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Start-ups Have Office Politics, Too

When someone says they would prefer working for a start-up over a big company, one of their top reasons why will usually include the phrase ”office politics.”<p>There is a naïve but common misconception that there are no politics at start-ups. People see the open office spaces, the hoodies, the ping …

Empowering Female Entrepreneurs

There is no question that female entrepreneurs are a vital economic resource the world over; in both developing and developed nations, their …

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Why the Once-Hot IPO Market Suddenly Went Cold

As the air comes out of the tech bubble, promising tech companies hold their breath to see what comes next before going public.<p>Box, the cloud storage company that less than two months ago trumpeted its plans for a big public offering, has suddenly gone quiet.<p>Twitter, the erstwhile social media …

9 Things People Just Don't Get About Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurship is <i>hard</i>, both physically and emotionally. Doubt, anxiety, despair--along the way, every entrepreneur struggles with those feelings.<p>So why are entrepreneurs willing to face the vulnerability, the emotional ups and downs, and the risk of public and private failure?<p>Easy. They have no …

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Jason Nazar: A Blueprint for Building Billion-Dollar Businesses

Jason Nazar, <b>co-founder and CEO of Docstoc.com:</b> What is the “sharing economy?” For me, it’s simply connecting latent supply and demand and adding value in the processes. For example, Uber has built an amazing service connecting riders with drivers (both professional and personal), and in the process …

The Single Biggest Reason Most Entrepreneurs Fail in 2014

It is caused by too much blue light, especially when you stare at your cell phone before sleeping, which leaves you awake after only a few hours of sleep. I thought it was useless to try sleeping any further, so I decided to get up and start working.<p>After checking my emails, I found myself on …

We Slept in an Office for 6 Months…and Still Failed

Story of a Startup — Wisdomly Post-Mortem<p>You always hear about the college grad who slept in his car while building a product, worked out of a …

How Sleep Deprivation Drives The High Failure Rates of Tech Startups

I work in my sleep now. I fall asleep most nights writing and rewriting opening lines and first paragraphs in my head. And every morning before I wake, I am somehow still writing sentences in my head, twisted into my sheets while comparing arguments and searching for counter-arguments that could …

50 Signs You Might Be an Entrepreneur

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Entrepreneurs are a unique group of people. Not only do they think differently; they act differently. They draw on personality traits, habits and mind-sets to come up with ideas that straddle the line between insanity and genius. But just …

How to Value Your Startup Before Presenting to Investors

<i>George Deeb is the Managing Partner at Chicago-based Red Rocket Ventures, a startup consulting and financial advisory firm based in Chicago. You can follow George on Twitter at @georgedeeb and @RedRocketVC.</i><p>How to value a startup<p>One of the questions I get, more often than not, is what is the …

Do accelerators help startups? Here’s what we found

As startup accelerators continue to propagate, founders are left wondering if these programs really help entrepreneurs achieve their goals. Is the effort worth giving away equity, investing time, and creating incremental costs? Do accelerators really help new companies “jump the line” and speed …

Why copycats are the best thing to happen to your company

No matter where you went to high school, I’m willing to bet there was one constant. When it came time to take a test, eyes had the frequent habit of …

‘My startup tanked’: Why more entrepreneurs are being open about their failures

A succession of high-profile founders recently threw in the towel, making January seem like a hell month for startups.<p>In the course of a single week, Outbox’s cofounders published a blog post explaining the holes in their business model, and DrawQuest’s founder and serial entrepreneur Chris Poole …

13 Startup Red Flags to Avoid

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>The reality is that most startups fail. In the last few years, I've consulted or mentored more than 500 startups. Here is a summary of the recurring problems I have seen in the flawed startups to avoid to maximize your odds of success:<p><b>A</b> …

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Why Startups Should Steal Ideas and Hire Weirdos

“Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty, because they didn’t really do …

Why Entrepreneurs Are Among the Happiest People in The World

With every passing day, Canadians are becoming more open about discussing mental health problems and illnesses. Olympic athletes, business leaders, …

How Can I Find a CEO for My Startup?

How can I find someone to lead the way for my startup healthcare website? The website is completed and has had great reviews in beta testing with family and friends. I need investment capital, business organization and someone with knowledge to secure an initial workforce. I have some initial funds …

Why Creativity Matters More Than Passion for Entrepreneurs

What is the most important quality of an entrepreneur? Many would argue it is passion — an overwhelming love of what one is doing, and the drive and …

Working Remotely Does Not Mean You Should Work From Home

<i>Len Kendall is the founder of</i> <i>CentUp</i><i>. Prior to starting a company he worked in PR where he helped put out fires and manage digital communications.</i><p>You’re a permanent freelancer or an early stage entrepreneur and you don’t have an office to go to. Your options are usually one of these three</b> …

FRED WILSON: The Net Neutrality Decision Will Be A 'Nightmare' For New Startups

Fred Wilson, a venture capitalist with New York-based Union Square Ventures, frames the decision — which could allow internet service providers to charge more or restrict access to certain content on the web— as David vs. Goliath for startups of the future facing off against well-established tech …

This Is The Best Way To Process Failure

That's what Jeff Stibel, chairman and CEO of Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corporation — a California company not affiliated with the more famous Dun & Bradstreet on the East Coast — came to realize.<p>About two years ago, Stibel and his assistant snuck into the office at night and created what they …

The Past, Present and Future of Crowdfunding

If you’ve been following digital trends over the past few years, you’ll probably be aware of the hockey stick-growth of crowdfunding as a ‘thing’. It’s everywhere.<p>From smartwaches and ad campaigns, to mobile phones and Google Glass apps, seemingly every industry has taken to the Web’s myriad of …

A Quick Test: Are You A Strong Leader Or A 'Toxic' One?

The U.S. Army is taking steps to clear out what it calls “toxic leaders,” as NPR reports. Uncle Sam deserves a hearty salute for that. We can only hope that more organizations become willing to take a hard look at the quality of their management.<p>In the meantime, we can try to gauge how we’re doing. …

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Startups Don't Go Bankrupt -- Founders Do

As startup Founders, we are constantly focused on making sure our fledgling companies have enough runway to grow. We believe that if the company’s bank account runs out, the company goes bankrupt and it’s game over.<p>But that’s not always true. It’s often not until your <i>personal</i> bank account runs to …

Why This Startup Chose The Midwest Over Silicon Valley

A new app on the market claims to helps shoppers shop and spend smarter. Wisely combines the social search functions of sites like Yelp and Foursquare with an easy personal finance tracker, all in one app.<p>Wisely founders Mike Vichich and Tyler Felous met at the global consulting firm Accenture, …

Why Startups Hire Their Own Lawyers

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Daniel Doktori works in the emerging companies practice at WilmerHale in New York City and is the co-founder of the Harvard Law Entrepreneurship Project. Follow him on Twitter @ddoktori.</i><p>Airbnb challenged local hotel zoning laws, Uber took on taxi licensing requirements, and Pinterest …