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The Need To Refocus From Time To Time

This post is syndicated from Ross Kimbarovsky.
It’s common for us to be consumed by our daily tasks and routines, at the expense of focus, learning, and assessment of strategy. Two announcements yesterday highlighted for me the importance of constantly reassessing the direction in which we’re moving (personally and professionally)....
The Need To Refocus From Time To Time

Getting the Money to Start a Business

This post is syndicated from Entrepreneur Blog by Seth Kravitz.
Finding money to start your business can be difficult, but even in this economy it is not impossible. 1. YOU - The best business stories always start with a line about only having the “money in my pocket and an idea.” Do you really need any outside funding to get your idea started?...
Getting the Money to Start a Business

Just Get to It – Inspiration is Fleeting

This post is syndicated from Entrepreneur Blog by Seth Kravitz.
As soon as you feel that inspiration for a new idea or something interesting to try, jump in. Don’t just immediately start whipping together a business plan to take to a bank or start shopping for office space, but rather take a few hours or a couple days even to look into an idea. Research...
Just Get to It – Inspiration is Fleeting

Part 15: The Long Haul

This post is syndicated from Entrepreneur Blog by Seth Kravitz.
Every business owner will face this question at one point. The decision is different for everyone, but generally it boils down to: “Do I continue managing the company and own my business for the long haul, do I consider selling, or do I close up shop?” The Long Haul: This mentality...
Part 15: The Long Haul

What is Your Core Business?

This post is syndicated from Ross Kimbarovsky.
Too often, startups risk getting misdirected by the media and customers to add features and functionality to a product or service that turn out to be collateral to the core business. I believe this is happening now with Gowalla and Foursquare, among others. Both services have recently become media...
What is Your Core Business?

Startup Tip: Dealing With Customer Resistance To Change

This post is syndicated from Ross Kimbarovsky.
Whether you are a small or a Fortune 50 company, customers typically resist attempts to change products or services they perceive work well. People prefer to deal with the things they already know rather than get used to something new. But innovative companies must constantly find ways to improve...
Startup Tip: Dealing With Customer Resistance To Change

Not Every Failure Is A Learning Experience

This post is syndicated from Ross Kimbarovsky.
Many entrepreneurs and investors – especially in Silicon Valley – believe that failure is acceptable. Mark Suster writes: I prefer second time (or more) entrepreneurs. Sure, I would love to work with people who have had multiple successes. But I’m not afraid of entrepreneurs...
Not Every Failure Is A Learning Experience

To Innovate, You Have To Stay Dissatisfied

This post is syndicated from Ross Kimbarovsky.
Success makes some people complacent. Other people expect to continue to succeed by doing the things that made them successful. This is not always possible, however. To innovate, you have to stay dissatisfied. Here’s why: Do you...
To Innovate, You Have To Stay Dissatisfied

Startup Tip: The Dirty Secret About Features

This post is syndicated from Ross Kimbarovsky.
I have little doubt that every investor has heard an entrepreneur touting how their new product or service will “crush” the competition with great features that the competition hasn’t yet seen. Many entrepreneurs – especially aspiring entrepreneurs – believe that...
Startup Tip: The Dirty Secret About Features

Why You Should Start A Company In Chicago

Posted under Highlight on Monday, 1 March 2010 by
Here’s a couple articles on the startup community in Chicago: http://www.fastcompany.com/article/why-you-should-start-a-company-in-chicago http://www.readwriteweb.com/start/2010/02/never-mind-valley-chicago.php http://www.chicagobusiness.com/cgi-bin/multiMedia.pl?mmId=1028 Know of any...
Why You Should Start A Company In Chicago
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