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Entrepreneurship

  • 6 ways you are neglecting revenue as your bottom line

    Starting a business will pull you in dozens of directions at once. Exterior forces will demand your attention' from the employees you have working under you to the partners, investors, and mentors who pressure you to make certain decisions. To make matters worse, most entrepreneurs have “shiny object syndrome,” jumping from new idea to new idea while occasionally neglecting work on some of the most important fundamentals. There's a serious chance you're jeopardising the future of your company if you're neglecting revenue as your bottom line. Fortunately, this is your chance to correct your habits. Why revenue is so important It should...

  • The 10 books that inspired me to build a unicorn company

    I admit it. I’m an online ‘snack’ addict. After all, with the digital era has come an endless selection of cheap, easy and addictive pieces of online content for us to readily consume: tantalising Buzzfeed-y headlines, irresistible top-10 lists (like this one), teaser photos of your friend’s latest vacation album on Facebook, etc. When it comes to content, snacking is fun, but it shouldn’t replace full meals. We need to remember to consume long, nourishing content from time to time. Numerous studies have proven that reading can improve brain function; some have even suggested they can make you a better person....

  • Shoot for the moon: how venture capitalists think

    Shoot for the moon, reach for the stars. Entrepreneurs are often the pilots of such inconceivable projects, but many times it's the cash fuel injection that gets them there. Last week at the venture capital (VC) conference Moment 2016 in Tokyo, panellists David Lee from Refactor Capital, Craig Sherman from Meritech Capital Partners, and moderator Gen Isayama of World Innovation Lab spoke about how to identify rockets before liftoff. "The impact from a society impact should be numbered into terms of a thousand 'X'," says David. While home run deals are more about making money, moonshots don't just make money,...

  • 5 disastrous mistakes entrepreneurs need to avoid in business blogging

    The primary objective of a business blog is to create valuable resources for your target audience, which will, in turn, make them interested in your business. Today, it is regarded as one of the core components of inbound marketing strategy. Having a business blog not only enhances brand awareness, but also helps you generate more inbound links, indexed pages, leads, and conversions. Business blogging can be extremely productive if done right. Like every other business initiatives, there is a right approach of maintaining a successful business blog and, quite obviously, a wrong way as well. While many businesses are starting to...

  • 7 easy ways entrepreneurs can reach the state of unfuddle

    WrkRiot, a startup caught up in chaos and claims of forged wire transfers, fake records, late payments, and borrowing money from employees, recently collapsed in spectacular fashion. While WrkRiot is an extreme example, it wouldn’t be far off the mark to say that startups are synonymous to chaos and crisis. You often hear stories about startups failing, founder fatigue, funding problems, and as Trudeau Sr. would have said, general fuddle duddle ups. However, there are some easy ways startup owners can avoid, well, fuddle duddle ups and reach the state of extreme peace and unfuddle. Let’s look into some such...

  • What entrepreneurs should expect when moving to Silicon Valley

    In the 1990s, Silicon Valley in the San Francisco area of California became synonymous with tech startups. As the birthplace of companies like Google and Apple, drawing from talent pools at schools like the University of Berkeley, investors, venture capitalists, programmers, and entrepreneurs all worked together to create a new kind of industry. Many areas around the country have begun to catch up, creating tech based startup incubators and working to make business ownership easier to access, but many people still believe that moving to Silicon Valley is necessary if a tech company is really going to take off. What...

  • 7 startup myths perpetuated by Hollywood

    Whether it's HBO's Silicon Valley or ABC's Shark Tank, we have always had a love affair with the startups and entrepreneurs behind them. Launching a business and going from rags to riches is a huge part of the quintessential "American Dream." Unfortunately, as Hollywood tends to do, they've glorified certain aspects of the startup culture and created a number of myths that simply aren't true. 1. Good ideas mean success Ideation is not necessarily indicative of success. This is a principle that most people don't realise. They assume that development and monetization of a good idea is easy. Unfortunately, this is...

  • 7 things you need to include in your plan to become a successful entrepreneur

    Becoming a successful entrepreneur is hard work. There is no easy way and you need to work hard to become successful. Ever heard of the saying: "No Pain No Gain"? Putting in minimal effort will get you nowhere! Ask any entrepreneur if it was easy or hard to become successful? Answers will vary, but something you’ll hear from all of them is it was hard. Believe me, there is nothing easy about starting a business. If you thought working for a boss was hard, the entrepreneurial path can be challenging. Being your own boss can be demanding, scary and bring...

  • Investors agree Southeast Asia has a series B problem. Here’s what’s filling the gap

    Startups in Southeast Asia have seen an influx of funding at the seed and series A stages, but the same can't be said for series B, experts observe. "A lot of seed and series A investments have happened and many of these companies will get to series B stage, but we don't have a lot of series B funds. There's only a handful that are really dedicated to writing US$7 million, US$10 million, US$15 million checks in Southeast Asia," Stefan Jung, a founding partner at Venturra Capital, said today at the Tech in Asia Tokyo 2016 conference. Also onstage were Hanno...

  • How do I raise angel funding in Silicon Valley as a foreign startup?

    You’re an aspiring entrepreneur. You’re a hotshot startup heading for unicorn status (whatever that means). You have the next best thing that will change the world. Regardless of where you sit on the spectrum, or what your motivations are, be it the promises of riches and fortune, or driving sweeping social changes, we are all drawn by the allure of this mystical land, Silicon Valley. However, the romantic notion of this place being awash with cash, and you landing in SFO to score that golden ticket could not be further removed from the truth when faced with the reality of the...