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Getting Through Dark Moments and the Most Vulnerable Story I've Ever Told Publicly

In light of troughs and darkness, the smallest things can be inspirational. I know what it's like to be in that trough, and I know what it's like to feel a bit lost. If you're an entrepreneur, this can be an hourly thing. Where do you go for inspiration? For motivation when you feel a tinge of failure? Sometimes, you have to dig deep to find the greater goal that reignites the fire within. And sometimes, you need someone to pour a little gas on the spark to get you fired up.

I wanted to provide you with a few sites, quotes, pictures that has kept me fighting over my entrepreneurial endeavor, too. Hopefully, one of these will inspire you to dig deep and to keep pursuing greater things for you and for those around you.


101 Best Inspirational Quotes for Entrepreneurs - Business Insider. I take a quote every beginning of the week and plaster it on my social media and on my computer. Great stuff from legends including Reid Hoffman (LinkedIn co-founder), Larry Page (Google co-fou…

Who's poised to profit in this fragmented, online dating world of startups?

If you're single and ready to mingle, chances are good you have a number of "online dating" apps on your phone. They're everywhere -- the usual suspects of Match.com, eHarmony, OkCupid (a Match company now actually), Plenty of Fish, etc. are joined by the swipe-addicting Tinder, Hinge, Twine, and so many more. Most of those apps and companies didn't exist three years ago. However, this post isn't about dating apps.

Looking across different industries, you see the same explosive growth in companies. From travel, you've got Travelocity, Expedia, Hotwire, Kayak, and Booking.com with more recent newcomers including Airbnb, Hipmunk, SafelyStay, etc. Even in the CRM space you had SAP, Oracle, etc. with their own solutions and then Salesforce has pretty much taken over, but you have to add in the SugarCRM, Zoho, and so many more. Now, let's also add in the explosion of wearable technologies to be spearheaded by Google's announcement of a designated OS c…

Eating your own dogfood and imitating the late Steve Irwin -- Why would you do that?

Woo! Another article brought to me by a connection on LinkedIn. Or, maybe it was LinkedIn’s own algorithm. Either way, the source is on point! This article is written by Sahar Hashemi (a LinkedIn Influencer, entrepreneur and author) – “Are They Customers or Aliens?
Hashemi writes how she started her companies Coffee Republic and Skinny Candy out of her own “selfish” needs. She took the approach to work backwards from a customer’s perspective and needs, and growing up to building a business. Indeed, this is a pretty common approach of many entrepreneurs – personal headaches. However, what she really hones in on in her article is the need for her own team to consistently put themselves in the shoes of the customers. Market research, focus groups, mystery shoppers, and other means can be expensive propositions. Only getting in the face, in a positive way, of customers did they learn. However, putting themselves in their customers’ positions was a key ingredient to Hashemi’s success.
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Trends for Startups and Ideas to Build the Future

Back in November, I wanted to wrap my head around what was going on in the world. The world has been moving so fast, and if you're looking to build a successful venture that can withstand some sense of time, I believe you have to either recognize where the world is going, or play a role in building the future.

At this time, I also read about how many brick and mortar retailers were employing new technology and ideas to combat online retailers, especially Amazon. Retailers will (some already are) tracking your every movement once you've walked into the store to understand customer behaviors. Heck, even gas stations such as Tesco are looking to install screens at gas pumps to target advertisements vis-a-vis facial recognition.

This got me thinking that to build a startup, you can also look at ways to help those who are on the brink of... death. Think about it. With the rise and quicker deaths (or barely living) of companies such as RIM (Blackberry), Kodak, Nokia, etc., it's…