Archive for April, 2013

How to Avoid the Passion Trap, Page 2 |

April 29, 2013

There’s a fairly popular book from [ blogger] Scott Gerber, called Never Get A Real Job, and the idea is, “don’t ever work for somebody else.” The minute you get out of school, do a start-up. That will work in some cases, but the data shows that twice as many successful start-ups and tech start-ups are founded by people in their 50s, rather than in their 20s, and there’s a reason for that. Going down some career path, learning an industry and learning a discipline, and doing it on somebody else’s nickel—working for someone else—can be really valuable in terms of preparing. I think there’s certain disciplines or functions that are more useful than others, and an industry focus is helpful. If you’ve been involved in a particular industry, you recognize the patterns, and that’s the industry you found your start-up in. You’re going to be better than someone else that’s coming from a different market.


6 Secrets to a Successful Start-up |

April 29, 2013

All companies need to have the basics: a solid business model, a viable market, and a brilliant product or service. But the most important– and unpredictable– indicator of success is the entrepreneur. Do you have what it takes? Despite the popularity of 25-year-old Internet entrepreneurs, there’s no one template that guarantees greatness, says Rory O’Driscoll, a managing director with San Francisco-based Scale Venture Partners. “I’ve seen a 25-year-old serial entrepreneur run great a company and I’ve seen a 45-year-old with no entrepreneurial experience also run a great company,” he says. “But there are certainly commonalities between those whose companies are successful.” Here, O’Driscoll and some of his colleagues in the venture capital world share their perspectives on the less tangible elements of start-up success.

The Danger of Celebritizing Entrepreneurship – Compass

April 29, 2013

There’s no doubt technology entrepreneurship is becoming its own kind of celebrity. Here is a quick rundown of its appearances on the national stage: The story of the founding of Facebook receiving a feature-length Hollywood portrayal in The Social Network; Hollywood celebrities like Ashton Kutcher, Justin Timberlake, MC Hammer, Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber investing in technology startups and making their presence known in Silicon Valley; the rise of initiatives like the White House-endorsed Startup America Partnership, due to the starring role technology startups in job growth; Bloomberg creating an American Idol-esque TV showbased on the the New York City session of TechStars; Bravo creating a full-blown reality TV showcalled “Silicon Valley”; and a surge of new technology companies offering their stocks on the public markets, from Facebook to Zynga, Groupon, Pandora and LinkedIn. As a result of all the attention, we have a phenomenon TechCrunch has dubbed “The New Silicon Valley Dou

Start Up Failure Rates: The Definitive Numbers | Small Business Trends

April 29, 2013

Five years after they were started, the Census Bureau finds that 45 percent of the new establishments and 43 percent of the new firms were still alive. While I have thrown a whole lot of numbers at you, I am making a very simple point: The typical new business started in the United States is no longer in operation five years after being founded. That’s true whether statisticians at the BLS or Census are doing the measuring and it’s true whether you measure new establishments or new firms.

3 Stories Leaders Need to Tell : Sources of Insight

April 22, 2013

As a leader, you need to tell 3 stories: 1) your personal story, 2) a group story, and 3) the dream story. Your personal story communicates your beliefs and values. The group story helps create a shared sense of destiny. The dream story inspires people to a better future. Whether you’re a leader of a small team or large group, have these stories under your belt. If you lead a family, you can use the 3 stories too. If you just need to lead yourself, then have a personal story and dream story to remind yourself who you are and to inspire yourself to where you want to be.

The Diet-Heart Myth: Cholesterol and Saturated Fat Are Not the Enemy

April 20, 2013

In this 3-part series, I’m going to debunk 3 common myths about heart disease: Eating cholesterol and saturated fat raises cholesterol levels in the blood. High cholesterol in the blood is the cause of heart disease. Statins save lives in healthy people without heart disease.

Winning Your Infinite Freedom Book Series – Gain Peace Success Happiness

April 8, 2013

Winning Your Infinite Freedom New Book Series Releases! Now available in epub (as well as Kindle on Amazon) at all major online booksellers. Soon to be available in paperback from Lulu and Amazon. How do you find more Freedom in your life? It’s not that difficult, but you can’t expect politics or government to really help you with it. Because it’s an ability you already have. Really. This book is a collection of blog essays from 2006-2011, following one person’s work to re-discover the route anyone could take in order to get the any amount of real Freedom they really want in their life.

Secrets Law Atttraction Bestseller Famous Best Self Help Author Books Peace

April 8, 2013

Secrets to the Law of Attraction THERE IS NOTHING MORE FASCINATING than the Law of Attraction. Like a multi-faceted jewel, you turn it one way and then another, seeking to find the most beautiful side – but they all sparkle and bedazzle. For the oddest thing is that the Law of Attraction is both a self-fulfilling prophecy and the universal solvent. Nothing can contain it, but once you find it, everything is explained – and predicted. My trail in this lead through “The Secret” DVD. And of course I told everyone important to me about it. Even explaining it in a single sentence (“You are what you think.”) was the easiest philosophical discussion I have ever had. Associates Central

April 7, 2013

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Build Amazon Link With Image |

April 7, 2013

Build Amazon Link With Image This is a tool for Bloggers to quickly build the HTML for their Amazon affiliate links. This tool generates valid XHTML and allows for large images. Link to this page if you like it.