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art of principled entrepreneurship
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What Is Entrepreneurship and Can It Be Taught?

Excerpt from "The Art of Principled Entrepreneurship: How to Create Enduring Value" by Andreas Widmer (Matt Holt Publishing, 2022).   It’s difficult to teach an art. Perhaps the most one can do is describe Principled Entrepreneurship and the let students gravitate to or away from it.—Art Ciocca   When I’m asked the classic question whether...
Bartesian
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A Q&A with Ryan Close of Bartesian: Creating and Marketing a Game Changer

Bartesian started as a dream for Ryan Close. But in just a few years, his cocktail company had 975% year-over-year growth and more than $50 million in sales. The business is a media darling and has been featured in such publications as Forbes, Esquire, People and others. And not just every product lands on Oprah's...
raising capital
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6 Successful Dealmakers Provide Top Tips on Raising Capital

Bootstrapping will only take your startup so far. Many businesses underestimate how much money they really need to keep going and growing, and they run out of runway. When raising capital, these investor-entrepreneurs and members of The Oracles share their best secrets, tips and strategies. 1. Soul-search For me, it’s all about enthusiasm. You need to show...
medical startups
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Successful Medical Startups: What You Need to Know From Someone Who’s Been There

Launching any new business venture requires a fair amount of strategic planning, especially considering that only 50% of all startups survive beyond 5 years. A medical startup aimed at an industry as regulated as that of health care, however, requires even more. Between navigating various federal regulations as well as the differences in those regulations...
exit right
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Have a Startup? Make Sure You’re On the Right Fundraising Path

The following is adapted from "Exit Right: How to Sell Your Startup, Maximize Your Return and Build Your Legacy" by Mark Achler and Mert Iseri. Most of us know Travis Kalanick from his meteoric rise as the CEO of Uber, and his ultimate fall from grace. What most don’t talk about is his obsessive focus...
food trucks
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Trucking and Cooking: 5 Tips for Aspiring Food Truck Entrepreneurs

Are you an aspiring mobile chef or food truck entrepreneur? If so, then maybe it's time to make the switch and finally become your own boss. And to make that transition a little smoother, startup platform Zen Business put together 5 of the best tips from successful food truck entrepreneurs. Check them out! Tip 1:...
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Entrepreneurial Studies Within MBA Programs Prepare Students for Real World

The value of textbooks and lectures delivering theory in a graduate business curriculum is unquestioned, but if there’s one thing we’ve learned over the past two years of the pandemic, in these uncertain times they are not sufficient in preparing students for today’s anomalous real world economic and societal climate. Indeed, taking the living pulse...
product launch
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8 Steps for the Perfect Product Launch

You’ve created the killer product that will change the world. Now you need people to buy it. Top entrepreneurs and members of The Oracles share their tried-and-tested ways to build buzz so people buy from you and passionately spread the word for mega profits. StartupNation exclusive discounts and savings on Dell products and accessories: Learn more here...
Mentoring
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Mentoring is at the Heart of Entrepreneurship

Teaching and mentoring is at the heart of entrepreneurship. As business owners, we're teaching our prospects how our company can help solve their problem. With our team, we're teaching and communicating our vision and how we're to take care of our customers. With our company leadership, we're teaching how to guide their respective functions of...
on purpose leadership
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Business Leaders Need to Master These 2 Problems

  Excerpt from "On Purpose Leadership: Master the Art of Leading Yourself to Inspire and Impact Others"  by Dominick Quartuccio. Copyright © 2021 Dominick Quartuccio. Reproduced by permission of TCK Publishing.   As someone who has worked with hundreds of leaders and teams, in both business and personal environments, I see two connected problems in...
purpose
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Gen Z’s Mindset of Purpose Fuels a New Business Model

In September 2021, 4.4 million Americans quit their jobs. We’re hearing about the Great Resignation everywhere--on TikTok and Forbes and everything in between. The industries affected are vast, and the reasons are highly variable. The common denominator, however, seems to be that there is a widespread shift in mindset among American workers that may no...
how to start a business
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6 Accomplished Entrepreneurs Share How to Start a Business with $100

Many would-be entrepreneurs never start a business because they’re waiting for the perfect idea or don’t have enough disposable capital to break out of the rat race. These accomplished entrepreneurs and members of The Oracles share how to start a business with $100: StartupNation exclusive discounts and savings on Dell products and accessories: Learn more here...
personality
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These Are the Personality Traits of Extraordinary Leaders

We see endless professional development workshops promising to transform aspiring entrepreneurs into visionary leaders, yet there also seems to be an elite class who naturally make it to the top. Just being in a position of power, however, doesn’t necessarily mean an individual is a good leader. A true entrepreneurial leader has a disposition to...
life purpose true calling
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How to Crack Your Life’s Purpose and Unlock Your True Calling

Inspiration is everywhere. The business of personal development coaching and live or virtual events that “transform your life and 10X your revenue” has exploded in the last 10 years or so. But is the proliferation of these events achieving the goal of helping people align with their life's purpose? My business partner, Patrick Combs, and...