Beyond Startup: The Lean Canvas for Business Development

Lean is Business Development. Most people are familiar with Lean because of Toyota Manufacturing; this concept of eliminating waste, increasing efficiency and improving profits was revolutionary in the business world.  Move forward in time and Eric Ries made popular the principles of Lean by applying them to starting a business.  This idea around the high failure […]

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Entrepreneurs: Are you a Shark when it comes to Business?

If you’ve seen the television show Shark Tank, you may have some idea of what an entrepreneur could look like.   Successful entrepreneurs are like “swimming with sharks.”  There’s something to learn from this idea of sharks –  the investing entrepreneurs have been thought of as predatory, conquering, and large in their target markets and business practices.  Successful. […]

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Goal: Changing the Culture around Women Founders

“Women shouldn’t be afraid to put themselves forward.” – Sarah Wood, Cofounder and COO of Unruly Media. What is it about being a woman that changes your investability within the Startup, Venture Capital, and Angel investor communities?  According to Mashable.com in their blog article, “The 10 Things You Didn’t Know about Women Owned Businesses,” “Despite […]

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Startups: Not For the Faint of Heart

Every now and then, as I watch my online “news feeds” go by, I notice this trend of recycling “Entrepreneurship is hard” theme go by.  Titles range from “the 10 worst things about owning your own business” to “How to Weather the Storms of a Startup.”  We’ve read the statistics.  We manage the late nights. […]

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