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Business Partnerships

New Wine, New Bottle

Carla Javits | Posted 06.29.2015 | Impact
Carla Javits

"Old wine in a new bottle" was my perspective as I flew east early this year to participate in the first Harvard Business School executive education session on "Shared Value." Turns out, I was wrong.

30 "Must Ask" Questions Before You Form Any Partnerships

David Finkel | Posted 06.28.2015 | Business
David Finkel

Over the years I've moved into and out of literally dozens of joint ventures and partnerships. And over this time these partnerships and joint ventures have created millions of dollars of market value. But with any partnership, be it long term or a one-off, the stakes are high.

10 Essential Entrepreneurial Lessons From the Notorious B.I.G.'s 10 Crack Commandments

Ciara Pressler | Posted 04.07.2015 | Small Business
Ciara Pressler

Of the many great insights gleaned from rap lyrics, few are as applicable to startup success as The Notorious B.I.G.'s 10 Crack Commandments.

5 Essential Tips For Lasting Business Partnerships

Matthew McManus | Posted 03.24.2015 | Small Business
Matthew McManus

It has been cited that the failure rate of business partnerships is as high as 80 percent -- remarkably higher than the average divorce rate. If thing...

Protecting Yourself in a Business Partnership - Five Tips From a Business Litigator

Nina B. Ries | Posted 11.09.2014 | Small Business
Nina B. Ries

Business partners frequently enter the relationship far too lightly, without sufficient discussion, as a matter of convenience, with rose-colored glasses, and without consulting with legal counsel.

Heed These 7 Warning Signs to Avoid a Potentially Toxic Partnership

Mike Harden | Posted 10.27.2014 | Small Business
Mike Harden

If you can avoid teaming up with a bad partner, you'll reduce the chances of having a failed business, and the amount of stress and frustration that these poor partners cause you during all of the years of your partnership.

Can the Private Sector Help Combat Hunger and Malnutrition?

Marc Van Ameringen | Posted 04.14.2014 | Impact
Marc Van Ameringen

The World Economic Forum meeting in Davos was a step change with business and political leaders signing up to the UN Secretary General's "Zero Hunger" challenge to eliminate hunger in our lifetimes.

The Real Story of Nonprofit Partnerships -- Listening is Believing!

Eugene Fram | Posted 03.31.2014 | Business
Eugene Fram

After many years of viewing both sides of the fence, via consulting assignments and board chair positions, I have observed verbal behaviors that clearly reveal how the two groups view each other.

Frankenstein Clients?

Michael Ramah | Posted 02.10.2014 | Business
Michael Ramah

In advertising and communications, griping about clients is a time-honored pastime. In tone and substance, it falls somewhere between complaining about the weather and whining about an inconsiderate significant other. It does about as much good, too.

Why Business Partnerships Go Bad

Jack Garson | Posted 01.25.2014 | Business
Jack Garson

Business is tough, as recent history has proven once again. It's much too tough to be fighting with your partners. Pick well.

Time to Flex

Nate Holzapfel | Posted 07.23.2013 | Small Business
Nate Holzapfel

There are two guys in San Diego right now who are making a difference with their time, and if you're lucky, your time too. Meet Travis and Trevor, the...

In Business and in Health: Running a Business With Your Spouse

Nusha Balyan | Posted 06.05.2013 | Small Business
Nusha Balyan

Going into business with the person that you married may seem like a great idea but it doesn't always end up in happily ever after. Some recent high profile divorces and business splits may make you think twice before you tie the co-working knot.

15 Tips to Peacefully Break Up With Your Business Partner

Young Entrepreneur Council | Posted 11.11.2012 | Small Business
Young Entrepreneur Council

What's one tip for ending a business partnership gracefully (or at least, without lawsuits)?

Collaboration and Networks: Catalysts for Innovation

Dominique Pahud | Posted 09.15.2012 | Small Business
Dominique Pahud

Access to experienced mentors, capital, customers and collaborators separate successful startups from those that fail. For startups, collaboration often takes shape in two ways: internal-facing activities and external-facing activities.

About Leadership: Relationships

Bernie Bulkin | Posted 09.04.2012 | Small Business
Bernie Bulkin

It is easiest to have a "relationship of mutual advantage, characterized by humility" with a peer company. But when a giant company interacts with a small one, everything can become skewed.

Building a Better Relationship With Your Work Partner

Joan Burge | Posted 07.18.2012 | Business
Joan Burge

While every boss would like to think he or she is the best manager in the country, the fact is many try -- but fail.

Lessons Learned From the Frontlines of Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships

Perry Yeatman | Posted 07.01.2012 | Impact
Perry Yeatman

When it comes to multi-stakeholder partnerships, knowing what YOU want is the right starting point. But even that isn't enough to succeed. Here are five more lessons we've learned from our work that might be helpful.

Why Taking On A Partner Can Be Riskier Than Marriage

Frank Farwell | Posted 04.04.2012 | Small Business
Frank Farwell

Sure, starting a business is scary and financially dangerous. But that doesn't mean entrepreneurs should take on a partner just to hold their hand and put a few dollars in the equity pot. Thankfully, there are alternatives formal partnerships.

Public-Private Partnerships Are Key to U.S. Competitiveness

Bridget van Kralingen | Posted 02.17.2012 | Technology
Bridget van Kralingen

Collaboration between the public and private sectors has long served as the model for addressing major challenges faced by the U.S. But in today's political and economic environment, is it a thing of the past?

From Bridesmaids to Business Partners

The Huffington Post/AOL Small Business | Lauren Drell | Posted 08.11.2011 | Small Business

Women notoriously love bags and shoes -- and many dream of taking that passion and starting their own lines. But there's a whole lot of work to be don...

Breaking Up is Hard to Do: How to Avoid Fatal Partnership Errors

Susan T. Spencer | Posted 08.22.2011 | Business
Susan T. Spencer

The euphoria of having a working partner to share the responsibilities, coupled with the cash to grow the business, evaporated in less than six months. By that time we were in court, the company had lost all its business and I was left with a nothing.

Critical Questions to Ask Before You Become a Partner

Peggy McColl | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Peggy McColl

Here's the scenario: You are interested in (or been asked to) become a single or group partner in a product or business. Dilemma: How do you cov...

Ashley Connors And Hannah Lavon, Hoopla: 27 Million And Counting

The Huffington Post/AOL Small Business | Lauren Drell | Posted 07.28.2011 | Home

Starting your own business is a noble -- not to mention exciting, rewarding and often crazy -- undertaking. The experience is an adventure, to say the...

Do You Need A 'Partner Prenup' Before Starting A Company?

Mark K. Stutes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Mark K. Stutes

The ideas have been discussed, everybody has decided that the business concept is totally viable and the excitement is mounting. You can't wait to fil...

WATCH: Michael Eisner To Matt Lauer On 'Today'

Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

"I had a great partner at Disney," the company's former-CEO Michael Eisner said this morning on the "Today" show in conversation with Matt Lauer. Eisn...