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Great startups these days start with innovation, and then take it up a few notches to make it a revolution. An example is Google, who turned a new search technology into a tool that most of us couldn’t live without. As an entrepreneur, how do you know if you have the potential to innovate, and what Read More
If you startup is your dream, why would you want to think about an exit? It’s going to be so successful and so much fun that you don’t need to think about what comes after. Wrong. There are two very real and practical reasons why you need to plan an exit:

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Ten Keys to a Killer Name for Your Company

Ten Keys to a Killer Name for Your Company - http://blog.startupprofessionals.com Avatar Posted by martinzwilling under Startups
From http://blog.startupprofessionals.com 4980 days ago
Made Hot by: Monsieur Eraser on November 28, 2010 4:59 pm
First things first – your startup needs a name! This may seem a silly and frivolous task, but it may be the most important decision you make. The name of your business has a tremendous impact on how customers and investors view you, and in today’s small world, it’s a world-wide decision. Read More
When someone asks me for the best way to fund a startup, I always say bootstrap it, meaning fund it yourself and grow organically. Bootstrapping avoids all the cost, pain, and distractions of finding angels or VCs, and allows you to keep control and all your hard-earned equity for yourself. Read More
Many entrepreneurs are convinced that banks are not worth the effort for startups, especially early-stage ones that still don’t have a revenue stream, or collateral to back up their financing needs. A question I get all the time is “Can I ever expect any backing from my bank for a great opportunity Read More
Successful startups are all about turning ideas into action. These actions must be the hard part, since entrepreneurs always seem to come to me with ideas, and ask me for help on the actions. That has always seemed strange to me, since the magic is supposed to be in the ideas, and the actions are t Read More
We can all dream about what it takes to make our startup a success. From recent survey feedback, it seems evident that the urban legends leading to success are wrong. The average entrepreneur is not the one who dumped a promising career, sketched his idea on the back of a napkin, and accepted millions from an investor to make millions of his own. Read More
When I heard a friend make this statement the other day, I realized that every entrepreneur should adopt it as their mantra. I certainly have. If we all do it, we can drastically improve the statistic that over half of new startups fail within five years. Nothing is more discouraging to future entrepreneurs than a failed startup Read More

Many Entrepreneurs Charge The Hill Too Soon

Many Entrepreneurs Charge The Hill Too Soon - http://blog.startupprofessionals.com Avatar Posted by martinzwilling under Startups
From http://blog.startupprofessionals.com 5084 days ago
Made Hot by: steeldawn on August 13, 2010 8:23 pm
Don’t charge the hill until you are “ready.” This probably seems obvious to military types, but I see entrepreneurs violating this rule all the time. They approach key potential investors way too early, trying to talk their way up the hill, with no supporting business plan, and before they have a support team around them. Needless to say, they get shot down, and get no second chance Read More

Don’t Confuse Business Motion With Momentum

Don’t Confuse Business Motion With Momentum - http://blog.startupprofessionals.com Avatar Posted by martinzwilling under Startups
From http://blog.startupprofessionals.com 5091 days ago
Made Hot by: HeatherStone on August 6, 2010 8:11 am
Too many entrepreneurs confuse motion with momentum. We all know someone who repeatedly tells us how “busy” they are, when it’s hard to see what they get done. Momentum is moving things forward (mass x velocity). Founders or employees in constant motion, but with no momentum, will kill any startup Read More
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