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  • Uber Cofounder: 3 Ways to Tell If Your Idea Is Worth Pursuing
    Sometimes he ll wait a while before asking for their opinions He tells Blanda In the case of Uber I had the idea for about a year I had registered Ubercab com early on I was working on the prototype and it was all very casual And then my cofounder Travis Kalanick saw it He got the vision and became my most active collaborator on the product You want people who are really passionate about the idea I would rather have someone who is super passionate about the 3 idea on my list than me taking my 1 idea and trying to get people onboard What s fascinating about this answer is the balance between Camp s introversion and extroversion Like a musician learning an instrument there is a time period of solitary practice followed by a period of asking others how it sounds When others respond passionately to how it sounds Camp knows he has a good idea 2 Find the excitement in early stages Today countless consumers have an Uber app on their phone Imagine the thrill of being on the team that first designed and built that system This is where Camp seems to be at his most excited When I think of Uber it was probably a year to a year and a half before the product got to where it worked and then two years before cofounder Travis Kalanick started rocking it It takes a little time to get a system up and running and everyone forgets the first couple of years because you are toiling in obscurity But those two years are very important because that s when you come up with a bold idea you see all the issues you design the whole system and then it starts to resonate The key takeaway

    Original URL path: http://personalbranding.sg/2014/05/21/uber-cofounder-3-ways-to-tell-if-your-idea-is-worth-pursuing/ (2014-06-18)
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  • Start-up Worthy
    friends coworkers and investors Sometimes he ll wait a while before asking for their opinions He tells Blanda In the case of Uber I had the idea for about a year I had registered Ubercab com early on I was working on the prototype and it was all very casual And then my cofounder Travis Kalanick saw it He got the vision and became my most active collaborator on the product You want people who are really passionate about the idea I would rather have someone who is super passionate about the 3 idea on my list than me taking my 1 idea and trying to get people onboard What s fascinating about this answer is the balance between Camp s introversion and extroversion Like a musician learning an instrument there is a time period of solitary practice followed by a period of asking others how it sounds When others respond passionately to how it sounds Camp knows he has a good idea 2 Find the excitement in early stages Today countless consumers have an Uber app on their phone Imagine the thrill of being on the team that first designed and built that system This is where Camp seems to be at his most excited When I think of Uber it was probably a year to a year and a half before the product got to where it worked and then two years before cofounder Travis Kalanick started rocking it It takes a little time to get a system up and running and everyone forgets the first couple of years because you are toiling in obscurity But those two years are very important because that s when you come up with a bold idea you see all the issues you design the whole system and then it starts to

    Original URL path: http://personalbranding.sg/tag/start-up-worthy/ (2014-06-18)
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  • Paying Monthly Bills Before the Company Has Earned a Dime
    of the enterprise or did consulting or even worked two jobs Borrowing from retirement savings and taking a part time job It took about six months for my business to turn a profit and money was definitely tight says Debra Cohen president of HRN a company with a home improvement contractor referral network in New York City My husband and I had just purchased our first home and we were living on one income Plus I had to take a 5 000 loan from his retirement savings plan to launch my business she says I took a part time job in a local furniture store just to bring in a few extra hundred dollars a month Cohen adds It also gave me the opportunity to network with decorators painters movers etc Moving in with a girlfriend and her parents When I started I was lucky enough to live with my girlfriend s parents recalls Patrick DeAmorim founder of Decate no a social network company in Bergen Norway In doing so he had a roof over his head food and basic comforts But if he had to do it over again he would take on a job and save enough to

    Original URL path: http://personalbranding.sg/2014/05/19/paying-monthly-bills-before-the-company-has-earned-a-dime/ (2014-06-18)
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  • Earned a Dime
    restaurant Others sold shares of the enterprise or did consulting or even worked two jobs Borrowing from retirement savings and taking a part time job It took about six months for my business to turn a profit and money was definitely tight says Debra Cohen president of HRN a company with a home improvement contractor referral network in New York City My husband and I had just purchased our first home and we were living on one income Plus I had to take a 5 000 loan from his retirement savings plan to launch my business she says I took a part time job in a local furniture store just to bring in a few extra hundred dollars a month Cohen adds It also gave me the opportunity to network with decorators painters movers etc Moving in with a girlfriend and her parents When I started I was lucky enough to live with my girlfriend s parents recalls Patrick DeAmorim founder of Decate no a social network company in Bergen Norway In doing so he had a roof over his head food and basic comforts But if he had to do it over again he would take on a job

