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Cooperative versus Sandwich Lease Options

<b>Sandwich</b> <b>Lease Option</b><p>A Sandwich Lease Option is a technique that has been used for many years but the technique has been overlooked by many. To me it …

Startup Launch List

Posted· Category: Information, License Free<p>Startup Launch List is contains all a​rticles you need to read before launching a startup. They are …

Mark Cuban Shares the Most Important Lesson He Learned in His 20s

The famed entrepreneur gained his newfound wisdom after an employee embezzled most of his company's money.<p>Shortly after Mark Cuban got his bachelor's degree from Indiana University in 1981, he moved in with some friends in Dallas and became a bartender.<p>After getting sick of making drinks, Cuban …

Accelerate Your Business With A Budget For Proof-Of-Concept Marketing

<i>George Deeb is the Managing Partner at Chicago-based Red Rocket Ventures, a growth consulting, advisory and executive staffing firm based in Chicago.</i><p>It is a sad, but familiar, story in startup land. An entrepreneur raises a limited amount of funds, plows it entirely into building out their product, …

3 Common Mistakes Startup Entrepreneurs Make

Here are the three most common pratfalls my clients (and I myself) have fallen victim to, and how to avoid them.<p>Not all entrepreneurs found companies--we can't all be Steve Jobs, and not everyone should aim to be. Many leaders make their marks inside existing companies and institutions; still …

Why the Smartest Entrepreneurs Have Multiple Mentors

When it comes to good business advice, there's no such thing as too much.<p>Do you have one mentor? If so, you're doing things wrong, according to Lyle Stevens, co-founder of the social influencer marketing platform Mavrck, used by Sears and Unilever, among others. The company recently graduated from …

GOLDMAN: Here's how millennials will completely change the economy

Because of factors such as lower unemployment rates and student loan debt, millennials have deferred major life events like getting married, having kids and buying a home, Goldman Sachs Global Investment Research found. However, millennials are getting increasingly ready for those milestones.<p>In …

Toms' Blake Mycoskie on the Mistake Too Many Entrepreneurs Make

The shoe entrepreneur explains why many business owners shouldn't partner with large retailers.<p>Convincing a large a retailer to sell your product is a great achievement for many entrepreneurs, but it can also wind up hurting your business in the long run.<p>As TOMS founder Blake Mycoskie explained in …

3 Tips to Success for Hardware Startups

Succeeding with a startup is extremely difficult. It’s both costly and risky. This is even more so with a hardware startup.<p>With a hardware startup …

There Are No Base Hits For Startups Today

Once upon a time, like ten years ago, entrepreneurs could make decent money building a business that hit milestones but never got big and sold for $10 – $20 million. These exits would pay entrepreneurs enough to sends kids to college and return 1x-2x capital for venture capitalists. They are …

4 Massive Mistakes Every Kickstarter Makes

When launching a Kickstarter or Indiegogo campaign a million things can hold startups from success. Here's what you NEED to know to succeed with crowdfunding and create a sustainable startup success.<p>Building a business is hard--no ifs, ands or buts about it.<p>The good news is crowdfunding's making it …

This startup just made the best toothbrush I've ever tried -- no fancy gimmicks required

Over the last few weeks, I've written two posts that mocked the startup world's obsession with making everything old into something "new" and …

15 Startup Podcasters You Need To Follow

Some of the best entrepreneurial stories are found in these online podcasts.<p>As an entrepreneur you will never stop learning. While there are plenty of articles, webinars, infographics, eBooks, etc. out there to assist with helping your startup grow, too many people are overlooking one of the most …

The 5 Books Every Entrepreneur Should Read, or Read Again, in 2015

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Time is perhaps the rarest and most coveted asset an entrepreneur has in their life. The time to read is a crucial but often challenging feat to tackle on every entrepreneur’s to-do list. So when you take the time out of your hectic day …

Successfully Crowdfunding of Design Driven Startups

Design Driven Startups are ideal for attracting funding on crowdfunding platforms, such as Kickstarter, Indiegogo and Crowdfunder. However, competition for funds is fierce and only the top percentile receives significant funding. For example for Kickstarter "Design" projects only the top half …

