entrepreneurs

Many Startup Entrepreneurs Lack Social IQ

I’ve met with many brilliant entrepreneurs that failed because they lost their social IQ. Put another way; they lost awareness – which is what gives entrepreneurs vision.  How others perceived these talented startup entrepreneurs, and how well they listened to their audience, became an afterthought …

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Relive Your Victories

I frequently invest in startups and early-stage ventures. High risk/reward companies which often dissolve, but sometimes provide potential life-changing returns. Venture investing is most certainly a battle of attrition and requires taking swings well out of your comfort zone. Essentially, the venture/startup space is an …

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The All-In Entrepreneur

On social media, you’ll find dozens, if not hundreds, of entrepreneurial personalities proclaiming their loyalty to “the hustle.” The message is generally the same: “I hustle harder than anyone else, and that’s why I’m rich and successful. I’m all-in.” While this may be true for …

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It May Be Time for a Business Pivot

Startups excel or die based on their ability to innovate and occasionally pivot. Today’s writing is about the business pivot or adaptation. To show entrepreneurs out there that some of the most brilliant innovators and companies in recent years had no idea, at least initially, …

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Invest in the Efficiency-Obsessed Entrepreneur

The market is shifting from aggressive growth-focused companies (scale before profit) to ones who actually generate profit… right from the commencement of commercialization.  The renewed focus on the bottom line, I think, was brought about by WeWork’s failed IPO. Or perhaps that was the straw …

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Control Freaks Don’t Win

I must admit, I was hesitant to buy John Izzo’s book, The Five Thieves of Happiness. The last thing I wanted to read was another self-improvement book. Authors of such books rarely provide memorable philosophies or useable ideas – they’re almost always too idealistic or …

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What I Learned After Reading Bitcoin Billionaires

After reading “Ugly Americans” (a personal top 50 book), and “Rigged” many years ago, I became a fan of author Ben Mezrich. He has a penchant for writing fascinating entrepreneurial stories, typically based on real-life events. So when Bitcoin Billionaires was released over the summer, …

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Do You Have the Spirit?

The world can never have too many entrepreneurs… they’ve helped make people’s remedial tasks easier, added millions of jobs to the global economy, made life more enjoyable, sporting games more engaging and so, so much more. Entrepreneurs give people outlets while financing startups and dreams. …

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Why Money Can’t Be Your Barometer for Success

It’s funny how experience and age change context… Remember when we were 23, fresh out of college, feeling enlightened, and loaded with an opinion on just about everything? How silly we were. We didn’t know shit about the real world, but you’d better not have …

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Predictable is Impossible for Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurs yearn for predictability, whether we want to admit it or not. It makes sense we would be this way… when running a business, a predictable environment allows one to carefully mitigate risk, time expansion, marketing, and hiring plans, as well as develop a rainy …

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