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Thinking Through Your Business Plan
Stiles George
3/1/1999
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A formal business plan, often considered an anathema to entrepreneurs who fancy themselves "do-ers" rather than thinkers, enables clear thinking, clarity of purpose and a benchmark against which ventures can measure success. Included are a list of do's and don'ts for entrepreneurs new to (or bewildered by) the essential planning process.

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Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders Lecture
Speier Jackie Stephens Deborah
5/9/2007
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Deborah Collin Stephens has spent nearly 30 years working with leaders in corporations, government, and politics. She joined Gary Heil to form The Center For Innovative Leadership and together they co-authored 6 books, with three reaching the best sellers list: Maslow on Management, One Size Fits One, and Revisiting The Human Side of Enterprise. Her most recent book, This Is Not The Life I Ordered: 50 Ways To Keep Your Head Above Water When Life Keeps Dragging You Down, has garnered praise from entrepreneurs such as Jessica McClintock, Gerry Laybourne and Debbi Fields as well as writers such as Amy Tan and Arianna Huffington. Deborah co-founded the first e-learning program in the nation called Leadership Lessons From The Fastlane. which was viewed by over 1 million executives worldwide on Broadcast.com/Yahoo. She has been a guest lecturer in the Industry Thought Leaders program at Stanford University and a faculty member in the Stanford Professional Development and Executive Education program. She has also served as a judge for the Stanford Business and Engineering School's Entrepreneur's Business Challenge Contest where she enjoys spending time and effort nurturing and coaching future entrepreneurs.

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Opening a Portal to Big Winnings
Steinman Jonas
1/22/2001
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One plus one equals millions when you combine two business models that work into a wildly popular Web site. It also helps to have high-powered investors and a built-in formula for building customer loyalty. As these business-school buddies discovered, advertisers love an affluent audience, so you can actually make money by giving it away.

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Top Ten Sectors Venture Capitalists Like Right Now
Steiner Christopher
4/1/2010
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Investors write checks because they hope to get a decent return on their money. The way venture capitalists reap those returns is by taking their companies public, or perhaps selling them to other companies. That's a tough game when demand for IPOs is anemic, as it was in 2009.

Demand hasn't been robust in 2010, but things are thawing. As of this writing, eight companies had done IPOs thus far this year--the same amount for all of last year, according to CB Insights, a Manhattan firm that tracks private-company funding trends (including venture capital, private equity and government-backed deals).

"The venture funding and M&A activity we've observed so far in 2010 suggests that this year's venture funding levels will be higher than last year, but still below those highs of a few years ago," says Anand Sanwal, a CB Insights founding partner.

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Working on the Waterfront
Stein Joel
6/24/2010
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While you're Dilberting away in your cubicle, there are people taking conference calls in broad shorts and flip-flops.  While you're saving your two weeks of vacation to hit the sand, they're getting paid to be there.

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Entrepreneurship: What's in a Name?
Stangler Dane
4/7/2010
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Who is the real entrepreneur? What does it mean to be self-employed?  Dane Stangler examines this question and what it means to be an entrepreneur during these tumultuous economic times.

At the University of Miami a few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to attend an entrepreneurship class with roughly 40 students. Most of them were juniors and seniors, joined by a small number of law students. The course had so far covered the theoretical literature on entrepreneurship, but on this particular day all the students wanted to talk about was their own futures.

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Negotiation Course
Christensen Stan Springer Dan
11/12/2007
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Dan Springer brings over 20 years of executive leadership and strategic sales and marketing consulting experience to Responsys, with proven success in interactive marketing, e-commerce, and finance. As Chief Executive Officer, Dan is responsible for charting Responsys' strategic direction and extending the company's leadership into new realms of digital marketing. Prior to Responsys, Dan was Managing Director in the San Francisco office of Modem Media where he was responsible for general management of the agency's western United States operations. Dan led the development of the agency's Performance Marketing capability by leveraging database marketing, web site analytics and search engine marketing techniques. Prior to Modem Media as the CEO of Telleo, Inc., he refocused the business from online advertising to business partnerships with leading brands like Taco Bell. Previously, Springer was also the Chief Marketing Officer and General Manager for NextCard, where he built the fastest-growing credit card in history by creating one of the Internet's top five advertisers. He started his career as a consultant at McKinsey & Company and DRI/McGraw-Hill. Dan holds an MBA from Harvard University and a BA in Mathematics and Economics from Occidental College. He also sits on the board of directors for ITI, E-LOAN and The Randall Museum.

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Making an Equal Partnership Work
Lish Sandy Spivak Wendy
5/22/2003
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The co-founders of a public relations and events-management firm discuss the role of negotiation in enabling them to operate as equal partners. Balance, trust and skills are necessary for the give-and-take involved, and the authors provide suggestions for achieving that.

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10 Promising Businesses to Start Today
Schweitzer Tamara Spiro Josh Lagorio Christine
5/24/2010
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Congratulations:  You have survived the recession. Now what? If you have ever had the urge to start your own business, now may be a good time to make a move.

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Make Growth an Obsession and a Plan
Spinelli Stephen Jr
5/1/2004
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Entrepreneurs must have a strategic reason for expanding and execute according to a plan that works for their company, says a cofounder of a major oil-change service company.

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