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Startup Blog: Startup Basics Recap from Interview

Taffy Williams

Monday, June 6, 2011 Startup Basics Recap from Interview Startup companies can be fun and fulfilling for many entrepreneurs. Now what? Stuck?

6 great athlete-entrepreneurs and what they accomplished

crowdSPRING Blog

We all have a great deal to learn as entrepreneurs and we look in many directions for inspiration. Michael Jordan. George Foreman. Venus Williams.

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Need Money? A Few Links to Possible Investors

Taffy Williams

That said, a few articles list venture firms are: Top Venture Capital Firms of 2011 Based on Deal Activity (Q1 2011) , The Top 10 VC Firms, According To InvestorRank , Top 14 Venture Capital Firms. Other articles can be found in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. They want it invested in the technology.

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What You Can Learn from The Ritz-Carlton

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

My wife and I had arranged to get away for a weekend to Charlotte, North Carolina to see one of Cirque du Solei’s latest shows. You bet

Go Back and Make It Work

Taffy Williams

Other articles can be found in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. I recentlysigned up for Quora and saw a question in the entrepreneur section asking whatthe single piece of advice I received that was the most important. These discoveries usually ended up aspublished articles; either in journals or a thesis.

Are You Involved or Committed in a Startup?

Taffy Williams

Other articles can be found in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. Entrepreneurs in startup companies may spend years working before the company becomes financially stable or a reasonable exit turns up. Each of these company participants will have their own attractions and interests in the company.

A life lesson from Coach

Jeff Hilimire

It was freezing. I’d guess it was 35 degrees outside on the campus of UNC-Charlotte and the windchill must have been around 25.

What Kind of Person Are You?

Taffy Williams

Other articles can be found in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. Starting acompany is tough enough without having your personality get in the way. The company scheduled a first meeting and management considered it as aninformal discussion. The amount of timefor the presentation was 30 min. This goes for allmeetings.

Is the Financing Really Done?

Taffy Williams

Other articles can be found in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. The term-sheet was completed weeks ago. You and the new investors have just executed the final deal documents and a syndicate will be making an investment in your company. closing date has been selected. Life could not be better, right. Not so fast!

Supervising Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs

Taffy Williams

Other articles can befound in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. Can youname all of the characters in Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs? They are Snow White, Dopey, Sneezy, Happy,Sleepy, Grumpy, Bashful, Doc and let’s not forget the Witch. We will forget the handsome prince becausethat is you the entrepreneur for now.

The importance of confidence and the four keys to getting it

Jeff Hilimire

At UNC-Charlotte, our coach Jim Boykin used to have us practice what he called “patterns&# over and over. He lost his confidence. Amazing.

Managing Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (part 2)

Taffy Williams

Other articles can befound in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. There islittle doubt that you will have the opportunity to “ hone your managerial skills to a fine edge ” at some point in yourcareer. It just happens to be a fact oflife. You may even be an expert bynow. It will helpput things in the right prospective.

One Day at a Time

Taffy Williams

Other articles can befound in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. Each day Ireview what I am doing and trying to decide if it is working! The questioning is important because it ishard to improve if you have no clear vision of what needs to be better. During the down days, it seems likeeverything is all wrong.

Clash of the Titans

Taffy Williams

Other articles can be found in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. No, this not a story of ancient times, but a desire to create an awareness of how EGO can affect a wide array of events in your business. People will naturally develop affinities or avoidance to others based on personalities.

Dilution and Investment - An Answer You May Not Expect

Taffy Williams

Other articles can be found in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. You may remember the Dot.Com bubble which burst around 2000-2001 timeframe. Prior to the burst, investment and valuations were out of control. It seemed that all anyone had to do was write a business plan to get money and high valuations.

Are You Drinking Your Own Cool Aide

Taffy Williams

Other articles can befound in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. One of theactivities of any entrepreneur is to make investor and partnering pitches. Quite often these are learning events as wellas sales activities. Theprocess is iterative and likely takes place numerous times. It was great because youmade it.

Who Is That?

Taffy Williams

Other articles can be found in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. Networkingis an essential part of building any startup. The need for developing the skills to networkand develop a great list of contacts requires practice for most people. He loves tomake introductions and sometimes calls himself a matchmaker.

Startup Blog: I Did What?

Taffy Williams

Wednesday, July 6, 2011 I Did What? Other articles can be found in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. Now what?

Just Because I Am a Hamster, Does Not Mean You Should Be!

Taffy Williams

Other articles can be found in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. OK, Iadmit it. “I am a Hamster.” I run on a wheel all day long but never seemto get where I want to be. Then one day, things go my way and I achievedeverything I set out to do. Now, POOF, Iam working to be successful but with no real defined goal.

Fix the Problem, Not the Blame!

Taffy Williams

Other articles can be found in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. I have written about the fact thatbad things happen for all kinds of reasons. In fact, this is a common theme in personal endeavors and startups. You cannot control everything around youespecially your own Stupidity. You got it! The Table looked ruined.

