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popongo
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Entrepreneurial Spirit Drives a Mission to Connect People With Popongo

America truly is the land of opportunity, especially to people who grow up in third world countries and fight adversity every day while seeking to create a better life for themselves and their loved ones. Creating Popongo was one such opportunity, a chance to challenge myself as well as fill a need and connect  people....
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Propel Your Business Forward by Avoiding These Entrepreneurial Traps

This excerpt is adapted from "Yes, You Can Take a Day Off: Escape the Nine Traps of Growing Your Small Business" by David A. Hiatt and Susan Hance Sykes. Copyright 2021 Sandler Systems, Inc. All rights reserved.  Sandler and Sandler Training are registered service marks of Sandler Systems, Inc.   The nine entrepreneurial traps Let’s...
Agnieszka Wilk
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The 7 Business Lessons We’ve Learned in 7 Years

Fewer than 50 percent of businesses make it to their fifth year. That means that half of all companies have a short lifespan, despite their efforts to build something successful long-term. The interior design space is particularly competitive: predictions state that by 2026, the market will be worth $270,410 million, and in turn, a whole...
startup checklist
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Want to Launch a Business? Here’s a Step-by-Step Startup Checklist

If you’re starting a business, you’re probably focused on the product or service you’ll sell, but there are other essential tasks you’ll need to tackle, too. Not only do these tasks help establish your business as legitimate and professional, but they can also help your business as it grows and seeks investment capital or small...
Gorillas Will Dance
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Dancing with Gorillas: How Startups Can Partner with the Giants

This excerpt is adapted from “Gorillas Can Dance: Lessons from Microsoft and Other Corporations on Partnering with Startups” by Shaheen Prashantham. ©2021 and is reproduced with permission from Wiley.   Understanding the startup's perspective Of course, it takes two to tango, and the three-step (synergy-interface-exemplar) process just described will only work when the managers involved take...
goals
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5 Actionable Goals for Your Startup to Set and Achieve

While the pandemic has created numerous obstacles for entrepreneurs, some of the best and most inventive ideas have been born out of adverse circumstances. January is the perfect time to re-evaluate what worked and what didn’t work over the course of the past 12 months in order to set new intentions for your business. Whether...
entrepreneurs
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Why Entrepreneurs Are Made, Not Born

You either have it or you don’t. How many times have you heard that? Or, a business owner saying, “I was born to be an entrepreneur.” But in business and life, things are rarely that black and white. In my experience of launching Kardia and 14 other impactful companies over the last four years, I’ve...
unstoppable focus
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8 Surprising Strategies for Unstoppable Focus

In today’s microwave society—where more data is created in one year than the last 5,000 years—it’s a herculean task to stay focused. Getting distracted may seem innocuous, but the consequences are disastrous over time: lost productivity, falling revenues, and a gnawing ever-present sense of missed opportunities. Grace Lackey | The Oracles These overachievers and members...
Reinvention
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Personal Reinvention: The Hidden Secret to Successful Entrepreneurship

Reinvention is the key to successful entrepreneurship. Great entrepreneurs invest countless hours reinventing, reimagining and disrupting products and services of all kinds. What I’ve found in the research for my new book, "Reach," is that a key blind spot for many entrepreneurs has to do with perhaps the most important reinvention necessary to make their business...
startup success
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How to Achieve Startup Success from Day 1

The decision to take the leap into starting your own business is never an easy one, regardless of your experience or industry. But as venture capital (VC) firms grow, with the average seed deal growing from $1.7 million to $4.6 million in the last decade, more and more people are breaking into the startup ecosystem....
top Detroit startups
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Top Detroit Startups and Tech Companies to Watch in 2022

Michigan is now the state with the highest growth in VC investment. Now many Detroit startups are on the fast track to growth. Whether it’s new funding, expansions or IPOs, it’s been an eventful year in Detroit startups. Next year is looking even better. Here are the top Detroit startups and tech companies to watch in...
starting a business
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5 Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me About Starting A Business From Scratch

We often envision the traditional startupper as either the 24/7 working lonely wolf or the adventurer enjoying long-sought freedom and flexibility. But with the hardships, pitfalls, upswings and victories that come with starting your business, it’s usually never either-or. All entrepreneurs have lessons to share on starting a business. That being said, there are still...
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StartupNation Radio: R. Riveter Uses Mobile Flexible Income Strategy

On this week’s episode of StartupNation Radio, Jeff speaks with Cameron Cruse of R. Riveter, a handbag company that enlists military spouses as manufacturers. During the interview, Cruse discusses: How a quarter-life crisis prompted her to pivot her career plan. How R. Riveter's business structure supports the military community. Why she and her partner chose...