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5 Must-Haves of an Entrepreneurial Career
Waldorf Gregory
2/14/2007
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Greg Waldorf, CEO of the online matchmaking service eHarmony.com, describes the essential components of a successful entrepreneurial career. He believes that working with great people, taking risks, adaptability, passion and timely execution of plans can lead to success for entrepreneurs. He draws parallels between the satisfaction found through finding the right career path and a fulfilling relationship.

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Five to Help You Thrive
2/16/2007
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This article suggests that there are five key relationships that entrepreneurs running growth companies should work on developing: relationships with customers, employees, vendors, bankers, and mentors.

Go To Source (www.rismedia.com)
Giving Back
FastTrac
3/9/2007
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The power to make a difference comes when you look inside to find what you have to give.

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The Elevator Pitch
FastTrac
3/20/2007
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When asked about your business, you need to have a quick and compelling answer ready--you need an elevator pitch. This article discusses the important aspects of developing and delivering your elevator pitch.

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Phases of a Startup
Jung Mark
4/18/2007
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Mark Jung, former internet CEO and entrepreneur, discusses the personal and professional challenges in the five phases of a startup. Jung explores these phases, namely inception, growth, setback, rejuvenation and transition. He advises that the first stop is not the last stop, and an entrepreneur should continuously share confidence and faith with the organization while facing challenges.

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The Physics of Startups
Agassi Shai
4/25/2007
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Shai Agassi discusses his entrepreneurial journey from the enterprise software industry to his current work in clean energy. In the process, he describes the "physics of startups", drawing parallels between principles of business and the laws of physics. He emphasizes the importance of acting on an idea before it's adopted by the mainstream and navigating the inevitable uncertainties that can result in success or failure.

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Negotiations On and Off the Field
Young Steve
5/22/2007
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Steve Young, former quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, describes the lessons he's learned in negotiating with teammates, agents, and in his personal life. Interviewed as a guest in Stan Christensen's Negotiations course, Young provides insight through humorous anecdotes across a broad range of experience. In particular, he describes different negotiation tactics that were useful throughout his career as a quarterback, lawyer, and entrepreneur. While earning his spot as the fiery leader of the 49ers, balancing life with children, and undergoing multiple business ventures, Young highlights the use of accountability, soft skills to deal with personal feelings, and working hard with no excuses, to achieve success.

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Why Smart Companies Do Dumb Things
5/24/2007
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Consensus, conviction, expertise, and an inspirational vision. "Smart" entrepreneurs may rely on the like, but they don't guarantee success. Guy Kawasaki shares ten ways of avoiding mistakes that happen in spite of the best intentions.

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Developing A Business Plan
6/4/2007
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This tool will take you through the step-by-step process of developing a business plan that includes all the basic elements needed.

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Maintaining an Agile Company
6/4/2007
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By using the steps in this tool, you will be able to better identify opportunities for change, determine if you are ready for change, recognize what your customers want and create the proper environment for change in your company.

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