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Part Four: John Osher's Startup Mistakes in the Overall Vision
Schoeniger Gary
3/17/2010
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This is the final part in the series.  Gary Schoeniger discusses his interview with one of America’s most successful entrepreneurs John Osher and the mistakes that startups make.  Below is Part Four: Mistakes with the Overall Startup Vision. Part One discussed Startup Mistakes in Research...

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Part Three: John Osher's Startup Mistakes in Management
Schoeniger Gary
3/10/2010
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This is the third part in a four part series.  Gary Schoeniger discusses his interview with one of America’s most successful entrepreneurs John Osher and the mistakes that startups make.  Below is Part Three: Mistakes in Management. Part One discussed the mistakes in Market Research...

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Part Two: John Osher's Startup Mistakes with Financial Planning
Schoeniger Gary
3/3/2010
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This is the second part in a four part series.Gary Schoeniger discusses his interview with one of America's most successful entrepreneurs John Osher and the mistakes that startups make.  Below is Part Two: Mistakes in Financial Planning.  Part One discussed the mistakes in Market Research...

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Are Entrepreneurs Really Predators?
Schoeniger Gary
4/15/2010
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As entrepreneurship has emerged as a global phenomenon, it is apparent that many popular entrepreneur myths remain. Among them, none is perhaps more common (and potentially devastating) than that of the entrepreneur as a bold risk taker, the flamboyant gambler who bets it all and...

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Business Planning: A Permission Based Approach.
Schoeniger Gary
5/3/2010
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Lately it seems as if the term “business plan” has become synonymous with the entrepreneurship education initiatives that have sprung up on nearly every college campus and small business development center in the country.

Business plan competitions, business plan writing clinics, business planning software, business...

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Entrepreneurs as insurgents?
Schoeniger Gary
6/21/2010
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Still a bit wrankled by Malcolm Gladwell’s recent article, “The Sure Thing,” in which he (mis)characterized entrepreneurs as “predators.” I began to search for a more accurate metaphor; one that might be negatively construed, yet more accurately describes the behavior and attitudes of successful entrepreneurs....

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Getting Out of the Building
Amanda Schnieders
1/1/0001
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The room was busy, but certainly not crowded. There were enough gaps in between the groups of people that I knew if I stood there in the doorway much longer, people would surely realize I had no one to talk to, that I didn’t know anyone. That fear set in. The paralyzing gut-clench signifying I was in the self-conscious beginnings of an embarrassing moment.

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Entrepreneurship Hits Global Stage in UN General Assembly
Amanda Schnieders
6/28/2013
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Yesterday, entrepreneurship was given a spotlight panel at the United Nations General Assembly. This was a great sign of the growing belief that entrepreneurship provides a path to economic growth and a decrease in poverty levels around the world. Our VP of Entrepreneurship, Thom Ruhe, was asked to speak on a panel to discuss entrepreneurship education - an exciting opportunity for the Foundation to continue our mission of advancing entrepreneurship on a global scale.

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Getting Out of the Building
Amanda Schnieders
6/25/2013
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The room was busy, but certainly not crowded. There were enough gaps in between the groups of people that I knew if I stood there in the doorway much longer, people would surely realize I had no one to talk to, that I didn’t know anyone. That fear set in. The paralyzing gut-clench signifying I was in the self-conscious beginnings of an embarrassing moment.

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Acquisition: Mission Failed or Dream Salvaged?
Amanda Schnieders
7/11/2013
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"If you truly believe in the potential of your company to change the world for the better, there’s no excuse for settling for an acquisition."

I was reading through this month's Inc. magazine earlier when this quote caught my eye. My first thought was to challenge the notion. There are specific occasions when an acquisition is exactly what a company needs to move forward or to move on. This is just how things work, but the bold words sparked my interest enough to turn the page. I flipped to Issie Lapowsky’s feature with Vimeo founder Jake Lodwick. Lodwick was fired a year and a half after selling Connected Ventures, the parent company of Vimeo and College Humor, to InterActive Corp, an Internet company that owns the likes of match.com, Urbanspoon, and dictionary.com. After the acquisition, he felt stripped of his creativity. Where innovation once dwelled, process was introduced. Lodwick was fired a week and a half before he planned to quit. This experience backs his words of advice to entrepreneurs who think an acquisition means nothing will change within the mission of an organization. Lodwick bitterly states that "in fact the mission was lost, and everything will change."

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