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40 (Under 40): The Twitterati - Movers & Shakers Influencing Millions In Real-Time

I thought it would be good reading to see who these people are and how they might be influencing many of us either directly or indirectly. It's good reading for a snowy Saturday afternoon in New York.


These movers and shakers are leveraging the power of social media to influence thousands, if not millions, of followers in real-time.


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The 8 Laws of Being of Service

The 8 Laws of Being of Service | Entrepreneurs and beyond | Scoop.it

This is one of those pieces by copyblogger I love to post because everything we do is about being of service, intention of purpose and authenticity. 


Here's are some highlights that caught my attention:


**Feeling good about yourself for all the right reasons is a good thing


**Feeling good about yourself becomes an issue when it's conditional on external feedback


**Being of service to something - a person, a group, a community, a cause or a belief - means that you've chosen to engage without expectation of reciprocation


**Being of service requires allignment with your values


**Intention is all - Be of service because you want to be enthralled by the world, not because you want the world to be enthralled by you.


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Read full article here: [http://bit.ly/P38OzB]

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Karin Sebelin's comment, August 21, 2012 6:41 PM
Great inspiration:
"Be of service because you want to be enthralled by the world, not because you want the world to be enthralled by you."

THANK YOU!
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Kickstarter failures revealed! What can you learn from Kickstarter failures? [INFOGRAPHIC]

Kickstarter failures revealed! What can you learn from Kickstarter failures? [INFOGRAPHIC] | Entrepreneurs and beyond | Scoop.it
For the first time ever, the Kickstarter failure numbers are revealed. I recently came across Dan Misener’s article, Kickstarter hides failure, where he talked about how Kickstarter makes it difficult for you to see/find failed projects.
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9 Qualities of Remarkable Entrepreneurs

9 Qualities of Remarkable Entrepreneurs | Entrepreneurs and beyond | Scoop.it

This article was written by Jeff Hayden for Inc. Magazine. I loved reading it, perhaps you can find yourself or people you know in his description of remarkable entrepreneurs.


"What separates the best from everyone else?

 

Remarkable entrepreneurs do more than make money. They are the few who possess qualities that don't appear on balance sheets but do make a significant impact on the lives of their employees, industries, and communities.

 

Here are nine qualities of remarkable entrepreneurs:

 

#1. They find happiness in the success of others

#2. They relentlessly seek new experiences

#3. They don't think work/life balance; they just think life

#4. They're incredibly empathetic

#5. They have something to prove - to themselves

#6. They ignore the 40-hour workweek hype

#7. They see money as a responsibility, not a reward

#8. They don't think they're remarkable

#9. They know that success is fleeting, but dignity and respect last forever

 

Original Article: http://bit.ly/Kjkj1G ;


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Alessio, Always My Pleasure xxx
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Rediscovering and Cultivating Passion - The four Attributes of Successful People

Rediscovering and Cultivating Passion - The four Attributes of Successful People | Entrepreneurs and beyond | Scoop.it

This article was written by John Hagel (Image courtesy of shutterstock) I selected it because it's about passion, rediscovering what our individual passions are and cultivating them. As always John Hagel's insights and perception are inspiring and thought provoking.  There's something here for all of us.


Intro:


"Passion can be described as the strong emotion that motivates us to move beyond our comfort zones to achieve the potential that resides within us".


Excerpt:


In an era when deeply rooted institutions, industries, and even entire nations are facing enormous changes and challenges


**the only path appropriate for coping with the massive shifts taking place in the world today is to re-discover both our individual and collective passions.


We must cultivate them, with reason, and move them from the margins into the center of our lives.


Here are the four attributes of successful people:


Focus


**To achieve world-class performance in professional pursuits (and recreational ones, too), we need to be able to carve out specific domains that we can focus on


Action


**It is not enough to choose the domain; we must engage with it and explore its farthest reaches, its edges.


Relationships


**It is necessary to form relationships that transcend short encounters an]d begin to build shared understanding of the domain.


