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Launch Summit Brings Startup Experts Straight to Your Laptop

It’s a radical concept that may seem too good to be true. A 100 percent virtual and completely free conference? But a Charleston, South Carolina-based startup is making the concept a reality this month. Launchpeer, a high-growth tech consultancy, is hosting the inaugural Launch Summit beginning September 18th. The event is 100 percent online and free features five days of sessions and live Q&As with 23 speakers from around the country. Jake Hare, cofounder and CEO of Launchpeer, hatched the idea in an effort to disrupt the traditional conference model and make learning opportunities accessible to entrepreneurs. “Conferences are expensive, and it’s hard for cash-strapped startup founders to justify spending money on airline tickets, food, event passes, etc. when it could be spent on mar...

This Is How Entrepreneurs, Students And Teachers Can Benefit From LinkedIn Learning

Jeffrey “Jeff” Weiner, chief executive officer of LinkedIn [+] [-] Corp., smiles during a Bloomberg Television interview at the company’s headquarters in San Francisco, California, U.S., on Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016. In addition to new announcements, the company also introduced a new product called LinkedIn Learning based on its acquisition of Lynda.com last year. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg On April 9, 2015, Jeff Weiner, CEO of LinkedIn, wrote a blog post titled: “Always Be Learning: LinkedIn to Acquire Lynda.com.” In the article, Weiner states, “For well over two decades, I’ve been interested in helping to reform the education system. It was actually one of the reasons I went into business, specifically with the belief that one day I could hopefully have enough influence and...

The Art Of The Elevator Pitch: 4 Tips For Making An Impression

Mastering the art of delivering an effective elevator pitch can make or break you as an entrepreneur. From pitching your idea to a potential business partner, to convincing a key investor to come on board, or winning over your first client, there’s a lot on the line when it’s time to make a pitch. While there’s certainly a set of best practices and time-tested guidelines from countless great examples, putting together a strong elevator pitch isn’t as simple as just following a formula and filling in the blanks. It’s an art, not a science. Moreover, recent trends suggest that people, especially millennials, are becoming increasingly invested in the why behind a business—the greater purpose your company exists to serve—rather than simply what your product or service offering is. That makes s...

Three Ideas For Solving Society’s Entrepreneurship Problem

I am the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Founders Portal Inc. We are a full-service advisory firm for founders, startups and investors. Shutterstock Founding a company is hard to explain to anyone who hasn’t done it. Most people don’t understand the devotion, passion and commitment required to convert what existed only in your mind into a tangible reality. In fact, many people think you don’t really do anything. I can remember numerous instances when family and friends would reach out to me during a work day and say, “Hey, want to go for lunch?” and would be in utter shock when I said I was too busy. Yet, no one questions when someone goes to work and is unavailable. I think a lot of this has to do with what we are exposed to on a daily basis. People go on TV shows like Shark Tank and...

How Two Brothers Turned Seven Lines of Code Into a $9.2 Billion Startup

Now, Stripe’s Patrick and John Collison are teaming with Amazon to grab even more control over the global flow of commerce. Every day, Americans spend about $1.2 billion online. That figure has roughly doubled in the past five years, according to the Department of Commerce, and it’s likely to double again in the next five as the internet continues to devour traditional retail. So it might come as a surprise that the web’s financial infrastructure is old and slow. For years, the explosive growth of e-commerce has outpaced the underlying technology; companies wanting to set up shop have had to go to a bank, a payment processor, and “gateways” that handle connections between the two. This takes weeks, lots of people, and fee after fee. Much of the software that processes the trans­actions is ...

How to Build a Reputation That Brings You Opportunity Every Day

Shutterstock As a startup, attracting opportunity to Influence & Co. was extremely difficult. We were a content marketing company operating on a national level from Columbia, Missouri. That’s right: Columbia, Missouri. I can’t count how many times I had to repeat that to people who thought they’d misheard me. That detail is now something that helps us stand out in a sea of lookalikes in big cities like New York City and Los Angeles, where dozens of media and marketing companies emerge every day. It takes a long time to build a reputation that people not only respect, but are also familiar with. At this point, there’s not a day that goes by when an opportunity of some sort doesn’t come to me simply by virtue of someone familiar with our reputation wanting to partner with us or work with...

6 Challenges To Expect As An Entrepreneur (And How To Overcome Them)

An entrepreneur specializing in social media marketing for small businesses, a corporate social responsibility advocate, and investor. Shutterstock Entrepreneurship is a field unlike any other. One of the things that I learned early in my career as a self-employed business person is that, while every day presents new opportunities, there are new challenges to contend with as well. It wasn’t until I really had a chance to put things into perspective that I realized that all (or most) of these challenges could be broken down into one of two categories: temporary or recurring. Let’s look at six recurring challenges that you’ll likely face as a business person and how you can overcome them. Handling Investment Shortages Contrary to what many may believe, being an entrepreneur isn’t a get-rich-...

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