The Best Apps For The Olympics In Rio

The Best Apps For The Olympics In Rio The 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio De Janeiro are almost here. As one of the world’s great sporting events begins, television is preparing for a top-to-bottom Olympics blitz. Here in the United States, NBC is advertising Olympics coverage nearly every third minute, and other broadcasters are doing the same in their respective...
The Five Stages of Small Business: Which Phase Are You In and How to Evolve?

The Five Stages of Small Business: Which Phase Are You In and How to Evolve?

It’s fair to say that running a business is not easy every day! Whether you are at the early stage or further along in the life cycle of your venture, you are confronted with never-ending challenges. An estimated 90% of startup businesses fail. But let’s be clear about it: bad luck or market conditions are not the culprit. Nope. It was the entrepreneurs who failed to prepare and anticipate the trials they will be faced with. Understanding your position in the life cycle of your business and the systemic obstacles associated with that specific stage of growth might just help you stay ahead of the game and defy the odds.   Stage 1: Birth You had an idea, thoroughly validated it, researched your market and took the leap. It is perhaps the riskiest stage of a business where any mistakes will have consequences for years to come. At this stage the main problem is to stay alive. Can you get enough customers? Can you execute well enough to become a viable business? Do you have enough money to finance the operation? The organization is simple: the owner is the business and performs all the important tasks, supplying energy, direction and capital. The key is agility: tweak your offering based on customers’ feedback. Don’t be afraid to change it. Focusing on the goal i.e. customer acceptance will power you through the confusion that iterations can create. A mentor can help you navigate through that noise.   Stage 2: Survival You have done a great job demonstrating that you have a workable business model, having enough customers and satisfying them sufficiently with your...

How to Find a Female Mentor in a Sea of Male Entrepreneurs

How to Find a Female Mentor in a Sea of Male Entrepreneurs Not all young female entrepreneurs specifically want a female mentor, but for those who do, finding one can be challenging. It comes down to the numbers: Thirty-six percent of the firms in the U.S. are female-owned, while men own 55%, according to a 2012 report from the National Women’s Business...

This Brain-Zapping Headset Promises to Make You Better at Any Sport

This Brain-Zapping Headset Promises to Make You Better at Any Sport Coaches like to say if you can do something once, you can do it every time. What makes Stephen Curry special isn’t that he can throw a basketball through a hoop from 30 feet away; it’s that he can do it so reliably, under all different circumstances, and always at an angle of precisely 46...

Asking For Help Is Good For You and Your Business

Asking For Help Is Good For You and Your Business Running a small business can be lonely. There will be times when you don’t know who to turn to with your questions, and your support system can feel as small as your shop. My advice: Ask others for help, and broaden your network to get...