How stressed entrepreneurs can learn to rewire their brains for success

The entrepreneurship roller coaster, with its uncertainties and high risk of failure can be highly stressful. And while moderate levels of stress are a natural part of most jobs, overexposure to high levels of stress can lead to burnout. Rather than trying to manage the symptoms of stress, you can rewire your brain "to cope better with the nature of stress itself," says startup founder and CEO Chris Myers. "There is a tendency to treat stress as a problem in and of itself, rather than a symptom ...
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Want to run a successful business? Hire more women

Silicon Valley may be forward-looking when it comes to technology, yet it remains remarkably backward when it comes to gender. Women represent half the population, drive 70 to 80 per cent of consumer purchases, yet they remain hugely underrepresented among the technology and leadership roles of Silicon Valley. And those who are there often experience hostility in some form or another. Emily Canal shares here an edited excerpt from a book by journalist Emily Chang in which Chang explores how wome...
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Startup Guide raises €250K and launches the first localized platform to help anyone build a startup

Startup Guide, a 20-person team based in Berlin and Lisbon, is launching a new platform to guide entrepreneurs through the challenges of building a startup from scratch in any city. Following the success of its Entrepreneurs' Handbook series, the company is launching a new digital platform offering "practical information, tailored resources and an extensive network of local experts" to help entrepreneurs navigate local administrative and legal requirements as well as funding ...
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'Need more time'? Guideposts for tech founders going to market when no market exists

While you may have some early adopters, it can often take years of little to no growth before your product eventually takes off. The challenge for founders is in knowing whether or not you have product-market fit and just need more time for your product to grow. "One of the biggest myths founders have is that people will immediately see the value of the product they built, whether in understanding what it is or in paying for it," writes Martin Casado. While there's no simple answer, says Casado,...
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Here’s what VCs look for the first time they meet a founder

First impressions are everything when you're meeting potential investors for the first time and those first impressions, whether they're accurate or not, can be almost impossible to reverse or undo. Getting to know as much as possible about the VCs you're pitching to and understanding what makes them tick helps you to adapt your approach accordingly. Apart from a few idiosyncrasies or inherent biases however, VCs generally have a lot in common when it comes to deciding if they can build a succes...
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How to pitch a pre-seed investor

As every entrepreneur knows, raising capital can be a daunting, difficult and time-consuming process. The amount of money startups need to reach profitability is often beyond the means of founders, friends and family and high growth startups typically need to burn capital to sustain growth before becoming profitable. Few venture capitalists (VCs) operate at pre-seed and seed stages however so you need to hone your pitch to maximise every opportunity. To help you "pitch more effectively and avoid...
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How to think of your company’s narrative as a product

Whether you're launching a new company or product or pitching to investors, storytelling is one of the most powerful ways to breathe life into your brand. You need an engaging narrative that encompasses the company's origins, core values, and mission—together with its present and future goals—to inspire an emotional reaction. "In some ways, the most valuable product you're building is your brand and so it can't be a last-minute, tacked-on message you come up with the night before launch and thro...
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4 things I learned from building a startup outside Silicon Valley

Northern California's Silicon Valley is synonymous with technology, innovation, and entrepreneurial culture. It's home to some of the world's biggest high-tech corporations and has the densest population of startups. With its vast talent pool, high concentration of investors and mentors, and supportive infrastructure, it was once considered the only place to build a tech startup. With the growth of successful startup hubs in other U.S. cities however, Silicon Valley isn't the only choice an...
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Just starting out? Avoid these 5 startup mistakes. You’re welcome

To start your own company you have to be prepared to take risks, learn fast and make sacrifices. Quitting a regular 9-to-5 job to be an entrepreneur means giving up the financial security of a steady paycheck and other employee benefits. And working long hours to build the business means waving goodbye to your work-life balance. With so much at stake, the last thing you'll want is to crash and burn because of mistakes made at the very start that you could've avoided. Here, seasoned entrepreneur,...
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9 must-watch TED Talks that will make you a better entrepreneur

While being an entrepreneur can be very rewarding, it can also be extremely challenging and there's no doubt that getting a new startup off the ground can be particularly stressful. Having to juggle multiple roles, learn new skills, overcome setbacks and deal with the day-to-day demands of running a business all take their toll. To help you take these and other entrepreneurial challenges in your stride, Gerri Detweiler shares here some of the best TED talks for boosting your confidence, managing...
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