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January 24, 2013
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Bold Ventures 
  • Designer-shoe startup cuts the cost of style by cutting out the middle men
    Andrés Niño and Nicholas Hurtado, who earlier created a bag-and-accessories brand, joined forces once again to launch Beckett Simonon, which sells men's shoes for $79 apiece. "The goal is to become a brand where stylish-yet-price-conscious men can find it all," Niño explained. Despite doing little to promote the company, Beckett Simonon sold out of its initial inventory shortly after the brand launched in November. Inc. online (free registration) (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Leading the Pack 
  • Why leaders need personal brands
    Some leaders are reluctant to work on their personal brands, but this is a mistake, writes Karen Kang, founder and CEO of BrandingPays. "A weak personal brand is a liability for recruiting the best talent, partnering with the right companies, financing your business and enhancing your company's image." As you build your brand, it's important to have a good idea of what you are passionate about, she advises. ThoughtLeaders blog (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Finance & Growth 
  • How diversity helps smooth the road to startup success
    A diverse startup team is a valuable asset because it can enable you to gain access to a variety of ideas and perspectives, Nancy Cremins writes. "If everyone on your startup team is alike, you limit the experiences, network, and perspective that your startup has to draw from when running and growing the business." In addition, assembling a diverse team can help you to understand what customers are looking for, she writes. BostInno (Boston) (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
The Whole Entrepreneur 
  • Take action to achieve your entrepreneurial dreams
    No matter how good your startup idea is, you will never succeed if you don't take action to turn it into reality, writes Kasper Hulthin. In organizations of all sizes, "[f]ar too much time is spent on thinking about what to do, and especially what not to do, rather than actually doing anything at all," he writes. Forbes (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Ideas for Innovators 
  • 4 ways innovators can better explain their ideas
    Your most cherished innovations won't add up to much unless you can communicate them effectively to co-workers and customers, writes Stefan Lindegaard. The first step is to realize the need to communicate. "You need to see the bigger picture and go beyond your own small world," he writes. 15Inno.com (Denmark) (1/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Fortune from Failure 
SmartQuote 
Building a startup is mostly about making things happen."
--Kasper Hulthin, co-founder of Podio, writing at Forbes
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