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5 Innovative Startups Created By and For Animal Lovers

By | Dec 3, 2017 at 12:45 pm

The pet industry is growing in directions impossible to imagine years ago. Talented business people are applying technology and creativity to the animal kingdom, in ways that never cease to surprise us. From health and wellbeing services to wearable and internet-connected devices, pet-obsessed entrepreneurs…



Are You a Wantrepreneur? Here’s How to Pursue Your Passion

By | Oct 10, 2017 at 8:30 am

Entrepreneurship used to be great. It used to be something that select people could pull off, but today, that’s different. Over the years, entrepreneurs have achieved some kind of “rock star” status, attracting truckloads of wantrepreneur types. These are the people that just seem to…


Should You Reinvent An Industry As A Business Idea?

By | Jun 22, 2017 at 2:30 pm

No one has ever come up with a business idea entirely by themselves. Mark Zuckerberg revolutionized social media with Facebook, but Facebook was not even the first large social media website. The Bessemer process which made steel magnate Andrew Carnegie rich had been experimented…


Entrepreneurs Love Their Startups Like Parents Love Their Children

By | May 17, 2017 at 3:30 pm

Love is a big part of being an entrepreneur. With it, you can conquer stressful investor meetings, eccentric employee interviews, and unimpressive projection numbers without batting an eye. But without it, you’re chance of success are limited, as passion and commitment are integral to the…

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Athletepreneur: Turning Passion For Hiking Into a Business

By | Apr 19, 2017 at 11:20 am

Imagine finding yourself in the middle of the Grand Teton National Park, enjoying a weekend unplugged from the world, and the bear from The Revenant walks over to your campsite. You need to make a call for help, but alas you have no cell reception….



5 Ways to Build a Business Empire Like Treehouse Master Pete Nelson

By | Feb 18, 2017 at 10:30 am

Pete Nelson isn’t just building treehouses — he’s building a business empire. Nelson is perhaps best known as the lively host of the hit Animal Planet show Treehouse Masters, now in its seventh season. Before building a treehouse empire, Nelson considered himself equal parts…



Leadership In Business Starts With You

By | Nov 1, 2016 at 2:20 pm

If you hang out with entrepreneur and entertainer Nick Cannon long enough, there’s is bound to be some great advice on leadership. At the Chase for Business Conference in New York, he didn’t disappoint. “To be a good leader, first you need to know how to…



6 Things That Matter When It Comes to Building Your Business

By | Sep 30, 2016 at 2:40 pm

Earlier this week, I had the privilege of attending the first Chase for Business Conference in my hometown of Chicago, Illinois. Hosted by entrepreneur and entertainer Nick Cannon, the event had a solid cast of speakers sharing their insights to a crowd of about 500…


4 Traits Successful Entrepreneurs Have in Common

By | May 25, 2015 at 5:00 pm

So you want to be a successful entrepreneur? Excellent! Successful entrepreneurs are well respected in our American society for their independence, go-get-’em work ethics, and the way that they drive the economic engine. But what’s the difference between a successful entrepreneur, and an unsuccessful…


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Dabble: The Marketplace to Teach Your Passion [VIDEO]

By | Dec 18, 2015 at 10:30 am

Ever since I first saw Anchorman in theaters, the word dabble has been an extensive part of my vocabulary. For all of you who don’t know which scene I’m referencing, it’s when Veronica Corningstone asks if Ron Burgundy plays the jazz flute, and he…


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How to Find Passion in Your Business

By | Apr 27, 2015 at 5:00 pm

Are you passionate about your business? You are an entrepreneur. You must have super human abilities. You are running at 100 percent effort level on every cylinder 100 percent of the time, right? We hear left and right about passion. How important it is…


Gary Vaynerchuk Lessons On Startup Hustle: “Every Minute Counts”

By | Jan 8, 2015 at 2:30 pm

The startup world belongs to those who hustle. Strategies are great, but it all comes down to implementation. The Harvard Review Business published a report on competitive strategy and the importance of hustling. “Businesses characterized by ease of entry, fast action, and service intensity are…



Passion: The Biggest Startup Myth

By | Dec 12, 2014 at 9:00 am

What are your favorite startup myths and tall tales? Silicon Valley is not the center of the industry, your local Starbucks is. Minorities, women, and employees over the age of 40 would disagree with the notion that the industry is truly a meritocracy. But…


(Young) Entrepreneur Checklist

By | Jul 22, 2013 at 5:00 pm

With the Internet and the availability of resources these days, anyone at any age can start a business for practically no money and in a relatively short period of time. A free WordPress blog, with enough of the three things below, can be turned…

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Lauren Thorp of Umba on Taking Small Steps Toward Your Passion [VIDEO]

By | Jul 11, 2013 at 11:43 am

Lauren Thorp runs a blog called Quick Like Foxes, where she teaches creative businesses to use startup methods to succeed. But as it turns out, being quick doesn’t mean jumping in leaps and bounds; it means taking tons of small steps toward your goal….


How Passion Blinds Entrepreneurs

By | Jun 10, 2013 at 11:00 am

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…



How MightyNest Built A “Good” Business Focused On A Healthy Home; An Interview with CEO and Co-Founder Chris Conn

By | Feb 25, 2011 at 11:08 am

Building trust, tapping into an understanding, and selling products? These things are seemingly incongruous, but they are the ingredients of the model MightyNest is built upon. MightyNest is distinguishing itself from other online retailers by offering the best products available. How do customers know…