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capital
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Surviving Capital Raising During Marketplace Disruption From COVID-19

COVID-19 has wreaked havoc on financial markets around the globe, which presents a formidable challenge for startups when it comes to raising capital. While investors generally hedge risk during uncertain and unpredictable times, the current financial turmoil doesn’t automatically mean the game is over for fledgling companies. It does, however, mean that entrepreneurs are going...
barcodes
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How Barcodes Show Your Product is Retail Ready

In the age of the smartphone, consumers carry a computer and virtual shopping cart in their pockets at all times. Never before has there been such an opportunity for retailers to connect artisans, specialty foods purveyors, niche clothing boutiques and other startup brands with specific shoppers around the world. While retailers can carry a wide...
disruptive future customer
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The Disruption Mindset: Who is Your Future Customer?

The following excerpt has been adapted from "The Disruption Mindset: Why Some Organizations Transform While Others Fail" by Charlene Li for StartupNation. “Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.” —John F. Kennedy Who is your future customer? As business leaders, we’ve been...
growth
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3 Tips for Explosive Startup Growth

Since the dawn of the unicorn era, startups have been chasing the elusive status that only the crème de la crème tastemaker companies have reached by achieving a billion-dollar valuation. While these mythical creatures make up only a small percentage of all startups, aspiring entrepreneurs joining the ranks of the most elite status in the...
personalization
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How Personalization Can Help You Stay Ahead of the Curve

The following is excerpted from "Customer-Driven Disruption: Five Strategies To Stay Ahead of the Curve" by Suman Sarkar. Published by Berrett-Koehler. Copyright (c) 2019. All rights reserved. This book is available at all bookstores and online booksellers. Far too often, leaders focus on technology as the driving force of business disruption, but the truth is that new...
disruptive
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How to Make Your Business Disruptive with Speed and Efficiency

As children, we are told we need to dream big, make the world a better place, solve a problem. If, like me, you are an entrepreneur, you took these speeches from teachers or parents to heart and have been looking for problems to solve ever since. Fast forward to present day, and you’ve narrowed all...
customers
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What Airbnb, Uber and Etsy Can Teach You About Acquiring Your First Thousand Customers

The following is excerpted from "Unlocking the Customer Value Chain: How Decoupling Drives Consumer Disruption" Copyright © 2019 by Thales S. Teixeira. Published by Currency, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC. Let’s consider how Airbnb acquired its first one thousand customers. In 2008, three friends—Brian Chesky, Joe Gebbia, and Nathan Blecharczyk—were living in San Francisco...
lessons
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The Most Valuable Lessons These 6 Top Entrepreneurs Have Learned

The entrepreneur’s journey is full of challenging and enlightening lessons. If paid attention to, these lessons can take your business to the next level. These top entrepreneurs and members of The Oracles reflect on some of their most valuable business lessons and how they used them to find ultimate success. Value your time by putting a price...
costovation
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Costovation: Innovation That Gives Your Customers Exactly What They Want (and Nothing More)

The following is excerpted from "Costovation" by Stephen Wunker Copyright © 2018 by Stephen Wunker. Used by permission of HarperCollins Leadership. www.harpercollinsleadership.com. What costovation is and why it matters Aside from its electrifying bright purple and yellow decor, Planet Fitness looks like any other gym: There are rows and rows of elliptical machines and treadmills....
wine
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5 Women Entrepreneurs Disrupting the Wine Industry

One of my favorite quotes about wine is “a bottle of wine is actually alive,” as spoken by actress Virginia Madsen in the film, "Sideways." Her character, Maya, goes on to discuss wine’s continued evolution and complex lifespan. Inside every bottle is a bit of history, from the grapes grown to those who picked them...
CEOs
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The Power of a Can-Do Attitude: Why Smart CEOs Always Say Yes

If you want to disrupt your industry, you need to adopt a mentality that distinguishes you from other leaders. When everyone else is saying no, you should always say yes. “Yes” seems like an innocuous word, but it’s one that many entrepreneurs and CEOs are so reluctant to say. “Yes” is a verbal agreement; one...
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Building a Successful Business Using the New Subscription Economy

The following is excerpted from "Subscribed: Why the Subscription Model Will Be Your Company’s Future—and What to Do About It" by Tien Tzuo with permission from Portfolio, an imprint of Penguin Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House LLC. Copyright © Tien Tzuo, 2018. All you can fly We all know what flying is...