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4 Proven Advantages of Startup Incubators

4 Proven Advantages of Startup Incubators

There is no better or more proven method for getting your startup funded than being part of a successful incubator. While about 60% of all technology startups will fail within the first three years, 87% of incubator companies are still going strong five years after graduating from their programs.  While writing my new book, Disrupt You!, I visited incubators around the world to discover what...

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3 Marketing Secrets Most Startups Ignore

3 Marketing Secrets Most Startups Ignore

Most first-time entrepreneurs are so excited to tell the world about their new venture that they miss the entire point of startup marketing: to stop being a startup. As counterintuitive as it may seem, the true purpose of marketing a startup is to accelerate your business growth so that you no longer are raising money and burning cash. If you want to build a company...

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When the Tech Bubble Bursts, Unicorns Get Slaughtered

When the Tech Bubble Bursts, Unicorns Get Slaughtered

Venture-backed startups with billion dollar market caps are called “unicorns” because they are supposed to be rare mythical creatures that few entrepreneurs will ever ride. At present, 73 such companies have raised hundreds of millions of dollars in venture capital, and many of them are planning to go public while still being unprofitable. Their values range from a few billion dollars for Houzz or Snapdeal, all...

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Four Reasons for a Startup to Turn Down Capital

Four Reasons for a Startup to Turn Down Capital

Venture capital firms flush with cash are luring startups with sky high valuations and record setting investments of capital.  Last year, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers and the National Venture Capital Association, VCs invested over $48 billion into 4,356 startups – investing $21 billion more than they did the year before.  With Snapchat, Uber, Airbnb, and others commanding valuations in excess of $10 billion and WhatsApp being...

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What Entrepreneurs Don’t Know about Paying Themselves (but Should)

What Entrepreneurs Don’t Know about Paying Themselves (but Should)

As a young entrepreneur in my twenties, I took great pride in the fact that I never once missed making payroll (even if that meant funding the business with my credit cards and not paying myself). Though my first company Jasmine Multimedia beat the odds and was successful, looking back on the experience decades later the pressure was too intense and actually counterproductive to my...

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Tune into a $170 Billion Market Opportunity in 2015

Tune into a $170 Billion Market Opportunity in 2015

There is a $170 billion US market up for grabs in 2015.  Corporate giants that are accustom to dominating their oligopolies will be competing with a diverse spectrum of new entrants from adjacent markets as well as nimble young startups.  The massive trends of big data, the Internet of Things, wearable tech, mobile computing and social media have coalesced to transform the world of television...

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Jay Samit: 5 Rules for Onboarding New Talent

Jay Samit: 5 Rules for Onboarding New Talent

According to the American Society for Training & Development, US companies spend over $164 billion on employee learning and development each year.  As all-encompassing as that figure appears, most companies overlook the most basic of all training functions: the onboarding of new employees into their corporate culture.  As a serial turnaround CEO and startup entrepreneur, I know all too well the challenges of onboarding new...

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