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Twitter Chat Ignites Discussion Around Obstacles Facing Millennial Entrepreneurs

Whether it's student debt or lack of credibility, the Millennial generation faces some hurdles in order to thrive in the startup world. We took to Twitter, with the help of our special guest the U.S. Small Business Administration (@SBAgov), to discuss with others the opportunities and challenges for Millennial entrepreneurs.

on February 24, 2015
A Pivotal (and Often Underemphasized) Board Decision

The Startup Board series video Choosing Your Board Members with Brad Feld highlights a pivotal decision many entrepreneurs face. Moreover, many entrepreneurs don't provide the necessary time and consideration in identifying the best startup board members.

on February 09, 2015
FOE: Family Over Everything

FOE. It's a phrase many of the entrepreneurs I work with use--"Family Over Everything". Now when they say it, they have a more universal way of defining "family." They can mean the very close entrepreneurial friends they've made, or their teams at work --but they all would agree that at the foundation of their family definition is their nuclear families at home. This is the common denominator in those that I see overcome hardship in this journey and find their path to new ventures. FOE.

on February 03, 2015
Lock in Your Gains: Craig Wortmann's Jump Starting the New Year on the Right Foot

At this point in your "marathon," January is coming to a close and you are feeling tired. In a real marathon, this is where bad habits can re-emerge. You think "I'll just slow down for a mile and then speed up again" or "I don't really belong in this group of runners." Don't let that happen. Instead, lock in your gains.

on January 29, 2015
Stretch Yourself: Craig Wortmann's Jump Starting the New Year on the Right Foot

You've settled into a fast but sustainable pace. Your running group is holding together, but just as in a real marathon, everyone is starting to become inwardly focused. You are hurting a bit, and still looking at miles and miles to come.

on January 23, 2015
Find Your Running Buddies: Craig Wortmann's Jump Starting the New Year on the Right Foot

In our metaphorical marathon, the crowd has begun to thin a bit. And you are starting to see the same people around you. This can be a very powerful thing in a long race. Your group can sustain you, motivate you and help you along.

on January 15, 2015
"And They're Off!" Jump Starting the New Year on the Right Foot

For high-performing entrepreneurs, a new year feels a bit like the excitement you feel at the start of a marathon. You've dreamt about it. You've told your friends. You've trained. You've got the right shoes! Most importantly, you've made a commitment to go the distance.

on January 09, 2015
The Art of Data: Deciding the Business Metrics that are Most Important for Your Company to Measure and Monitor

Let's talk about data. Not Big Data. Your performance data.

Entrepreneurs hear a lot about vision and passion. About being lean and about pivoting. About customers and canvases. But we don't talk a lot about measuring and monitoring the critical business factors that will determine your success or failure. Maybe because it's hard, or maybe because it's boring.

on January 08, 2015
Top 5 Blogs of 2014: What To Retain Before Year's End

At Founders School, we believe knowledge increases your chances for success. And the repetition of such knowledge drives home its true meaning. So as the year winds down, we're taking a looking at the five most popular blogs this year, in case you missed them.

on December 16, 2014
Presentation Skills: How to Properly Respond to QandA

Entrepreneurs spend hours, weeks, even months perfecting their pitch. Whether to an audience of potential customers or investors, an entrepreneur's pitch takes time and consideration in order to fashion a presentation that is engaging, captivating and alluring. But in all this preparation, entrepreneurs often forget one very big preparation.

on December 11, 2014