Tough tradeoffs: Removing product features is hard, but often necessary

<i>Sandi MacPherson is the Editor-in-Chief at Quibb.</i><p>Product roadmaps typically focus on building up a product, adding features as the product evolves and grows. While that’s great, in my experience building Quibb, I’ve found that removing features is also an important aspect of product design and …

Why Compelling Kickstarter Branding can Send a Simple Startup Viral

How to create an international, engaging brand experience around which to build a business.<p>Crowdfunding success comes down to four things: the product, the pitch, the marketing and the video and only by crushing each can a campaign truly shine and rocket through the rankings.<p>One such startup doing …

The Simple, Often Forgotten Secret to A Profitable Business

Dave Kerpen talks with Author Mike Michalowicz about what "Profit First" means.<p>"Why don't we have enough money in the bank to go on a vacation?" my wife asked me, befuddled at how little cash we had despite a fast-growth million dollar plus business.<p>It was September 2008 and I was befuddled too. We …

We Talked To The Experts — Here’s How To Ensure A Lucrative Crowdfunding Campaign

In 2007, Indiegogo was founded, followed two years later by Kickstarter. And today, the crowdfunding floodgates have opened. You can put your money behind anything from a bowl of potato salad to a Reading Rainbow relaunch.<p>But running a crowdfunding campaign can be a big time commitment, especially …

Crowdfunding Tool Uses Big Data for Campaign Research and Optimization

Crowdfunding is the new fundraising darling of inventors, creators, entrepreneurs, and startups, and with good reason, as it can offer a viable way …

This Site Lets You Get Backers for Your Crowdfunding Project Before It Launches

This story appears in the March 2014 issue of <i>Entrepreneur</i>. Subscribe »<p>Kickstarter says only 44 percent of its crowdfunding campaigns are successful. Provo, Utah-based startup Prefundia claims it can boost that success rate to 71 percent for anyone who uses its web platform to test out their idea …

Mark Cuban's 12 rules for startups

<i>This post is in partnership with Entrepreneur. The article below was originally published at</i> <i>Entrepreneur.com</i><i>.</i><p>By Mark Cuban, Entrepreneur.com<p>Anyone …

Your Secret Weapons for Pitching to VCs

What are your secret weapons during a pitch?<p><i>This question originally appeared on Quora: What are your secret weapons during a pitch?</i><p><i>Answer by Shuba Swaminathan on Quora,</i><p>Here are a few, in no particular order:<p>Answer the question asked, not what you <i>think</i> was asked.<br>• Do not ramble.<br>• Use the "B" button (if …

Three Things Entrepreneurs Should Do Right Now To Score Capital In 2015

Follow these informed suggestions and you’ll set yourself up for the best chance of scoring funding for your company.<p>Did you come up with a winning business idea in 2014? Are you excited about trying to launch a startup this upcoming year? If so, you’re probably beginning to think about where you …

Managing Your VP Of Sales: If It's Painful, It's Going Well

The most successful tech companies are typically led by their technical, product-oriented founder-CEOs who have very little experience in building a sales organization. Bringing on a sales leader and building a sales organization exercises a completely different muscle for most engineering-heavy …

Cannador Medical Marijuana Storage Boxes

Now that marijuana is legally recognized for its therapeutic effects, the accessories market is more upscale than ever, allowing for a greater standard of enjoyment. Not dissimilar from wine aficionados or gourmands, cannabis connoisseurs have a language of strain, origin, effect and preferred …

Here's Why You'll Never See Louis Vuitton Products On Sale

So why not wait a while for the next sale and snag one of the luxury brand's bags then?<p>According to Mark Ellwood, author of "Bargain Fever: How To Shop In A Discounted World," there's one problem with that idea: Louis Vuitton products never go on sale.<p>According to Ellwood, there's a method to the …

A better formula for calculating startup equity

When Nick Petit and his partner set off to start Kahoots, they did what many startup founders do, they split the equity 50/50 and began working nights and weekends to make their vision a reality. It wasn’t long, however, before they realized that things weren’t going to be quite so straight …

Three lessons for building your company and planning your exit when your seed round is crowdfunded

Facebook’s acquisition of the Kickstarter-backed virtual reality company Oculus Rift was a high-profile rare instance of a crowdfunded company making …