7 Leadership Behaviors Startups Must Never Tolerate

7 Leadership Behaviors Startups Must Never Tolerate Many professionals in business, from startups to multi-nationals, assume that team leader or executive is an appointed position, and the skills come with the title. In reality, leadership is best demonstrated while not in a position of authority, and is a skill that must be sharpened every day…
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Haberdasher Enterprises, LLC – Kirk Chugg Interview

Kirk Chugg I strive to provide exceptional service to my clients. My business survives and thrives on happy, well-dressed clients. I am ambitious, driven and entrepreneurial. I am a proud father of 4 children first and foremost. I love my work and my professional and community interactions. Meeting and helping new people is the most…
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10 Strategies to Make Startup Work Seem Like Play

10 Strategies to Make Startup Work Seem Like Play Every startup and every big business wishes that all their employees were star performers, but wishing doesn’t make it happen. Some coaches and leaders seem to have the magic for bringing out the best in everyone. Research has shown that it isn’t magic, but a focus…
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Rincon Venture Partners – John Greathouse Interview

John Greathouse John Greathouse is the author of the popular startup advice blog, InfoChachkie. He is also a Partner at Rincon Venture Partners, a venture capital firm investing in early stage, web-based businesses. During the prior twenty years, he held senior executive positions with several successful startups, spanning medical robotics to GoToMeeting. In these roles, John…
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Is Crowd-Funding the Answer When Investors Decline?

Is Crowd-Funding the Answer When Investors Decline? Many entrepreneurs seems to be convinced that the “crowd” of regular people using the Internet will somehow solve their startup funding needs, when they sense a lack of interest from accredited investors. Professionals maintain that there is plenty of money for equity in qualified startups, and funding marginal…
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Lexity – Amit Kumar Interview

Amit Kumar Amit is founder & CEO of Lexity, the App Platform for Ecommerce. Developers write-once, distribute-everywhere, to millions of Ecommerce merchants, globally. Previously, Amit was VP Product for Dapper, an Accel-funded startup focussing on semantic advertising. Before that, at Yahoo! Web Search, he introduced Semantic Web technology to Search, invented SearchMonkey, filed 15+ patents, and…
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Entrepreneurs are Starting Young and Learning Fast

Entrepreneurs are Starting Young and Learning Fast I continue to see stories of really young entrepreneurs, like this article onBusiness Insider, with pre-teens as young as 9 years old who make millions more than their parents. This makes me wonder what starts that entrepreneurial drive in kids, and how early parents and schools should start…
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Pitch Refinery – Melissa Pierce

Melissa Pierce Melissa Pierce is a Chicago filmmaker and serial entrepreneur. She is the founder of the 600 member local women’s computer programming group, Chicago Women Developers (CWDevs), the founder and organizer of the Pitch Refinery Conference, Co-founder of the forthcoming search engine Where Are the Women, and the COO of Chicago’s newest fashion/tech company…
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Predictive Analytics is a Goldmine for Startups

Predictive Analytics is a Goldmine for Startups Traditional business intelligence (and data mining) software does a very good job of showing you where you’ve been. By contrast, predictive analytics uses data patterns to make forward-looking predictions that guide you to where you should go next. This is a whole new world for startups seeking enterprise…
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7 Reasons Why Startup CFOs Become CEO Candidates

7 Reasons Why Startup CFOs Become CEO Candidates Every investor is looking for the “dream team” of executives to put money on. Often I find that experienced investors scan ahead to the management page of a business plan, even before they read the product description. That’s how important the people are. The Chief Financial Officer…
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