Sachin Parikh

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LinkedIn: These 3 graphs show that successful founders don't drop out, and Peter Thiel is wrong

LinkedIn released a bold and fascinating report about the career paths of successful tech founders. The public company made a refreshingly opinionated conclusion: Aspiring teens should not forgo college to found a risky tech startup.<p>“The image of a young, unstoppable founder is certainly appealing …

Tasks Startup CEOs Should Always Outsource

<i>Mikita Mikado is the co-­founder and CEO of electronic signing software PandaDoc. This article was co-written by Christy Delehanty, the Content Manager at PandaDoc.</i><p>“There isn’t enough time.”<p>It’s a common complaint. A familiar refrain reverberating through the startup world, picking up volume as it …

11 Crucial Skills Entrepreneurs Won't Learn In School

11 founders from YEC name the startup skills that only on-the-job experience can equip you with:<p>Small teams are a totally different beast than a corporate environment. You have one person filling multiple roles, no clear ladder for advancement, and people often have to train themselves. Employees …

5 Rookie Mistakes Every Entrepreneur Should Avoid, But Most Make

5 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>We all know there is no one right way to start your business -- certainly no failsafe blueprint to success. However, there are several common pitfalls that unnecessarily trip up many entrepreneurs on their road to success, a few …

Entrepreneurship

7 Ways to Validate Your Startup Idea

<i>Ariel Rosenthal is a co-founder at</i> <i>Xprt</i><i>, a new startup looking to save people the hassle and the headache of doing extensive research before buying a product.</i><p>I don’t know if you ever experienced a eureka moment – a second when everything comes together and an amazing idea pops into your head. As …

Big Successes Start Small - But What is Considered 'Small'?

<i>Nihar Sawant is the co-founder of Expojure. This post originally appeared on his Medium blog.</i><p>If you are follower of Eric Ries’s ‘Lean Startup Methodology’ then you must have heard the term ‘Minimal Viable Product.’ Before beginning with any task, it is better to start with small things rather than …

Email Etiquette for Entrepreneurs

<i>This post originally appeared on the Crew blog.</i><p>The more time I spend working on my startup, the more time I seem to be spending in my inbox. Running a startup is pretty much synonymous with “sending lots of emails” I’ve realized (especially when you’re not the person writing lots of code).<p>The more …

How to Recruit and Hire the Team You Need at Each Phase of Startup Growth

7 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Around the end of 2010, I decided take a bit of a career gamble. After working in investment banking and private equity for five years then going on to get my MBA, I took a job as one of the first 10 hires at a mobile gaming …

Human Resources

5 Sure-Footed Steps Toward Earning Respect and Loyalty as a New Entrepreneur

4 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>As a new entrepreneur, your ability to gain and sustain respect and loyalty in your chosen industry and among your colleagues can mean the difference between landing the biggest deal of your career and falling flat on your …

Entrepreneurship

Investors Will Show Love to Entrepreneurs Who Do Their Homework

4 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Many entrepreneurs are so enamored with their product vision that they believe their own hype, and are convinced that the market for their solution is so huge that no one will ask them for independent market-research data. They …

Small Business

The 5 Traits of Entrepreneurs Famous for Making All the Right Moves

3 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Consistently making the right moves at the right time is the difference between a good CEO/entreprepreneur and those we consider great.<p>The perceptive investor, Warren Buffet, knows to “be fearful when others are greedy and be …

Entrepreneurship

You Don't Need a Co-Founder For Your Startup

<i>Jay Barnett is the founder of Priority Pickup, an Australia based online passenger services company that offers private chauffeur rentals to customers in Perth, Western Australia.</i><p>One of the most frequently asked questions when I go to startup events here in Perth is why I do not have a co-founder …

This Entrepreneur Raised $2M With A Five-Slide Presentation -- About Nothing

He may sound crazy, but there’s a method to his madness. Itay Adam is already well-funded and staffed to create “the next big thing.” All that remains is to come up with an idea.<p>On a memorable episode of the hit 1990s sitcom <i>Seinfeld</i>, NBC executives meet Jerry after his nightclub act and ask him to …

