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Active Pursuit Proves Key in Finding Your Startup Community [Twitter Chat Recap]

This month's #MillennialTrep Twitter chat with the U.S. Small Business Administration on "Finding Your Community" was full of advice about how to break into the entrepreneurship ecosystem, whether that be in your state, city or right outside your door.

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on August 26, 2015
Three Ways to Smooth Out the Co-Founding Process

Co-founding a company is a lot like a marriage. There are good times and bad, but you're often in it for the long haul together, so be prepared to fight and makeup accordingly.

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on August 24, 2015
The Smart CEO: Deciphering Which Type of Investor Your Company Needs

In the third installment of our 'Smart CEO' series with Brad Feld, we discuss the most important thing to remember when choosing an investor, and why entrepreneurs tend to waste their time looking for funding in all the wrong places.

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on August 17, 2015
How Do You Find Your Startup Community?

Grinding away on an idea or starting a new business can often leave an entrepreneur feeling isolated and detached from the physical and mental support and resources needed to further an idea or venture.

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on August 17, 2015
Smart CEO: What Could Give You More Leverage Than Equity Financing

Angel investors and venture capitalists aren't the only way to finance a venture. In fact, a smart CEO can growth a company without raising any money at all.

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on August 07, 2015
What a Smart CEO Understands about Budgeting and Spending

"One of the mistakes a lot of CEOs make, is they assume that they’re going to have success on their revenue, and they build their cost structure in advance of that."

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on August 03, 2015
Challenges in Finding a Mentor, Creating a Mutually Beneficial Relationship Surface in Twitter Chat

A mentor can increase the success of your business or point out a flaw or upcoming hurdle for your venture. But finding the right mentor is not always an easy task. You need someone who cares about you and your business, but also brings an outlook and perspective that tells you the truth--even if you might not want to hear it.

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on July 29, 2015
Ideation to Execution: Forget the Top Step, Worry About the Next Step

"Ideas are a dime a dozen," as the old adage goes. The hard part is what to do with an idea once you have it. Talking with more and more entrepreneurs, it's clear: execution is key.

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on July 27, 2015
What You Should Know About Investors Before You Tackle Outside Capital

According to a recent Founders School poll, one of the biggest challenges entrepreneurs face is funding. Sure, there's no surprise here. This obstacle often tops the charts in questions like these.

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on July 17, 2015
[Twitter Chat] Why Every Entrepreneur Needs a Mentor

There is one consistent asset all successful entrepreneurs have in common--a pivotal mentor. For every other resource that helps an entrepreneur turn their dream into a venture, a mentor who helps to make a connection, point out an unseen pivot or lend an intellectual ear is crucial and mandatory along the way.

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on July 16, 2015