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How To Be Successful

I’ve observed thousands of founders and thought a lot about what it takes to make a huge amount of money or to create something important. Usually, people start off wanting the former and 

 end up wanting the latter.

 

Here are 13 thoughts about how to achieve such outlier success. Everything here is easier to do once you’ve already reached a baseline degree of success (through privilege or effort) and want to put in the work to turn that into outlier success. [1] But much of it applies to anyone. Read more: click image or title.

 

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What makes your #startup succeed? According to Sam Altman

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Guide: How To Launch A Startup That Will Fail

Guide: How To Launch A Startup That Will Fail | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it
Want to launch a startup that will not fail? Then it's probably a good idea to read this post. We'll share the most common pitfalls.

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Don't fail, learn the reasons that will lead to #failure.

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Zero to $1B: 8 Lessons Scaling a Startup – Jonathan Swanson –

We recently celebrated a decade (!) of building Thumbtack so I’m sharing a few hard-fought lessons from growing a startup to $1B. A decade ago: Thumbtack had no customers, no product, no money. Our... Read more: click image or title.

 

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One of the best articles I've read in a while. Must-read.

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What I Learned From Developing Branding for Airbnb, Dropbox and Thumbtack | First Round Review

What I Learned From Developing Branding for Airbnb, Dropbox and Thumbtack | First Round Review | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

As one of Silicon Valley's most sought-after brand strategists, Julie Supan has helped some of tech's fast-growing companies find their high-expectation customer — and optimal position in the market. Read more: click image or title.

 

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"Position with Precision". Step one: define your user.

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How to Achieve 10x Results in 2019 Using This Simple Strategy

You want to get in better shape, make more money, find more clients for your business, switch careers — the list goes on. What do you do? You set a goal. Your goal is always reasonable — work out…
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Too easy to ignore.

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How Social Media Has Changed The Way Business Operates

How Social Media Has Changed The Way Business Operates | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

Social media dominance has made it central for companies to rely on these platforms which has altered how businesses operate in many ways. Read more: click image or title.

 

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Jeff Bullas is the #1 authority on #socialmedia in the world. Excellent information. 

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9 Habits of World Class Startups

9 Habits of World Class Startups | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

A discussion of the 9 core operating principles that world class companies tend to embrace, by NFX Managing Partner James Currier. Read more: click image or title.

 

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Wow! Lots of wisdom in this article. Must-read for #startups that want to make it.

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20 Best Business Podcasts for Entrepreneurs (in 2017)

20 Best Business Podcasts for Entrepreneurs (in 2017) | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

Discover some of the best business podcasts today. We have covered everything - Entrepreneurship, small business, marketing, sales. Read more: click image or title.

 

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How Will Humans React If We Discover Alien Life? This New Study Just Found Out (and Surprised Us)

How Will Humans React If We Discover Alien Life? This New Study Just Found Out (and Surprised Us) | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

People in the U.S. would likely have a positive reaction to the news that humans made first contact with alien life, according to a new study. Read more: click image or title.

 

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People in the U.S. would likely have a positive reaction to the news that humans made first contact with #alien life, according to a new study.

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Freaked-out people are largely limited to fiction, according to a new study.

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How To Tell If You're Joining A Rocketship - AngelList

How To Tell If You're Joining A Rocketship - AngelList | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

Joining a startup is a high-risk, high-reward decision. The better you are at evaluating which companies are rocketships and which companies are duds, the more likely you are to succeed. This guide will teach you how. Read more: click image or title.

 

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5 Important Artificial Intelligence Predictions (For 2019) Everyone Should Read

5 Important Artificial Intelligence Predictions (For 2019) Everyone Should Read | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

Artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning and deep learning have made huge strides in 2018. In this post we look at some of the key AI predictions for 2019, where it will be used, how it will make the biggest impact, as well as the key challenges we have to address.

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#AI will impact everything and everyone increasingly.

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Freemium vs. Free Trial: Which Gets You More Paying Customers?

Freemium vs. Free Trial: Which Gets You More Paying Customers? | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

Freemium and free-trial signups have one thing in common: Neither generates revenue. You may agonize over the decision to choose one path over the other,...

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Great analysis. Learn how to bridge the gap from free service to having your clients pay for it.

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The top 25 most expensive domain names - The

The top 25 most expensive domain names - The | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it
Most of the time domains only sell for a small amount. But sometimes, like these most expensive domain names, a rare gem turns out to be much more valuable.