Get Over It and Move On!

Taffy Williams

Other articles can be found in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. Have you evermade a mistake? If your answer is no, maybeyou are not human. Everyone has mademistakes and that they range in degrees of complexity. Mistakes occur even when following the bestadvice from the best people. entrepreneur Startup management

Startup Blog: Got Money or Need Money? Doesn't Matter. Focus.

Taffy Williams

Thursday, June 16, 2011 Got Money or Need Money? Other articles can be found in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com.

Guest Post from HBS Professor: The Nuances of Marketplaces

the vc in me

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Startup Blog: You Have Just Been Told ?The Baby I UGLY?

Taffy Williams

Other articles can be found in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. Basics are provided to help entrepreneurs. Now what?

Buy a Ticket

Taffy Williams

Other articles can be found in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. This isnot an article about funding your startup using such risky capital as a lotteryticket. However, there are lessons onecan learn about winning the lottery. Thelottery is nothing more than legal state sponsored gambling. There is afinal point.

Did Simon and Garfunkel Sing About Your Startup?

Taffy Williams

Other articles can be found in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. Simon and Garfunkel produced a songwith the lyrics starting “Slow down, you move too fast. You got to make the morning last.” You might not think this relates to astartup, but in some cases, it does. This is the same formanaging multiple projects.

Is a Bird in the Hand Worth Two in the Bush?

Taffy Williams

Other articles can be found in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. In arecent meeting, I asked company founders if they would take $10MM for theirtechnology and just walk away. Thequestion was a bit of a trick question. Any answer provided would be revealing valuable information about theteam. This part isgood.

Do Not Go Virtual Without a QB or Coach!

Taffy Williams

Other articles can be found in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. Startupsusually began with a single entrepreneur or a few working together. One way to manage expenses and keep burn undercontrol is using a virtual or semi-virtual work force. But sometimes, the in-house teamis just YOU! Problems can come up.

Democracy in a Startup? Only if You Want Super Committee Type Results

Taffy Williams

Other articles can be found in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. I spentmore than 14 years of my life working for the Federal Government on a MilitaryBase. During that time, the institutionhad countless changes in organizational structure and frequent interactionswith political figures and military officers.

Right Place & Time, Diligence & Devotion, and Culture

Taffy Williams

Other articles can be found in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. The book “ Outliers: The Story of Success ” by Malcolm Gladwell highlights several examples of how many people succeed while others seem to not fare so well. It also can help with employee retention and overall enjoyment at work.

Don’t For Get You Have a TEAM

Taffy Williams

Other articles can befound in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. Entrepreneurscreating a startup will eventually need to bring on key players to help. This covers the Board, Advisors, andStaff. Sometime, the entrepreneur worksfor months alone trying to get the business formed and running. entrepreneur Startup

Quit Complaining and Expand!

Taffy Williams

Other articles can be found in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. Everyone has a sphere ofinfluence. This may start with immediatefamily, close friends, then school or work place associates. Those contacts have contacts too, stemmingfrom very close to distant contacts. This is part of the basis of campaigns.

What Have You Done for Me Today?

Taffy Williams

Other articles can be found in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. Everyonehas a history, some may be more exciting, but everyone has one. Accomplishments in prior jobs provide somesense of ones abilities for getting things done in the future. Many peopletend to offer their credentials in daily discussions.

This Weekend

Startup Lessons Learned

There are only a few tickets left to Startup Lessons Learned 2011 on Monday (May 23). The next couple of days are going to be amazing, as the Lean Startup community converges on San Francisco. want to welcome all of you who are traveling to be here. Welcome to our fair city. If you haven't registered yet, please do. Also: booze.

Startup Blog: Prioritize!

Taffy Williams

Friday, July 22, 2011 Prioritize! Other articles can be found in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. Now what?

Startup Blog: On the Importance of Proper Goal Setting (by Tony.

Taffy Williams

Friday, June 10, 2011 On the Importance of Proper Goal Setting (by Tony Brazzale) "If you dont know where you are going, youll end up someplace else."-

Startup Blog: Need Investment? Increase the Chances by Beefing Up.

Taffy Williams

Tuesday, June 14, 2011 Need Investment? Other articles can be found in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. Stuck?

USE THEM!

Taffy Williams

Other articles can be found in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. Hiring qualitypersonnel in a startup is partly an art and partly a learning experience. Most likely when creating the startupbusiness plan, an organizational chart and budget was created for long termhiring. lack of trust will develop in both directions.

Entrepreneurs’ Giveth & Entrepreneurs’ Taketh Away

Taffy Williams

Other articles can be found in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. You work so hard. Everything you do is geared toward building the startup. Time, contacts, money, creativity / imagination, and energy go into your new creation. You give it your all. Your desire is to create a culture that fosters improved business.