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5 Business Lessons from KIND Founder and CEO Daniel Lubetzky

Originally posted October 7, 2015 by Carolyn Sun “How many of you have ever tried a KIND bar?” That was the question KIND Founder and CEO Daniel Lubetzky posed to an audience of hundreds of entrepreneurs this morning at our first-ever Entrepreneur360 Conference in New York City. Hands shot up. “How many of you have never tried a KIND bar?” Some hands raised. “Keep your hands up,” he instructed and turned to his publicist off stage. “Please call the police.” Jokes aside, if you haven’t tried a KIND bar, it’s likely you soon will. The growth of the nearly 11-year-old company has been primarily over the last seven years, when private equity firm VMG Partners invested in the company...
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If in doubt, innovate

Originally Posted February 2, 2013 The Nordic region is becoming a hothouse of entrepreneurship IN 2010 A GROUP of students at Aalto University, just outside Helsinki, embarked on the most constructive piece of student activism in the history of the genre. They had been converted to the power of entrepreneurialism during a visit to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. When they got home they organised a “summer of start-ups” to spread the word that Finland’s future lay with new companies, not old giants. The summer of start-ups turned into a season of innovation. The Start-Up Sauna—a business accelerator that is still run by young enthusiasts but now funded by government, business and academia—occupies a dilapidated warehouse next to...
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20 Inspiring Quotes on How to Build a Successful Startup

Original posted January 26, 2015 by Thomas Oppong Startups have always been hard. Even when you think you are putting in your best, it may not be enough to pull it off. Truthfully, most people fail. But don’t give up on your dream just yet. If you really believe that you have something amazing to share with the world (and there is a market for it), go for it. Don’t be discouraged by the number of times you have tried and failed, but be inspired by the number of people who have failed and bounced back as successful entrepreneurs. Here are some of the most important insights from amazing founders on building a great startup. #8221;User experience is everything. It...
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Should You Quit Your Day Job and Jump Into Entrepreneurship?

Originally posted October 30, 2015 by Stephen Key I received a thoughtful, heartfelt email from a 24-year-old gentleman a few weeks ago. In his email, he listed the books about entrepreneurship he’s read, the instructional videos he’s watched and the inspirational events he’s attended. He had decided to quit his corporate job at a large accounting firm in New York City, he told me. He was ready to take a leap of faith. He wanted to become an entrepreneur and invent products. Boy, did his sentiments bring me back. If you’re an entrepreneur, it’s because you made the decision to be. Anyone who has dared to earn a living as a creative or who has taken an alternative career path knows what...
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7 Dark Truths About Entrepreneurship

Originally posted May 4, 2015 by Jayson Demers When you’re thinking about taking the plunge and becoming an entrepreneur, for the first few weeks and months of your entrepreneurial journey, the prospect of being your own boss and investing in your own enterprise is exhilarating. You read stories about overnight successes and other business leaders finally feeling fulfilled in their work and think that you’ll experience the same level of success or fulfillment as soon as you get started. While these positive and exciting elements of entrepreneurship are certainly true and make the job worthwhile, you have to remember there’s also a dark side to entrepreneurship. It isn’t all fun and games, and those “overnight successes” are almost invariably...
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The growing attraction of pushing through the pain barrier

Originally posted October 22, 2015 by Katie Hope, Business Reporter BBC News Image captionGwen Hamilton says the Total Warrior event was the “most scary” thing she’s done Business Brain Does being difficult get you to the top? Catching a lift on a private plane The cost of NY’s new nail salon rules The art of doing business in Myanmar “I loved it. I had a grin on my face the whole way round,” is how Gwen Hamilton, a 43-year-old mother of two, says she felt after doing what the organiser bills as the “toughest event on earth” earlier this year. The Edinburgh race she did involves running 12km ( miles), which sounds simple enough, until you consider the...
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The next billion entrepreneurs will be women

In fact, more than half the women (56 percent) were motivated to become entrepreneurs based on another company founder’s recruitment efforts versus 31 percent of men. Similarly, the report indicates women put more emphasis than men on having a professional and business network for achieving success with their startups, indicating that if there is insufficient support, they may not pursue an entrepreneurial path. The Global Entrepreneurship Monitor: 2010 Women’s Report also suggests that women may be at a disadvantage because their networks are often smaller and less diverse than their male counterparts.
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4 Ways Games Can Help Your Company Innovate

Innovation produces employees who think fresh thoughts. The more innovative your team is, the quicker it can solve problems, as it's constantly anticipating potential roadblocks. Equally as important, an innovative mindset engages your employees in a way that makes them feel connected to their work. They not only feel more satisfied within their roles, but they also become more service-oriented toward customers. However, in the hustle and bustle of a startup, innovation isn’t easy. Companies find themselves either stuck in a creative rut where they’re unable to push past initial visions or plagued by “shiny object syndrome.”
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Why Invest In Women Entrepreneurs?

    Originally posted June 3, 2015 by Adam Quinton I did an interview with Anne Ravanona recently and we covered a lot of ground on early stage investing. Toward the end of the discussion she asked the simple question: “So, why do you invest in women entrepreneurs?” and I gave the simple answer: “I am an investor. I invest to make money. That’s why.”So she pressed me on the logic. I launched into some more detailed thoughts around diversity, pattern recognition and thought processes as follows (roughly!): To benefit from the power of diversity Early stage investing is very much a numbers game. So anything that can tilt the odds in your favor seems to me worth...
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The Next Billion Entrepreneurs Will Be Women

Originally posted 7/21/15 by Carol Leaman There’s an abundance of advice and literature on the key factors that make a business successful. Ask any expert, and they’ll likely give you a long list that includes delivering a product that has a market need, great market timing, a team that can execute together, and many others. But until recently, one factor has been the best-kept secret in business… and it’s likely not what you think. In a nutshell, it’s women. While, men are most often at the helm of a company, it’s becoming more evident that women are driving increased business success. And they’re turning the heads of high profile male leaders, big name corporations and even governments, who are...
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