Avoid one of the most costly entrepreneur mistakes: the Superman complex.
Max Nisen of Business Insider writes that one of the biggest entrepreneur mistakes is that they don’t consider the serious dangers that accompany rapid growth.
Learn about the ExactTarget IPO from the company’s co-founder and CEO Scott Dorsey.
Jeff Haden of Inc. sat down with Scott Dorsey to talk about the ExactTarget IPO. Dorsey is the co-founder and CEO of the interactive marketing software company “that went public earlier this year and has a market cap of over $1.3 billion.”
Read about bootstrapping advice from a teenager in India who started a company that now earns seven million dollars in revenue.
Sanket Nadhani, guest posting at OnStartups.com, offers an inspiring story of how a bootstrapping 17-year-old in India managed to reach seven million dollars in annual revenue with his company FushionCharts.
Learn nine gamification strategies and why they can boost user engagement with your brand.
Scott Gerber, founder of the Young Entrepreneur Council, writes in Mashable that gamification strategies, “like any new marketing strategy,” won’t produce results unless they’re “applied thoroughly” and “in a way your users can relate to.” He polled a group of entrepreneurs and presents a list of nine tips for “successfully ‘gamifying’ a brand.”
The startup pivot has saved tech companies galore. Find out how it can help yours.
Simone Baribeau of Fast Company writes that although the startup pivot “is at the tip of every tech founder’s tongue…doesn’t mean there’s any consensus on what it means.” Fast Company’s final Pivot video looks back “on almost 20 companies’ successful turnarounds…and how they view the strategic shifts that led to their success.”
Learn the common mistakes made during the M&A process and how to get around them.
John Warrillow, founder and CEO of The Sellability Score, knows that the M&A process can lead to many pitfalls. In a post at Inc., Warrillow lists the four most common problems when it comes to growing by acquisition and provides the best ways around them.
Get startup advice straight from a range of different successful founders in a new video from GROWlab Accelerator.
John Koetseir of VentureBeat writes that a new video from GROWlab Accelerator founder Debbie Landa bottles “the essential startup advice of some of the best founders and VCs in the world.” Needless to say, he thinks every entrepreneurs should watch it.
Learn what to focus on for your IPO strategy: pricing, profitability, and market.
Glenn Solomon of GGV Capital writes in TechCrunch that the successful IPO strategy of Workday “was breathtaking,” as the company’s stock closed “up 74 percent from the IPO price.” Solomon points to three “relevant lessons” from Workday’s IPO “for all aspiring entrepreneurs.”
Learn the rules for designing your startup’s cool office.
Eric Markowitz, startup writer, and Christine Lagorio, executive editor at Inc., write that for startups, a cool office is “a recruitment tool, a second home, a place to hang out with friends, a place to be inspired, and, particularly for entrepreneurs with huge goals, the place that will serve as the launch pad into building the next billion-dollar company.”