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Steve Blank on Launching a Lean Startup

Steve Blank, a retired serial entrepreneur, has had his share of hits and misses: He founded the business software firm Epiphany, which was later acquired for $329 million, and he’s …

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Small-Business Owners: What I Wish I Could Tell My Younger Self

If you’d only known then what you know now, you would have done a few things differently, right? As the saying goes, “hindsight is 20/20″ — and perhaps your small …

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Polyvore’s Jess Lee on Taking the Startup Leap

When Jess Lee left Google in 2009 for a little-known fashion website called Polyvore, she wasn’t sure what to expect. But she loved the site. On Polyvore, fashionistas create collages …

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CloudFlare Founder on “Supercharging” Websites and Her Soaring Success

Michelle Zatlyn (pictured) is a go-getter, in every sense of the word. Armed with a degree in chemistry, she worked for Google and Toshiba, earned an MBA from Harvard Business …

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How Tour Manager Steve Lopez Keeps Widespread Panic’s Wheels Rolling

When you’re a touring rock band, your to-do list is never done. You travel to the venue for soundcheck, give interviews, do radio promotions, perform a concert, meet fans, and …

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Jonathan Fields on Succeeding in Uncertain Times

Many entrepreneurs strike out on their own early in life, but Jonathan Fields isn’t one of them. Fields began his career as a tough-as-nails hedge fund lawyer at a Manhattan …

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Mark Johnson on Building Customer Loyalty

Small businesses have what seems like a million potential strategies for building customer loyalty — Facebook, Twitter, online deals, and smartphone apps, to name a few — but many wonder …

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Using Goodwill to Source Employees

Need to hire new staff for your business? Consider calling the Goodwill Job Center in your community. Goodwill uses the funds raised from selling donated goods to finance job-training and …

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Shoe Designer Sheena Garg Edwards on Maintaining Work-Life Balance

Sheena Garg Edwards seems to do it all. Lately, her daily routine includes designing shoes for the next season, planning for the holidays, and running three kids to and from …

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‘The Lean Startup’ Rewrites the Entrepreneur Playbook

When one of Facebook’s founders endorses a new how-to book on entrepreneurial methodology — because it helps “answer the tough questions about business” — entrepreneurs listen. The Lean Startup: How Today’s …

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How and When a CEO Should Apologize

Gone are the days when being a CEO meant never having to say you’re sorry. Lately, it seems we’ve been deluged with corporate apologies — ranging from Mike Lazaridis, founder …

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Adobo Nation’s Michelle Valeriano on Adding Video to Your Online Marketing Mix

Michelle Valeriano has worn many hats over the course of her career. The former model and video jockey is now a video producer, a TV hostess, and the founder and …

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How to Become an Online Video Star

Dina Kaplan (pictured) was holding down her dream job as a reporter for WNBC in New York City in 2005 when she received a call from a friend, Mike Hudack. …

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Entrepreneur Jim Kukral on Crowdsourcing His Book Advance

Marketing consultant Jim Kukral (pictured) had already published a book the traditional way when he decided to try self-publishing. “Being a marketer and an entrepreneur, I can’t wait nine months …

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Does How You Look Affect How Well You Lead?

When the media spotlight briefly focused on a possible presidential run by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, several pundits branched out from conventional political analysis to focus on his weight. …

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