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The Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) is an invite-only organization comprised of the world's most promising young entrepreneurs. In partnership with Citi, YEC recently launched BusinessCollective, a free virtual mentorship program that helps millions of entrepreneurs start and grow businesses.

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10 Disastrous Mistakes to Avoid After Closing a Fundraising Round

(0) Comments | Posted October 5, 2015 | 10:41 AM

Don't get stuck in a honeymoon mentality after closing a successful round of funding. Dodging these common mistakes will ensure your funding is properly invested into your company.

A. They Don't Making a Game Plan With Their Investor


The time immediately...

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How I've Improved My Leadership Skills Based on Employee Feedback

(0) Comments | Posted October 2, 2015 | 10:42 AM

2015-09-29-1443546625-6520162-PeterDaisyme.pngPeter Daisyme is the co-founder of Palo Alto, California-based Hosting Inc, a hosting company specializing in helping businesses with hosting their website for free, for life. 

The only way to really know how you're doing as a business leader is to ask others on your team. They typically...

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5 Skills You Need to Evolve From Being an Entrepreneur to Being a Leader

(0) Comments | Posted October 1, 2015 | 5:04 PM

2015-10-01-1443733406-4747047-SohinShah.pngIn 2012, Sohin Shah successfully crowdfunded Valuation App with 57 backers and went on to start New York-based iFunding, a leading real estate crowdfunding platform.

You will rarely find someone who hates cooking but opens their own restaurant. Nor will you see someone who despises reading open a bookstore....

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4 Ways to Build Strong Relationships Through Employee Gifts

(0) Comments | Posted September 30, 2015 | 12:01 PM

2015-09-29-1443540223-8993442-JohnRuhlin.jpgJohn Ruhlin and his firm THE RUHLIN GROUP are considered to be the foremost experts on developing relationships with key executives and the topic of "Appreciative Leadership." He speaks nationally on the topic, is the bestselling author of "Cutting Edge Sales" and is the number one distributor...

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Repackaging Your Business's Discoveries to Increase Your Reach

(0) Comments | Posted September 30, 2015 | 11:08 AM

2015-09-29-1443546354-2397783-TyMorse.jpgTy Morse is the CEO of Songwhale, an interactive technology company focusing on enterprise SMS solutions and Direct Response campaigns, both domestic and international. Since the company's 2007 launch, Ty has grown Songwhale from 2 people to over 100. A two...

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3 Questions You Should Ask Before You Sell Your Business

(0) Comments | Posted September 28, 2015 | 10:49 AM

2015-09-17-1442525051-3881200-MarkDaoust.pngMark Daoust is the founder and CEO of Quiet Light Brokerage. He helps entrepreneurs, solopreneurs and bootstrappers prepare their websites, identify potential buyers and negotiate the sale of their online businesses.

Building up a business is a valuable life experience,...

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3 Key Pieces of Technology Entrepreneurs Can Leverage to Grow Their Business

(0) Comments | Posted September 21, 2015 | 11:20 AM


Starting a business used to require a lot of time and effort. All the paperwork needed to be filled out manually and submitted via snail mail. If you were lucky, you could go down to some clerk's office and submit the...

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Travel Tips to Keep You Healthy and Productive

(0) Comments | Posted September 18, 2015 | 11:09 AM

2015-09-03-1441316492-3529298-AndrewThomas.jpgBy Andrew Thomas

Great founders are always looking for an edge to increase their performance, especially in the face of limited time. As the saying goes, time equals money. I'll add that sanity equals money, and so does health. And it's often...

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11 Ways Your Company's Office Space Affects Team Output

(0) Comments | Posted September 17, 2015 | 5:21 PM

Currently the co-founder and CFO of TheSquareFoot, Aron Susman began his career in the International Mergers & Acquisitions group at Deloitte in Houston. Most recently a Vice President with MDTech, a healthcare technology company, Aron oversaw the company's financial, accounting, and...

