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November 27, 2012
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  • Shoemaker starts up after discovering family ties to the business
    Phillip Nappi was orphaned as a child and dreamed of opening a shoe store while growing up in Mississippi. That dream became a reality after he reached adulthood and began researching his father's Italian family tree. It turned out that Nappi's grandfather considered himself to be a shoemaker. Nappi subsequently found a leather craftsman and launched his company, which sells luxury boots. Entrepreneur magazine (11/2012) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Leading the Pack 
  • The backward route to building a successful business
    You can begin to build the business you've always wanted by envisioning where you want to be several years from now and working backward to develop a plan to get there, Dave Lavinsky writes. It's also important to implement systems that will allow your business to keep running smoothly as you strive to help it grow. Forbes (11/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Finance & Growth 
  • The problem with business plans
    Startup founders should spend time developing their business models and testing their assumptions instead of immediately writing a business plan, Steve Blank writes. "[W]riting a static business plan first adds no value to starting a company, as the plan does not represent the iterative nature of the search for the model." The Wall Street Journal/The Accelerators blog (11/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Should you apply for a patent?
    There's no easy answer to the question of whether your company should attempt to patent its product, Brad Woodcox of Novak Druce + Quigg writes. Securing a patent can take a long time and your company could pivot or fail before the process is completed. On the other hand, patents can be valuable and they can help to protect your company if it succeeds. TechCrunch (11/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
The Whole Entrepreneur 
  • What's new in Evernote 5
    The latest version of Evernote for Mac features an enhanced interface, a better search feature and a larger focus on collaboration, Emmanuel Banks of Teens in Tech writes. It also provides a note-creation interface that can help to eliminate distractions, he writes. Lifehack.org (11/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Ideas for Innovators 
  • More immigration means more innovation, researcher says
    A quarter of all U.S. startups, and more than half of those in Silicon Valley, were started by immigrants from 1995 to 2005. However, a shortage of H1-B visas for science, engineering and computer researchers is threatening that trend, says innovation researcher Vivek Wadhwa. "The reality is, if we just fix that one issue about the numbers of visas, the problem would likely fix itself. It's that simple," he says. Knowledge@Wharton (11/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Fortune from Failure 
  • Mistakes that will come between you and your goals
    No matter what you want out of life, you might fail to fulfill your dreams if you set unattainable goals. Likewise, it will be harder to achieve your objectives if you don't develop a plan or if you fail to take the actions necessary to get where you want to be. Business Insider (11/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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