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Serial Entrepreneur and Innovator Jay Samit Joins Equal Earth Board of Directors

Serial Entrepreneur and Innovator Jay Samit Joins Equal Earth Board of Directors

Equal Earth, a global diversified clean energy company, today announced that Jay Samit, serial entrepreneur, innovator, investor and host of the Wall Street Journal Startup of the Year, has been appointed to the company’s Board of Directors. Effective immediately, Samit joins Equal Earth’s Board as the company continues to close noteworthy deals and investments, sign on new clean energy projects, and expand operations as the...

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Jay Samit: Three Types of Advisers You Need

Jay Samit: Three Types of Advisers You Need

Creating the right advisory board for your startup can be the single most important step you take in building a new business. As good and as smart as you may be, no one knows everything. I truly wish I was as smart as I thought I was when I started my first company 30 years ago. I was fresh out of college and had never...

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Five Top Tips for Networking

Five Top Tips for Networking

No matter how much we tweet, blog and post, nothing in business is as powerful as actual face time with prospective business partners and customers. Some of the most lasting contacts and friendships that I have developed began by just grabbing a drink or breaking bread with a stranger at an industry event.  From Mumbai to Moscow, Tulsa to Tokyo, here are my five favorite...

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Jay Samit: 3 Overlooked Benefits of Hiring Interns

Jay Samit: 3 Overlooked Benefits of Hiring Interns

Had Steve Jobs not interned at Hewlett Packard, he might never have met Steve Wozniak and founded Apple.  Everyone from talk show host Oprah Winfrey (CBS affiliate in Nashville) to fashion designerTom Ford (Chloé) started as interns and worked their way up. The benefits to the students are undeniable, but what most company founders don’t realize is that the benefits to startups are even greater. Building a great...

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Millions of Dollars are Available to Startups  From Partners who don’t want Your Equity

Millions of Dollars are Available to Startups From Partners who don’t want Your Equity

Most startup entrepreneurs unnecessarily spend half their time and give up half their equity in search of funding from angel investors and venture capitalists.  Tens of millions of dollars are available to them for free from partners who not only don’t want their equity, they don’t even want to be paid back.  I’ve raised as much as $60 million for an unlaunched startup.  What’s the...

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Three Success Factors for International Startups

Three Success Factors for International Startups

Silicon Valley’s long-running track record of creating globally disruptive startups is the envy of the world. Having spent over 25 years working with dozens of startups from idea to IPO, I travel the world speaking at international startup hubs that seek to emulate California’s amazing success story. In the past year, I have circled the globe visiting incubators and accelerators from Moscow to Mumbai, Berlin to Beijing, advising governments on how innovation and entrepreneurship can jump start their GDP. In my experience it takes the combination of three factors to be successful: education, risk capital and culture.


A Balance Between Law and Innovation

A Balance Between Law and Innovation

The recent talk of Airbnb’s incredible $10 billion valuation, even in the face of theNew York attorney general’s inquiries into its legality, brings front and center the inherent conflicts between the speed at which technology advances and the glacial progress of our legal system. With more than a half a million rental listings, Airbnb’s model of connecting people with those willing to share their accommodations for a price has spread across the globe. Meanwhile, state attorney generals, local governments and tax authorities are looking into whether or not homeowners and apartment renters are violating local ordinances and paying their required lodging taxes. Ride-sharing services Lyft and Uber are also running into the same legal chasm as old statues are re-read and re-interpreted to decide who is an employee, independent contractor or member of a community-based organization.



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