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13 Things Startup Founders Aren’t Thankful For

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Thanksgiving is a time for gratitude; for startup founders, that means saying thank you to the team who believes in you, the customers who support you, and the family members who put up with it all. But let’s face it: there’s a lot about startup life to not be thankful for. Although there’s no use… Read more »


Startup Founders Share What They Are Thankful For This Holiday

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Thanksgiving is a time for us to reflect on another year and be thankful. Startup life is not easy, and whenever there are opportunities to celebrate, you should take it. We asked startup founders to share what they are grateful for this year, and here a few of their responses. “This Thanksgiving, I’m very thankful… Read more »


3 Ways to Break Free of an Employee Mindset

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Entrepreneurs run businesses. They call the shots, take on the responsibility, and fulfill the role of boss. At least, they should. But too many of us get tripped up because we think like employees in someone else’s business, not owners of our own ventures. Employee mindset is the collection of beliefs, thoughts, and opinions you… Read more »


30 Favorite Thanksgiving Recipes from Startups

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Honestly, Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. Not only does it fall within the boundaries of the best season (i.e., autumn), but the holiday is marked by lots and lots of food. And, I mean, is there anything better than food? Answer: no. Additionally, I love cooking, so I enjoy being able to try out different… Read more »



17 Entrepreneurs Share Their Thanksgiving Work Hours

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Earlier this year, we had 19 entrepreneurs share what hours they work. But how does the Thanksgiving Day parade, a 10-pound turkey, and an apple pie coma change things up? We asked another group of entrepreneurs to share their planned work hours this Thanksgiving. I say “planned,” because I know the allure of email and… Read more »


A Workaholic’s Guide to Disconnecting

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As we prepare for a few days off to enjoy family and some much needed down-time, one of the biggest challenges that entrepreneurs face when dealing with unwinding has nothing to do with technology: it’s letting go of work.  This is a common issue, especially if you are working too many hours a week for most of… Read more »


Create Reason Inspires Innovation and Keeps Your Team Engaged

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Over 70% of US employees are disengaged at their job and over 50% are currently looking for new jobs. This costs companies $550 Billion annually in rehiring, retaining, and lost productivity according to the team at Create Reason. Create Reason solves this problem by working with their clients to understand where their company has been… Read more »


How Your Company’s Survival Could Depend on Your UX Designer

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By their very nature, startups are lean – short on the resources, it is not at all uncommon, for example, that any one person at a startup take on several different roles and perform varying tasks. And, while there are certainly shortcomings to having people put on many different hats, sometimes there’s just no going around… Read more »


10 Things Grumpy Cat Is Thankful For

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Another Thanksgiving, another opportunity for sugary-sweet declarations of gratitude that happen exactly zero times during the rest of the year. Who do these humans think they’re fooling? Here are 10 things Grumpy Cat is genuinely thankful for: 1. “People eating so much that they pass out and leave me alone.” – Kelly Wilkerson, cofounder of… Read more »


Closing Your Early Sales: The Power of Secret Pricing

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When you’re looking for early sales, you’ll notice that each customer wants to wait until someone else bites. They give you positive feedback, and appear as if they’re going to go through with the deal. Then, as you start getting close, they ask to wait until you have other customers on board. This can be… Read more »


5 Habits That Can Trigger Your Anxiety

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I suffer from anxiety. I sometimes feel that dread and agitation in my chest associated with an unidentified danger that only exists in my mind. I start to worry about the future and things that have not happened (but they could) and forget to enjoy the moment. This is something I deal with, and so do… Read more »


How to Optimize Your Day for Productivity [VIDEO]

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Have you mastered the truly productive day? Even if you have, have you been able to make a habit of that? For many of us, there are just a handful of days throughout which we are able to make the most of the time afforded to us and accomplish most (if not all) of each… Read more »


Failure Happens: 5 Warning Signs for Startups From Entrepreneurs

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The lure of Texas-sized riches has uncovered the hidden entrepreneur in many souls. Success stories are highly publicized but there is a wealth of knowledge that can be extracted from failed startups as well. As part of Global Entrepreneurship Week, The DEC, a non-profit to promote entrepreneurs and startups,  held their first event on Celebrating Failures, dubbed Fail… Read more »