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art of opportunity innovation
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What Are the 3 Components of Strategic Innovation?

StartupNation has partnered with "The Art of Opportunity" to provide an exclusive content series for our readers. While traditional strategy would have you focus on products and services, strategic innovation means you will carefully design your strategy as the elegant combination of the following three components: Offering: The unique blend of products, services, and the...
vision
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How to Move Forward When Your Startup Lacks Clear Vision

Those of us who've been in the business world for some time know what it's like to lead without a clear vision. It can be challenging to lead a team or follow a leader when we don't know exactly where we're going. It's in these moments we can lean on fundamental business practices and strategies...
Checklist
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Stay on Top of Business with This 10 Step Checklist for Your Startup

For entrepreneurs, July is a great time to assess how the year is shaping up, make adjustments that boost revenue or reduce expenses and take advantage of new opportunities. But how do you get started and what should you focus on? Here is a step-by-step checklist that can help you stay on top of your...
systematize
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How to Systematize Your Business for Scalability

It is equally as important to systematize your business as it is to systematize your personal life. As humans, we are what we habitually do. Our success, our fulfillment and our day-to-day happiness is a result of the actions we take on a consistent basis. As humans, we’re constantly fighting the battle between keeping the...
Marketing Mentality
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How to Avoid the “Shiny Penny” Marketing Mentality

One of the benefits of having a child is getting to go to animated movies without any guilt or questioning from contemporaries. “Oh … I would have much rather gone to that new (insert former SNL cast member here) movie, but my kid wanted to go to see that new animated film.” True, these films really are...
Reinvention
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There is Nothing Wrong with Reinvention!

Millennials have a reputation for being incapable of sticking to one career. It has become a rallying cry for businesses: that they have to "put up" with bad prioritization and lack of focus from those ages 18 to 34 (which represent roughly 35 percent of the workforce). Those that believe this is a problem point to...
Thinking Inside the Box
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Making a Case for Thinking Inside the Box

Oh... the box. That "thing" we do. That "widget" we promote. That "idea" we present. Every company, every brand, every piece of media fits in a box. The shape, size, color, texture, smell (etc.) of the box changes, but there is indeed a box for each of us. That's commerce. That's how we define and distribute...
Media
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Media Today: A Never Ending, Ever Changing Las Vegas Buffet

Ever been to Las Vegas' renown buffets?  The piles of crab legs, the omelette station that can make you a 6-lb. omelette, endless waffles, the potential for at-your-table flambés?  That my friends is a great analogy of today's media landscape. I come from "traditional"/linear media: television.  One in which most programs are paid for by a...
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Zenovia Andrews Helps You ‘MaxOut’ Your Business

Let Zenovia Andrews help you 'maxout' your business potential! Zenovia Andrews knows the business strategies needed to increase income, maximize productivity, and overcome workplace hardships, and she wants to share her methods with other entrepreneurs to turn their distant hopes into plans of action. Andrews, 39, is a business coach, motivational speaker, television personality, and...
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StartupNation 1, Facebook Squatter 0

Similar to our efforts on Twitter to claim the www.twitter.com/startupnation account name, we have now achieved something similar for www.facebook.com/startupnation. As I wrote a while ago here in my blog about the Twitter squatter who was trying to extort StartupNation, there are definitely systems in place at the social media companies that support ethical companies...
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More Advice on ABC News Now

During my recent appearance on ABC News Now, I was lucky enough to be asked to provide some advice to fellow entrepreneurs who are growing businesses built around their passions. Click here or on the image below to view that advice. Let me know if you have a cool story you'd like to share with ABC News...
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Why you should pay for this content

Weird that I'd write a blog post about paying for content in a free content world, isn't it?! Weirder yet that StartupNation has for years on end been a STRICTLY free content site and hosts many tens of thousands of pages of free content and features. So why have we recently launched a paid content...
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Everything I Needed to Know About Business I Learned From Boxing

The love affair started about ten years ago. I was flipping through the channels on late night television and stumbled across one of Felix Trinidad’s early fights. He was an amazing athlete full of unwavering determination, brute physicality, and an innate ability for overcoming obstacles. It was no secret that he would often get knocked...
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Can Trendsetting = Cash in Today’s Marketplace?

Among the constant influx of bad news I came across an article from Forbes singing the praises of emerging designers.  While this article talks mainly about fashion designers, I believe it can translate to other industries as well.  The bottom line is that retailers are looking for new ideas to excite and motivate their customers...
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Does your business plan include an exit strategy?

I was reading an article on WashingtonPost.com about how social search startups have sprung up to fill in the gaps that the larger search engines like Google and Yahoo! have left open. It's an interesting read and made me think of how important it is for any business, whether you're internet based or home based...
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Cool Company of the day: Tea Forte

We were let down when we went to TeaForte.com to research more about the product we'd recently been wowwed by - we thought we were on the cutting edge of discovering a hot new product. But at their site we learned that Oprah beat us to the punch when she announced in 2004, "if you...
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Movie lines that motivate the entrepreneur

Starting a business is hard. Yes, we believe that everyone should own their own business. Yes, it's actually easier than ever before as the internet has changed everything. The average cost to start a business these days is only $6,000 – that's extremely do-able! But nobody ever said it was easy. That's why we believe...
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NFL Players: Life planning after football

It's Super Bowl week here in Detroit and StartupNation is heading to a special NFL players sanctioned event this afternoon. The Sloan brothers are giving a presentation to current and former NFL players and other professional athletes on the value of networking to enhance their career after their playing days are over. Many players take...