Karl Cleere

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6 Ways to Stop Selling and Get More Customers Buying

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Making more sales quickly today is no longer about selling. It’s all about getting customers to make a buy decision. Customers are more in control of their buying decisions than ever before, with the wealth of alternatives and information …

Atlanta-based SalesLoft lands $10.2M so sales teams can get their rhythm going

Software that supports a salesperson’s “cadence” is getting to be a thing.<p>Today, Atlanta-based startup SalesLoft is announcing it has scored a Series A round of $10.2 million so it can help more sales folk find their grooves.<p>SalesLoft CEO Kyle Porter told me that a user of his software can generate …

Is Your Startup Fundable?

When launching a startup, keep in mind that your company has to offer a real value to the world, or at least a part of it, before you seek funding. …

How to fundraise for a mission-driven startup

Since my company’s launch, dozens of people, ranging from childhood friends to those I’ve never met, have reached out to express enthusiasm for our mission.<p>More than a few of these folks are aspiring social entrepreneurs, who share our desire to do well by doing good. Many don’t have a nest egg to …

5 Common Pitfalls to Avoid When Hiring a Virtual Assistant

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>On its surface, hiring a virtual assistant sounds like a win-win situation. You get to offload some of your less enjoyable tasks -- freeing up your time for higher-dollar activities -- all while giving a talented administrative …

Marc Andreessen Says He Likes It When Entrepreneurs Think He's An Idiot

Marc Andreessen, Silicon Valley behemoth and co-founder of venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz, doesn’t want entrepreneurs looking for funds to tell him what they think he’ll want to hear.<p>“It’s a delight when they look at you with contempt -- <i>You idiot</i> -- and then walk you through the idea maze …

4 Ways to Boost Customer Advocacy -- Fast

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Smartphones, social media and always-on Internet connections have created a tsunami of customer complaints in the past few years. In fact, they nearly doubled from 2013 to 2014 in the U.K. alone, and there’s no sign of them slowing down …

The Importance Of Founders

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Ben Narasin is president of TriplePoint Ventures and Michael Abbott is General Partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers.</i><p>In a prior era, some considered it best practice to bring in “professional managers” to run the businesses started by creative and hard-working entrepreneurs once …

How to Start a Startup: Lesson's from Facebook's VP of Growth

<i>Before he was the VP of Growth at Facebook, Alex Schultz was one of the few people in the world who transitioned from a career in physics to</i> …

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How To Convert Your Startup Into A Brand In 2015

Facebook TwitterGoogle+LinkedIn<p>With 2015 making its headway, the challenges and competition for start-ups are only going to get hard-edged. …

6 Secret Weapons of Shy Entrepreneurs

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>There’s a misconception that all entrepreneurs are extroverts — boisterous or bubbly personalities who are always the life of the party. But they’re not. And even those who are extroverted can be shy.<p>There is a distinction. Introverts …

What Are the Biggest Challenges Facing Start-Ups?

I can say from experience that starting a new business can be as terrifying as it is exciting. This is because, at any given time, a young company can find itself facing a number of obstacles. From hiring the right team to develop the business, to defining your brand's image and key messaging, …

[Case Study] 5 Strategies You Can Use To Grow Your Business

It’s been quite the week here at LeadPages®. In case you missed it, we showed you how five small business owners are using LeadPages® to generate new …

What Investors Look For When Evaluating Your Pitch: Samih Toukan

<b>4. The Preparation</b><p>When we are presented with a pitch we assess the level of preparation and effort that has been put into the pitch, and this includes the presentation itself and the research done in the background.<p><b>5. The Financials</b><p>It’s very important for us that the entrepreneur presents and fully …

Does Your Business Plan Answer These 6 Questions?

The right questions can give your company – and your business plan – the focus it needs. The answers can also give future partners and investors confidence in your venture.<p><b>1.</b> <b>What problem are you going to solve?</b> Explain what you do, why it’s important and why it’s not available anywhere else.<b><br>Read</b> …

25 Signs You Need Help Marketing

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Marketers find the right audience for your business and convert passive shoppers into active buyers. The most successful companies in the world get ahead of the competition and thrive thanks to quality marketing.<p>Even if your business is …

You're in Desperate Need of a LinkedIn Strategy. Here's How to Get Started (Infographic) | Inc.com

If you follow my column, you know I'm a fan of LinkedIn. Since I moved to Europe four years ago, LinkedIn has proved to be a lifeline, connecting me with numerous leads to some very productive professional relationships.<p>If you check out the infographic below (thanks to Internet Marketing Inc. and …

Beginner’s Guide to Growth Hacking: 9 Tips for Entrepreneurs

You’ve probably heard of growth hacking. You may think it’s just a buzzword, startup jargon used only in San Francisco by guys with $2,000 suits and …

7 Helpful Insights for Entrepreneurs [INFOGRAPHIC]

Being an entrepreneur can be a truly amazing experience, because it provides you with the freedom and control that normal jobs don't usually allow. …

6 marketing hacks all entrepreneurs should have in their pockets

Marketing — and more to the point — digital marketing budgets still frighten a lot of people. Especially entrepreneurs who are grappling with how to …

10 Top Entrepreneurs Share Their Best Business Advice

Tim Ferriss, Sheryl Sandberg, Lewis Howes, and More Share Their Best Business Advice<p>September 13, 2016<p>Every successful entrepreneur has had their ups …

9 Irrefutable Reasons You Should Start a Business Today | Inc.com

Starting a business is <i>hard</i>, both physically and emotionally. Doubt, anxiety, despair--along the way, every entrepreneur struggles with those feelings.<p>So why are company founders willing to face the vulnerability, the emotional ups and downs, and the risk of public and private failure?<p>Easy. They're …

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What Angel Investors Care About Most When They Make Investment Decisions

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>You’re an entrepreneur with a great idea and a lot of grit. You’ve researched your market, developed your product or service, assembled an amazing team and worked your financial models backwards and forwards. Now, you’re ready to launch …

What Type of Entrepreneur Are You?

Life is easier when we put a label on things, categorize activities and define personality types. When I was in corporate for many years I was the 'professional' type, coupled with formal, conservative dress code. I looked on in awe at the foot loose and fancy-free entrepreneur, living life on …

Small Investors Are Bigger Than You Think

To borrow from Mark Twain, the death of the retail investor has been greatly exaggerated.<p>Recent data from the U.S. Federal Reserve shows that only 14% of U.S. households own individual stocks. To put that in context, as one news outlet did, there are more cat owners in the U.S. than retail …

10 Bootstrapping Tips to Help Turn Your Idea Into a Reality

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>The majority of startups are started without capital injection from venture capitalists and angel investors. The real numbers are eye opening -- VCs fund only 0.05 percent of startups while angel investors are responsible for funding 0.91 …

Startups: Don't Make These 3 Financial Mistakes

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>As a new business owner, you are faced with huge decisions on a daily basis. Who should you hire? What should your logo look like? Where and how should you incorporate your brand? And the (literally) million-dollar question: What to do …