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November 1, 2012
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Bold Ventures 
  • Long days, no leave helped build Box into a $1 billion business
    Aaron Levie and a friend founded online-storage startup Box while he was still a student at the University of Southern California, and the company is currently valued at more than $1 billion. Levie's workday begins at 11 a.m. and ends at around 2 a.m., and he hasn't taken a vacation day since launching the business. He said the biggest contribution he makes to the workplace is to push his team to think bigger. Inc. online (free registration) (10/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Leading the Pack 
  • Crisis-management tips from Mayor Mike
    New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg offered a master class in crisis management this week as superstorm Sandy hit the Big Apple, writes Scott Eblin. Bloomberg projected quiet confidence, was highly visible and was utterly consistent in his message. However, Bloomberg's pre-storm messaging, which at times downplayed the threat to New Yorkers, did come in for criticism. EblinGroup.com/Next Level Blog (10/30), Gothamist (New York) (10/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Finance & Growth 
  • 6 steps to stellar funding pitch
    Raising money requires being able to demonstrate the value of your idea to investors who might not have the same innate passion for your idea that you do, Bob Ackerman of Allegis Capital writes. It's important to invest in your own ideas, be able to prove you have traction and to understand where customers are coming from, he advises. "Develop customer relationships that you can refer potential investors to for validation," he recommends. MedCityNews.com (10/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Blog coverage affects startup funding, researcher finds
    Blog coverage -- especially the negative stuff -- can affect whether an investor will put money into an entrepreneur's idea, according to research led by Rohit Aggarwal of the University of Utah. "VCs want to sift through the pile of startup plans on their desks quickly and are essentially looking for a reason to reject a plan and move on," he said. Blog coverage is especially important during the earliest funding rounds before entrepreneurs have had a chance to prove their ideas in other ways. BusinessNewsDaily.com (10/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
The Whole Entrepreneur 
  • How to fight your fears and build your business
    If fear has been holding you back, you can help to overcome your insecurities by taking an action you have been thinking about for a while, according to psychologist Linda Sapadin, author of "Master Your Fears: How to Triumph Over Your Worries and Get On With Your Life." "The goal will be to take the action, not the outcome," Sapadin notes. Also, consider using relaxation exercises and try to be more positive. Entrepreneur magazine (11/2012) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Ideas for Innovators 
  • The era of big ideas
    While some entrepreneurs are obsessing over the next iPhone application, others such as Gigi Mander are trying to take on world poverty. A number of entrepreneurs have tried to take on similarly lofty goals in recent years and for some, the appeal of big ideas is clear. "We're living at a time where if you build a platform or a great product or a service, you can touch a billion people," said Peter Diamandis, co-founder of Singularity University. "If you can achieve that, why would you want to do anything less?" Inc. magazine (10/2012) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Fortune from Failure 
  • Stop failing at execution
    Organizations are often good at creating strategies but fail when it comes time to execute on them, Clive Keyte of Intrafocus writes. However, this problem can be avoided by identifying clear goals and metrics you can use to carry out your strategy, he writes. "The key is to be really clear about what you are trying to achieve." B2C Marketing Insider (10/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
SmartQuote 
Coffee or energy drinks may seem like the panacea for productivity for startup founders, but it's not an ideal long-term strategy for health and balance."
--Doreen Bloch, founder and CEO of Poshly, as quoted by the Young Entrepreneur Council
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