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Take a Step Back. Set a Realistic Goal for Your Crowdfunding Campaign.
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You're not likely to raise a $1 million on Kickstarter. Here's how you should go about raising funds for your project.
January 23, 2014 in Financing
3 Lessons About Pricing From A&E's Storage Wars

3 Lessons About Pricing From A&E's Storage Wars

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What the popular show about bidding on storage units can teach you about getting the best price.
November 16, 2012 in Pricing
Lessons in Second Chances From 'Project Runway All Stars'

Lessons in Second Chances From 'Project Runway All Stars'

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Five lessons for entrepreneurs from designers who are getting a second chance at success.
November 9, 2012 in Finding Customers
3 Rookie Entrepreneurial Mistakes from 'Start-Ups: Silicon Valley'

3 Rookie Entrepreneurial Mistakes from 'Start-Ups: Silicon Valley'

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BravoTV debuted a new reality show based on startups, but the format is more frat party than computer geek.
November 8, 2012 in Startup Financing
How Inventors Could Benefit From a New Entrepreneurial-Themed Movie

How Inventors Could Benefit From a New Entrepreneurial-Themed Movie

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The Home Shopping Network offers the opportunity of a lifetime as a tie-in to a forthcoming Seth Rogen movie.
October 26, 2012 in Business Ideas
3 Lessons in Business From a Reality TV Backstabber

3 Lessons in Business From a Reality TV Backstabber

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A two-time 'Big Brother' contestant shares what he's learned.
October 18, 2012 in Startup Basics
Two Entrepreneurs' Marketing Plan: Crowdfunding a Reality Show

Two Entrepreneurs' Marketing Plan: Crowdfunding a Reality Show

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Startup:NYC pilot lacks drama to hook audiences and funding.
October 12, 2012 in Startup Financing
The Email That Snagged an Investment from Shark Tank's Mark Cuban

The Email That Snagged an Investment from Shark Tank's Mark Cuban

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You don't have to go on Shark Tank to catch the eye of a major league angel investor. Here's how one entrepreneur got funding by just sending an email.
September 28, 2012 in Startup Financing
Is Your Business Ready for an Incubator? 5 Tips from a 'TechStars' Grad

Is Your Business Ready for an Incubator? 5 Tips from a 'TechStars' Grad

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One of the reality show's most successful startups, Onswipe, offers advice on how they did it.
September 21, 2012 in Financing
5 Things Your Family Business Can Learn From Animal Planet's 'Tanked'

5 Things Your Family Business Can Learn From Animal Planet's 'Tanked'

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Running a business with your family can be tough. The eccentric brood on Animal Planet's "Tanked" compromise to make it work.
September 14, 2012 in Family Business
5 Things Startups Can Learn From 'Great American Food Truck Race'

5 Things Startups Can Learn From 'Great American Food Truck Race'

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The Food Network show highlights some of the foundations of building a business.
September 7, 2012 in Finding Customers
5 Tips for Transforming Your Hobby Into a Business From the 'Toy Hunter'

5 Tips for Transforming Your Hobby Into a Business From the 'Toy Hunter'

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What the reality show about toy collecting can teach you about turning your passion into a profitable business.
August 31, 2012 in Startup Basics
7 Steps to Landing and Profiting from Celebrity Customers

7 Steps to Landing and Profiting from Celebrity Customers

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What the team on Animal Planet's Tanked learned from working with Tracy Morgan
August 17, 2012 in Marketing Ideas
What You Can Learn About Branding From 'Project Runway'

What You Can Learn About Branding From 'Project Runway'

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Putting a unique spin on your business can help you stand out from the crowd.
August 10, 2012 in Branding
Why Man vs. Food Is Worth Watching

Why Man vs. Food Is Worth Watching

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How the Travel Channel show soared to success thanks to the host's winning personality.
August 3, 2012 in Leadership
The Reality TV Show that Wants Your Offscreen Ideas Too

The Reality TV Show that Wants Your Offscreen Ideas Too

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'Everyday Edisons' producer Edison Nation has major connections and can help you bring your idea to market.
July 27, 2012 in Inventing
The Art and Craft of Listening to Your Critics

The Art and Craft of Listening to Your Critics

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Scathing feedback from experts is a staple of many a reality TV show. More business owners could benefit from hearing the brutal truth -- if they act on it.
July 20, 2012 in Startup Basics
Reality TV Show May Hit Too Close to Home in Silicon Valley

Reality TV Show May Hit Too Close to Home in Silicon Valley

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A new Bravo show that follows startups through their growing pains is riling the high-tech hotbed. A look at what may be behind all the griping.
July 13, 2012 in Lifestyle
6 Low-Cost Ideas for an Interior-Design Makeover

6 Low-Cost Ideas for an Interior-Design Makeover

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Does your restaurant or store need a face-lift? Consider these budget-minded tactics from a recent episode of 'Restaurant Impossible.'
June 29, 2012 in Restaurant Center
Gordon Ramsay's Lessons for Motivating a Sales Team

Gordon Ramsay's Lessons for Motivating a Sales Team

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The celebrity chef knows how to rev up his staff to perform at their best. Here are seven lessons from the season premiere of Fox's 'MasterChef.'
June 22, 2012 in Managing Employees
The Barter Kings' Guide to Building a Business Without Cash

The Barter Kings' Guide to Building a Business Without Cash

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More business owners are looking to barter for what they need. Here are seven tips for negotiating favorable trades.
June 16, 2012 in Money

Shark Tank vs. KickStarter: How One Startup Used Both to Launch

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When deals fall apart, it can often be for the best. For this business owner, the upside of losing angel funding was retaining equity and control over his company.
June 11, 2012 in Financing
Tabatha's Take-No-Prisoners Guide to Business Culture

Tabatha's Take-No-Prisoners Guide to Business Culture

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The Bravo show about a brutally frank salon consultant has a lot to teach business owners from all fields.
May 24, 2012 in Managing Employees
Angels, Equity and a Shark of One's Own

Angels, Equity and a Shark of One's Own

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Many small-business owners who hope to land angel funding have expectations that are wildly unrealistic. Here's a reality check.
May 18, 2012 in Angel Investors
An Inside Look at How Teams Create Great Business Ideas When Subway Meets 'Mad Men' in AMC's 'The Pitch'

An Inside Look at How Teams Create Great Business Ideas When Subway Meets 'Mad Men' in AMC's 'The Pitch'

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Subway takes a star turn in a reality TV series about ad agencies competing for a big account. Viewers get a peek at how creatives brainstorm and what makes big companies tick.
May 4, 2012 in Advertising

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