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90 Things Learned From Founding 4 Technology Companies

90 Things Learned From Founding 4 Technology Companies | Entrepreneurship in the World | Scoop.it

90 Things I've Learned From Founding 4 Technology Companies 

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Quite a list here but again nothing beats feedback and experience from people having been there and done that. 

Brain-picking here and worth the read.

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When Entrepreneurs Sacrifice Too Much

When Entrepreneurs Sacrifice Too Much | Entrepreneurship in the World | Scoop.it

How much would you give up to start a company? A car? Your own apartment or house? Heat? From prized possessions like a classic motorcycle to priceless things like time with friends and family ...

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A question to be asked. A lot of successful entrepreneurs often speak about reaching a point where they were wondering about filing for bankruptcy but ended being successful. 

But, overall, can all entrepreneurs play with fire without getting burnt ? 

A great reflexion on that matter here.

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Bootstrapping Is a Business (and Not Just a Startup) Strategy

Bootstrapping Is a Business (and Not Just a Startup) Strategy | Entrepreneurship in the World | Scoop.it
Limiting expenses helps me and my employees focus on what really matters for the long haul.
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A new look into the matter of bootstrapping. A safe way to launch a business but, indeed, work to do to get it rolling.

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Mentors' advice to startup founders

Mentors' advice to startup founders | Entrepreneurship in the World | Scoop.it
Some takeaways from mentors' sessions with startup founders: Do one thing well, not a bunch of things; and don't sweat too much over your company's name.
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Pack some mentors advice in one page and you have some proper founding advice.

A small piece to add to the "startup advice" bit I have on top of this topic and that's your startup ready to roll. 

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Seven dirty, gritty, real startup lessons that cost me $2 million

Seven dirty, gritty, real startup lessons that cost me $2 million | Entrepreneurship in the World | Scoop.it

As CEO and founder of a company that makes an app that helps people apply to jobs from their mobile phones, I am happy to report that we’ve sucked a lot since launching in 2009. [...]

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Finally - or not that much but well - a very good "I suck" article. No bullsh!t talk here but facts and a great guide of what not to do ... and, by inversion, what to actually do when founding a startup.

Go out and get sh!t done! ... to summarize.

 

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Culture Code: Building A Company YOU Love

Culture Code: Building A Company YOU Love | Entrepreneurship in the World | Scoop.it
Culture? Why should we care about that? We're too busy building a company!When my co-founder, Brian Halligan and I started HubSpot almost 7 years ago in the halls of MIT, that was our general
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Funny to read about the need to have culture or love for your startup.

That, in my regards, should be one of the foundations behind building a startup.

"Building a company/startup you love" is quite a basic.

Startups should be built out of passion. That is what entrepreneurship is about, a fair mixture of brain and heart.

So, an article to read as "what you should not miss shall you see yourself as an entrepreneur".

 

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365 Days, $10 Million, 3 Rounds, 2 Companies, All With 5 Magic Slides | TechCrunch

Editor's note: The following is a guest post by Socialcast founder Timothy Young about how he raised 3 rounds totaling $10M in VC money in a year's time with a 5-slide deck.
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This post by Tim Young is a late discovery of mine but how right is he!

Any founder out there should draw inspiration out of this very well bit brief.

I am also glad to see two of my favorite bits emphasized here :

Keep it short !

Speak to people ! (.. and look at them, of course).

A post, worth the read.

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63% of 20-Somethings Want to Start a Business

63% of 20-Somethings Want to Start a Business | Entrepreneurship in the World | Scoop.it
And with the right perspective and skills, they just might make it.
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Entrepreneur or startup are no more swear words :)

At least, we can see that youngsters get more and more into entrepreneurship (in the spirit at least) and startups become accepted as a real career path.

 

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Paul Graham on Building Companies for Fast Growth

Paul Graham on Building Companies for Fast Growth | Entrepreneurship in the World | Scoop.it
Graham's tech accelerator, Y Combinator, has minted many big hits, including Dropbox, Reddit, and Airbnb. Here's a conversation with the start-up guru.
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A chat with a great guy. Regardless of who the man is ... well, still, the content is of extreme value to founders and/or founders-to-be.

From reasons for failure to solving problems and, in the end, growing, here is a piece worth reading.

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5 Startup Founders Reveal Their Best Company Culture Tips

5 Startup Founders Reveal Their Best Company Culture Tips | Entrepreneurship in the World | Scoop.it
We spoke with startup founders known for instilling strong culture for tips on building culture at every stage of a startup.

Via Marylene Delbourg-Delphis
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Company culture is indeed major. That is the founding stone impacting both employees and customers behaviour and appreciation of the company.

That is also linked to UX in the way that dedicated employees (understanding and adopting the company's values) will definitely provide customers with a better experience or, at least, strive to do so. And in a current world where competitors are everywhere, service and quality are key.

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Carol Sanford's comment, August 11, 2013 11:43 AM
The #4 Tip is one of the most misunderstood in Western Culture (particularly). People cannot be motivated. You can only build a culture where they motivative themselves. We have been gravely misled by behavrior psychology, based on the study of rats, that we are setting up a maze for people to run. Unless you manage rats, the research is most irrelevant. I write at length in my last book, The REsponsible Business, about why this is false research for business cultures. And what to do instead. Learning to tap what people are motivated by, but finding significant and meaningful offerings for stakeholders OUTSIDE the business, e.g. customers, Earch, community, awakens motives they can connect to. Asking them to contribute to those is the only way to tied them to you efforts. It does not work to tied them to the goals of the business except to a limited degree. Not enough to innovate and grow a business. Grow Stakeholder Success is the path. Many examples and stories of Fortune 500 and entrepreneurs I was blessed to oc-create such systems over almost 40 years are in the book.
taniaATenthuse.me's curator insight, August 13, 2013 9:05 AM

Organizational culture is the cornerstone of a successful company. Invest on it and it will pay off in the long run. Keep people interested, motivated and happy and they will do their best

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5 P’s to Ponder for Your Start-up

5 P’s to Ponder for Your Start-up | Entrepreneurship in the World | Scoop.it
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A checklist of ¨Ps on the way to Performance for startups ... .

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Is Fear Stopping You from Starting a Company?

Is Fear Stopping You from Starting a Company? | Entrepreneurship in the World | Scoop.it
You've done what you were supposed to do. You got a great degree. You landed your first job. You've now been promoted a few times. And you're now hanging on LinkedIn like every good professional
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Fear, uncertainty, family and/or friends ?

Anyway, taking a step forward should be one's decision. A decision only dictated by will and passion.

Nevermind salary, position, etc ... .

People's motto right now is about living the life. Why then stick to a basic employee life ? Living the life is about living one's life and making decisions.

Whatever the outcome.

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