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5 Traits of People Who Build Lasting Companies

Originally posted on INC by John Brandon Adrenaline might get your idea off the ground initially, but it takes a lot more than that to stay in business. Over the last 13 years of writing about tech companies, I’ve picked up a few things about what it takes to start a company–and build one that lasts. Often entrepreneurs initially are motivated by pure adrenaline and the insatiable desire to start something from nothing. The ones that last, however, are the founders with tenacious drive, among other qualities. Here are six traits I see again and again in successful entrepreneurs: 1. They’re incredibly persistent. Entrepreneurs who go the distance are so persistent that it’s almost painful. I don’t mean they...
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Are Women Better Decision Makers?

Originally posted on the New York Times by By Therese Huston Credit: JooHee Yoon  RECENTLY, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York said that if we want to fix the gridlock in Congress, we need more women. Women are more focused on finding common ground and collaborating, she argued. But there’s another reason that we’d benefit from more women in positions of power, and it’s not about playing nicely. Neuroscientists have uncovered evidence suggesting that, when the pressure is on, women bring unique strengths to decision making. Mara Mather, a cognitive neuroscientist at the University of Southern California, and Nichole R. Lighthall, a cognitive neuroscientist now at Duke University, are two of the many researchers who have found that under normal circumstances,...
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10 Toxic People You Should Avoid Like the Plague

Originally posted on INC. by Lolly Daskal Just like toxins in your air, water, or food, toxins in the people around you can cause serious harm–but they don’t come with a warning label. Here’s a rundown of what to look out for so you can keep yourself safe. IMAGE: Getty Images Toxic people are everywhere, and most of us know at least one or two. We may live with them, work with them, lead them, or know them socially. And if you’ve ever spent time with truly toxic people, you already know how destructive and exhausting they can be. Just as with any kind of toxin, you need to limit your exposure and keep yourself protected. But a critical...
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Education Entrepreneurs: New Name, Same Awesome Community & Programs

Originally posted on Up Global By Mandela Schumacher-Hodge Since 2010, we’ve been developing programming to support individuals interested in leveraging entrepreneurship to improve education outcomes. Recognizing that education entrepreneurs face unique problems that require unique solutions, we’ve focused our energy on increasing the quality and range of our offerings to ensure entrepreneurs feel supported at every stage of their journey. Centering on Startup Weekend Education, a 54-hour experiential learning event, education entrepreneurs can also take advantage of education-specific reading lists, bootcamps, meetups, resources, and a global network of Community Leaders, who specialize in education innovation. Action-Based Programs Startup Weekend Education Bootcamps Meetups Community-Generated Resources Startup Digest Education Blog Opportunities to Connect and Grow International and Regional Summits Facebook Groups for Community Members See...
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