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How a Nurse Created a Silicon Valley Incubator

How a Nurse Created a Silicon Valley Incubator | Entrepreneurship in the World | Scoop.it
Jonathan Nelson’s incubator grew out of Hackers and Founders, an organization that provides a way for Silicon Valley entrepreneurs to meet.
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Entrepreneurs and all, need inspiration ? 

Here is the story of Jonathan Nelson. I met him a couple of years ago, not only is smart and interesting but also a great human being. 

Definitely an example to follow. 

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Entrepreneurs: Your Irrational Optimism Is Necessary

Entrepreneurs: Your Irrational Optimism Is Necessary | Entrepreneurship in the World | Scoop.it
A look at how an aggressively optimistic outlook can lead to great things.
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Dont worry, be happy ... entrepreneurs!

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Cafe Kahvila's curator insight, February 23, 2014 6:18 AM

I like that science is proving that Optimism and business go together. Learned Optimism was a very important area of study for me. I really enjoy reading positive stories like this. Go Optimists.

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PR for startups

PR For Start-Ups by Colette Ballou (Ballou PR) at Tech Chill Baltics 

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Startups, do you REALLY know PR ? 

Here is a great presentation by Colette Ballou on this tricky topic. 

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Welcome To The French Tech Ecosystem

Welcome To The French Tech Ecosystem | Entrepreneurship in the World | Scoop.it
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A fair look at a local ecosystem, the French one. Among various topics arising in the country and the "French don't have a word for entrepreneur" matter, here is an interesting and documented look at a tech scene which is indeed vibrant.

A take from it, regardless of the surroundings and reputation, startups can thrive everywhere as long as they have the will to succeed.

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How to survive the first year of starting up

How to survive the first year of starting up | Entrepreneurship in the World | Scoop.it
Several startups fail in the first year of their existence. Timely counsel and funding can change this, write Harsimran Julka and Vasumita Sridharan
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Good points made on how to actually manage a startup. 

Cash is scarce, make the most of it. 

And hint behind the whole piece, that is a company you are managing. 

Hence, management and planning are key.

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Why the lady smiles

Why the lady smiles | Entrepreneurship in the World | Scoop.it

"Sometimes I wonder what on earth possessed me to start my own company." (Inge Geerdens)

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A nice short piece by Inge Geerdens on LinkedIn on why be an entrepreneur ... . "Why the lady smiles", great title, says it all.

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7 Lessons Every Startup Should Know

7 Lessons Every Startup Should Know | Entrepreneurship in the World | Scoop.it
Starting a new business? We've compiled some need-to-know advice from experts who have been there.
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Very good advice.

I definitely approve of the fact not to let competition bug you.

Know about it, do not fear or hate it.

 

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7 Signs You’re Not Entrepreneur Material

7 Signs You’re Not Entrepreneur Material | Entrepreneurship in the World | Scoop.it
Finally ready to take the plunge? Don't--if any of these signs look familiar.
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So 5, 6, 7, 10 or more "features making you an entrepreneur" ... . Well, why not look at it the other way around and see what makes you an entrepreneur NOT.

Some bits could be added like, for instance, attitude and language.

I did meet some students actually speaking about startups and entrepreneurship but who did not even sound convinced.

And would not expect to work 24/7 and would expect some money and, and ... . They are the kind cut for a corporate job.

Not a bad thing just a different thing but being able to step back for a second and consider expectations, skills, willpower, etc ... may allow not to make a decision which would inevitably go wrong.

And that is a success.

 

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I have decided to be a happy entrepreneur

I have decided to be a happy entrepreneur | Entrepreneurship in the World | Scoop.it

On Medium / Being Entrepreneur

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Don't worry and begin to be happy.

No better rule. Things are always going to go wrong at some point, live with it and focus on making the most of it while living a happy life (as happy as can be at least).

 

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There Is No Cofounder Formula

There Is No Cofounder Formula | Entrepreneurship in the World | Scoop.it

This essay is part of Startup Edition to answer the question, ‘How do you find a cofounder?’
My cofounder and I met on Craigslist.
No, he didn’t respond to a “Cofounder seeking cofounder” ad [...]

Samuel Pavin's insight:

A great post here on the everlasting question of how to find a cofounder ?

As the title says there is no magic formula nor is there any standard process.

That is just the way life runs, meet people, get along, complement each other and take off for a crazy journey.

 

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5 pointers to help you kill the one minute pitch

5 pointers to help you kill the one minute pitch | Entrepreneurship in the World | Scoop.it
This week's wrap-up is all about perfecting your one minute elevator pitch. See what our previous startups have to say.
Samuel Pavin's insight:

Pitching is a big part of startup life. Delivering killer pitches is key to recognition, traction, progress and even social validation.

Here is a short list of good reminders/points to keep close in order to ensure delivering quality on stage. 

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Trish Costello's curator insight, December 13, 2013 10:58 PM

Great advice on presenting your one minute pitch.

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The 3 Things You Must Do, Before Starting Anything New

The 3 Things You Must Do, Before Starting Anything New | Entrepreneurship in the World | Scoop.it
This small bit of (unconventional) preparation will make your life substantially easier.
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Desire and need ... .

