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Startup Founders, sometimes you have to just tell fear to go fuck itself

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Franklin Delano Roosevelt said, “…the only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” He said these words as a way of comforting a country devastated by a harsh depression. This was part of his inaugural speech for his first term. The meaning of Roosevelt’s statement was to face your fears and not be paralyzed…

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Going slow so you can go fast

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In high speed police chases, there’s something that sometimes happens to the pursuing officer called “tunnel vision”. This phenomenon is when an officer focuses on the suspect vehicle and his or her visual acuity eliminates everything else around them. Tunnel vision has led to horrific crashes and unintended consequences due to the officer’s peripheral vision literally…

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Founder Institute Cincinnati Fall 2016 semester enters final phase

We’re almost finished with our first Founder Institute Cincinnati semester, we’re going to be graduating eight new companies and nine founders into the StartupCincy ecosystem. There are only two sessions left with the founders having a January 11 deadline for legal. We’ll be finishing up on January 18, 2017, and things can’t possibly be better.

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Are you a leader? Or just a manager?

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In World War II, Dwight Eisenhower trained his generals by piling a chain up on a table. He asked the generals, “If I push this chain, which way will it go?” The generals would jabber among themselves, debating and offering a bunch of different answers. The true answer, of course, is that nobody really knows…

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Why am I an entrepreneur?

Why, in the face of such the statistically losing proposition, would someone want to start a company? And furthermore, why would they want to do it to themselves over and over again? Am I some kind of sado-masochist, thriving on self-inflicted pain? As I sit and ponder the answers I come up with a few…

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Founder Institute Cincinnati Fall 2016: Revenue Models

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As if it weren’t an already crazy busy week with Techstars FounderCon here in Cincinnati this week, we’re having our usual Wednesday night Founder Institute meetup. This week’s major focus is Revenue Models.

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Why Join The Founder Institute

The Founder Institute is the WORLD’s LARGEST network of entrepreneurs and mentors. If you are up to the challenge, our comprehensive step-by-step curriculum will give you the structure, mentor support, and global network you need to start an enduring company. Many leaders of the world’s fastest-growing startups have used the program to transition from employee to…

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Meet Adeo Ressi, Founder and CEO at The Founder Institute

As the managing director of Founder Institute Cincinnati, I’m always interested in hearing what Adeo Ressi has to say. He’s the founder and CEO… my “boss” (sort of). This is a little bit older of a video where he did an episode of This Week In Startups with Jason Calacanis.

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Founder Institute Cincinnati

A group of colleagues and I have decided to take the plunge and launch the Cincinnati chapter of Founder Institute. The Founder Institute is the world’s premier idea-stage accelerator & startup launch program. For talented entrepreneurs up to the challenge, our comprehensive step-by-step program provides the structure, mentor support, and network of entrepreneurs needed to start…

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Chaos is the Norm for New Business Models

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When talking to even seasoned digital marketing folks, I often hear something to the effect of, “The things we did that worked for us on the internet even two years ago are no longer working for us today.” When I look back at even the past two to three years, things are so radically different…

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