Friction


**Shared passion creates a deep emotional bond that encourages people with different backgrounds and experiences to continue to engage with each other even when some of their most cherished assumptions are being challenged


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Distracted? Learn How the Art of Listening Can Improve Your Business

Distracted? Learn How the Art of Listening Can Improve Your Business | Entrepreneurs and beyond | Scoop.it

I selected this piece written by Diane helbig for smallbiztrends because I loved what she had to say about a very important issue, being out of touch with your audience/customers/clients, because many entrepreneurs and organizations are too distracted by all that's going on.


As the author says:


"we are often so focused on the next step, the next sentence, the next opportunity that we forget to be present and pay attention".


Building our "listening muscle" is important to our business. Yet this is a muscle that often goes untended.


Here's what caught my attention:


John Jantsch talks about different types of listening, the best being “active” and “perceptive.” According to John:


Perceptive listening is by far the most complex and hardest type of listening and takes time to learn.


**It requires you to be totally focused, completely mindful and, well, perceptive of what’s really going on.”


**It really takes complete attention and tuning out of everything else. Because of that, it is the most effective kind of listening


**The other party can feel this kind of listening.


**When someone feels this kind of listening they also feel valued. They believe the other person is genuinely interested in learning about them and their needs.



They believe you really want to help them solve a problem; they start to trust you.


That genuine interest is the key to a successful business in my opinion.


**It not only works with prospects, but clients and vendors. Anyone you have a relationship with will notice this level of commitment and attention.


Takeaways:


**Are you actively listening?

**Practice tuning out other influences

**Engage in a conversation and monitor your 

    listening ability


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Be Proud of Your Accomplishments, Not Your Affiliations

Be Proud of Your Accomplishments, Not Your Affiliations | Entrepreneurs and beyond | Scoop.it

This piece was written by Daniel Gulati for Harvard Business Review. Daniel is one of the authors of Power and Passion - Stories from the best and the brightest young leaders.


Here's what caught my attention:


**As traditional notions of prestige are fast losing relevancy, we should all focus more on creating real value.


**If you're lucky enough to have attended a great college or worked for a top company, you have an obligation to turn these affiliations into accomplishments.


**If you're not one of the privileged few, you're no longer at a disadvantage. Stand tall, because it's mastering the process of consistently delivering results that will truly distinguish you in the end.


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The 7 Pillars of Connecting With Absolutely Anyone

The 7 Pillars of Connecting With Absolutely Anyone | Entrepreneurs and beyond | Scoop.it
Networks are about quality connections as they are about quantity of contacts. And there's no reason you're unable to connect with absolutely anyone.
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12 Most Little Known Tricks to Use On LinkedIn

12 Most Little Known Tricks to Use On LinkedIn | Entrepreneurs and beyond | Scoop.it
Master connector Shelly Kramer shares the 12 Most Little Known Tricks to Use On LinkedIn.


To know me is to know that I love — love — LinkedIn. At 150 million members and growing, LinkedIn is a powerful professional networking tool, and it’s not just for those who are job seeking.


Frankly, if you’re in the professional world and not using LinkedIn, I’m not sure what you’re thinking. Our team at V3 uses it for new business development, competitive research and analysis, participating in groups and discussions and engaging with and learning from peers — and, of course, it’s the go-to site for savvy job seekers everywhere.


One of the cool things about LinkedIn is there’s always something new to learn. Sure, the first step is to sign up and create your profile. But once you’ve got the basics covered, there are a number of ways you can customize your experience in order to not only achieve your professional goals, but also to get more personally out of LinkedIn. I do a lot of corporate LinkedIn training and these are some of my favorite tricks and tips. Let’s get started.


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Access Is An Asset

I selected this post by Chris Brogan because I think building and nurturing relationships in business is important as we all know. Great suggestions and insights.

 

This is what most caught my attention:

 

**Building access is every bit as important as learning or earning

 

**Earning access can sometimes be as easy as having a different perspective that might be business-yielding for someone who technically shouldn’t have a need to meet you.

 

**At every step of the way, there’s a really simple formula that will help you work on attaining and maintaining access.

 

**Offer something helpful. (This isn’t the same as offering to be helpful. Make something helpful happen.)

 

**Ask intelligent questions that allow someone to share their experience and wisdom, and listen/learn respectfully.

 

**Maintain a somewhat regular conversational/check-in schedule with that person. Introduce that person to someone who can help them step up their game.

