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A recently released book written by Maynard Webb titled Dear Founder: Letters of Advice for Anyone who Leads, Manages, or Wants to Start a Business written in the form of a series of letters, outlines certain tenets that all new business founders need to know. On culture and inclusion, he says that diversity as part of the talent recruitment strategy has to be implemented right from outset, else it will get complicated after a certain stage. Once funding is received from an investor, a founder typically gets about 18 months to make use of it, before it runs out and one looks for a fresh round. Technology is democratizing the professional space away from the traditional paternalistic company that was common in the past. Webb also mentions how all kinds of companies need to have a proper board of directors, to fall back on useful advice. Entrepreneurs must also learn to handle hard situations like firing employees.

Source:http://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu/article/what-every-founder-should-know/?utm_source=kw_newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=2018-10-11

Uploaded Date:14 November 2018

It is well-known that imagination is a critical component for entrepreneurs to possess. But, this imaginativeness though may be divided into three categories. These three are – creative, practical and social. These three have a greater impact than motivation, experience or knowledge. Their presence is directly proportional to being able to generate a new venture idea or implementing any business innovation. Cognitive skills such as communication, innovation and administration are required to choose which of new ideas to pursue. Seemingly unrelated bits of data can be aligned together using creative imaginativeness. Social imaginativeness allows one to understand people’s requirements around which some idea can be pitched. Practical imaginativeness is needed to implement the ideas within the constraints and existing societal scenario.

Source:https://www.forbes.com/sites/dinahwisenberg/2018/09/23/three-types-of-imaginativeness-important-in-entrepreneurship/#5c7d295c7b81

Uploaded Date:27 September 2018

Not all entrepreneurs plan to be so. Many end-up accidentally, while others learn along the way. Some entrepreneurs have shared what they envisaged for themselves while growing up. Angie Hicks of Angie’s List fame wanted to go into the actuaries. This love for numbers translated into the right business research skills, so necessary to be an entrepreneur in the digital age. Whitney Wolfe of Bumble was always creative so she wanted to end up a fashion designer. Kara Goldin of Hint, fancied herself as a future lawyer. Bea-Fischel Bock of Hutch loves animals so much, that she wanted to grow up a veterinary doctor. Daniel Lubetzky of KIND wanted to be a magician while Lyft’s John Zimmer aspired to become a doughnut maker. Jen Rubio, David Bladow, Carrie Dorr, Bastian Lehman, Randi Zuckerberg, Heidi Zak, Alex Friedman, Katrina Lake, Luis von Ahn, Scott Harrison, Bruce Poon Tip, Ayah Bdeir, Wendy Williams, Dr. Katie Rodan, Alexa von Tobel, Tamara Mellon, Vicki Fullop, Nirav Tolia, Jennifer Hyman, Christine Barberich, Sarah Kauss, Barbara Corcoran, Tristan Walker, PayalKadakia and Melanie Perkins have all shared such vivid details of their childhoods.

Source:https://www.entrepreneur.com/slideshow/286477#10

Uploaded Date:11 September 2018

Selling off one’s companies to bigger ones to rake in the profits is a long-proven technique of business success. Yet, there are many entrepreneurs who have resisted the lure of acquisitions to simply build on from the good work done with their start-up. One such example is that of online retailer Carousell, whose Founder Quek Siu Rui turned down a hundred-million-dollar offer, but now runs the same company that is worth five times that figure. Foursquare was an early social media success, but turned down acquisition proposals from both Facebook and Yahoo. Its own estimate was higher which they turned down. Now Foursquare has leveraged its massive big data credentials, monetizing the same. Twitter was offered a similar deal by rival Facebook in the early days. Now, Twitter is one of the top platforms for companies’ digital marketing efforts. Others going through such a brave though complicated route include PK4 Media, Snapchat, Coffee Meets Bagel, Bumble, Qualtrics and Flexport.

Source:https://www.entrepreneur.com/slideshow/317511

Uploaded Date:11 September 2018

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