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15 Books That Every Entrepreneur Should Read During the Pandemic

The dog days of summer are here, which means prime reading time. While the warmer weather continues to beckon us outdoors (while still practicing social distancing, of course) and most of us find ourselves with a bit more free time due to the pandemic, it feels as though there is more time to hit the...
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5 Books Every Aspiring Entrepreneur Needs to Read

Whether you’ve only just started entertaining the idea of building your own startup, or you’re deep into your journey, these are the five books that every entrepreneur needs to read. These books cover a wide range of topics, everything from refining your idea to increasing your day-to-day productivity. You might find that you’ll learn something...
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How I Conquered My Fears and Became an Entrepreneur

Have you ever dreamt of becoming an entrepreneur? If you answered yes, what’s stopping you? According to Gallup, 25 percent of adults in the U.S. have thought about starting their own business but have yet to take the plunge. If it’s because you’re scared, then you’ve got company. Fear is the most common reason people fail...
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4 Signs Your Business is Growing Too Fast and What to Do About It

A growing business is a great thing, and it is what we all strive for. Rapid growth can also be a pandora’s box of problems. Daniel Lubetzky, founder and CEO of KIND Snacks, knows the pains of entrepreneurial ups and downs. In a FastCompany interview, Lubetzky said: “Fast growth can hide a lot of weaknesses...
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How to Benefit From Your Fear of Entrepreneurial Failure

Failure. It’s a loaded word in the startup world. Eric Ries told founders to fail fast in his quintessential book, "The Lean Startup." Other entrepreneurs swear that failure is what led to their ultimate success. And yet, fear of failure still holds many business owners back. What if I don’t make any money? What if I lose...
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How to Innovate Faster Using the Lean Startup Methodology

The following is adapted from "Imagine it Forward: Courage, Creativity and the Power of Change" Copyright © 2018 by Beth Comstock. Published by Currency, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC. During my discovery pilgrimages to Silicon Valley and various “maker” spaces, I started hearing a growing buzz about lean innovation methods almost six months before...
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Make it Minimal and Marketable: How Startups Can Build Better Products

We’ve all heard the saying: faster, better or cheaper - pick two. It’s an unfortunate reality of every business, from startups to large enterprises. You can’t have it all. Especially when it comes to product development, all companies face the same restraints around time, resources and money. For startups specifically, with their often smaller budgets...
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5 Books Every Millennial Business Owner Must Read for Success

Despite the hate they get in the media, millennials are actually extremely hard working and entrepreneurial. In fact, there's a good chance you either are a millennial business owner or know of one. A recent study from The Center for Generational Kinetics found some fascinating data about millennial business owners. They found that millennials don’t just...
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How to Make a Killer Crowdfunding Campaign Video [Book Excerpt]

The following is excerpted from "The Crowdsourceress: Get Smart, Get Funded and Kickstart Your Next Big Idea," by Alex Daly. Copyright © 2017. Available from PublicAffairs, an imprint of Perseus Books, LLC, a subsidiary of Hachette Book Group, Inc. At our core, humans are storytelling machines. We connect best to an idea when it has...
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LEAN Sprint: Move Your Business Model Forward [Book Excerpt]

This excerpt shows you how to utilize a LEAN sprint and is a follow-up to "How to Embrace Failure and Succeed," published on on June 20, 2016. Below, find an exclusive excerpt for, excerpted from SCALING LEAN: Mastering the Key Metrics for Startup Growth by Ash Maurya, with permission of Portfolio, an imprint of an imprint...
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How to Embrace Failure and Succeed [Book Excerpt]

We are living through a global entrepreneurial renaissance. Entrepreneurs are everywhere and thanks to the Internet, as well as technologies enabled by open source and cloud computing, there has been no better time than the present to launch a new product or start a new business —  both cheaper and faster than ever before. But there...