 

 **All assets are volatile. This refers as much to relationships as to cash or real estate

 

**Likewise, in order to succeed, you must invest in relationships:

 

**Our success, while strongly in our own hands, requires other people’s thoughts and support to develop us fully the way that plants need soil, nutrients, water, and sunlight to see their own fulfilled form.

 

Curated by Jan Gordon covering "Entrepreneurs and Beyond"

 

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Startups pass on Silicon Valley to find their fortunes in New York

Startups pass on Silicon Valley to find their fortunes in New York | Entrepreneurs and beyond | Scoop.it
In the last couple months, New York has attracted former San Francisco start-up Qwiki, PlaceIQ from Colorado and recent 500 Start-Ups graduate Snapette of Boston, which spent the last half year in Silicon Valley.
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Bill Gross Powerful & Inspiring Talk at Le Web - All Entrepreneurs Must Listen to This!

Bill Gross, Founder & CEO, Idealab "Learning From Failure: 20 Years of Entrepreneurial Lessons in 20 minutes.


This is a great talk if you're an entrepreneur, Bill Gross spoke today at LeWeb in Paris. I had some dealings with his company in the early 90's and watched him over the last 20 years and it's been a roller coaster ride but a very successful one at that.


See video now: [http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/19004361]

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Coupa Cafe: Where Startups Meet, Work And Test Products

Coupa Cafe: Where Startups Meet, Work And Test Products | Entrepreneurs and beyond | Scoop.it

Coupa Cafe, where tech entrepreneurs anhttp://onforb.es/vaDi9Ad investors work and meet, is an early tester of new startups in Silicon Valley.


Read full article here: [http://onforb.es/vaDi9A]


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This is exciting, thanks for sharing!
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Entrepreneurship is Our Revolution

Entrepreneurship is Our Revolution | Entrepreneurs and beyond | Scoop.it

This inspirational post was written by Steve Blank,  who teaches entrepreneurship to both undergraduate and graduate students at U.C. Berkeley, Stanford University and the Columbia University/Berkeley Joint Executive MBA program. author of the incredible book "Four Steps to the Epiphany" and so much more.


I wanted to share an article before Thanksgiving that really spoke to me and the hearts of many. I have been looking for days and felt when the right one came along, I would know it. This is that piece. No disrespect to the author, I moved things around and broke up paragraphs into smaller bites. They were so inspiring they almost jumped off the page.


Happy Thanksgiving to all of you. So grateful to have this platform and a wonderful community of fellow travelers on this path to share the journey.


Intro:


"This Thanksgiving season, it might seem there’s less to be thankful for. One out of eleven of Americans is out of work. Many pundits say the American dream is dead and see further decline of the West, particularly the US."


"When it's darkest men see the stars.”

-Ralph Waldo Emerson


My prediction:


"this decade may well be our country’s finest hour


the beginning of an economic revolution as important as the scientific revolution in the 16th century and the industrial revolution in the 18th century.


**This entrepreneurial revolution will permanently reshape business as we know it


**More importantly, change the quality of life for all who come after us."


**It’s possible we’ll look back to this decade as the beginning of our own revolution.


**It may even be the dawn of a new era for a new American economy built on entrepreneurship and innovation.


****Our children will look back on and marvel that when it was the darkest, we saw the stars.


Curated by Jan Gordon covering "Entrepreneurs and Beyond"


Read full article here: [http://www.cnbc.com/id/45307694]

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The Art of Engagement - Balancing Tasks & Relationships

The Art of Engagement - Balancing Tasks & Relationships | Entrepreneurs and beyond | Scoop.it

I selected this post by Gideon Rosenblatt because as usual the insights and suggestions are priceless.


Intro:


"Getting work done with other people is tricky. It's tricky because it forces us to bring together relationships and tasks"


Excerpt:


"Engagement is what brings tasks and relationships together. Engagement is the process of building relationships with people and putting those relationships to work to accomplish some goal".


Here's the gist of this article


**Organizations that are “all relationship” invest lots of resources in building relationships that never convert into real world impact.


**Organizations that are “all task” chronically under-invest in relationships in ways that undermine their ability to fully tap people outside of their staff (in fact, they often can’t even fully tap their staff for many of the same reasons).


