Founder’s Syndrome–When to Step Down

by / ⠀Startup Advice / September 14, 2009

What is Founder’s Syndrome? Many times founders get intoxicated with their own success and stop seeking feedback and outside perspectives about their leadership.  When a CEO/Founder stops seeking feedback on her effectiveness and overrates her skills and impact, we refer to this as, “blind spots.”   In other words, the leader perceives she is operating at a high level of effectiveness when in fact her stakeholders (investors, direct reports)…

No Education Required: 8 Billionaire Dropouts

by / ⠀Startup Advice / September 9, 2009

Kirk Kerkorian The father of the “megaresort” this high school dropout shaped Las Vegas to the destination it is today.  Buying 80 acres on the strip for a measly $960,000, with vision like this no wonder he is a billionaire. Kerkorian later opened the MGM Grand Casino and Hotel.  Kerkorian was married to professional tennis player Lisa Bonder, 48 years younger than he, for one week. François Pinault…

Stressing as an Entrepreneur? Laugh a Little!

by / ⠀Startup Advice / September 9, 2009

Whats better then being an entrepreneur? You get to run a business. Build a personal brand. Make your own hours and lifestyle. Build things that you can truly call your own. There is no downside! Well wait a second. What about struggling to make a sale. Getting negative feedback. Not knowing what your next move will be or even how you will pay your bills tomorrow. There are…

Bring Your Own Dial Tone: Small Powerful Networks

by / ⠀Finding Customers Startup Advice / September 8, 2009

The following is excerpted from Trust Agents: Using The Web To Build Influence, Improve Reputation, and Earn Trust by Chris Brogan and Julien Smith Jeff Pulver knows a thing or two about dial tone. A while back, he cofounded Vonage, the voice-over-IP telephone network that took on all the major telephone companies in the late 1990s. He continues to be a visionary, usually discovering key trends years before…

Unemployed? Now What?

by / ⠀Personal Branding Startup Advice / September 4, 2009

What do Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and Eric Schmidt all have in common?  Aside from the obvious characteristics that all three are extremely successful and wealthy, they were also all born in 1955.  Around the time of the personal computer revolution, they were all young and deciding their long-term career paths.  It was the time in one’s life that involves big risks and major decisions. In some cases,…

Prepare to Get Wet in the Lost Canyon!

by / ⠀Startup Advice / September 4, 2009

Alright, so you’ve done the canopy/zipline, and you’ve white-water rafted down a river with Class III-IV rapids, and you’ve mountain biked a hardcore trail that leads you to a mountain peak and an adrenaline pumped descent. But I bet you’ve never rappelled down a 200 foot waterfall or sheer rock face into a canyon that is hidden deep within the jungles of Costa Rica! Picture this: You hop…

How to Create a Rockstar Online Presence

by / ⠀Personal Branding Startup Advice / September 3, 2009

Celebrities, rockstars, athletes, leaders, politicians and all types of figure-heads have been building their brands to promote themselves and their expertise for years.  Today we all have the opportunity to create killer personal brands for ourselves that will accelerate our success and bring exposure to our work.  If you want to be known as a leader in your field, and have a voice of authority now is the…

Introducing our CEO Seduction Specialist

by / ⠀Startup Advice / September 2, 2009

Introduction from the editor: At Under30CEO our philosophy is about creating a lifestyle that gives us the opportunity to experience things most people stuck at their 9-5 cannot.  Too many young CEOs are pushing life to the side and forgetting to enjoy the finer things in life, and to us–they are missing the point. Allow me to introduce Jennifer Iannolo, our new CEO Seduction Specialist.  As an Under30CEO…

The 10 Rules for Building a Successful Personal Brand

by / ⠀Personal Branding Startup Advice / September 1, 2009

No matter what career path you choose your best asset should always be YOU. While most people tend to focus on the things they want out of life and how to quickly climb the ladder to achieve those goals, many don’t take the time to evaluate their skill sets (weaknesses included) and how much of an impact they actually have on the bottom line. Nobody is exempt. A…

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