Your latest startup failed. Here's how to learn from it and bounce back (in 5 steps)

There are plenty of entrepreneurs who experience multiple—and sometimes spectacular—failures before accomplishing their dreams. And very few startups achieve success without experiencing at least some failure along the way. This is where entrepreneurial resilience comes in. Your ability to bounce back depends on how you respond to failure. And your future success depends on what you learn from failure that you can take forward to your next venture. Here, John Boitnott shares "a simple and effect...
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The entrepreneur's guide to building a personal brand

As an entrepreneur, startup founder or business owner you are the face of the business and your personal brand is crucial to its success. Building your personal brand lends credibility and authenticity to the company and everything you do can either enhance or damage your brand. Although it takes time and effort, building a strong personal brand "pays increasing dividends throughout your career," says startup founder Sophia Matveeva. Here, she shares some top tips on how to build your brand ...
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18 resources to help grow your SaaS startup

One of the reasons SaaS businesses fail is because founders try to run them like any other online venture instead of addressing the unique challenges a subscription-based business model presents. While there's a wealth of books and online resources to guide you, communities to support you, and networking events to help you grow your business, identifying the most useful can be time-consuming. With that in mind, Briana Morgaine shares here a list of top resources compiled by SaaS-i...
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7 crucial startup lessons no one teaches you in business school

Every early stage startup faces challenges and very few become successful without experiencing some setbacks. To be a startup founder you need to be resourceful, relentless, and resilient to overcome all the obstacles you face. And while attending business school may help to prepare you, "the real learning happens when your business is tested in difficult situations," says startup founder and CEO Zeynep Ilgaz. From hiring and firing friends and managing multicultural teams to handling lawsuits a...
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Why founders and CEOs need to delegate

Are you tempted to do everything yourself? If so, you're not alone. It's a common dilemma for startup founders and CEOs. It's easy to see why entrepreneurs would want to maintain total control of their products, their marketing, their sales, their finances, and their delivery systems, but it isn't realistic. The art of letting go and delegating can be a hard task to learn, yet it is vital to the success of your startup. Why delegate One of the most important and perhaps obvious reasons you shoul...
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10 steps to structuring your funding pitch

When pitching your business to potential investors, too much exuberance can be a bad thing. While passion and enthusiasm are important, investors are looking for evidence of how competent and trustworthy you are. Thorough research and preparation is key to presenting a compelling pitch that shows you understand the market and have realistic expectations for growth. Here, Scarlett Cook shares a guide to structuring your pitch with some top tips for avoiding the common mistakes that signal ov...
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4 things I've learned from running a startup for 10 years

No one succeeds alone. There's a proverb that says "it takes a village to raise a child" and founding a company is a lot like raising a child. It requires the input of an entire community to gain experience, learn and grow. And while there's no "one-size-fits-all" guide to success, there are some universal truths that can help you steer your new venture in the right direction. Here, artificial emotional intelligence pioneer Rana el Kaliouby shares what she's learned about four key...
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Building the right network for your business

Building a network is one of the most important things you can do to help your business thrive—and building the right network is crucial. Although networking events provide opportunities to meet people who can support you and your business in some way, it takes time and patience to cultivate authentic relationships. Here, founder and CEO Isa Watson shares her top tips for successful networking, including how segmenting your relationships and knowing how to prioritize them will help you buil...
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The 2-day goal setting process that will make 2019 your best year yet

While many business leaders prefer to set aside time towards the end of the year to plan for the next, it's not too late to put together your annual plan for 2019. What's important isn't when you do your planning; it's how you do it that matters, says business coach Bruce Eckfeldt. It's important to remember that annual strategic planning is a decision making process that's less about setting numerical targets and more about "making tough but important choices," says Eckfeldt. Her...
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Why founders need to learn these three things to scale their business

Being a founder often means having to perform almost every role in the business while you have limited resources for hiring. As the company starts to grow however, you'll have neither the time nor the expertise to cover every functional area of the business. And trying to do everything yourself is going to hinder your performance, limit your creativity and distract you from the strategic decision making that will determine the company's future. By cultivating a strong team of leaders to run...
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