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A Wake Up Call From Seth Godin: Three Reasons Entrepreneurs Fail

Seth_GodinGodin Almighty.

Yes — Seth Godin looms larger than life. Powerful on stage. Even more so in person.

As I sat 24 inches from this legend in a dimly lit room backstage, just the two of us alone in our own little world, I probed as deep as I dare go into his brilliant mind.

But first, some context: Godin just wrapped a 60 minute presentation at Infusionsoft’s annual small business conference called ICON14. Three thousand screaming entrepreneurs were standing in ovation to the art he delivered onstage, insight and wisdom you can take to the bank and cash.

However, let’s venture back to the dimly lit room backstage and uncover the secrets he shared one-on-one with me for entrepreneurs. Yes — he gave me nine, three of which I pass on to you now:

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From Basement to $15M: One Woman’s Journey To The Top

Joy Taylor“Your net worth is determined by your network.” — Entrepreneur Jeff Walker

You’ve heard it before, but do you grasp its significance?

Joy Taylor does.

As Co-Founder and CEO of Taygan Point Consulting Group, her company is among the fastest growing companies in America on the Inc. 5000 list. Yes — she’s on top of the world and has compelling secrets to share.

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Women Entrepreneurs: Without These Two Traits, You’re Sunk

Kelsey_Ramsden_Entrepreneur_640Hard to imagine it comes down to two traits.

But I dare you to come up with a successful entrepreneur (male or female) who does not possess them. Steve Jobs had them. Sara Blakely has them. So does entrepreneur Kelsey Ramsden.

As Founder and owner of four companies, Ramsden is set to bring in revenues of $50 million this year. She is Canada’s Top Female Entrepreneur two years in a row and on the Richard Branson Centre for Entrepreneurship as a mentor.

So what traits does Ramsden and these other rock-star entrepreneurs possess?

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Top 5 Tips: How Three Women Crushed The Entrepreneurial Barrier

Let’s face it, this is no longer a game for men only.

Bold women step out everyday into the world of entrepreneurship. The likes of Kathy Ireland. Sara Blakely. Arianna Huffington.

And Joy Taylor, Kelsey Ramsden and Lisa Williams are three such woman.

As members of the 2013 EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women, they collectively run companies banking over $70M in annual revenue.

Interviewed in front of the startup entrepreneurs of Mighty Wise Academy, they provide valuable tips on how they did it:

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Mix Family And Friends With Business? 6 Secrets Revealed

Clate Mask CEO, Infusionsoft

Clate Mask CEO, Infusionsoft


Yes — stolen from Sprint. But every entrepreneur I know has to face it head on: the dilemma of how to mix their business with friends and family.

Listen — it makes sense to work with those we like and trust, and there is no better fit than our friends and family. I’ve always done it and you’re probably doing it too. In fact, I’ve rarely met an entrepreneur who didn’t have a close friend or family member working with them.

But how do smart entrepreneurs have “framily“ as employees, investors and partners — and still remain civil at Thanksgiving dinner?

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Behind Closed Doors: What To Expect Inside A Startup Accelerator

Startups fail everyday.

And depending on who you listen to, the crash and burn rate is anywhere from 50% to 90% within one to five years.

Because smart entrepreneurs know this, they seek help. Mentors, advisors, peer group entrepreneurs, business courses, masterminds and accelerators are a few options.

In fact, according to TechCrunch there are roughly 170 accelerators worldwide. Media darlings like 500 Startups, TechStars and Y Combinator churn out big successes and sometimes colossal failures — but rarely is there a peek behind closed doors of what an accelerator is and what it can do for your startup business.

So in search of answers, Robert Wallace, Executive Vice President of Tallwave shares key insights on how it works.

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Equity Crowdfunding 101: Is It Right For Your Startup?

Crowdfunding concept“I need capital, Eric.”

Sitting in my archives are hundreds of emails with the same plea.

And although my comeback tells entrepreneurs to bootstrap and run lean for as long as possible, there does come a time to seek the almighty buck.

Startup entrepreneurs can knock on the door of angels, venture capitalists, friends, banks or their Aunt Milly — but crowdfunding?

Judd Hollas, Founder and CEO of EquityNet, shares helpful details of crowdfunding so you can determine if it’s right for your startup.

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$50M Woman: How She Overcomes Fear And Failure

Kelsey RamsdenFear and failure. Like the toy prize found in a box of Cracker Jacks, these two words just come in the box labeled entrepreneurship.

But what are the best kept secrets on how to overcome these paralyzing words?

Kelsey Ramsden has the answers.

As Founder and owner of four companies, Ramsden is set to bring in revenues of $50 million this year. She is Canada’s Top Female Entrepreneur two years in a row, a select member of EY’s Winning Women Entrepreneurs, and on the Richard Branson Centre for Entrepreneurship as a mentor.

In this follow up article to her 8 Simple Tips From A $50M Female Entrepreneur, she provides guidance on how to overcome fear, what to do when you fail and one tactic to keep you going when you want to quit;

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The Most Important Skill They Don’t Teach You At Harvard (Or Anywhere Else)

LisaKaySolomonYou and I face problems.

Sometimes we know what to do. Most times we don’t and need input from others.

But to maximize this input to produce real-world results it takes a new skill not taught in most business schools.

Call it a ‘strategic conversation’ and according to Lisa Kay Solomon, entrepreneurs aren’t having enough of them.

In her recently published book (co-authored with Chris Ertel), ‘Moments of Impact: How To Design Strategic Conversations That Accelerate Change’, she provides a complete drill-down on how it’s done.

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8 Simple Tips From A $50M Female Entrepreneur

kelsey-ramsdenWhat move can you make right now to advance your career as an entrepreneur?


But it’s not the kind of modeling you think. To borrow (model) best practices and advice of wildly successful entrepreneurs is wise.

Rubbing shoulders at Ernst & Young’s Strategic Growth Forum with a plethora of business leaders at this level, Kelsey Ramsden stood above the crowd.

Founder of four companies, she is Canada’s Top Female Entrepreneur, a select member of Ernst & Young’s Winning Women Entrepreneurs for 2013 and on the Richard Branson Centre for Entrepreneurship as a mentor.

I like her already.

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