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I had a wonderful time interviewing Larry Gold last night at Entrepreneurs Unplugged. Among the many great stories he told, including a doozy about the time he was a sophomore at Yale, he had a powerful one about how entrepreneurs assess potential outcomes.

The Loneliness of an Entrepreneur

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The post The Loneliness of an Entrepreneur appeared first on Feld Thoughts. This showed up in my inbox the other day from a friend of 20 years. He’s been involved in a number of companies that we’ve invested in over the years in different senior and/or co-founder roles, including CEO. It was short and sweet but captured the essence of something I often talk about with founders. Heard you and Jerry on CPR this morning , nice job!

Startups Need Employees Who React Like Entrepreneurs

Startup Professionals Musings

What they should be doing is hiring only “entrepreneurs,” meaning people who think and act as if this is their own business. This commitment to hire people who think like entrepreneurs, or instill an “owner’s mindset” in every employee, should be a high priority in every business.

The Naked Entrepreneur Interviews

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Sean Wise, a professor at Ryerson University in Toronto, has an awesome web interview series called The Naked Entrepreneur Show. David Cohen, the CEO of TechStars, also did an interview on The Naked Entrepreneur. Interviews david cohen Foundry Group naked entrepreneur ryerson TechStar

8 Entrepreneur Challenges Founders Don’t Anticipate

Startup Professionals Musings

Every new entrepreneur who has not spent years in corporate life has the advantage of an unbiased look at business opportunities, but at the same time has the disadvantage of missing critical business experiences that can cost them dearly in their first startup venture.

24 Entrepreneurs Explain What They Love About Being An Entrepreneur

Hearpreneur

Being in love with your business, when you’re an entrepreneur, is even better. Although there are days when tossing in your hat seems like a viable option, remembering how much you love your “job” can quickly snap an entrepreneur out of that mentality. Being in love is great.

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The Discipline Of Execution Defines An Entrepreneur

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When entrepreneurs come to me with that “million dollar idea,” I have to tell them that an idea alone is really worth nothing. Every entrepreneur has to navigate that personal change from thinking to doing to managing. The entrepreneur lifestyle is not meant to be comfortable.

These 8 Disciplines Define A Fundable Entrepreneur

Startup Professionals Musings

Aspiring entrepreneurs often ask me what to do first when starting a business. Instead, entrepreneurs need to focus first on execution disciplines and timing. Your credibility as an entrepreneur is at stake. For investors, it’s all about confidence in the entrepreneur.

How Entrepreneurs Select And Nurture Top Performers

Startup Professionals Musings

As an entrepreneur, you need to avoid partnering with these people, or hiring them into your startup. The best entrepreneurs never confuse motion with results. If you are the entrepreneur or executive in the organization, make sure you are the role model in execution and in hiring.

8 Entrepreneur Mindsets That Investors Seek Out

Startup Professionals Musings

An entrepreneur is literally “one who creates a new business.” It allows entrepreneurs to challenge what is already “known” to extrapolate that to an original idea. That’s really the best indication of a true entrepreneur.

27 Entrepreneurs Explain What They Love About Being An Entrepreneur

Hearpreneur

Being in love with your business, when you’re an entrepreneur, is even better. Although there are days when tossing in your hat seems like a viable option, remembering how much you love your “job” can quickly snap an entrepreneur out of that mentality. Being in love is great.

4 Ways Entrepreneurs Can Create More Innovations

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She outlines four distinct ways that business people doing something for the first time, whether they be entrepreneurs, or people in a new role in a larger company, tend to think differently than experienced veterans. business entrepreneurs innovations Liz Wiseman startups

5 Key Actions To Maximize Entrepreneur Productivity

Startup Professionals Musings

If you define your self-worth as an entrepreneur by how busy you are, it’s time to find another lifestyle. For survival, entrepreneurs need to be all about accomplishing results that matter for themselves, their team, and their customers. choices entrepreneur Kory Kogon productivity

