Archive | January, 2013

Top Floor Relationships Make For a Top Entrepreneur

In the world of entrepreneurs and startups, high level relationships are everything. You can’t start a business alone. You need partners, team members, investors, vendors, and customers. But people don’t realize that all relationships are not the same. There are people you only recognize on the street, business friends, and then close friends whom you […]

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Cut Out the Jargon For Greater Small Biz Success

Business jargon.  Some people think it makes them sound important or intelligent, while others use it to “fit in.”  Not only is it boring, but it can also make people think you’re lying.  Research from New York University and the University of Basel in Switzerland shows that if you want people to trust you use plain […]

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Why Your Next Company Car Should Be a Porsche

I read an interesting article in Business Week last week about how in Germany, many company cars are Porsches. German telecom owns 38,000 vehicles for their employees. 85% of high end cars in Germany are registered to companies. In the US, the number is fewer than 20%.  German tax rules have made this possible. Employees […]

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Pick Your Angel Investors Wisely

A great deal has been written about angel investing in recent years. Angel investing has become the sport of choice for many successful entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley (e.g., Dave Morin, Chris Michel, Ariel Poler, etc.). What's more, it has spawned a whole new class of venture funds — once called Super Angels, now called Micro […]

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Beware of Slip and Fall Scams

Pratfalls always bring a big laugh in the movies or on stage, but nothing is laughable about the rising number of prank slips and falls in businesses across the country.  The National Insurance Crime Bureau says in every state in the nation there is a rise in claims for injuries arising from accidents that never […]

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Nurture 5 Top Entrepreneur Success Characteristics

Every startup wants to be a predictable success, yet so few ever achieve this enviable position. In reality, getting there is not a random walk, and requires an understanding of the stages that every business must navigate and the organizational characteristics necessary at each stage. Les McKeown, in his book “ Predictable Success” outlines these […]

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The Entrepreneurial Lessons of Great Sushi

If you want to appreciate what it takes to build a great business, watch the movie Jiro Dreams of Sushi.  In this amazing documentary, director David Gelb takes a look behind the scenes of Jiro Ono's 3 Michelin Star rated sushi restaurant.  Jiro's restaurant is booked months in advance, despite running more than $300 for […]

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