A short piece of pure logic but even logic needs to be spoken loud.

Great post.

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The 20 Hottest Startups in Russia

The 20 Hottest Startups in Russia | Entrepreneurship in the World | Scoop.it
Previously defined by the way it cloned western companies, Russia is gradually becoming a place where its undoubtedly strong education and engineering standards are blending with original entrepreneurship.
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A quick look into Russia. I do think Eastern Europe does have a thriving startup ecosystem and Russia is developing well too.

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Self-Made Success: How I Left My Job to Start a Business

Self-Made Success: How I Left My Job to Start a Business | Entrepreneurship in the World | Scoop.it
Have you ever thought about leaving your corporate gig to start your own business? This woman shares the true story of how she did it.
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An old(ish) piece but a very valid and interesting article on switching from a corporate job to an entrepreneur life.

Lots of advice here for entrepreneurs-to-be.

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4 Tips for Being a Balanced Entrepreneur

4 Tips for Being a Balanced Entrepreneur | Entrepreneurship in the World | Scoop.it

Putting your heart and soul into a startup is what entrepreneurs do. But being awesome doesn't stop when you come home. Here are some suggestions ... .

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Balancing work & personal life is key. One take here "Disconnect to connect" ... . 

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10 Things To Do Before You Quit Your Job

10 Things To Do Before You Quit Your Job | Entrepreneurship in the World | Scoop.it
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Entrepreneurs, before launching a business, here are a few steps to take. 

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Why Silicon Valley Can’t Find Europe | TechCrunch

Why Silicon Valley Can’t Find Europe | TechCrunch | Entrepreneurship in the World | Scoop.it
Go to Europe these days – to Berlin, London, Helsinki – drop in in on any of the regional tech confabs and you will quickly see that the European startup..
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I can but agree and really am happy to see some focus on the Baltics too.

However, Japan should also get more attention as the place is thriving - and so is Korea - more than India and China.

Really good post overall.

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Entrepreneurs All together now

Entrepreneurs All together now | Entrepreneurship in the World | Scoop.it
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A (long) quality piece, on The Economist, about entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial ecosystems.

A great look into the worldwide community and what is needed to flourish.

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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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How One Company Replaced Meetings and Bureaucracy With Pairs, Ceremonies, and Storytelling

How One Company Replaced Meetings and Bureaucracy With Pairs, Ceremonies, and Storytelling | Entrepreneurship in the World | Scoop.it
At Menlo Innovations structure--and multiple keyboards--allows you to split the difference between chaos and bureaucracy.
Samuel Pavin's insight:

Stop speaking lean for companies and startups. Here is lean. Or, rather, here is the way a company should work.

Stop looking for new processes and/or concepts (be they called lean or anything else) and just do smart.

 

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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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6 Pieces of Advice from Guy Kawasaki for Entrepreneurs

6 Pieces of Advice from Guy Kawasaki for Entrepreneurs | Entrepreneurship in the World | Scoop.it

The following is a guest post from Heather Russell, CEO of Rinkya & a thought-leader in the London Startup Scene.

A piece on Guy Kawasaki's chat at LeWeb 2013, in Paris.

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Not too many points, straight talk and quite on target. That is Guy Kawasaki doing what he does well.

European entrepreneurs, follow the leader(ship) anf get s...tuff done!

But pimp that MVP though. Getting there first is cool but getting there first with a crappy product, even if minimum fair one, does not make sense ... .

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Reid Hoffman: Dedicate 10% of Your Time to Recruiting

Reid Hoffman: Dedicate 10% of Your Time to Recruiting | Entrepreneurship in the World | Scoop.it
At a recent conference, LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman shared advice he wished he'd had 10 years ago.
LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman will tell you exactly what he should have spent more time doing when the company launched in 2003: Recruiting.
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Yet another founder making a point about recruitment.

Humans still remain the top assets for startups and, for some, the key to success ... or failure.

Don't hire the best, hire the best for your company.

 

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JC Dichant's comment, December 10, 2013 4:43 PM
Remember Gille's talk during SmartCamp ;)
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Want your startup to succeed? Peel carrots

Want your startup to succeed? Peel carrots | Entrepreneurship in the World | Scoop.it
What can the humble carrot, potato and shallot teach us about succeeding in business? Everything.
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Nothing to ditch here.

Having also started my career in restaurants (including a Michelin starred one too), every single word here sounds like I could have written it.

So, orange hands everyone!

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Gurus of Silicon Valley inspired the youth and got the same dose of enthusiasm back

Gurus of Silicon Valley inspired the youth and got the same dose of enthusiasm back | Entrepreneurship in the World | Scoop.it

On startuplithuania.lt

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Silicon Valley Comes to the Baltics, year II.

My worst miss of the year but yet another massive success for the event.

As for entrepreneurship, this is one of the great events when it comes to youth and inspiring tomorrow's entrepreneurs.

The value brought here is amazing and the structure of the event definitely makes it a hit for both attendees and speakers as we can have a chat with basically anybody.

In the end, an inspiring event but also an inspiration for countries willing to promote entrepreneurship.

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