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January 10, 2013
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  • Entrepreneur could be the savior of the Polaroid brand
    Serial entrepreneur Warren Struhl is opening a number of retail stores that will allow customers to turn digital images into hangable art. Struhl is licensing Polaroid's name for the stores, which will be known as Polaroid Fotobars. "I don't know of another company that has a name as associated with photos as Polaroid," Struhl said. Inc. magazine (1/2013) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Leading the Pack 
  • "Leadership" and "management" aren't synonyms
    People often confuse the two concepts, but management and leadership are qualitatively different things, John Kotter writes. Management allows an organization to execute effectively, whereas leadership allows a company to take advantage of new opportunities. "[T]hey serve different, yet essential, functions. We need superb management. And we need more superb leadership," he writes. Harvard Business Review online/HBR Blog Network (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Crunching the Numbers
Your passion may have led you into business, but tracking cash flow and other key numbers will help keep your company up and running. Read Boomtown: Think Like a Startup

Finance & Growth 
  • Why your prospects need as much attention as your customers
    Customer acquisition management plays a key role in attracting new people to do business with your brand, writes Neil Rosen, CEO of eWayDirect. "The reality is that if you’re not putting the same care and attention into managing your relationships with potential customers as you are with current ones, you may be missing out on a lot of significant opportunities." After a prospect has become a customer, the customer acquisition management team can pass him or her along to the customer relationship management team, he notes. MediaPost Communications/CRM blog (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • How to score VC funds for your startup
    If you're interested in finding venture capital money for your startup, it's important to put a top-notch team in place, according to Paul Jones, who has been an entrepreneur and investor. "[I]n my experience, the proximate cause of most startup failures is because the team is not up to the next task." Also, accept the fact that you will encounter setbacks along the way, and try to have fun, he advises. Forbes (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
The Whole Entrepreneur 
  • Could you take 100 days of rejection?
    Jia Jiang is in the midst of 100 Days of Rejection Therapy, a project where he makes an outrageous request every day to help him become more accustomed to rejection and learn to overcome it. Jiang launched the idea after failing to get funding for his startup. “Everybody has failures periodically,” career coach Marty Nemko says. “The people who are generally successful are the ones who bounce right back.” Bloomberg Businessweek (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • 3 common entrepreneurial challenges you can overcome
    After leaving your job to start your own company, you will likely experience stress, instability and a feeling of solitude, Kelly Azevedo of She's Got Systems writes. However, these issues can be overcome. For example, you can battle against loneliness by becoming part of a community. "There's something uniquely comforting to know that even though you may currently work alone, you don’t have to be alone on the journey," she writes. The Globe and Mail (Toronto) (tiered subscription model) (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Ideas for Innovators 
  • Fear is the real innovation-killer
    To succeed as innovators, workers first need to conquer their fears, Jorge Barba writes. To spur that process, bosses should champion creative ideas and make it clear that everyone's perspective is important and valuable. "If everyone agrees with each other, that is a bad sign. Dissent is good when it leads to constructive criticism," Barba writes. InnovationExcellence.com (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Fortune from Failure 
  • 10 slip-ups that will take a toll on your startup
    Your startup could be headed for trouble if you fail to create formal documents to govern your relationship with your co-founders or if you aren't able to focus your company on what really matters. "You have to get good at saying 'no' to new product features, markets, and ideas that aren't core to your business," writes Ryan Terpstra, founder and CEO of Selerity. "Be world class in one niche and then replicate that success in adjacent niches." Forbes (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
SmartQuote 
The notion that a few extraordinary people at the top can provide all the leadership needed today is ridiculous, and it's a recipe for failure."
--John P. Kotter, Harvard Business School professor and CIO at Kotter International, writing at Harvard Business Review online's HBR Blog Network
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