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Want to Graduate? First, Create a Company

Originally posted on by Hannah Seligson Want to Graduate? First, Create a Company CAN you build a technology entrepreneur from scratch in four months flat? Yes, contends a global training program called the Founder Institute, which was started in 2009. For tuition of less than $1,000, students attend classes with one goal in mind: to create a fully operational company. In fact, they are required to incorporate before they can graduate. To be accepted, students don’t need to have a fully baked idea, but they must take a test that the institute says can predict their entrepreneurial success. They can keep their day jobs while attending class, but that does not mean the program is easy. The workload...
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The Power of Being Relatable

Originally posted on INC by AJ Agrawal Want to create a loyal following? Learn how to relay your personal stories.   IMAGE: Getty Images   Entrepreneurs creating companies to solve a problem they’ve encountered themselves is nothing new. In fact, it’s how most companies are started. What is interesting is how powerful it is when someone tells us a personal story that relates to his or her business. We love hearing the stories of entrepreneurs overcoming huge obstacles to get to where they are today. Not only can these stories wow the audience, they also help entrepreneurs build a brand for themselves. If you understand the power of using your personal experiences, you’ll unleash amazing benefits. You’ll be a better...
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David Koretz: Ready Or Not? CEO Sees Sales as An Essential Element of Successful Innovation

Technology entrepreneurs have been known to become defensive and wary when they sense a sales pitch; they believe the product should speak for itself. But according to David Koretz, the CEO of Plum, and a very successful tech entrepreneur, this distracts tech entrepreneurs from understanding that the sale is the most important aspect of the work itself. In an interview with ’s program, “Inside The Entrepreneurial Mind”, he says that finding success in the world of technology startups means embracing the sales process, despite its less exhilarating connotation.
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How to Improve Your Critical Thinking Skills and Make Better Business Decisions

Originally posted on by Nadia Goodman As an entrepreneur, you make decisions every day that affect the success of your products, the loyalty of your employees, and the overall health of your business. To make the best decisions possible, you need to think critically and quickly to pick out any flaws in your processes that might harm your business. When you think through a problem, your thought process is naturally colored by biases, such as your point of view and your assumptions about the situation. Each of those biases affects your reasoning. If you let your biases drive your thought process and overlook blind spots in your logic, you’ll unwittingly make decisions filled with holes. “Critical thinking is...
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BEST OF SEASON ONE “INSIDE THE ENTREPRENEURIAL MIND”

ENTREPRENEURradio PRESENTS: SELECTED EPISODES CHOSEN BY LISTENERS WILL BE REBROADCAST “Inside The Entrepreneurial Mind,” one of 2015’s best new business podcasts, is getting ready to launch its second season. Streaming on and various podcast platforms, the program captures the frustrations and triumphs of the entrepreneurial journey from battle-tested business creators. Listenership is expanding among emerging entrepreneurs, the startup community, the college and university students, and investors. Over 7000 listeners have connected since its first broadcast in June 2014. Designed as a learning platform, producers Seth Werner and Marcy Rosenbaum explore the stresses, challenges, hopes and fear that burn inside the entrepreneurial mind. To celebrate the success of its inaugural season, which features more than 21 powerful and insightful interviews,...
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INSIDE THE ENTREPRENEURIAL MIND: Verne Harnish: The Gazelle

Verne Harnish is known as “The Growth Guy” and is considered by many successful CEOs to be the top expert in helping entrepreneurs grow their companies. He founded  the world-renowned Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) and chaired their premiere CEO program (The “Birthing of Giants”) and  worldwide Advanced Business” executive program,  both held at MIT.  As  CEO of Gazelles Inc., he built a  global entrepreneurs’ education and coaching firm. Fortune Magazine calls him “one of “The Top Ten Minds In Small Business”. With a team of editors from Fortune magazine, he authored The Greatest Business Decisions of All Time, revealing the back stories for radical decisions  that changed the course of businesses such as  Apple, Ford, IBM, Zappos.  He is also...
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How Successful People Handle Toxic People

Originally posted on LinkedIn by Travis Bradberry, Toxic people defy logic. Some are blissfully unaware of the negative impact that they have on those around them, and others seem to derive satisfaction from creating chaos and pushing other people’s buttons. Either way, they create unnecessary complexity, strife, and worst of all stress. Studies have long shown that stress can have a lasting, negative impact on the brain. Exposure to even a few days of stress compromises the effectiveness of neurons in the hippocampus—an important brain area responsible for reasoning and memory. Weeks of stress cause reversible damage to neuronal dendrites (the small “arms” that brain cells use to communicate with each other), and months of stress can permanently destroy...
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