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This Kills Startups Every Day

Over the last several months, I’ve been spending an unusual amount of time in Silicon Valley. Two or sometimes three trips a month – starting to feel like a second home. On some of those trips, I’ve been fortunate enough to meet with very successful venture …

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What Uber’s Fall From Grace Can Teach Entrepreneurs

It’s a startup that began with a $200,000 investment from its founders and five years later flourished into THE ride sharing company with a $60+ billion valuation. In 2013, before it became a household name, we knew two things about this brilliant startup (and wrote about …

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How to Be a Great Judge of Character

Throughout childhood and adolescence, we’re told not be judgmental – not to ‘judge’ others. That’s horrible advice, especially in business and entrepreneurship. Working with the wrong people can cost you tens of thousands, if not millions, and tremendous other opportunity. Hell, working with the wrong …

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4 Reasons Why Entrepreneurs Must Watch The Revenant

I had been looking forward to watching The Revenant, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy, since the summer. I first learned of the movie at the Calgary Stampede last July, when it was announced that a prominent chuck wagon rider was involved with training the …

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Your Company is a Person

During his presidential run, Mitt Romney responded to a heckler in the audience who was bashing big companies. The Republican famously said, “Corporations are people, my friend.” Amen. [Tweet “Corporations are people, my friend @MittRomney”] Indeed, corporations are people. They are ran by people, employ …

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Lyft Gets a Lift From Activist Investor Carl Icahn

The ride-sharing industry is changing the way Millenials get around. Led by Uber a few years ago, ride-sharing has taken the world by storm, albeit not without controversy and obstruction from taxi unions. Resistance aside, this is a massive industry, with what appears to be …

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Why Every Entrepreneur Should Read Meditations by Marcus Aurelius

Meditations — authored by the legendary emperor Marcus Aurelius — consists of just under 200 pages of his most personal thoughts and life philosophies. Despite its rather short length, the book took me nearly a month to read, but not for reasons you may think… …

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Never Content. Never Idle.

A tech startup team creates a fantastic app, hustles their ass off to perfect it, and then raises several million dollars from VCs to get a favorable valuation and take things to the next level… We often read about tech startup stories similar to that, …

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Who is Your Lead Order?

No investors want to be the first… it’s very similar to your 7th grade dance. Remember when the boys would stand on one side of the gym and girls on the other? You wanted to ask Sara to dance but then it would just be …

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Are You a Winter Soldier?

My eyes are throbbing. It’s almost midnight and I’ve been stuck in my office since 7:30 this morning… writing and researching on the computer with a headset wrapped around my dome. I must have taken 50 calls today and yet didn’t have the time to …

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