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April 25, 2012
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Bold Ventures 
  • Social entrepreneurs make it their job to improve the world
    A number of socially oriented ventures have been created to make the world a better place, and Lauren Drell reviews five of them. For example, the Mobile Alliance for Maternal Action helps mothers in India and other countries to get access to important health information, and Mifos is designed to assist microfinance organizations. Mashable (4/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Leading the Pack 
Finance & Growth 
  • 5 elements of the equity equation
    While splitting equity in your new startup evenly among your business partners is an easy solution, it isn't necessarily the right one, writes Marty Zwilling of Startup Professionals. Equity should be doled out based on five factors, including partners' business experience and contributions to intellectual property, he writes. "[R]egardless of the initial equity split, you should seriously consider vesting your founders shares over at least two years." Startup Professionals Musings blog (4/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • What to do about the JOBS Act today
    The government has passed the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act, which allows for more crowdfunding than has been permitted in the past, but the Securities and Exchange Commission is working out the details. Entrepreneurs can prepare themselves for crowdfunding by gathering important documents, fine-tuning their pitches and working on their marketing campaigns, writes Tanya Prive of Rock The Post. VentureBeat (4/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
The Whole Entrepreneur 
  • 8 traits of legit entrepreneurs
    Several factors might make an entrepreneur look legitimate and attractive to investors, Tony Featherstone writes. Investors look for entrepreneurs who are giving their startups their undivided attention and who have real need for their companies to succeed, he writes. "The best sign is usually a founder putting their own hard-earned savings into the venture," he writes. The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia) (4/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Startup on the path to success
    When launching your startup, pick a field in which you have some experience, David Bakke writes. "[M]ake sure you focus on your talents, passion and experience to pinpoint the right business for you." Also, be willing to take risks, make changes to your business plan and stick to it when the going gets tough, he writes. Brazen Careerist (4/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Ideas for Innovators 
  • How to turn your frontline workers into your top innovators
    Not all innovation happens in laboratories and research departments, Jeffrey F. Rayport writes. There's also "demand-side innovation" in which frontline, customer-facing workers come up with creative, improvised ways to improve the service they deliver. "At a time when it's become difficult to differentiate just about any product or service for long, this type of innovation is more important than ever," Rayport writes. Harvard Business Review online/HBR Blog Network (4/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Spectacular Failure 
  • Why you shouldn't live in fear of messing up
    Perfectionism is counterproductive because learning requires making mistakes, Alina Tugend writes. "[B]eing willing to make mistakes and learn from them is the only way we can progress and move forward." CNBC (4/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Those who want a decent salary upfront are usually managers rather than real entrepreneurs."
--Tony Featherstone, writing at The Sydney Morning Herald
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