And startups often rip you from your comfort zone on a daily basis. There is no soft couch to sit on. You are usually in a fight for survival, relevance, attention, sales, revenue, talent, and funding. Relax for a minute—and you’re toast.

That’s why I tell my students contemplating launching new ventures that the first thing they need to get right is their mindset.

The proper mindset for a fledgling entrepreneur is that of… a rhinoceros. Sure, rhinos are known for their massive horns and tough skin. But there are some lesser-known qualities that rhinos and great entrepreneurs have in common. Read more.

Mark Zuckerberg may make it look easy, but being a young entrepreneur can be tough. Here’s what they won’t teach you in college on how to be a CEO under 30:
Never try this alone.
Always question the “standard process.”
Passion is even more important than usual.
Learn to hire—and manage—executives much more experienced (read: older) than you.
Know when to get out of your own way.

Mark Zuckerberg may make it look easy, but being a young entrepreneur can be tough. Here’s what they won’t teach you in college on how to be a CEO under 30:

  • Never try this alone.
  • Always question the “standard process.”
  • Passion is even more important than usual.
  • Learn to hire—and manage—executives much more experienced (read: older) than you.
  • Know when to get out of your own way.

The rise of the tech and internet industries has enabled executives to get to the corner office quicker than ever. Who are these young executives, and are they as fit to run their organizations as their older colleagues.

(Via Visual.ly)

The rise of the tech and internet industries has enabled executives to get to the corner office quicker than ever. Who are these young executives, and are they as fit to run their organizations as their older colleagues.

(Via Visual.ly)

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A Book in 5 Minutes: “Startup CEO” by Matt Blumberg

Blumberg’s new book on how to be a startup CEO lends handy tips and secrets to aspiring entrepreneurs on how to start a business and shape the company for big, big business growth.
Here are 3 more articles to get you in CEO-shape:
Top 10 Business Books (That Aren’t About Business)
10 Must-Read Business Books
Top 41 Tips From Game-Changing Entrepreneurs (Book review of David Kidder’s The Startup Playbook)

techcocktail:

A Book in 5 Minutes: “Startup CEO” by Matt Blumberg

Blumberg’s new book on how to be a startup CEO lends handy tips and secrets to aspiring entrepreneurs on how to start a business and shape the company for big, big business growth.

Here are 3 more articles to get you in CEO-shape:

tedx:

If I knew I couldn’t fail, I would…
Photos of conversation boards from TEDxKC, a TEDx event in Kansas City, Missouri. Attendees contributed endings for the sentence If I knew I couldn’t fail, I would…, transforming blank conversation bubbles to giant, freestanding illustrations of ideas.

(Photos: Mr. Bell on Flickr)

When your great idea fails, what do you do?

In the startup world, everyone talks about the “aha” moment. But there are also plenty of “uh oh” moments. If you’re the founders of AdKeeper, you switch gears and create a thriving new business (or two).

To survive, founders Scott Kurnit and MaryAnn Bekkedahl of Keep.com turned “uh oh” into “aha”—here’s how they did it.

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We’re proud to call SF & Austin home! 
How were the cities ranked? 

"The ranking compares the seven hottest startup scenes in the U.S. across measures that matter most to new entrepreneurs: median tech-employee earnings, maximum personal income tax, property tax, the cost of housing and the cost of office space." 

See the full infographic & read more about the details here. 

unionmetrics:

We’re proud to call SF & Austin home! 

How were the cities ranked? 

"The ranking compares the seven hottest startup scenes in the U.S. across measures that matter most to new entrepreneurs: median tech-employee earnings, maximum personal income tax, property tax, the cost of housing and the cost of office space." 

See the full infographic & read more about the details here

The Accidental Entrepreneur

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by David Ning

Personal finance blogger

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David Ning’s startup story isn’t traditional, but he nonetheless embodies a quality that you must have in order to succeed in starting your own business: “Being open to change helped me tremendously along the way.” Check out his passion project — MoneyNing.com