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Build The Fort by friend @chrisheivly #mustread For #startups

Build The Fort by friend @chrisheivly #mustread For #startups | Startup Revolution | Scoop.it

Startups Must Read
Remember building forts when you where a kid? We all do and thus the power of the universal metaphor my friend and Startup Factory founder Chris Heivly's new book. Chris organize the book around 5 things startup entrepreneurs must do to be successful:

1. Socialize their idea

2. Partner with good and trustworthy people

3. Gather assets close to you

4. Create a collective purpose

5. Build the fort


To say Chris' book is a must read is to be grossly inaccurate. If you are a startup or ever want to become an entrepreneur you must read Build The Fort.

Buy on Amazon
http://bit.ly/build-the-fort-amazon 

Visit Chris' site
http://heivly.com/  

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7 Things I Learned As A 2nd Time Founder

7 Things I Learned As A 2nd Time Founder | Startup Revolution | Scoop.it
I built and launched my first startup a few months ago. Although it failed, it just fueled my entrepreneurial fire to la…
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So true. Each time around the merry go round I learn more. On my 4th startup and still looking for the magic tipping point were easier and money go together (lo).

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50 Best Websites A Startups Revolution

50 Best Websites A Startups Revolution | Startup Revolution | Scoop.it

For entrepreneurs, time is especially precious. Every wasted minute is a lost opportunity for networking, growing the business, and of course making money.



Via Justin Jones, juandoming
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Some of these resources such as Quora I know, but most are new to me and worth investigation. 


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Susan Bagyura, High Performance Coach's curator insight, September 19, 2014 8:55 AM

It's handy having all of these on one page.

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Warren Buffet Startup Tips [Top @HaikuDeck Over 6,800 Views]

Warren Buffet Startup Tips  [Top @HaikuDeck Over 6,800 Views] | Startup Revolution | Scoop.it

Bill Gates To Warren Buffet, STICK 'EM UP
Warren Buffet's tips for startups as Bill Gates says, "Stick 'em up".
Buffet shares great tips for startups in my most popular Haiku Deck. Next closest deck has 5,200 views.

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Are You An Entrepreneur? Do You Have What It Takes?

Are You An Entrepreneur? Do You Have What It Takes? | Startup Revolution | Scoop.it
Over the past few years I have watched so many people in my entrepreneurial network walk away from their business and return to full time employment. Why? No doubt the economy is tough and in tough...

Via harish magan
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I loved this post and see myself some in it. I returned to full time work, something I will NEVER do again. I love creating companies. Why would I leave that then?

Fear.

Feat is a virus that infect an entrepreneur's ability to think, pivot and see patterns that must be seen. Fear isn't usually from where or what you would expect either.

Some of the fear is related being out of step with "normal". By leaving the mainstream you leave more than you can imagine. You leave the easily available support systems that create self definition.

An entrepreneur creates themselves. Support systems will never be there when needed since they won't kick in until success is assured and that is late. By the time "success" is well known enough that everyone knows the rough waters are past.

Cancer taught me how to create a support system from friends and family and THAT lesson is why I will never work for another company I didn't start. The missing piece was learning how to cobble together a support system to successfully pass through the rapids.

Now all five entrepreneurship dimensions are present:

1. SELF BELIEF
2. SOUND PEER GROUP
3. TENACITY/CAN DO ATTITUDE 
4. PASSION/PURPOSE (creativity)
5. BE IN FLOW

Great post here about what it takes to be an entrepreneur. Interesting how MONEY never comes up :). M

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David Bembry's curator insight, February 26, 2014 11:15 AM

I simply like to say that "I'm too stupid to quit!" I've operated with no cheering section or other support for over 15 years while I raise kids alone. I do what I do because I'm compelled to do it and don't see anything as a failure. Afterall, nothing is promised in life. Not even life itself. It's all about the adventure and just going for it. That alone keeps me content. Your best is all you've got in this life. Sometimes it'll be enough, other times it won't. It's just life. No worries!

Tagmotion's curator insight, February 26, 2014 8:52 PM

Terrific article that mentions the importance of being 'in flow' with whatever you're doing in your entrepreneurial venture. And provides a link to a test you can do to find out what that is.

Ernest Collett's curator insight, February 28, 2014 3:57 AM

You have to be very tough and resilient when there is no salary cheque at the end of the month!

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Creativity More Valuable Than Passion: An Entrepreneur's Rules of Creativity

Creativity More Valuable Than Passion: An Entrepreneur's Rules of Creativity | Startup Revolution | Scoop.it

After @Hannah Kramershared a great post about Creativity being more important for startup entrepreneurs than passion I wanted to weigh in and share related experience growing up with the right side of the brain being my dominant hemisphere (lol).

I share 5 ideas from the daughter of Gatorade's inventor:

* Creativity Bigger Predictor Than Intelligence.
* Creativity Can Be A Hard Row To Hoe.
* Creativity & Structure.
* Creativity can be learned and taught.
* Creativity happens at intersection of disciplines.

Great post hope my hard won experience contributes something helpful.

 

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Dennis Staples's curator insight, February 19, 2014 2:35 PM

Creativity can guide your business growth!

