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Pitfalls in Hiring, Ways to Motivate a Team Arise in Twitter Chat

When you're building a company from nothing, you need to be aware of the skills and expertise you lack. This may seem like a heavy focus on the negative, but if you're not aware of your weaknesses, you won't know what type of people you need to bring onto your team in order to grow your venture.

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on June 24, 2015
How Do You Build a Great Startup Team? Twitter Chat Looks for Answers

This week we're tackling the next topic in our #MillennialTreps Twitter Chats with the U.S. Small Business Administration--How do you build a great startup team?

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on June 22, 2015
Millennials Twitter Chat Raises Questions of Credibility, Preparation and Hurdles When It Comes to Financing a Venture

Starting a business around a great idea can be an exciting option for a young person. But how do you go about getting the finance to accomplish such an undertaking? Millennials are coming out of college with more and more student loan debt, and little to no credibility to show financial lenders. Where can they turn?

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on May 19, 2015
Can Leaders Be Vulnerable and Successful at the Same Time?

Despite the glamour that sometimes befalls an entrepreneur--after they've closed a round, amassed a high valuation, or exited a company--the road to getting there can be rough. The ups and downs of not only starting a company, but also managing to sustain it can get ugly at times.

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on May 01, 2015
Three Mistakes 1 Million Cups Presenters Commonly Make

The 1 Million Cups Organizer Summit this week brought together organizers from over 30 states across the country--everywhere from Fargo, N.D. to Tampa, Fla. The summit allows for the organizers to discuss everything from how their community is growing (or not growing) to how they can better help the entrepreneurs they encounter. What stood out to me most was the common mistakes presenters make during their 1 Million Cups presentations.

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on May 01, 2015
Three Essentials to Protecting Your Business Idea From Failure

Do you have a great product or business idea? Well, it is very likely that your idea is going to fail. Now before you leave this blog in a fury, stop and think.

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on April 07, 2015
Millennials Twitter Chat Discusses Relevance of Business Plans, Whether to Co-Found or Not

Ideas are a dime a dozen, but the execution of that idea is another thing altogether. Those of the millennial generation are coming up with more and more idea, but once they have an idea for a business, they need to know what to do next.

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on March 31, 2015
How to Avoid Getting Stuck with a Mediocre Business Model

As entrepreneurs, our deep passion to solve real problems drives us in our quest to revolutionize the way things were done before. We often get really excited about our "big idea" and jump straight into developing it. We grab a Business Model Canvas, flesh out the perfect model, rush into interviewing customers, then start building the product, hiring new team members and so on.

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on March 19, 2015
What Entrepreneurs Keep Leaving Out When They Answer the Question 'Who is Your Competition?'

"Who is your competition?" Whether it's an elevator pitch, investor pitch, or 1 Million Cups pitch, entrepreneurs are quick to address this common question when preparing their presentations.

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on March 11, 2015
The One Thing Entrepreneurs Consistently Get Wrong

In the world of entrepreneurship, there are plenty of missteps and mistakes on the way to creating a thriving venture, but there is one mistake you can put an end to today--getting your market size wrong.

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on March 03, 2015