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People starting off on their entrepreneurial journey often feel the need to partner up before they launch a company. That's what I did when I started in December of 1999 and as I learned, partnering can actually create more stress and difficulties for you and your company than if you flew solo from the beginning.

In my experience, entrepreneurs are far more likely to get into trouble or fail if they make someone a business partner for the wrong reasons: believing that the person has a certain expertise that they feel they lack or simply because they're afraid to do it alone.

Related: How to Start a Business With (Almost) No Money

I'm not saying that you shouldn't hire people who have special expertise or reward people who make special contributions. And I also know how lonely the entrepreneur...

Earlier this year, ex-Uber engineer Susan Fowler penned a blistering essay that revealed the ride-sharing company’s culture was closer to one you’d expect to find in a locker room -- not at the highest valued unicorn in Silicon Valley.

Related: Uber Needs to Recreate its Company Culture. Here's What You Can Learn From Its Mistakes.

These many instances of sexual harassment, discrimination, and unprofessional behavior sparked the recent lawsuit from Uber's earliest investors Benchmark. This suit claims that the misconduct goes far beyond what has already hit the media, only adding to

Raising capital is no easy task. Over the past five years, I’ve had to do it multiple times -- for a management buyout, for our first accelerator fund and for the purpose of supporting more than 100 of our own startups.

Related: 9 Top Venture Capitalists Share Their Best Advice for Entrepreneurs

Things might seem daunting in that rregard. But in actuality, it’s a founders' market right now -- because major venture capital firms have plenty of money to sink into promising companies. A report by KPMG reveals that the VC world collected more than $17.15 billion in capital commitments in the second quarter of 2017; so, the cupboard is far from bare.

Still, that doesn’t mean you should stroll into y

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6 Reasons You Don't Need a Business Partner

People starting off on their entrepreneurial journey often feel the need to partner up before they launch a company. That's what I did when I started in December of 1999 and as I learned, partnering can actually create more stress and difficulties for you and your company than if you flew solo from the beginning.

In my experience, entrepreneurs are far more likely to get into trouble or fail if they make someone a business partner for the wrong reasons: believing that the person has a certain expertise that they feel they lack or simply because they're afraid to do it alone.

Related: How to Start a Business With (Almost) No Money

I'm not saying that you shouldn't hire people who have special expertise or reward people who make special contributions. And I also know how lonely the entrepreneur...

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Inspiring Your Team

10 Signs You've Got a Toxic Workplace Culture, Bro

Earlier this year, ex-Uber engineer Susan Fowler penned a blistering essay that revealed the ride-sharing company’s culture was closer to one you’d expect to find in a locker room -- not at the highest valued unicorn in Silicon Valley.

Related: Uber Needs to Recreate its Company Culture. Here's What You Can Learn From Its Mistakes.

These many instances of sexual harassment, discrimination, and unprofessional behavior sparked the recent lawsuit from Uber's earliest investors Benchmark. This suit claims that the misconduct goes far beyond what has already hit the media, only adding to

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Leadership

6 Reasons You Don't Need a Business Partner

People starting off on their entrepreneurial journey often feel the need to partner up before they launch a company. That's what I did when I started in December of 1999 and as I learned, partnering can actually create more stress and difficulties for you and your company than if you flew solo from the beginning.

In my experience, entrepreneurs are far more likely to get into trouble or fail if they make someone a business partner for the wrong reasons: believing that the person has a certain expertise that they feel they lack or simply because they're afraid to do it alone.

Related: How to Start a Business With (Almost) No Money

I'm not saying that you shouldn't hire people who have special expertise or reward people who make special contributions. And I also know how lonely the entrepreneur...

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Business Moving Forward

Why You Don't Need an Email List to Start a Business

There's no denying that email marketing plays a huge role in the growth of many successful businesses. Unfortunately, some digital marketers become so caught up with the idea of building a booming email list that they think it's the only way they can achieve huge growth and lasting success.

It isn't. An email list can be a great way to keep in touch with your sales leads, but there are other strategies and methods that can help your startup make it through the first five years when approximately half of all new businesses fail.

For email marketing to be truly successful, you typically need to grow your list organically. For most businesses, that isn't going to happen overnight. However, the following strategies will help you better promote your brand to

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Project Grow

4-Step Formula to Pursuing Your Dreams

When I was 26, I was fumbling through life in different jobs that were only partially fulfilling, unsure of my future but certain of only one thing:

I don’t know what my IT is, but I know IT is going to be big.

I knew very little about what I wanted out of life, but I hungered for authority and to be taken seriously. Then a good friend, Krista, introduced me to a book: The Dream Manager by Matthew Kelly. The book itself generally discussed how a middle manager reduced turnover by investing himself in his employees' personal goals, which has since become very important to me in my career. But at the time, I was more impressed with the concept of creating a “Dream List.”

Essentially, The Dream Manager explained a simple concept. Fewer than 1 percent of the world ever writes down their hopes, dr...

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Why Entrepreneur Magazine Planned a Morning of Surprises for Two Kidpreneurs

Hustle doesn’t have an age limit. No one’s shown that more clearly than T’yonna and Arianah Cruickshank.

These two kidprenuers, 15 and 10, sell baked goods like cookies and cake pops to commuters in New York and Brooklyn. This past July, however, the girls were robbed by two teens with pepper spray while selling in the subway. The girls continued to sell their wares, however, all summer long. They even launched a Go Fund Me page for help expanding their business, raising money for commercial space and equipment to one day

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Stress

Don't Be Like the Woman Who Poisoned the Office Coffee Pot -- Follow These 10 Steps to Conquer Work Stress

Recently, I heard of a woman in Sterling, Virginia, sentenced to three-and-a-half years for putting Windex and Ajax in the company coffee pot. Really? When asked why she did it, she replied that she wanted to make her boss sick. That’s one kind of stress.

Then there’s the kind of stress that they are experiencing in the White House, in which the staff must begin to feel something like what King Henry VIII’s wives felt. You never know when you might be the next to get beheaded.

Related: 10 Habits That Will Dramatically Improve Your Life

And of course, there

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Startup Basics

How to Run a Remote Startup Across Time Zones

It wasn’t long ago that office life was simply a part of every day life. A person with a “real job” made the daily commute to the office, like it or not. They chatted around the water cooler, and then wasted much of the day dodging the boss and avoiding nosy colleagues.

Times have changed, and anyone with an eye on trends could have seen it coming. As the world went web-based, so did the traditional office space. A study by Global Workplace Analytics says, "Regular work-at-home, among the non-self-employed population, has grown by 115 percent since 2005."

Innovative communication tools have evolved to accommodate this new work force. There are tools, apps and programs galore to reconcile time zone differences, connect people virtually and back up the promises of increased productivity.

But, r...

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Adult-Use Cannabis Is Legal but Very, Very Regulated.

Don't ridicule government bureaucrats. After decades of marijuana being universally illegal, writing rules for a legalized cannabis industry is complicated.
Online Security

4 Vital Cyber Security Measures Every Safety-Conscious Entrepreneur Needs to Take

It's a no-brainer that it's more cost effective to hire an expert than to recover from the damage a data breach may cause.