    Original URL path: http://personalbranding.sg/tag/earned-a-dime/ (2014-06-18)
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  • How Early-Stage Startups Can Attract Seasoned Executives
    of fresh faced entrepreneurs who are willing to work all night they also recognize the importance of finding experienced senior level executives who can use their years in the business to direct strategy and planning These leaders can add tremendous value in hiring training setting realistic expectations dealing with similarly experienced people like investors and unlocking a much deeper network of potential customers and mentors Knowing when and how to hire senior management can be a huge asset to expansion but it can also be a struggle The first step is attracting senior level employees to the company It can be challenging to figure out how to lure great talent away from established companies and cushy paychecks but doing so is important for your startup s growth In the early days this comes down to two strategies selling the vision and demonstrating measurable progress The appeal away from that comfortable corporate lifestyle is excitement adventure and the chance to be at the ground floor of something that could be huge one day Simultaneously experienced senior leaders often want to manage risk As a result your ability to demonstrate measurable tangible progress new customers processes and infrastructure you ve already put

    Original URL path: http://personalbranding.sg/2014/05/07/how-early-stage-startups-can-attract-seasoned-executives/ (2014-06-18)
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  • Early Stage
    s growth In the early days this comes down to two strategies selling the vision and demonstrating measurable progress The appeal away from that comfortable corporate lifestyle is excitement adventure and the chance to be at the ground floor of something that could be huge one day Simultaneously experienced senior leaders often want to manage risk As a result your ability to demonstrate measurable tangible progress new customers processes and infrastructure you ve already put in place along with metrics and advisors among other developments demonstrates to an executive that your team means business and is ready to scale See Full Story on www entrepreneur com Filed Under Entrepreneurship Tagged With Early Stage Entrepreneur Executives Measurable Progress Startups What s one leadership best practice no early stage startup can afford to be without 13 December 2013 by Digital Curator Leave a Comment What s one leadership best practice no early stage startup can afford to be without e g transparency and why 1 Share the dream I think this is the single most important leadership practice because it allows the company to attract talent they otherwise could not afford There is an amazing amount of talented people out there who are stuck in a job they hate and are willing to take a pay cut to work for something they believe in Therefore share your passion and dreams of the future This will carry folks a long way Peter Awad GoodBlogs 2 Give ownership In an early stage startup you need the entire team working at their best to get your product launched and profitable If you want someone to go above and beyond it s crucial you empower them with full ownership of their tasks True leaders know they aren t the only one in the room with great

    Original URL path: http://personalbranding.sg/tag/early-stage/ (2014-06-18)
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  • Executives
    need the enthusiasm and creativity of fresh faced entrepreneurs who are willing to work all night they also recognize the importance of finding experienced senior level executives who can use their years in the business to direct strategy and planning These leaders can add tremendous value in hiring training setting realistic expectations dealing with similarly experienced people like investors and unlocking a much deeper network of potential customers and mentors Knowing when and how to hire senior management can be a huge asset to expansion but it can also be a struggle The first step is attracting senior level employees to the company It can be challenging to figure out how to lure great talent away from established companies and cushy paychecks but doing so is important for your startup s growth In the early days this comes down to two strategies selling the vision and demonstrating measurable progress The appeal away from that comfortable corporate lifestyle is excitement adventure and the chance to be at the ground floor of something that could be huge one day Simultaneously experienced senior leaders often want to manage risk As a result your ability to demonstrate measurable tangible progress new customers processes and infrastructure you ve already put in place along with metrics and advisors among other developments demonstrates to an executive that your team means business and is ready to scale See Full Story on www entrepreneur com Filed Under Entrepreneurship Tagged With Early Stage Entrepreneur Executives Measurable Progress Startups Why Should Your Executives Be in Social Media 4 June 2013 by Digital Curator Leave a Comment Having a presence in social media gives executives the opportunity to stay relevant with industry trends engage with your prospects and customers and show that they stand by and believe in your brand By not

    Original URL path: http://personalbranding.sg/tag/executives/ (2014-06-18)
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  • Measurable Progress
    the enthusiasm and creativity of fresh faced entrepreneurs who are willing to work all night they also recognize the importance of finding experienced senior level executives who can use their years in the business to direct strategy and planning These leaders can add tremendous value in hiring training setting realistic expectations dealing with similarly experienced people like investors and unlocking a much deeper network of potential customers and mentors Knowing when and how to hire senior management can be a huge asset to expansion but it can also be a struggle The first step is attracting senior level employees to the company It can be challenging to figure out how to lure great talent away from established companies and cushy paychecks but doing so is important for your startup s growth In the early days this comes down to two strategies selling the vision and demonstrating measurable progress The appeal away from that comfortable corporate lifestyle is excitement adventure and the chance to be at the ground floor of something that could be huge one day Simultaneously experienced senior leaders often want to manage risk As a result your ability to demonstrate measurable tangible progress new customers processes and infrastructure

    Original URL path: http://personalbranding.sg/tag/measurable-progress/ (2014-06-18)
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