Ali Anani's curator insight, March 7, 2014 4:08 AM

Make the right brain and left brain intersect 

Dennis Staples's curator insight, April 2, 2014 5:30 PM

Make cREATIVITY the foundation of your actions

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Marty's Startup Journal - What Its Really Like To Launch 2 BIG Websites & Risk It All

Marty's Startup Journal - What Its Really Like To Launch 2 BIG Websites & Risk It All | Startup Revolution | Scoop.it
Marty's Startup Journal: 10 Days
I thought it would be interesting to journal the last ten days before launch of the two biggest projects of my life:
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I decided to put this journal on GooglePlus since it is a great place for comments and supporting threads.

https://plus.google.com/102639884404823294558/posts/dzou5URuM2j


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Martin, I was at Google plus, I loved the story Inspiring I can say. If for anything I can do, just throw me a wire. :)
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Innovators Dilemma Author Clayton Christensen Discusses Disruption via Startup Grind [Video]

Innovators Dilemma Author Clayton Christensen Discusses Disruption via Startup Grind [Video] | Startup Revolution | Scoop.it
I recently found this great interview that Mark Suster did with Clayton Christensen, who is without argument, the master of disruption.

Via Jenny Pesina
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Disruption In BSchool Education

Most of this talk is about disruption in education, but Christensen is the "master of disruption" and this conversation with Mark Suster is fascinating for Internet marketers.

Lack of technological core means an industry can't be disrupted. Education was in this boat for a long time. Online learning brings to education a "technological core" matched with pricing that has lost touch with reality means disruption is possible and likely.

Online learning and corporate learning programs are killing Harvard Business School. Christensen says half of the University business schools are in trouble and will be forced to get with it or close in ten years.

Apple Computer
Fascinating discussion of Apple & proprietary architecture at 10:33. The inevitable opening of a once proprietary operating system means prices fall and the money is made in "sophisticated manufacturing". "It really is scary," says Christensen about the loss of sophisticated manufacturing.

He goes on to blame business school for looking to layoff costs because of the way we teach people to measure things.

Freemiums
Another fascinating conversation about Fremiums at 14:30. "As a general rule if you have a product that doesn't get the job done you have to offer it for free," with Suster weighing in on charging for services. Modularity drives commoditization and that drives profit out.

Crowdfunding
Free usually means there is money to be made, "Above and below and you can invest or be an entrepreneur there and you can make money". Suster then talks about Venture Capital disruption and crowdfunding at 19:50.

Royalty Capital
Royalty Capital = movement in Boston to license capital as a way around limitations of venture capital at 24:00. When revenue starts there is a royalty rate returned to the capitalists. Fascinating alternative financing experiment going on in Boston.


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José Antônio Carlos - O Professor Pepe's curator insight, May 7, 2013 7:33 AM

Grande site e grande entrevista com Clayton Christensen.

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FrakenEntrepreneur: New Research Show Skills That Make an Entrepreneur

FrakenEntrepreneur: New Research  Show Skills That Make an Entrepreneur | Startup Revolution | Scoop.it
Successful serial entrepreneurs start by being very, very persuasive.
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I don't think the list will surprise anyone, but the weighting might. It surprised me.  Great HBR article. 

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Follow Your Contribution & No Tech Bubble says Ben Horowitz [Video]

Follow Your Contribution & No Tech Bubble says Ben Horowitz [Video] | Startup Revolution | Scoop.it
Follow your contribution & other important ideas VC Ben Horowitz says. Andreseen Horowtiz shared convincing Slideshare on why aren't in a tech bubble too.
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Crowdfunding Tips from The Clash

Crowdfunding Tips from The Clash | Startup Revolution | Scoop.it
Crowdfunding may be the ultimate "in your face" DIY (Do It Yourself) disruption. Much like the CLASH's "punk ethos", so well described in The Future Is Unwritten the biopic documentary film about Joe Strummer, marketers must create content and community with authenticity and awesome, daring and original content.
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Entrepreneurship Through Lens of Venture Capital: Jules Maltz, IVP On Customer Retention [video Stanford]

MS&E 71SI: Entrepreneurship through the Lens of Venture Capital: Disruption in Venture Capital The course explores disruption in venture capital and how successful startups navigate funding,...


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This is a class at Stanford so it takes a bit for this video to get going, but stick with it as late stage investor Jules' thoughts on customer retention and his 5 Things are worth listening to. Great thoughts on "creating retention".


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Mapillary: See The Map, Add Photos To the Map, Be The Map | MIT Technology Review

Mapillary: See The Map, Add Photos To the Map, Be The Map  | MIT Technology Review | Startup Revolution | Scoop.it

Mapillary is a cool idea. Why run up and down city blocks taking pictures when your customers, advocates and contributors could do that for you. What it means to be a MAP is changing fast.

Maps used to be those things you couldn't fold back up. Now maps are evolving into evolving stage sets. You need one "map" when its six pm and time for dinner.

You need another map when you need groceries or toys for Christmas. As the line between virtual and real world collapse "map" is going to take on many new meanings.

