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Five Qualities That Erase Fear

People like to focus on the company creating the next killer app or designing the next cool product, but when speaking of entrepreneurs as a class, the field is much bigger than the tiny number trying to create the next Facebook. Entrepreneurs are also the people...

Three Fairy Tales and an Action Thriller

 The hero bursts through the window, firing two 9mm pistols. Even as the casings and glass are hitting the ground, the bullets find their mark, felling dark robed assassins. She crosses a large empty warehouse, dodging knives, grenades, bullets and well choreographed...

Seven Reasons Why Business Plans Don’t Deliver

I have been hearing a growing drumbeat from angel investors that start ups shouldn’t waste their time writing a business plan. “They suck,” one angel investor told me recently, “Especially the financials. They’re clueless and it shows.” His viewpoint was driven home...

Cookie Marketing Fail

One of the current web best practices is for advertisers to plant a cookie on your machine when you visit a website. They tell you it’s to track your preferences so you don’t have to re-enter data and it also allows them to tailor your experience so the products or...

10 Things You Should Know About Franchises

Many people displaced by the Great Recession are looking into purchasing franchises to replace their income. For many people whose primary work experience has been in corporations, franchises are appealing because they are a ‘business in a box’. For the payment of a...