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Why We Can’t Help but Love Funny Companies

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This post includes extra content from Startup Mixology, my upcoming book on starting up – including how to prepare yourself for the harsh reality and celebrate positive moments along the way. Go here to pre-order the book (due July 8) and subscribe to updates! Are you funny? I am; well, not always – but I appreciate humor and a… Read more »


Screen-Bridge: The Future of Social TV

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Los Angeles is known as the “City of Dreams” — it’s typical to hear about aspiring actresses, boy bands and the next top model “making it big,” but what about young entrepreneurs? After talking with Melanie Witkower, a young entrepreneur from Long Island, I can say that the same holds to be true for up-and-coming… Read more »


6 #WorldCup Quotes For Entrepreneurs

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Soccer players and sportsmen in general are rarely known for their words of wisdom. Nonetheless, as we are hours away from the most-watched sports tournament in the world, 2014 FIFA World Cup, here are six pieces of sporting wisdom for you budding entrepreneurs to consider. On The Importance of learning “I am not a perfectionist, but I… Read more »


European Taxi Drivers Hate Uber Too

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Most Europeans are not a fan of anything American. So it’s no surprise that European taxi drivers are not happy with the San Francisco car service company Uber creeping on their turf. “Uber cabs are stealing our clients,” said José Losada, 36. In at least a half-dozen European cities today–including London, Paris and Berlin– drivers… Read more »


Investors Need Managing, Too

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This post includes extra content from Startup Mixology, my upcoming book on starting up – including how to prepare yourself for the harsh reality and celebrate positive moments along the way. Go here to pre-order the book (due July 8) and subscribe to updates! Once you’ve landed funding, you’ve got another set of people to manage – your investors…. Read more »



6 Things We Can Learn from Young Entrepreneurs

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From ex-bankers-turned-investors to 25-year-old CFO’s to social-media-savvy interns, there are a number of people who make up the startup community. While most of us turn to billionaires and well-renowned CEOs for advice on how to grow our companies, we’re forgetting about a key source: young entrepreneurs. Don’t think a 21-year-old founder can help you grow… Read more »


Why Use Social Media in the First Place?

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This post includes extra content from Startup Mixology, my upcoming book on starting up – including how to prepare yourself for the harsh reality and celebrate positive moments along the way. Go here to pre-order the book (due July 8) and subscribe to updates! I was an early adopter of social media. I tagged, tweeted, checked in, and shared… Read more »


Here Are Some of the Highest-Paid CEOs in Tech 

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Is the idea of runaway success just some fuzzy pipedream for you? Well, the 2014 Equilar Top 200 Highest Paid CEO Rankings is here to put some numbers on your jackpot fantasies. The rankings looked at 2013 CEO compensation at companies with market values of $1 billion or more. And a handful of those companies… Read more »


Among the 200 Highest-Paid CEOs, There Are Only 5.5% Women 

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Yesterday’s New York Times reported on the 2014 Equilar Top 200 Highest Paid CEO Rankings – and the striking lack of women on the list. Among 200 CEOs making over $12 million, there were only 11 women – or 5.5%. Here they are, listed with their 2013 compensation:  Equilar loked at companies with market values… Read more »



20 Magic Words to Say at Work

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In movies, magic words open secret doors, get genies to grant you wishes, and transport you to faraways lands. Words might not have quite as much power in the real world, but they come close. Do you ever feel like you can’t get through to your team, and everyone seems to be resentful, defensive, or… Read more »


A Ranking of the Most Entrepreneurial Corporations

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This post was originally published on Medium. If you think great companies don’t let their entrepreneurs leave…you’re totally wrong! The Google Effect Google alumni’s Startups Let’s start with this AngelList graph showing Google alumni creating new businesses for a $4.9 million average (each line is a startup having at least one Google alumni). Either Google… Read more »


One Little Feature That Could Help Your MVP Succeed

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I recently finished reading a book called Absolute Value. The gist of the book says that in the world of Yelp and other customer review sites, people do not buy brands; they buy reviews. This certainly seems quite true. The author cites a great example of how ASUS motherboards picked up much more in sales than Intel,… Read more »