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Why and How You Should Give Advisor Equity

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Free advice is often worth what is paid for it – nothing. Advice that is highly valued obviously will carry a higher price tag. But how to calculate the value of advice is challenging. Early-stage startups have an even more difficult time as they typically do not have any money to pay with, so they… Read more »


How Passion Blinds Entrepreneurs

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This post is part of Tech Cocktail’s “Psychological Guide to Starting Up,” bringing you insights on the psychological and emotional challenges of startups throughout June. In startup utopia, everyone you share your idea with thinks it’s the best thing since HTTP. You dive into work bringing it to life, your days and nights filled with… Read more »


How to Handle A Lowball Investment Offer; Young Entrepreneurs Provide 8 Pointers

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The following answers are provided by the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC), an invite-only organization comprised of the world’s most promising young entrepreneurs. In partnership with Citi, the YEC recently launched #StartupLab, a free virtual mentorship program that helps millions of entrepreneurs start and grow businesses via live video chats, an expert content library and email… Read more »


The Top 10 Tech Cocktail Posts of the Week

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We get it, you’re busy.  You weren’t able to get to every Tech Cocktail post this week.  Fear not, because we’ve curated the week’s top 10(ish) posts as determined by the Tech Cocktail editorial team. To get the Tech Cocktail weekly wrap-up direct to your inbox, sign up for the Tech Cocktail newsletter today. The Top… Read more »



A Sabbatical Is a Safe Path to Pragmatic Entrepreneurship

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This article is for all those “wannabe” entrepreneurs who have not yet been able to start their journey. Most of the successful entrepreneurship stories you hear are always over-glorified. The story has an entrepreneur, or a couple of them, who start out in a garage, and there is barely food to eat. They work under… Read more »


Find Your Why: The Psychological Guide to Starting Up

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This post is part of Tech Cocktail’s “Psychological Guide to Starting Up” bringing you insights on the psychological and emotional challenges of startups throughout June. It’s as basic a question as it is indicative of an entrepreneur’s likelihood for long-term success.  Why do you do what you do? Simon Sinek gives us all the reasons why ”why?” will help you… Read more »



A Book in 5 Minutes: “Business in Blue Jeans: How to Have a Successful Business on Your Own Terms, in Your Own Style”

Business in Blue Jeans

Don’t have time to read? Here’s a quick but comprehensive summary of Susan Baroncini-Moe’s “Business in Blue Jeans: How to Have a Successful Business on Your Own Terms, in Your Own Style,” released on June 4, 2013. Who should read this: Entrepreneurs who want to create a business that fits you, your values, and the… Read more »


CrowdIt Launches Crowdfunding Site with an Incubator

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A site called CrowdIt launched publicly today, hoping to stand out among a new wave of crowdfunding sites by offering business incubation, as well. Since March, CrowdIt has amassed around 150 projects in the tech, creative, and nonprofit industries. They range from KC Dream Cars, exotic car rental for Kansas City, to Bioplastics, which wants… Read more »


What Startup Advice Do You Disagree With?

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Almost everyone has startup advice to offer these days – from the media to your grandparents. But the same advice doesn’t apply to everyone; every startup is different. If this were a science, we would have figured it out already. With that in mind, we asked entrepreneurs what common startup advice they disagree with. Here… Read more »


6 Reasons People Leave Big Companies To Join Startups

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Over the last several years, startups have popped up all over the job market. While this is great for the entrepreneurial-minded, and those professionals searching for a creative work environment, large companies like Yahoo! and Google are faced with their employees leaving to join the startup world. Startups can appeal to people who want to… Read more »


How Do You Keep Your Team Motivated?

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Will you be working this weekend? It’s one thing for founders to stay home working on a sunny Saturday. But sometimes, team members need a little extra motivation for that Saturday workday – or even late Wednesday afternoon. We asked entrepreneurs: how do you keep your team motivated? Here are some of the best responses…. Read more »


What’s the Hardest Startup Lesson You’ve Had to Learn?

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Running a startup gives you a crash course in everything from customer development to figuring out how to work at Starbucks without getting kicked out. We asked startups: what’s the hardest lesson you’ve had to learn? The insights varied, from marketing and funding to more personal lessons about community and failure. Here are some of… Read more »


A Layman’s Guide to Fish Oil Supplements [Interview with Coromega]

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This post is part of Tech Cocktail’s “Healthy Entrepreneur” series, bringing you insights on food, exercise, and sleep throughout May. The series is presented by Coromega (more info and a giveaway below). With Coromega sponsoring our Healthy Entrepreneur series for May, we thought we’d take the opportunity to learn more about omega-3s and save you some research…. Read more »


Eating for Energy: Top 5 Ways

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This post is part of Tech Cocktail’s “Healthy Entrepreneur” series, bringing you insights on food, exercise, and sleep throughout May. The series is presented by Coromega (more info and a giveaway below). Do you ever find you are absolutely exhausted or simply struggling to find energy throughout the day, especially in the afternoon? You are not alone…. Read more »