Here's what caught my attention:


The art of engagement centers on knowing when to invest in relationship or relationships to get work done


**Engagement is about bringing task and relationship together to create something bigger and more powerful.


The more obvious aspect of task/relationship synergy is how deepening my relationship with someone enables me to ask them to take on more and more difficult or risky tasks.


**The bigger the relationship, the bigger the tasks. And the synergy works the other direction as well.


**When we accomplish difficult tasks together with someone, it often strengthens our relationship.


**Team members who work hard together in a tournament usually emerge from the experience much tighter – win, lose, or draw. The bigger the task, the bigger relationship


**When we invest organizational energy into building relationships, it’s like converting kinetic energy into potential energy – just like we do when we charge a battery


**Relationships hold the potential energy of an organization, and like a battery, they enable us to store that potential energy for use at a later date


**We then discharge that energy, converting the potential energy of those relationships back into kinetic energy – the kind that helps us move things in the world.


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Strength in Numbers: The Power of Small Business

Strength in Numbers: The Power of Small Business | Entrepreneurs and beyond | Scoop.it
Infographic detailing the growth of small business.


Small businesses obviously aren’t a new development and they’re prevalent all across the U.S., but after looking at today’s infographic I was surprised to learn just how prevalent (and influential) small businesses today are.


Some of the most interesting information was the fact that 20 million Americans are employed by businesses with less than 20 employees; that’s quite a few people.



For more information on the large presence of small businesses today refer to the infographic


Selected by Jan Gordon, covering  "Entrerpreneurs and Beyond"


See article and infographic here: [http://bit.ly/Lr3ZRH]

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Startups are Frontier Communities

Startups are Frontier Communities | Entrepreneurs and beyond | Scoop.it

This great piece was written by Kevin Simler and something every entrepreneur should read. Great insights and suggestions for moving forward on this path.


Excerpt:


"Founding and growing a company is fundamentally an act of exploration and colonization. Steve Blank’s definition even encodes this idea"


**“A startup is a temporary organization in search of a scalable and repeatable business model.” First explore (search for a business model), then colonize (repeat at scale).


**People drawn to the frontier choose to leave their calm, predictable, safe lives and head west. These pioneers tend to be risk-seeking (either for the chance at reward, for the adventure itself, or some combination of the two), strong, pragmatic, skilled (often at many different things), open to change and new ideas, and relatively distrustful of authority in all its guises.


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How Great Family Businesses Skirt The Feuds, And Other Pitfalls

How Great Family Businesses Skirt The Feuds, And Other Pitfalls | Entrepreneurs and beyond | Scoop.it
Even in an age of juggernaut enterprises such as Amazon, Apple, and Google, about 80 percent of the world’s businesses are family owned. But only a third will survive to the next generation.
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How to Leave an Unforgettable First Impression … of the Very Best Kind

How to Leave an Unforgettable First Impression … of the Very Best Kind | Entrepreneurs and beyond | Scoop.it

Liz Strauss has once again shared her wonderful insights and wisdom, she is remarkable because she truly lives what she writes and is a living example of not only how to leave an unforgettable first impression but how to be to be remarkable.

Irresistible Beats Embarrassed Every Time First impressions. Guess we've all made our share of bad ones. In my experience, bad first impressions tend to happen when I try too hard, when I focus on myself and what I want from a certain situation....

Here are 3 takeaways

**Have a curious, open, intelligent mind
Some people spark our imagination. They energize and motivate us. When we share a conversation, they literally make our brains light up with thoughts and ideas.

**Some people love living. They don’t really have an easier life; they just look at life and business differently.

**Small things don’t get to be worries, so they spend time on little disagreements.When others might be a little more distant, they pull us near with positivity. They smile soon as they see us, long before we say say hello. It’s easy to say hello when we feel like we already know them.a clear, open, meaningful purpose

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SOCIAL BUSINESS & BEYOND

SOCIAL BUSINESS & BEYOND | Entrepreneurs and beyond | Scoop.it
This wonderful graphic originally shared on Google+ by Liza Sperling and Julie Hauldren - This puts everything in perspective - #inspiration #socialbusiness #socialmedia #entrepreneur...
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Why Working More Than 40 Hours a Week is Useless

Why Working More Than 40 Hours a Week is Useless | Entrepreneurs and beyond | Scoop.it

Great article, brought to my attention by my good friend, Sharlene Sones. It was written by Jessica Stillman for Inc Magazine.