The Smartest Entrepreneurs Bootstrap Their Startup

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There is so much written these days about how to attract investors that most entrepreneurs “assume” they need funding, and don’t even consider a plan for “bootstrapping,” or self-financing their startup. Invested Interests bootstrapping entrepreneur investor startup

10 Female Entrepreneurs Taking Over The World

YFS Magazine

Here's a look at 10 inspiring female entrepreneurs who are pioneers making moves and taking names every day of the week. People Success Profiles female entrepreneurs female entrepreneurship women entrepreneurs women in business

7 Habits Practiced By Highly Effective Entrepreneurs

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In my years of working with entrepreneurs, I have heard many times the promise that their new idea will create the next Amazon or Apple, but I rarely hear the more important promise that the founder will practice all the good habits of winning entrepreneurs like Jeff Bezos and Steve Jobs.

Do We Need A New Word For Entrepreneur?

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Has the word entrepreneur become too trendy as to have lost its meaning? On a daily basis, I have an email exchange with someone who says they are an entrepreneur. But I’m critical of the use of the word entrepreneur in these contexts. The entrepreneur develops a business plan, acquires the human and other required resources, and is fully responsible for its success or failure.” And that takes us back to the word entrepreneur.

9 Entrepreneur Leadership Principles Worth Practicing

Startup Professionals Musings

Most entrepreneurs feel they have innate leadership talents, but struggle with how to nurture these abilities and measure their effectiveness. Authentic entrepreneurs lead through the power of personal influence, rather than coercion. business entrepreneur leadership practice startup

10 Impressive Startups Founded By Women Entrepreneurs

YFS Magazine

Here's a look at 10 women-led startups on the rise - impressive founders that are blazing trails to make women entrepreneurs no longer the exception but the rule.

Entrepreneurs Who Improve Society Make More Profit

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Many entrepreneurs still don’t understand that building a business culture today of doing good, like helping people (society) and planet (sustainability), is also a key to maximizing profit. business christoph lueneburger entrepreneur profit sustainability triple bottom line

Depression and Entrepreneurs

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Amy and I wrote a meaningful amount about entrepreneurs and depression in Startup Life. I’ve had several extraordinary experiences like dinner last night in Toronto with a dozen fantastic entrepreneurs who I hope to have continuous involvement – as a friend and potential investor – in the future. I know many entrepreneurs who deal with different levels of depression. But that doesn’t deny the fact that entrepreneurs get depressed.

The Discipline Of Execution Defines An Entrepreneur

Startup Professionals Musings

When entrepreneurs come to me with that “million dollar idea,” I have to tell them that an idea alone is really worth nothing. Every entrepreneur has to navigate that personal change from thinking to doing to managing. The entrepreneur lifestyle is not meant to be comfortable.

We Need More Entrepreneurs In Congress

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As we come to the end of a particularly noisy and contentious election cycle, a thought echoes over and over in my mind – we need more entrepreneurs in Congress. In 2010 Martin started a non-profit called Upstate Venture Connect with a mission is to connect first time entrepreneurs in new industries with the resources who can help them across the entire Upstate NY region. The post We Need More Entrepreneurs In Congress appeared first on Feld Thoughts.

Why Aren’t We Talking About The Divorced Entrepreneur?

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The following is a guest post by Bill Douglas about divorce and the entrepreneur. If you are a divorced entrepreneur, Bill runs a closed Facebook group for divorced entrepreneurs (I recently joined it.) I’ve been an entrepreneur all my life and I’ve been divorced for seven years now. Not just because of the divorce itself and splitting up a family, but because of the added loneliness common for most entrepreneurs.

10 Common Dilemmas That Derail Many Entrepreneurs

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Most entrepreneurs struggle with many startup founders dilemmas in building their business, and these key dilemmas are probably the biggest source of pain and failure for the entrepreneur lifestyle. dilemma entrepreneur founder Noam Wasserman

10 Entrepreneur Beliefs That Defy The Stereotype

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Most people agree that entrepreneurs have to think differently and take risks to have much chance of building a successful business. In his book from a while back “ The Entrepreneur Mind ,” by serial entrepreneur Kevin D. Have you caught the entrepreneur bug yet?

