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Solve Problems Slowly

Entrepreneurs are inundated with challenges, surprises, and problems. It’s part of the game. And whether we acknowledge it or not, that unpredictable nature of entrepreneurship is what we love. We love building and fixing things. However, when it comes to problems, there is a recurring …

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Committees Kill Startup Innovations

I often deal with early-stage and startup technology companies. It never ceases to surprise me when after initial success (typically on the back of a development milestone or financing), many founders/CEOs opt to expand their board and engage consultants. They begin to seek opinions on …

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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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