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Amazing amounts are being spent on #domain names.

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36 Fundraising Tips For Series A –

In this essay, we’ll run through my Top 36 fundraising tips. But first, let’s make sure we’re on the same page. Raising a Series A isn’t like raising your seed round. What probably took you a few... Read more: click image or title.

 

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Follow this script for your #fundraising

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From Employee To Entrepreneur: Here's What You Should Keep In Mind

From Employee To Entrepreneur: Here's What You Should Keep In Mind | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

Ready to quit your day job to become an entrepreneur? Not so fast! Before you jump on the be-your-own-boss-train, there are a few things you should know. Read more: click image or title.

 

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Good things to know before you switch to full time #entrepreneur.

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The 50 Best Workplaces in Technology

The technology industry has had its ups and downs in recent years, amid concerns about it being a male-dominated space, as well as consumer worries about privacy. But there are still a number of tech workplaces that are well-liked by employees, who appreciate working for companies that value both their health and financial well-being, while also respecting workers, regardless of their backgrounds. Fortune research partner Great Place to Work recently analyzed survey feedback representing more than 220,000 U.S. employees to come up with 2019’s list of Best Workplaces in Technology. This year’s list features 25 large companies, as well as 25 small and medium companies. Take a look at this year’s list, as well as Great Place to Work’s methodology, below:  Read more: click image or title.

 

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More Start-Ups Have an Unfamiliar Message for Venture Capitalists: Get Lost - The New York Times

More Start-Ups Have an Unfamiliar Message for Venture Capitalists: Get Lost - The New York Times | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

Frustrated with the perverse incentives of fast growth, founders are criticizing the investment model that built the tech industry as we know it. Read more: click image or title.

 

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Serious alternatives for #VentureCapital. 

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Do you really need a #VC?

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First Year Startup Lessons in 2018 – Daniel Tran –

2018 was a massive year for me. My eyes were opened by many lessons and experiences — most of which came from my first year in startup. Read more: click image or title.

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The 30 Best Pieces of Advice for Entrepreneurs in 2018 | First Round Review

The 30 Best Pieces of Advice for Entrepreneurs in 2018 | First Round Review | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

We've rounded up 30 of the best insights from the articles we published over the last year. Read on for a time-capsule-like toolkit, full of the best tactical wisdom that seasoned company builders had to offer in 2018. Read more: click image or title.

 

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I'm sending this article to everyone I know in the #startup world.

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The Warning Label That Should Come With Venture Capital

In one of Eric Paley’s previous blog posts, he suggested that venture capital should come with a warning label. We’ll be sending these to the founders of our new portfolio companies to emphasize that...

 

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Be fully informed before you take #VC #Capital

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The Founder’s Guide to Understanding Investors

The Founder’s Guide to Understanding Investors | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

As Justin Kan’s Chief of Staff, I am actively involved in operating Atrium and investing in early-stage startups. Founders ask…
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“How do investors evaluate startups?” Detailed information to help you understand #investors.

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Ten pieces of friendly VC advice for when someone wants to buy your company –

Ten pieces of friendly VC advice for when someone wants to buy your company – | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

David Frankel is a managing partner at Founder Collective. "I’ve been fortunate to have been part of half a dozen exits this year, and have seen the process work smoothly, and other times, like a roller coaster with only the most tenuous connection to the track. Here are ten bits of advice I’ve distilled from these experiences in the event someone makes you an offer for your startup. Read more: click image or title.

 

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What Startups Really Mean By “Why Should We Hire You?” - AngelList

What Startups Really Mean By “Why Should We Hire You?” - AngelList | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it
We take this and other standard questions, translate their subtext, and provide you with the best approach to help you land the job.

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6 Financial Tips To Follow When Launching Your Startup

6 Financial Tips To Follow When Launching Your Startup | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

 

Launching a startup isn't easy most of the times. To ease your mind, we've compiled 6 financial tips to help your business succeed. Read more: click image or title.

 

 

 

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The key to success when launching a #startup: the finances.

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The Seed Funding Market Is Less Crowded Than You Think

The Seed Funding Market Is Less Crowded Than You Think | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it
Entrepreneurs looking to raise seed capital may find there are far more follower VCs than lead investors in the market.

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All #startups looking for #seedfunding : read this article and follow its advice. Great info directly from the funding sources.

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