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Are startup founders entrepreneurs or poker players?

In the U.S., small business (less than 250 employees) makes up nearly half the GDP and accounts for more than half the employment. But with the Great Recession, a number of these small businesses have gone bankrupt. The bets that entrepreneurs put on themselves came up short. But that’s why they are called “bets” — these entrepreneurs are knowingly exposing themselves to risk, and potentially, a great...

Startups, failure is no excuse for failing to communicate.

It may sound like a pretty obvious thing to say but the single most important people for a startup is its users. While it is true to say that investment can criticial, and staff help drive a business, a service or product has to have users in order to attract both of those in the first place – with very few exceptions. All startups are inherently focused on their users to help them grow, but that same focus...

Forget the geeks, learn about your company by going where your customers are

I’m a geek and given the choice I will always choose to hangout with my own “kind”. Having launched a product and started a service business I quickly realised that I had to break out of my habits and start going to where my customers really are. That’s why, when I was given the opportunity to speak to an entrepreneur and startup founder about this subject, I immediately jumped on board. Jeremy Kagan...

How to price your services as a freelancer

Hands down, pricing your services as a freelancer is tough. So tough that no one has really mastered it. There isn’t really a secret formula to pricing your services just right, no magical tricks that will help you land awesome clients, and no one way to price your services so that you can guarantee that you will be rolling in the dough. There is this idea in the freelancing industry that freelancers shouldn’t...