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This article was originally posted on Entrepreneur.com.  If you’ve seen even one episode of Shark Tank, you’ve probably experienced empathetic sweaty palms and baited breath. Just as the weekly ABC show illustrates, having a panel of hard-hitting, self-made billionaires judging which fledgling startups deserve their investment means no one’s feelings are spared. But consider: If your skin is thick enough, an appearance on Shark Tank can be a game changer for your startup --...
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Visit www.FridayFwd.com for Bob Glazer's weekly thoughts and insights - a little inspiration can go a long way. I decided a few months back to e-mail my Acceleration Partners team each Friday morning with a leadership theme, quote and related tip/article around personal growth. The response has been overwhelmingly positive to the point where many employees tell me they look forward to it each Friday. Several other leaders I shared my experience with began to do the same with their own...
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This article was originally published at Entrepreneur.com Recently, Acceleration Partners ranked number five on the list of the 100 Best Workplaces for Women (thanks to Great Place to Work Institute and Fortune magazine). When that happened, I took a second to consider what a best workplace for men would look like. Craft beer on tap, break room TV playing ESPN, after-hours Xbox competitions -- sounds like a man’s dream workplace, right? While these perks might make for a fun...
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This article was originally published at Entrepreneur.com In stark contrast to the corporate world -- where people in large companies are promoted into leadership roles only after working their way up through the ranks -- leadership development in the startup arena often happens overnight or even by accident. Entrepreneurs often have to go without management training, development coaching or a course called “CEO 101.” They have to figure out out how to be a leader on the...
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This article was originally published on Entrepreneur.com Most businesspeople can recall the story of their first fascination with the corporate world. Perhaps it was a childhood interest in the company where one of their parents worked, an entrepreneurial spirit sparked by a neighbor’s lemonade stand or a reaction to a “career day” speaker. My own first “venture” came at age 10. That's when I realized I could resell Now & Later -- a popular new candy at the time -- at...
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This article was originally published at SheKnows.com These were the answers to the question “What do you want to be when you grow up?” in my daughter's fifth-grade yearbook, But one response — from Chloe, my daughter — was very different from the others: marketer. After getting a look from my wife and snickers from friends, I asked why she hadn't chosen something related to singing or dancing, two of her passions. Her response: "It's not very likely I could make a...
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This article was originally published at the Tugboat Institute. When you launch a new company, there are two courses open to you: follow the crowd or go your own way. Following the crowd might bring you fast money and quick growth. Going your own way can mean lots of long nights worrying about bringing in the money your company will need to grow. But I would advocate that you stick to your guns. Going with the market is often the path of least resistance, but carving your own path is...
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This article was originally published on Dell for Entrepreneurs. As consumers, it’s easy to assume that the brands we consistently rely on have a strong foundation that’s built to last. But for many companies, that’s just not the case. One-hit wonders litter the business landscape. Robert Croak, the man behind Silly Bandz, came up with the animal-shaped bracelet concept after a visit to a supplier in China. As the bands grew in popularity, his company released new themes to...
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Marketers at small businesses and start-ups are often under pressure to start ramping up sales at the same time they’re still trying to establish brand recognition. On top of that, they may have to do so on a shoestring budget. An affiliate marketing program can be a great way to generate sales and reach new customers. Properly managed, it can even kill two birds with one stone by getting your brand in front of a completely new audience and generating incremental sales. The challenge...
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This article was originally published in Forbes. When an employee is unhappy, there are usually a few telltale signs. Dental appointments, sudden illnesses and car trouble become more frequent as the employee sneaks off to job interviews. The time he used to spend working on company projects is now devoted to overhauling his LinkedIn profile. This begins a two-way spiral because when an employee begins to disengage from the workplace, it’s natural for his work quality to suffer and for...
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This article was originally published by Inc. on Nov 21, 2014 Many entrepreneurs mistakenly believe their ideas are the key to their success. Yes, you need a good idea that meets a real need, but great ideas by themselves are actually worth very little. About 15 years ago, I heard a venture capitalist give the best advice I'd ever heard: "We don't consider ideas proprietary; we consider execution proprietary." Suddenly, it made sense why investors bet on bright people rather than...
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In my career, I have probably read over 2000 business plans from entrepreneurs seeking their first round of investment capital. I tend to cringe (as do all venture investors) a little bit when folks ask me for an NDA simply to hear their idea. As a general rule, I believe the entrepreneurs who are taking this approach have been given bad advice and often tend to be putting too much focus on the idea itself. They are often hunkered down holding onto the belief that their idea is proprietary,...
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