Never fear? Right, like that's actually possible. To believe that anyone--especially entrepreneurs facing any number of great unknowns on a daily basis--will be impervious to the gut-wrenching wringer of failure or struggle is to start off on a false premise. Fear is a part of doing business, and it's a part of being human.
When it comes to the latest marketing trends or figuring out which designer decided flared pants should make a come back, Google always delivers. When it comes to solving my most frustrating career challenges, not so much. This is why I decided to take a more "old school" approach -- I asked a real life person, whose career and personal choices I admire and value for their advice.
We caught up with Akshay on what he learned from his Tip'd Off journey, from the day he started it to the day it got acquired. While admittedly, it was a very hard decision for Akshay and his cofounders to sell Tip'd Off. They just couldn't let go of this opportunity of a successful exit, with their investors and employees in mind as well.
I've studied entrepreneurs who engage in the art of war to see how they win. One simple strategy they use is to tell simple and strategic stories. If you listen to them in interviews, or watch their marketing and sales approach, you'll soon catch on to three or four core stories that they share with everyone, everywhere.
As a member of the National Women's Business Council, I've had the opportunity to engage with hundreds of female entrepreneurs. During our talks, I couldn't help but happen upon an interesting, yet frustrating discovery. 9 out of every 10 women I spoke with would rather stall their growth than ask for capital.