10 Entrepreneur Approaches That Turn Off Investors

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Many new entrepreneurs are so excited by their latest idea that they can’t resist contacting every investor they know, assuming the investor will be equally excited and want to contribute immediately. business business plan entrepreneur investor technology

Smart Entrepreneurs Make Better Decisions Faster

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Every so often a promising entrepreneur seems to freeze in the oncoming headlights and gets run over by his competition. These points may sound obvious, but the process is certainly contrary to the popular “shoot from the hip” approach that is practiced by some entrepreneurs.

8 Characteristics Of Paradigm-Shifting Entrepreneurs

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It’s a special mix of entrepreneur and company, regular in every respect except for having the courage and foresight to make an idea happen that was supposed to be impossible. entrepreneur innovation Kevin Freiberg paradigm shiftWhat sparks paradigm-shifting innovation in any business?

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How Entrepreneurs Attract Friends, Family And Fools

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Image via Flickr by Jupiter Labs Many first-time entrepreneurs find themselves unable to bootstrap their startups, and also unable to find early funding at the venture capital level or even with angel investors. entrepreneur family fools friends funding startup

Entrepreneurs Need Time Management Accelerators

Startup Professionals Musings

Many entrepreneurs fantasize about days longer than 24 hours, convinced that their new venture could change the world, if they just had more time. However, this topic is particularly critical to entrepreneurs, who struggle with challenges and crises every day that they didn’t anticipate.

5 Leadership Initiatives Define Great Entrepreneurs

Startup Professionals Musings

Most aspiring entrepreneurs are convinced that the strength of their initial idea somehow defines them as a leader, as well as the success potential of their derivative business. Yet we all know that there is a big gap between good entrepreneurs and a great business leaders.

Great Entrepreneurs Sell Solutions, Not Technology

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Even though I love technology, I always cringe when an entrepreneur starts his investor pitch to me by touting his new technology. Many entrepreneurs are convinced that they have the greatest invention ever, and others will believe when they see it.

4 Chasms And 5 Customer Types That Kill Entrepreneurs

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Moore titled “ Crossing the Chasm ,” but most entrepreneurs have no idea how it relates to them. crossing the chasm early adopters entrepreneurs Geoffrey Moore startupsEveryone in the business world has heard of the old bestseller by Geoffrey A.

Entrepreneurs as Dissidents

Steve Blank

Entrepreneurs as Dissidents. These entrepreneurs are the ones who want to change “what is” and turn it into “what can be.“ Entrepreneurs in the United States take for granted our freedom of speech, freedom of expression and freedom of thought. Here’s to the crazy ones.

10 Recommendations For Entrepreneurs Who Hate Norms

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Maybe that’s why so many entrepreneurs struggle with building a disruptive new business, where breaks from the norm are the key to success. I suspect that there are really a lot of “grown-up closet freaks” out there who could be great entrepreneurs.

20 Entrepreneurs Explain What They Love About Being an Entrepreneur

Hearpreneur

Being in love with your business, when you’re an entrepreneur, is even better. Although there are days when tossing in your hat seems like a viable option, remembering how much you love your “job” can quickly snap an entrepreneur out of that mentality. Being in love is great.

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10 Controversial Lessons From Serious Entrepreneurs

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Most people agree that entrepreneurs have to think differently and take risks to have much chance of building a successful business. In the classic book “ The Entrepreneur Mind ,” from serial entrepreneur Kevin D. Great entrepreneurs aren’t interested in being bosses at all.

10 Tips For Managing Entrepreneur Startup Overload

Startup Professionals Musings

One of the most common complaints I hear from entrepreneurs is that they are overwhelmed by the workload and stress of starting their company. As an entrepreneur, you need to seriously apply the discipline of these principles early and always to survive, and hopefully even enjoy the journey.

Great Entrepreneurs Move From Developers To Leaders

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Almost every entrepreneur starts their journey by developing a solution, based on their knowledge of a new technology or required service. Every entrepreneur already knows that building a startup is all about experimentation, new experiences, and problem solving.