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Africa's Female Entrepreneurs Part II: Josephine Takundwa, Award-Winning Leader in Energy

O'Brien Browne | Posted 05.17.2016 | Business
O'Brien Browne

I continue this exciting series with the dynamic Josephine Takundwa, founder and CEO of Earthlink Technologies headquartered in Harare, Zimbabwe.

The Social Venture Journey with Matthew Abrams

Alex Budak | Posted 04.12.2017 | Impact
Alex Budak

That moment when a budding social entrepreneur is on the cusp of starting a potentially world-changing venture is equal parts thrilling and terrifying...

Matthew Toren: Keep Things Lean to Keep You Focused

Jonha Revesencio | Posted 10.17.2016 | Business
Jonha Revesencio

Statistics suggests that 92% of startups fail.We'll dive deep into this matter with the help of entrepreneur, investor, mentor and the co-author of Small Business, Big Vision: Lessons on How to Dominate Your Market from Self-Made Entrepreneurs Who Did it Right, Matthew Toren.

10 Steps to Start Your Startup

George Vou | Posted 05.26.2016 | Business
George Vou

"I'm ready to get started, so now what do I do?" Whether people are coming out of university, work or various competitions, everyone seems to have that same question. Here's my answer in ten little pieces.

In the Trenches: 36 Things I've Learned as a Founder

Lisa Abeyta | Posted 03.07.2015 | Impact
Lisa Abeyta

Over the past five years, I've accrued a lot of advice -- some of it invaluable and some not so much -- as well as lessons learned the hard way. I've also collected quite a few notes and reminders along the way.

Early Influences Can Open Up the Future

Jack Nadel | Posted 12.23.2014 | Small Business
Jack Nadel

Entrepreneurs not only provide us with critical innovation and keep us at the forefront of global markets, they also create ways to gain financial independence. So why has the percentage of start-ups in the U.S. dropped significantly in the last 35 years?

Four Reasons Every Entrepreneur Needs a Mastermind

Lisa Abeyta | Posted 12.14.2014 | Small Business
Lisa Abeyta

It was while interviewing Dale Carnegie for a small newspaper that Napoleon Hill landed a writing gig in 1908 that changed not only his own future b...

Why Everyone Should Lead

George Vou | Posted 12.01.2014 | Business
George Vou

I only recently watched Arianna Huffington's powerful keynote at INBOUND 2013 where she pushed home almost every point there was to make about the ess...

Startups and Relationships: How to get Them Both Right

George Vou | Posted 11.17.2014 | Technology
George Vou

My job now is to try to keep our startup alive; there are no trips and no cars -- there are baby puppies though. My girlfriend is now my pregnant wife and we live at her mum's place. Glamorous, no?

The Buddy System: How To Score A Brand Partnership

Lisa Serwin | Posted 08.15.2014 | Small Business
Lisa Serwin

If you're a newer startup, then chances are, you'd love, love a pitch meeting with a big fish like Starbucks. But corporate titans like those are getting pitched all the time. Is there a shortcut to inking a deal with one of them?

5 Potential Pitfalls for Rapidly-Growing Companies

Brian Hamilton | Posted 10.12.2014 | Business
Brian Hamilton

The issue comes when your growth gets in the way of running your business correctly. It's hard to run any company, but there are specific challenges that are especially hard about running a fast-growth company. If you're not careful, these challenges can turn into hazards.

Start Early to Be an Entrepreneur

Jack Nadel | Posted 09.28.2014 | Small Business
Jack Nadel

In many ways, an entrepreneur's career is like a football game. Both combine a swift pace with a highly competitive atmosphere. The "game" is divided into four quarters. In the first quarter you assess the other team's strengths and weaknesses based on your scouting report.

Just Pick Up the F*#@ing Phone

Matt Douglas | Posted 09.16.2014 | Business
Matt Douglas

Like most people, I send dozens of emails a day. Pretty much anything that I work on can be dealt with using email. But is that always the right choice?

How to Succeed in Business: the First Steps

Jack Nadel | Posted 07.30.2014 | Small Business
Jack Nadel

I'll begin where the majority of successful entrepreneurs begin--"follow your passion." It may be a shopworn phrase, but this advice is as valid today for how to succeed in business as it was a hundred years ago, and it has certainly proven true for me.

NDAs Are Stupid (Mostly)

Matt Douglas | Posted 06.30.2014 | Business
Matt Douglas

A few weeks ago, I asked our System Operation Manager to get a quote from a new service provider. To get a quote, we would need to provide some basic ...

Size is Power for Small, Nimble Startups

Lauren Vaccarello | Posted 05.17.2014 | Small Business
Lauren Vaccarello

Over the years, I've built up a list of marketing tips to help startups take advantage of the inherent strengths of a nimble, growing company.

Startups Are a Workaholic's Paradise

Lauren Kay | Posted 03.29.2014 | Small Business
Lauren Kay

Like falling in love, initially everything was pretty fun and exciting. And then things started getting serious.

How to Hack Agility to Help Scale Your Company

Brian Honigman | Posted 03.17.2014 | Business
Brian Honigman

Growing your company to the next level in its evolution is possible only if your team is willing and able to properly hack agility and reap its benefits.

A Lesson on Why Curling Is Relevant to Startups

Jeremy Shure | Posted 03.15.2014 | Small Business
Jeremy Shure

It's Winter Olympics time. I often flip past a channel that is showing the sport of curling, and curling is a beautiful analogy for startups -- or more pointedly, for the team that must surround a founder.

Start-up Strategies to Build a Business the Affordable Way

Jack Nadel | Posted 02.03.2014 | Small Business
Jack Nadel

My only capital when I started Trans Pacific Traders in 1946 was my accumulated military pay. What I did have was a willingness to research, find opportunities, and make deals. Fancy furniture and a large office would have to wait.

Why Entrepreneurs Should Fire Themselves

Harvard Business Review | Kerrie MacPherson | Posted 10.09.2013 | Small Business

When entrepreneurs first start their businesses, they are usually involved in everything: running operations, keeping the books, and making sales call...

How to Start Small and Win Big in Business

Bill McBean | Posted 01.23.2014 | Small Business
Bill McBean

The goal of most entrepreneurs is to win big! Unfortunately, most businesses fail or struggle for years before making money. Often struggling business owners skip over or ignore two important concepts that successful owners know.

Saving Your Startup From Your Cofounder

Ricardo Garcia-Amaya | Posted 08.21.2013 | Small Business
Ricardo Garcia-Amaya

The past year was a draining mental experience. It felt as if one day I woke up with a sensitive tooth and the next I was in dire need of a root canal. Six months into our partnership I finally came to terms with the fact that I'd made a mistake.

5 Questions to Ask Before Saying Yes

Joe Boyd | Posted 10.12.2013 | Business
Joe Boyd

I needed to create some sort of system to help me determine when a new idea is worth investing my time and resources. From that came these five questions I ask myself almost everyday.

NYPD Blue -- What I Learned About Startups Patrolling the Streets of New York City

Jeff Wald | Posted 09.21.2013 | Business
Jeff Wald

During the last 10 years as I have invested, advised, and founded startups in New York City. I have also spent a significant amount of that time patrolling its streets as a member of the Auxiliary Unit of the New York Police Department.