Toluwanimi Olubode

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Hi, my name is ______ – Mind Musings – Medium

Networking, the all-too-potent buzzword symbolizing adulthood. You don’t fully “adult” till you network. I think this is why many people my age don’t …

Yes, I’m the new intern – Mind Musings – Medium

“Opportunity comes to those who prepare”. Its a nice saying, albeit incomplete. The rest should say “to reach out and grab it”. At my age (or any age …

5 Signs You’re Cut Out To Be An Entrepreneur

Natural entrepreneurs think in the future tense. Being merely up-to-date is to be behind the curve.<p>The beauty of entrepreneurship is that it’s open to anyone. Got an idea and a little ambition? Go for it!<p>But while it takes good, old-fashioned hard work and discipline to run your own business, it’s …

10 Tips That Will Help Launch Your Startup Faster

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>The startup culture is full of people who want to, and try to, but just can’t get their business off the ground. Why is this the case? Much of the reason has to do with the fact that many entrepreneurs don’t know how to take their …

Entrepreneurship

Establishing credibility when you’re a young entrepreneur

Getting a business off the ground is hard and often feels like one obstacle after another. You need a compelling idea. You need funding. You need customers. You need to learn how to market – the list of things you need is endless, but perhaps the most critical thing you will need is people to take …

7 Challenges Successful People Overcome

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>It’s truly fascinating how successful people approach problems. Where others see impenetrable barriers, they see challenges to embrace and obstacles to overcome.<p>Their confidence in the face of hardship is driven by the ability to let go …

Self-improvement

5 Ways to Know If Your Business Idea Is Brilliant or a Bust

This story appears in the April 2015 issue of <i>Entrepreneur</i>. Subscribe »<p>Fifteen years in the home-improvement business taught Matt Fineberg that no one pulls the trigger on a big-ticket project—such as a new roof or windows—without first getting a handful of estimates.<p>When he began building his …

11 Vital Books for First-Time Entrepreneurs

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>From 2011 to 2013, I read 197 books. I read about history, physics, science, health, world travel, space exploration, the ocean, fitness and mathematics. I read bestsellers, classics and unknown authors. However, the underlying foundation …

4 Success Secrets of Millionaire Entrepreneurs

Completely boost your success<p>While a bit of luck and maybe some prayer to the deity of your choice can't hurt, the most successful entrepreneurs have common traits that separate them from the wannabes.<p>There's no microwave-ready recipe for success, so these aren't five-minute fixes. But if you take …

Your Job As a Founder Is to Create Believers

Before we launched HelloSign, I remember showing HelloFax to a family member. This person was normally supportive, but he took a glance and walked …

Startups

What No One Tells You About Seeking A Mentor for Your Startup

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>I launched my first startup while I was still in college, 16 years back. It shut up shop soon after.<p>I launched my second venture in 2004 and my third, in 2007. Both also shut down within one year of launch.<p>I could blame these failures on …

Entrepreneurship

The Anatomy Of Determination

Determination, according to Paul Graham’s essay, is the best predictor of startup success. Determined people, he says, have three qualities: …

Motivation

How To Start A Startup - Infographic

Here is a literal and actionable guide on how to start up.<p>Based on a much longer eponymous essay by Paul Graham, I reinterpreted it so it makes sense …

8 Questions to Ask Before You Start a Business With a Friend

It's natural to team up with a friend when you launch your venture -- but should you?<p>You decide to start a business. You're excited. You're motivated. You're dreaming big dreams. And you're also really nervous -- so you decide uncertainty loves company and ask a friend to be your partner.<p>Good …

5 Things Founders Usually Underestimate

You're probably not worrying about these parts of your business enough.<p>When you're starting a business, you have what feels like an unlimited to-do list, but only limited time, energy and money. Every day you must make decisions about how to deploy these scarce resources. The choices you make will …

