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Why Managing by Facts Works
10/4/2007
Summary:

"Just the facts" was police sergeant Joe Friday's credo. It seems that any CEO would do well to practice the same approach. This eye-opening article explains why using facts to make major management decisions is the best, as well as the most obvious, way to be successful in business.

Go To Source (www.strategy-business.com)
Why You Need A Mentor
10/11/2007
Summary:

Mentoring is a time-honored tradition in many fields, and for good reason: It works. Parents, friends, and investors usually don't cut it as mentors, however. You need unbiased, direct (even blunt) advice and direction if you want to grow your company. This article provides in-depth information, insight, and examples both for mentees and mentors.

Go To Source (www.businessweek.com)
Work-life balance
10/4/2007
Summary:

This blog entry by a Chief Happiness Officer tackles an important topic from the European point of view. It's a useful reminder that not all of your employees are as zealous about your vision as you or your senior executives. Some will perform better if you keep that in mind.

Go To Source (positivesharing.com)
You Always Start the Last Company
10/18/2007
Summary:

Hindsight is 20/20, or so the saying goes. It's useful to learn from the mistakes you made in your last venture, but realize that they might not apply to this venture. So, focus on things you can control (not your competition), be passionate about revenue (or hire someone who is), and remember that, as the author points out, "it's easier to keep spending under control than it is to get spending under control."

Go To Source (www.burningdoor.com)
Zero to $1 billion
10/18/2007
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Companies that hit $1 billion in annual revenues share seven traits, recent research shows. This lengthy article explores the concept in some depth with examples. If you want more, read the book "Blueprint to a Billion" by David Thomson.

Go To Source (money.cnn.com)
Bite Your Tongue
11/8/2007
Summary:

Communicating before groups can be key to an entrepreneur's success, whether they be employees, customers, or potential investors. Following these eight, quick-read tips will boost your odds of "wowing" your audience.

Go To Source (blog.guykawasaki.com)
Buddy System
11/1/2007
Summary:

This brief but insightful article offers five guidelines to help decide if an alliance would help your company, as well as someone else's. Partnering can provide immediate access to technology, distribution, and other infrastructure without the time and expense of in-house development.

Go To Source (www.entrepreneur.com)
How Many Stock Options Should I Give An Advisor?
11/8/2007
Summary:

Granting non-qualified stock options to an advisor is common during startup to ensure success, but vesting schedules must be considered, too. Much of the value advisors provide is early on, so a long-term relationship may not be productive. Here are some strategies.

Go To Source (www.feld.com)
Schilling's Laws for Perfect Start(up)s
11/8/2007
Summary:

Sports analogies abound in the world of business. This well-done blog entry is direct and useful, explaining how a near-perfect performance by star pitcher Curt Schilling holds winning lessons for start-up entrepreneurs.

Go To Source (blog.sethgoldstein.com)
Speaking as a Performing Art
11/8/2007
Summary:

Making a presentation that will engage an audience is the goal of most entrepreneurs who are pitching to investors, selling to customers, or motivating employees. If you put these fantastic fifteen tips to work, they will put you on the road to public speaking success.

Go To Source (blog.guykawasaki.com)

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