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January 7, 2013
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Bold Ventures 
  • How an 1870's law spurred contraceptive entrepreneurship
    The U.S. passed The Comstock Act, which targeted supposedly immoral products, in 1873, but it didn't succeed in preventing the production of birth-control products or other materials. Instead, the act created a black market for such supplies and gave entrepreneurs a chance to enter the market. Eventually, concern about disease turned public opinion against the prohibition on birth control. Slate (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Leading the Pack 
  • Common traits of the best business leaders
    A lot of people try to give advice in the entrepreneurial world, and you should be wary of listening to people who haven't experienced success of their own, Steve Tobak writes. "If you have a choice, you should learn from those who've actually accomplished what you're trying to do." The best business leaders are adept at making decisions and fix problems when they occur, he writes. Inc. online (free registration)/Last Word blog (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Finance & Growth 
  • 3 signs it's time to shift your startup strategy
    You might need to modify your approach if your value proposition doesn't appeal to your customers or if your customers want something different, Bryan Janeczko of Wicked Start writes. "Just because a customer wants something different than what you're offering, don't write her off as the wrong kind of customer." SCORE Small Business Success Blog (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • What it takes to take your company public
    Before a company can go public, it will need to get audited financial statements and assemble a team to help with the process, writes Sheryl Nance-Nash. It's also important for the company to examine its business practices and avoid making mistakes. "Don't do something right before the IPO that might affect the company's value," advises Mark Long, a lecturer at Indiana University. Intuit Small Business Blog (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
The Whole Entrepreneur 
  • How a little media training can help a lot
    Media training, which focuses on how to interact with members of the media, can be useful for business leaders who will need to interact with the press, writes Alex Honeysett. "It only takes one bad interview for media training to become your biggest priority -- so you might as well invest in bringing in the pros now," she writes. (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Do you have the guts to go after your entrepreneurial goals?
    If you want to be an entrepreneur, you have to be willing to take the plunge despite the risks involved, writes Rich Enos. "I'm convinced that the single defining factor of entrepreneurs is that they have the gumption (or foolhardiness) to step across that threshold and enter the world of being self-employed." Luckily, though, it's becoming cheaper and easier to test new ideas in many industries, he notes. The Christian Science Monitor (1/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Ideas for Innovators 
  • Short on innovation? Maybe you need a "chief rouser"
    Conventional C-suite roles such as chief marketing officer or chief financial officer tend to be too inward-looking to help drive innovation, writes Luis Gallardo. It often pays off to think creatively, creating offbeat titles so that "executives can feel a new sense of purpose and direction in how they manage," he writes. "New titles ... such as chief of reason, chief resilience officer, and chief rouser will open the door to innovation like never before," Gallardo argues. (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Fortune from Failure 
  • Why simplicity is vital to startup success
    Your startup may be in trouble if the idea behind it is overly complicated or if you aren't good at conveying it in a simple manner, writes Natasha Lomas. "Like any good pitch, if your idea can't be conveyed in a sentence its survival is already in doubt," she writes. TechCrunch (1/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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There are no absolutes in business. You make commitments, put your butt on the line, then see how you did."
--Steve Tobak, writing at Inc. online's Last Word blog
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