12 Ways to Hire a Winning Startup Team

If Google can do it, you can too.<p><i>How can a first-time entrepreneur establish a great recruiting process? originally appeared on Quora: The best answer to any question.</i><p><b>Answer by Shuba Swaminathan, Jane of many trades, on Quora:</b><p>There are a few best practices to keep in mind.<p><b>Hire people smarter than</b> …

If you text this phone number, a new startup will deliver booze to your doorstep

Drinkeasy, an SMS-based startup, says it can learn your tastes and help you discover and eventually buy craft liquor. Think of it like a text-message based liquor store.<p>Prior to founding Drinkeasy, Harry Raymond and his cofounder Nick Manning founded Swig, a social network for bartenders and drink …

Alcohol

11 biographies to read if you want to get rich

Success is a learnable skill, self-made millionaire T. Harv Eker emphasizes in his book, "Secrets of the Millionaire Mind." Anyone can grow to be successful and wealthy, and one of the best starting points is to read a biography about someone who's already done it.<p>"Successful people look at other …

Success

14 Things They Never Tell You Before Becoming an Entrepreneur

Do you dream of having your own business? Being independent? Being your own boss? Maybe you have a great idea and want to share it with the world.<p>Good news! There's no day like today to make your dream a reality.<p>The bad news: the learning curve is steep and there's a long road ahead.<p>We've compiled …

50 Ways Entrepreneurship Will Change Your Life

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>I’ve seen tons of articles talking about what personality and skills you need to become an entrepreneur, but while certain qualities can help you become more successful as an entrepreneur, anybody can become one.<p>The experience of being an …

Self-improvement

3 Types of Entrepreneurs Who Thrive in Startups

<i>These types of entrepreneurs do best in an environment that starts with a small team and scales up.</i><p>There are many types of entrepreneurs, all of which have different goals, different passions, different attitudes and different approaches. We're all united by our desire to take charge of a business, …

You just had your first startup idea. What next?

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>You're reading Entrepreneur India, an international franchise of Entrepreneur Media.<p>Giving up a stable career to follow one’s dreams is no longer taboo in India—thanks to a series of successful startups that have now become household …

Entrepreneurship

6 Things First-Time Entrepreneurs Need to Do Next

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>So, you had a great idea that you managed to turn into a business. You have a few partners-in-crime, your product has launched and maybe you even raised some money. But now what?<p>If you are starting your first business, you may feel a …

Entrepreneurship

The startup framework to validate your idea before you spend $1

“If your startup failed, it’s because it didn’t solve a tier 1 problem for a large enough audience — here’s how to never make that mistake …

Five mistakes entrepreneurs make and how to avoid them

<i>This sponsored post is produced by Desk.com.</i><p>You have to be a special kind of crazy to start your own company. According to Bloomberg, eight out of ten new businesses fail in the first 18 months. That’s nuts! But seasoned veterans will tell you that it doesn’t have to be that bad. At Desk.com, we …

Entrepreneurship

5 Lessons Young Entrepreneurs Mostly Learn the Hard Way

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Starting a business is hard, and the difficulties often are compounded when you’re a young person beginning the entrepreneurial journey. There are many moving parts and resources you need but may not have access to.<p>I’m 34-years-old now …

Entrepreneurship

The 10 Best Cities for Young Entrepreneurs

A new poll ranks the friendliest places for millennial entrepreneurs to start small businesses.<p>So-called millennials -- those born between 1980 and 2000 -- have taken more than their fair share of economic lumps. Many graduated into the horror-show job market of the Great Recession, plenty of them …

Dear Solopreneur: How to Find Your Team

The problem with so many people wanting to launch a startup, is that they know they must have a team if they are going to be successful.<p>“Individuals …

5 Steps to Be Taken Seriously As a Young Entrepreneur

This is an article that truly hits close to home for me.<p>When I began <b>Chop Dawg</b>, I was only sixteen years old and hadn’t even begun my junior year of …