I think there's something here for many of us, after you read it, I think you'll agree:-)


Excerpt:


For many in the entrepreneurship game, long hours are a badge of honor. Starting a business is tough, so all those late nights show how determined, hard working and serious about making your business work you are, right?


Wrong. According to a handful of studies, consistently clocking over 40 hours a week just makes you unproductive (and very, very tired).


That's bad news for most workers, who typically put in at least 55 hours a week, recently wrote Sara Robinson at Salon. Robinson's lengthy, but fascinating, article traces the origins of the idea of the 40-hour week and it's downfall and is well worth a read in full. But the essential nugget of wisdom from her article is that working long hours for long periods is not only useless – it's actually harmful.



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The Five Personalities of Innovators: Which One Are You?

The Five Personalities of Innovators: Which One Are You? | Entrepreneurs and beyond | Scoop.it

This piece is by Barbara Sniderman for Forbes.


Forbes Insights' recent study "Nurturing Europe's Spirit of Enterprise: How Entrepreneurial Executives Mobilize Organizations to Innocate"


**isolates and identifies five major personalities crucial to fostering a healthy atmosphere on innovation within an orgranization.


The study surveyed more than 1,200 executives in Europe, focused on personalities and more.


It's not just about the idea..... 


**It’s about the nitty-gritty work that comes after the idea: getting it accepted and implemented.


Who are these faces? And, most importantly, as I’m sure you’re all asking yourselves: where do I fit in?


Here are the five personality types of innovation:


**Movers and Shakers

**Controllers

**Experimenters

**Star Pupils

**Hangers-On


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Become a Connector: the importance of building your network - JulienRio.com

Become a Connector: the importance of building your network - JulienRio.com | Entrepreneurs and beyond | Scoop.it

Boost your entrepreneurial success and become a true social connector: a powerful network is the key to success in most marketing strategies.

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No, You Can't Pick My Brain. It Costs Too Much - Forbes

No, You Can't Pick My Brain. It Costs Too Much - Forbes | Entrepreneurs and beyond | Scoop.it
With the Internet making information so widely available to the world, people often assume that because that information is free, so should the information from your brain. Establish your boundaries and guidelines when approached for free advice.
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Next 3 Day Startup Paris Dedicated to the Sharing Economy

Next 3 Day Startup Paris Dedicated to the Sharing Economy | Entrepreneurs and beyond | Scoop.it


The next 3 Day Startup (3DS) Paris will be about collaborative consumption and the sharing economy. This event, which will be held at ESCP Europe (the École Supérieure de Commerce de Paris, a French Business School), could foster the movement in France and Europe. 


**It's the first entrepreneurship event fully dedicated to building collaborative consumption startups in the world.


What are the objectives of this 3DS?


1) Allow people who have innovative ideas on the sharing economy to find associates and even investors


2) Build a 48-hour-long intensive work bubble for students and give them the opportunity to meet great mentors


3) Develop an entrepreneurial culture within students and trigger a brain wave on entrepreneurship


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janlgordon's comment, December 4, 2011 12:06 PM
This is so exciting, definitely the way of the future, been monitoring collaborative consumption for over a year and trying to integrate it into my life as much as possible - thanks for sharing this!
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Slideshare: A Great Catalyst for Entrepreneurs to Make Things Happen

Slideshare: A Great Catalyst for Entrepreneurs to Make Things Happen | Entrepreneurs and beyond | Scoop.it

This great slideshare was created by Sara Rosso from Wordpress, to help entrepreneurs create, collaborate and communicate.  it is definitely worth your time if you're looking to tap into the creative minds of your team and make something happen.


Excerpt:


The presentation “Tools for Entrepreneurs: Create. Collaborate. Communicate.“ started out as a way to explain very technical things to non-technical people, but I quickly realized that most people when approaching technology get intimidated by the “What’s DNS? Do I need a dedicated server?” kind of questions and therefore feel they can’t understand technology.


****I feel that this technology intimidation is really due to the fact that they don’t really own their idea, and better understanding it will guide any decisions they have to make with their idea moving forward.


Curated by Jan Gordon covering "Enterepreneurs and Beyond"


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