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What Cycling Taught Me About Business

What Cycling Taught Me About Business

| November 28, 2013 | 0 Comments

Over the last several years, I have rediscovered a part of my life that I once loved: riding my road bike. While racking up the miles and hours, I discovered that some of the things that made me fall back in love with cycling were the same as those that drive my work as an […]

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The Dating Game: Preparing Your Investor Pitch

The Dating Game: Preparing Your Investor Pitch

| November 24, 2013 | 1 Comment

Maybe you’re still immersed in the dating scene. Perhaps you haven’t ventured into that realm for more than 20 years. Either way, if you’re getting ready to pitch investors on your company, you need to practice your wooing skills. Linking up with investors requires you to impress, and there isn’t much difference between a bad […]

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Don’t Be an Entrepreneurial Bystander

Don’t Be an Entrepreneurial Bystander

| November 16, 2013 | 0 Comments

The yellow streetlight makes the shadows darker. Suddenly, a quick figure darts out and grabs a young woman, smothering her scream with one hand as he grabs her purse with the other. A group of people nearby witness the incident. What do you do? Call 911? Rush to the woman’s aid? Chase down the shadowy […]

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5 Lessons About Negotiating Salaries With Employees

5 Lessons About Negotiating Salaries With Employees

| November 12, 2013 | 2 Comments

  When a potential employee accepts a job offer you – as the employer, manager, and entrepreneur – must willing to negotiate further terms. Nowadays, job seekers have at their disposal a plethora of details regarding salary negotiations thanks to the numerous books and websites readily available. The majority of them join a job interview […]

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Make Solicitation a Company Value (in a PG-13 Way)

Make Solicitation a Company Value (in a PG-13 Way)

| November 10, 2013 | 0 Comments

Policies shift dramatically in the wake of an economic disaster. Four years after the stock market crash of 1929, regulations were enacted which barred privately owned companies from publicly seeking investment. This ban on general solicitation essentially decreed that all fundraising had to occur behind closed doors. Then, in 2012 — once again, roughly four […]

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How to Be an Approachable Genius

How to Be an Approachable Genius

| November 1, 2013 | 1 Comment

Once, as a twentysomething, newly minted U.S. Marine Corps officer, I was asked by my commanding officer to fill in at a big staff meeting. I was eager to impress this room full of experienced, confident warriors. After all, this would be their first impression of me. I had to make it good. I was […]

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How to Maximize Conference Season (and Not Go Crazy)

How to Maximize Conference Season (and Not Go Crazy)

| October 17, 2013 | 1 Comment

Conferences are the best, right? They have interesting people, great speakers to learn from, and the potential for numerous business deals. If they’re so great, why do conferences wear us out so much? Why do we so often feel scattered and unfocused? Are they even worth the money? The Two Secrets to a Great Conference […]

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5 Entrepreneurial Lessons from the Medical Field

5 Entrepreneurial Lessons from the Medical Field

| October 12, 2013 | 0 Comments

There’s usually a type of background that comes to mind when you picture an entrepreneur — one that involves an MBA or, at the very least, a few management classes. Well, my crash course in entrepreneurship stems far from the business school and instead is rooted in eight years working in nuclear medicine. I can […]

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3 Reasons to Create a Parallel Brand

3 Reasons to Create a Parallel Brand

| October 1, 2013 | 1 Comment

Thanks to the Internet, consumers have a hunger for — and access to — scads of information about a company, its CEO, and its senior executives. For this reason, “parallel branding” is fast becoming a necessary reality.  A parallel brand operates on a dual track. It’s the sweet spot where a founder, CEO, or small […]

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5 Human Commonalities and Why Company Decision Makers Should Remember Them

5 Human Commonalities and Why Company Decision Makers Should Remember Them

| September 10, 2013 | 4 Comments

During the past 31 years, I have traveled to 134 different countries. Of all the countries I’ve visited, I’ve lived and worked for six months or more in 23 of them. I have been fortunate enough to live with people from different ethnic groups, socioeconomic strata, and educational backgrounds. They all had varying religious beliefs, […]

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