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5 Skills Every Professional Should Learn From Entrepreneurs

(0) Comments | Posted September 17, 2015 | 5:15 PM

2015-09-17-1442524495-8441758-BrendonSchrader.pngBrendon Schrader is founder of Antenna, a Minneapolis-based marketing firm that delivers experienced marketing professionals to companies of all sizes. 

Considering all the new ways to work (which I've written about here), you might assume that big corporations...

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5 Subtle Differences Between Good and Bad Meeting Agendas

(0) Comments | Posted September 16, 2015 | 10:36 AM

2015-09-03-1441316328-2266870-JasonShah.pngIf there's one thing most meeting coordinators can agree on, it's that you need an agenda. If you go into a meeting without having a clear direction, it's just going to end up wasting everyone's time. The challenging part is that...

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Raising a Phoenix: How We Can Start Eliminating the Roots of Gender Bias

(0) Comments | Posted September 10, 2015 | 8:50 AM

2015-09-10-1441889652-5886238-Preston_Smith.pngPreston Smith co-founded Rocketship Education, a nonprofit, national network of public elementary charter schools serving primarily low-income students in neighborhoods where access to excellent schools is limited. He began his career in education as a teacher, later becoming a principal in...

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12 Quick and Easy Tricks to Filter Bad Resumés

(0) Comments | Posted September 9, 2015 | 11:12 AM

Having a budget and time constraint doesn't mean you have to sacrifice quality candidates. These tips instantly separate the good from the bad.

A. Ask Everyone You Know for a Recommendation


The best way to find great employees is to have...

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Mobile App Ratings: What's a Star Really Worth for Your App?

(0) Comments | Posted September 4, 2015 | 11:29 AM

2015-08-27-1440705654-710796-RobiGanguly.pngGood reviews are important to any business, but for those with a mobile app, they are paramount. My company Apptentive conducted a survey in July of 362 consumers who use Android and iPhones daily. Our results showed that the difference between two and four...

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Hiring Hack: Our One Interview Question to Hire the Best

(0) Comments | Posted September 3, 2015 | 5:45 PM

2015-09-03-1441316638-2432583-NanxiLiu.jpgNanxi Liu is the Co-Founder and CEO of Enplug, a Los Angeles technology company that builds the industry-leading software that powers digital displays in malls, restaurants, retail stores and more.

All entrepreneurs have given soliloquies about how finding great talent is our...

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5 Daily Practices for a More Productive, Balanced and Healthy Life

(1) Comments | Posted September 3, 2015 | 5:33 PM


Chris Ategeka is an engineer, inventor, and entrepreneur at heart. He was named one of Forbes' 30 Under 30 social entrepreneurs in the world in 2014.  He is the CEO and founder of Ride for Lives, a 501c(3) non-profit organization built...

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11 Amazing Things About Being an Entrepreneur and a Parent

(0) Comments | Posted September 2, 2015 | 11:36 AM

Raising a child and a business can give you a completely different perspective. We asked 11 entrepreneurs what they loved the most about balancing their two most important jobs.

A. Learning How to Prioritize


Becoming a parent put my entire career...

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15 Traits of Top-Performing Sales Executives

(0) Comments | Posted August 31, 2015 | 5:26 PM

Great sales executives do more than hit an impressive sales quota. They're empathetic, make real connections and approach sales holistically.

A. They Are Persistent


A good salesperson will sell their way into the job. She will follow up. She will be persistent...

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5 Secrets to Festival Marketing

(0) Comments | Posted August 28, 2015 | 11:49 AM

2015-08-27-1440705844-5199789-AlexisLevine.pngAlexis Levine founded Savvy Media at age 23, and launched her project #savvycity at insider events at film and music festivals across the world.

Sundance and South by Southwest are arguably two of the most brand-saturated events in the first quarter of...

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7 Fatal Mistakes to Avoid When Hiring an App Development Team

(0) Comments | Posted August 27, 2015 | 4:09 PM

2015-08-27-1440706035-6122483-YairFlicker.pngYair Flicker is the President of SmartLogic, a custom web/mobile software development company based in Baltimore. 

If you need an outside team to help with developing your application, choose carefully. Hiring the wrong team can cost you both months and millions, and...

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