With GPS "Map" means place, time and tribe. Why tribe? Because, as FourSquare proved our phones are smart enough to know when our friends' phones are around us.

Phones become living avatars walking a digital landscape by proxy, roads we wold walk if we could TRON-UP and jump into the machine. Since we can't become digital just yet MAP will take on many new meetings.

Extend our new "map thinking" a little further and maps become games, commerce and content. These new "digital maps" will be how we tell time, know and relate to our friends and understand PLACE.

Mapillary sees the future. They know maps are more than those things we used to not be able to fold back up :).

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Startups When In Doubt Create A Contest: CrowdFunde Partner Contest

Startups When In Doubt Create A Contest: CrowdFunde Partner Contest | Startup Revolution | Scoop.it

Startups & Contests
Most #startups don't wake up thinking about #contentmarketing. Most startup entrepreneurs are builders. They want to build. Sometimes it is better to let others build FOR YOU.

Better because our new Google marketing world is based on three things:

* What You Say & Do. 
* What others Think about what you said and did.
* Being LOVED by an increasing number of "brand advocates".

Some startups may get all of those things from an APP store, but why risk putting all eggs in a single basket when content marketing isn't hard nor does it need to take much time.

Contests are a favorite of mine. When STUCK and there's no time to cold call or no money to support "outbound sales" create content to bring who you need into your orbit. Contests are great for that. Give away something of value, such as a "better website", and review your entries. 

If a contest feels too random you may be right, so don't put all eggs in that basket either. Continue to work your personal network to find great partners and be sure to update your contest. Closer something gets to FULL the more people want it (lol).  

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AslamB's comment, February 13, 2014 8:59 AM
You're welcome Martin!
Glenn Laken's curator insight, March 3, 2014 3:51 PM

Reviews & Fresh Content are Key !

 

And I agree 100% the new Google marketing world is based on three things:

* What You Say & Do. 
* What others Think about what you said and did.
* Being LOVED by an increasing number of "brand advocates".

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Creativity More Valuable Than Passion for Startup Entrepreneurs

Creativity More Valuable Than Passion for Startup Entrepreneurs | Startup Revolution | Scoop.it
What is the most important quality of an entrepreneur?

Via Kamal Bennani
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Working on my 4th company (CrowdFunde) I agree creativity is more important than passion. I've created companies based on passion and they don't dance as well. 

Passion can be limiting. The "blind side" of passion is bigger. When you develop a company that is the barest outlines of something you know will change 10x before launch it "dances" better. 

It is important to be passionate about your belief in the movement you've joined. Successful entrepreneurs don't make any money until one magic day they do.


Money is an important scorecard, one tht builds confidence and the ability to do it again (why there are so many "serial startup entrepreneurs"). 

But money can't be the main motivation or you will never make it out past the breakers. Any startup will wobble, fall and drown a little before it learns to surf. If money is the only motivation or you are so passionate you can't see the wave about to hit you and your new company then you drown. 

Drowning a little is also part of the game. So never give up. Come up for air, up your creativity and go again.  

 

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CAP Brand Marketing's curator insight, January 29, 2014 4:26 PM

Creativity is the ultimate trump card for Entrepreneurs. 

Ernest Collett's curator insight, February 4, 2014 2:59 AM

What do you think?

Nancy Barnett's curator insight, March 12, 2015 10:56 AM

Creativity enables an entrepreneur to pivot, adjust, move forward and let go when necessary. Flexibility in business is key.

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Peter Relan launches Incubator 9+ Mobile and Infrastructure Startup School

Peter Relan launches Incubator 9+ Mobile and Infrastructure Startup School | Startup Revolution | Scoop.it

Amazing opportunity to work with serial entrepreneur and VC Peter Relan. Will be applying for this. Peter has already raised $2M for the project, so could be good. 

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Joy Montgomery's curator insight, July 22, 2013 9:00 AM

I wish they did something like this in London.

 

Martin (Marty) Smith's comment, July 25, 2013 10:09 AM
Joy don't wait create it yourself. I can put together the funding if you have the contacts to make it happen :). Marty
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Bad Girl Klein Inspires

Bad Girl Klein Inspires | Startup Revolution | Scoop.it

Mother Of Crowdfunding
Attended a great class on crowdfunding with Candace Klein from SoMoLend.com. Candace is a new breed of startup entrepreneur. This new generation is comfortable with COPE (Create Once Publish Everywhere), live at ever increasing speeds to create, give away and create again. 

Too cool. Candace has many lessons for entrepreneurs, Internet marketers and crowdfunders.  

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Business In Red Shoes – Women In Business Imperative [book review]

Business In Red Shoes – Women In Business Imperative [book review] | Startup Revolution | Scoop.it


Marty Note
It is imperative more women start businesses especially in technology. Women see things differently, bring fresh perspective and can be more collaborative and less proprietary. I know sweeping generalizations are dangerous, but go to any tech startup weekend and it may be as much as 80% male. In my 30 year business career I've noticed an important truth - diversity trumps all else.

Diverse teams perform better (read Wisdom of Crowds for why). Teams rich in diversity perspectives, background and gender perform consistently at a higher level. Hope this new book encourages more women entrepreneurs especially in tech.

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