Advice For Startups

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  • Daymond John’s Creative Hustle- When Forty Bucks Makes You A Millionaire

    Yesterday I had a great time meeting up with my man Daymond John from Shark Tank for a new series I am doing at Forbes with Cheryl Snapp Connor, Mary Michelle Scott, and David Williams. I want to share a quick story about one of the things I admire most about Daymond. It is what

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  • The Ultimate Screw-Up’s Guide To Failing Forward

    I went to college at University of Colorado. The end of my sophomore year, I moved off-campus with a bunch of guys, one who’s name was Tom. I hated Tom (understatement). I think it was probably because he had the one thing that I hated more than arrogance… unjustifiable arrogance. He had ABSOLUTELY no reason

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  • The Startup Entrepreneur Guide To Starting A Business

    If you are a startup entrepreneur and were not aware (or are new to N2ITIV), I wanted to let you know that Gary & I created 4 free video training modules  that I think may be of significant help to get you started with your business. The videos are  over an hour in total and

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  • 5 Ways To Raise Money For A Business The Wrong Way

    I don’t know a lot of things. I do, however know a thing or two about how to raise money for a business the wrong way as I have operated in the middle of the table on quite a few occasions. If you are wondering where the middle of the table is that a fair

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  • 5 Reasons Why Your Business Has 365 days To Live

    At some point, like human beings, businesses have a shelf life. Just as we try to prolong our personal lives by staying healthy and doing the things that nourish our bodies for the long term, in business we have to start by understanding what is going to promote good business health as opposed to bad

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  • Using Capital The Wrong Way – My Painful Story

    Many aspiring entrepreneurs are misled into pursuing a capital investment without taking into account financing, which is the key component that gives your company its ability to grow. The majority of start-ups I come across look for capital without taking the necessity of financing into consideration. I have learned this lesson like I have learned

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  • 3 Pivotal Reasons Why You Should Think Big & Start Small

    In today’s video, I use JC Penney’s recent debacle to explain why entrepreneurs need to learn, adjust and execute their ideas on a small level before scaling it up. I discuss companies that have done it well, and those that haven’t.

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  • 1 Gut-Wrenching Reason Why You Must Bring Your Idea To Market TODAY

    Let me give you the moral of the story up front. If you have developed a product or service and you are hesitant about whether or not to bring it to market yet… Bring it to market TODAY. Not tomorrow. Not next week. TODAY. Let me tell you why… Yesterday, I was catching up on

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  • 7 Reasons Why I Will NOT Invest In You

    Investing in a start-up to me is one of the trickiest things to do as I have been on the losing (and winning) ends of both sides of the table on several occasions. To me, there is no real difference between the investment of money and investment of time, except for the fact that the

    • Posted 1 year ago
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  • 10 Ways You Will Screw-Up Raising Capital & Tank The Deal

    Whether you are looking for an investor or a new customer, I think there are very clear reasons why someone will not invest in your brand. Having been fortunate (and unfortunate) enough to be on both sides of the table, and also being fortunate (and unfortunate) enough to succeed (and fail) at raising capital on

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  • 5 Reasons Why I Would Rather Work 80 Hours A Week For Me Than 40 Hours A Week For You

    Though the title may seem weird, or maybe even ridiculous, entrepreneurs are truly a breed unto themselves. Most people start out early in life with a very robotic answer as it relates to our professional future – Do well in school, get a good job and retire at sixty-five (or now supposedly sixty-eight). Statements like

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  • What NOT To Do When Raising Capital: The Jack of All Trades … Is a Jackass

    When pursuing an investment for one of my fashion brands, Gary and I met with a gentleman who represented a group of investors. The man was recommended by a friend in the financial world who knew of several companies the man had successfully completed securing investments for over that past year. We were happy to

    • Posted 2 years ago
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  • Entrepreneurs: Risky is The New Safe

    Traditionally, ‘taking the safe route’ in your career meant, quite simply, working for someone else. We have realized over the past six years or so that a significant amount of these ‘safe’ people with ‘safe’ jobs have found themselves out of work and in a world of trouble. The reality is, when sh?t hits the

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