5 Ways To Be The Savvy Entrepreneur Investors Look For

Fundraising becomes a top-of-mind issue for most entrepreneurs in the summer, particularly as they start to plot their strategy for the fall and ensure adequate funding runway for the rest of the year.<p>As I’ve written about before, failure to protect intellectual property (IP) from day one can be a …

Here's How Successful Entrepreneurs Think Differently From Everyone Else

In a recent LinkedIn post, Aravinth, founder of Visual Kiwi, says that's the crucial first step.<p>Here's how:<p>Successful entrepreneurs know their weaknesses and don't try to blow past them. Instead, they take stock of what they can reasonably accomplish and don't risk too much. "Obviously, you are …

17 Traits That Entrepreneurs Possess

3 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Being a successful entrepreneur requires possessing many traits. Some are more important others. Some can be learned -- others are more innate.<p>It’s not about being the smartest person in the room. After mentoring and coaching …

Entrepreneurship

6 Fundamentals Every Modern Entrepreneur Needs to Succeed

5 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>The road to being a true-blue entrepreneur is paved with spectacular stories of crash-and-burn. It requires a certain type of stamina that few possess and an insatiable desire to do better than the day before. Such a demanding …

Entrepreneurship

Here's Why This Successful Entrepreneur Gave Away His Company

I decided to simply give it away.<p>As of today, I'm parting with 95% equity, more than $16,000 cash in the bank, and all the assets of my international communications agency Global Tolerance. I'm doing this all through a new exit strategy I call the Open Leadership Exercise (OLE), which involves the …

Why A-round funds should be careful with seed rounds

Last week we announced a significant new strategic investor in Sablono, a startup developing software for the construction industry. Sablono is one of six seed-stage investments we made last year. This little seed company has done very well: Three out of the six companies got externally funded, and …

10 Pointers Every Young Entrepreneur Needs to Know

8 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>A young entrepreneur might run across a lot of articles offering advice for the new business owner. But how many articles are actually geared toward the young entrepreneur?<p>As a former young entrepreneur myself (now I'm 30), I’ve …

Entrepreneurship

Why You Should Turn Down a Job Offer From Facebook

<i>Ilya Pozin is a serial entrepreneur, writer and investor. He is the founder of online video entertainment platform Pluto.TV, social greeting card company Open Me, and digital marketing agency Ciplex.</i><p>Receiving an offer from a huge, established company like Facebook is a dream come true. Suddenly …

The 7 Deadly Sins of the Eager Entrepreneur

5 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Let’s face it: You have to be a little bit crazy to be an entrepreneur.<p>While most of us appreciate nothing more than the steady comfort of a regular paycheck and a well-structured routine, entrepreneurs are attracted to more …

Entrepreneurship

Trusting Your Gut: Knowing When to Pivot

<i>Lopo Champalimaud is the founder of Wahanda, a health and wellness community and marketplace.</i><p>Over the past five years I have made a radical change to my business’ direction. Twice. Making the decision to pivot is never an easy one, but in hindsight, both times, it was the right thing to do at the …

Stress, Anxiety, Loneliness: How This Entrepreneur Lost Himself and Bounced Back Stronger

Brian Bordainick remembers when he snapped.<p>He was in the process of building what is now a $16 million trendy data-driven dining startup called Dinner Lab. Many would have loved to trade spots with him. Things were happening fast.<p>But he wasn't able to focus in conversations. He was often overcome …

New Orleans

4 Tips to Make Customer Development Surveys Suck Less

<i>Tenoch Esparza is the co-founder of Sensory Percussion, a next-generation electronic drum startup. This post is part of the Lessons Learned series and was originally published on the NYU Entrepreneur blog.</i><p>As Steve Blank preaches in his book The Startup Owner’s Manual, you need to get out of the …