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Some Like It Hot (and Some Iced): Tips on Start-Up Mentorship and Success From Recon Strategy

Svetlana Dotsenko | Posted 11.20.2015 | Business
Svetlana Dotsenko

We met near the MIT campus during a hot summer day in Boston, when the sun turns on the heat to compensate for all of the winter lows. Nikhil ordered his iced coffee, and I started with a broad question about how to define start-up strategy.

Why I Mentor

Jeff Wald | Posted 11.05.2015 | Business
Jeff Wald

A startup founder recently asked me a simple, yet startling, question during our monthly meetings. We have been working together for nearly two years,...

The Very Best Beer for the Fall Season

Brendon O'Brien | Posted 10.26.2015 | Taste
Brendon O'Brien

Sneaking in the last chance to use the grill, or early evening bonfires with friends, or even raking leaves, all provide a wonderful backdrop for beer that captures the essence of the season.

Sharpening the Saw: How to Take Time Off Without Losing Momentum (Or Your Mind)

Nathan Chan | Posted 10.26.2015 | Business
Nathan Chan

Here's how you can take a vacation, never allow your business to miss a beat, actually enjoy yourself, and come back with the energy and insight you need to crush it.

Startup Founders, Cut Your Salaries in Half

Max Yoder | Posted 10.14.2015 | Business
Max Yoder

You shouldn't take even close to the market value of your salary, no matter the size of the seed round. Here's why.

5 Ways To Overcome Self-Sabotaging Tendencies

Shauna Mackenzie | Posted 10.08.2015 | Business
Shauna Mackenzie

Eventually, you're going to have to make the leap. It's better to do it quick, like ripping a band aid. It is my personal belief that people are rewarded when they take the risk to put themselves out there. Blind faith comes with the territory of being an entrepreneur.

Two Problems With Pro-Life Politics

Andy Schmookler | Posted 09.30.2015 | Politics
Andy Schmookler

It injures our politics for one large group of Americans to regard another large group of Americans as bad people. But more than that unfortunate cost, this moral judgment is demonstrably false.

10 Reasons Why You Should Start Your Own Business

Mo Seetubtim | Posted 08.28.2015 | Business
Mo Seetubtim

Not everyone wants to be an entrepreneur. But if you feel it in your blood and feel an itch to start your own thing, you must do it.

Empower Your Youth, Solve Your Ills: Cultivating Innovation in the 21st Century with IBM

Maya Horgan | Posted 08.20.2015 | Technology
Maya Horgan

For developing nations in particular, opportunity lies in the minds of its inhabitants. Most importantly, youth inhabitants.

Should All Businesses Have Trusted Advisors?

Jennifer Love | Posted 08.20.2015 | Business
Jennifer Love

The truth is, our peers, friends, family and staff can provide helpful insight, and you don't want to discount the importance of their advice. But, you also want to seek out formal trusted advisors who have a deep understanding of your business, along with the wisdom you need to compensate for your blind spots.

Startup Insider: Cherubic Ventures Partner Tina Cheng and the Rising Taiwan Startup Scene

David Ongchoco | Posted 08.17.2015 | Business
David Ongchoco

Today, we're featuring Tina Cheng from Cherubic Ventures. Tina had worked in Silicon Valley tech giants Yahoo and CISCO before deciding to return to her home country Taiwan to become an entrepreneur.

Notes From a Serial Entrepreneur: 5 Things That Are Easier the Second Time Around

Miles Beckett | Posted 08.13.2015 | Business
Miles Beckett

Frank Sinatra, one of my all-time favorites, crooned "love is more comfortable the second time you fall." When it comes to companies, I definitely agree.

Startup Insider: The Story Behind Stock Trading App Robinhood and Its One Million-Person Waitlist

David Ongchoco | Posted 08.12.2015 | Business
David Ongchoco

For Robinhood founders Baiju Bhatt and Vladimir Tenev, the 2008 financial crisis, followed by the Occupy Wall Street movement, were a source of inspiration to create Robinhood, a mobile first zero-commission stock brokerage app.

The One-on-One Meeting: An Essential Tool for All Startup Founders

Adam Greenwald | Posted 07.23.2015 | Business
Adam Greenwald

If your one-on-one meetings end on a sour note, you and your direct reports will be leaving your meeting room with negative vibes that will infect everyone else before the day ends.

The Brutality of Reality

Soren Petersen | Posted 07.20.2015 | Business
Soren Petersen

A startup is about daring market and technology positioning followed by exquisite execution. Since even a bat can position itself, the part of the game one can control becomes all about the execution. Founders agree that design is the key to successful execution, and they proclaim that design contributed more than 70 percent to their success.

Striking the Right Balance: From Manager to CEO

Women’s iLab | Posted 07.20.2015 | Business
Women’s iLab

CEOs of early stage startups typically do not have the luxury of hiring a manager and are thus tasked with overseeing work product and daily operations themselves. So, how does one manage and lead at the same time?

What Entrepreneurs Can Learn From John Legend

Rob Kornblum | Posted 07.02.2015 | Business
Rob Kornblum

John Legend has won nine Grammy Awards, as well as Soul Train Music Awards, Billboard Music Awards, and an Academy Award for Best Original Song. He's one of the most successful singers of our generation. But you didn't see his struggle to get there.

The One Trait That Ruins an Entrepreneur

Lisa Abeyta | Posted 05.15.2015 | Business
Lisa Abeyta

While there are just as many reasons for a startup's failure as for its success, I do believe that there is one trait that, if given room to grow, will ruin an entrepreneur.

Young and Entrepreneurial: Former YCombinator Hustler Pulak Mittal Shares His Startup Journey From PennApps to Clever

David Ongchoco | Posted 06.12.2015 | Business
David Ongchoco

Young and Entrepreneurial is a series of articles where I've decided to interview and write about young individuals disrupting the world, whether it's...

Top 50 Non-Technical Founders in Technology

Blake McCammon | Posted 06.07.2015 | Business
Blake McCammon

Whether you're the VP of Finance at a major bank, or you're a student; if you have a dream, determination, and passion you too can start a business and build a tech product without having any knowledge of code.

How to Dismantle Your Investor Pitch With 5 Easy Phrases

Hank Hanna | Posted 05.16.2015 | Small Business
Hank Hanna

Know what your cost of customer acquisition is and show investors how you can successfully grow you revenue regardless of raising capital. And don't use the term "conservatively" when estimating a value that is obviously and grossly overblown.

Founder Leadership Models

Jeff Bussgang | Posted 05.06.2015 | Business
Jeff Bussgang

If you can navigate a leadership model that keeps the founder involved and engaged in the business as it scales, it meaningfully improves your odds that startup magic will happen.

Female Founders Take On the Startup World

Craig Newmark | Posted 05.04.2015 | Impact
Craig Newmark

There was some really good advice coming outta the hashtag #FemaleFounders, so my team and I put together a Storify to put some of our favorites in one place (folks, it was really tough to only choose a few).

The School of the Heartist -- Days of Founding a New School

Yanna Bat Adam, Heartist | Posted 04.14.2015 | Arts
Yanna Bat Adam, Heartist

It was time for me to speak more directly than I could with paintings -- to speak with living people -- in particular, those for whom creativity is a strong impulse that is sometimes problematic.

Business Plans: Mapping Your Road to Success

Nina B. Ries | Posted 03.23.2015 | Small Business
Nina B. Ries

When I work with startups, I am invariably asked whether they "really need to bother with a business plan." Small businesses owners pose the same question.