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November 20, 2012
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Bold Ventures 
  • Startup helps companies resolve customer complaints
    Colin Rule and Chittu Nagarajan, veterans of PayPal, started Modria to provide online retailers with a dispute-resolution platform for when customers are unhappy. "The field of conflict resolution has grown rapidly over the last 30 years," Rule says. "Now people all over the world are using mediation and arbitration to resolve their disagreements outside of the courts." The company has brought in $1.25 million in seed capital. Entrepreneur online (11/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Leading the Pack 
  • How to lead like a fairy-tale hero
    Fairy tales present a vision of leaders as infallible heroes: farsighted, passionate, wise, generous and trustworthy. It's not always possible to live up to those ideals, writes Erika Andersen, but to be effective, leaders must at least try to embody them. "[W]e're still wired to accept as leaders only those who line up with our centuries-old map of leadership attributes," Andersen explains. Fast Company online (11/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Finance & Growth 
  • 6 ways to finance your company without going to a VC
    Taking money from a venture capitalist can be a tricky proposition, but there are other ways to finance your startup, Peter Cohan writes. For example, you can access cash to build your business by keeping your expenses down, negotiating longer payment terms with suppliers or borrowing from friends and family. However, if you really need investment from a venture capitalist, you should look at it as an opportunity to hire your own boss. "If that partner shares your vision, works well with you, and has a track record of helping companies in your industry succeed, then you have yourself a good boss," Cohan writes. Forbes (11/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
The Whole Entrepreneur 
  • How to cut out the stress in your life
    You can reduce your stress levels in several ways, such as by dealing with your emotions, telling others what you need and modifying your expectations, writes Monica Wofford. "You are choosing to be disappointed when you expect others to do something even when you have evidence to suggest that the behavior is highly unlikely," she writes. Entrepreneur online/The Daily Dose blog (11/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Ideas for Innovators 
  • Can your innovators spot the gorilla suits?
    Studies have shown that preoccupied people have a blind spot for the unexpected, to such an extent that someone wearing a gorilla suit might as well be invisible, writes Tom Agan. That can make it hard to spot potentially valuable innovations, so it's important to schedule time to take stock of your company's situation, Agan writes. Fast Company online (11/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Fortune from Failure 
  • A productive way to handle failure
    Everyone experiences failure occasionally, but how you deal with those situations is critical, Erika Andersen of Proteus International writes. It's important to apologize for your mistakes, figure out what went wrong, then move on. "Once you've apologized and gotten clearer on what happened and how to do it differently next time -- get up and try it again," she advises. Forbes (11/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
SmartQuote 
[W]hen you apologize, you're acknowledging the reality of the situation -- and that's the only useful place to begin if you want to figure out how to avoid similar mistakes in the future."
--Erika Andersen, founding partner of Proteus International, writing at Forbes.
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