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Nataly Kogan

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5 Things That Will Make You Happier Than Shopping on Black Friday

(89) Comments | Posted November 27, 2013 | 4:32 PM

I love Thanksgiving. It's a holiday that's about spending a lot of time with family, eating a lot of awesome food and disconnecting from the crazy pace of my regular routine, even if just for a day or two. (I don't dig the long drive we usually have to make,...

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Happier and The Huffington Post Challenge You to Give Back, Take Time for Yourself and Get Creative!

(0) Comments | Posted July 26, 2013 | 2:12 PM

A few weeks ago, I was invited to attend the Third Metric Conferences hosted by Arianna Huffington. I loved the idea behind it, that we need to add a third metric to success beyond money and power, and that it should be about our well-being and being more connected to...

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3 Things I Learned About How to be Happier

(62) Comments | Posted July 16, 2013 | 9:26 AM

Stop chasing the BIG HAPPY

When my family fled Russia in 1989, I had a rough time. After a few months in refugee camps in Austria and Italy, we finally made our way here and then spent a year living in the projects, on welfare, in Ypsilanti (outside Detroit). When...

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Waiting To Have Kids: Good For Your Career Or Too Risky?

(4) Comments | Posted June 30, 2008 | 1:48 PM

A friend of mine was visiting this weekend. She just got engaged and we were sitting around talking about wedding plans and our other friends who recently got married. One of them is an uber-successful career woman, someone who has always been very ambitious. My friend who was visiting said...

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5 Reasons You Should Not Quit a Job You Hate

(0) Comments | Posted March 10, 2008 | 10:53 AM

* I've quit many jobs I hated and many of those were for the wrong reasons
* I've not quit two jobs for some of the reasons I list below and I think it was the right thing for my career

Now that we got that over with,...

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Business is Personal and Anyone Who Tells You Otherwise is Lying

(9) Comments | Posted February 18, 2008 | 10:30 AM

One expression that I hear frequently now that I am an entrepreneur is: Don't take it personally.

I've heard this from several entrepreneurs, investors, coaches, friends, family, you name it. Usually it comes up in a conversation where I talk about a difficult issue or challenge I am facing, or...

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The Rockin' Women Entrepreneurs the Venture World Is Missing Out On

(0) Comments | Posted December 18, 2007 | 3:44 PM

One of the most unexpected benefits of starting my own company has been the chance to meet and form virtual friendships with some incredible, smart, inspiring, and gutsy women entrepreneurs. When I started my career in venture capital I thought that I would find many women entrepreneurs to back....

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5 Dark Secrets of Entrepreneurship: What (Almost) No One Tells You About Starting Your Own Company

(18) Comments | Posted August 9, 2007 | 6:36 PM

Before becoming an entrepreneur I worked with many of them closely for five years. I watched them start, grow, exit, ruin, and shut down their companies. You'd think there would be few things about starting a company that would surprise me. You would be wrong.

During my still-very-short tenure...

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Why VCs Should First be Entrepreneurs, and Why Entrepreneurs Should Stay Away From Venture Investing

(1) Comments | Posted July 12, 2007 | 11:34 AM

I've been an entrepreneur for a far shorter time than I was a venture investor. But I already know that I should have arranged these two phases of my career in reverse. I would have been a much better venture investor if I started and ran my own company first...

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Are Business Networks for Women Worthless?

(1) Comments | Posted June 19, 2007 | 7:01 PM

Before starting my own company, I worked as a Managing Director with an early-stage venture capital firm in New York. I had no previous venture experience when I joined them and the first thing I did was look for a professional network to join. I needed to make business contacts,...

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The "Mommy Stigma": Well and Alive in the Business World

(7) Comments | Posted June 11, 2007 | 11:27 AM

A few weeks ago I quit my job as a managing director with a venture firm to launch my own company and become a full-time entrepreneur. This was the scariest and most exciting career move I'd ever made and before I jumped off the proverbial cliff, I reached out to...

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