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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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Stages of Startup Business Operations

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This is a particularly challenging issue for founding teams. Especially when it’s a single founder who is trying to sell and keep revenue coming into the front door.

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First Follower: Leadership Lessons from Dancing Guy

Derek Sivers was the founder of CD Baby. For those who don’t remember, for about 20 years, CDs were the preferred method of packaging and distributing music. Derek wanted to make it easier for artists to sell their CDs direct to their audiences. Then he sold the company. As impressive as that was, I believe…

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No, you probably don’t need startup investment right now

“I need money to make my idea work!” Working in the startup world, this is something I hear over and over and over. Early stage founders come bouncing into the walled fortress of the accelerator office, all with bright and shiny ideas raring to go. Nearly all of them are looking for startup investment.

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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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It’s Not About Ideas, It’s About Making Ideas Happen

There’s a glut of ideas on the market. There’s a shortage of execution on all those wonderful ideas. Ideas are a dime a dozen. People spend an inordinate amount of time coming up with billion dollar ideas. Then they work to protect those ideas as if any idea, by itself, is gold. They work to keep the ideas…

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How To Start A Product Company Out Of A Services Company

One of the best ways to create an income as an entrepreneur is to provide consulting services to clients at some intrinsic level. There’s volumes of philosophy about how to make that kind of company a success, the least of which is how to package the knowledge and service delivery in a scalable way.

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Creating Something Out of Nothing: The Entrepreneur Magician

Alan Moore is a famed comic book writer who pioneered the “graphic novel” as a literary format. Alan’s successes include “V is for Vendetta”, “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen”, “Swamp Thing”, and many other works. Alan is considered a pioneer and a legend in the publishing world for his art. To me, he’s an extremely…

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