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"The Dark Side of Entrepreneurship" - ibuildcompanies by Jeanne Heydecker

The Dark Side of Entrepreneurship

I'm not into conspiracies or wear tin foil hats but there has definitely been a significant rise in high profile suicides of C-Level employees and founders over the past few years. People must marvel at the idea that someone so successful, so admired, and so well known would commit suicide ...
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"Five Ways to Kickstart Your Business Development Engine - ibuildcompanies.com by Jeanne Heydecker

Five Ways to Kickstart Your Business Development Engine

Whatever your startup does, you should already have a diversified and hopefully recurring revenue plan in place. I used to work for the second largest search engine company in the world and now, they've been sold so many times, no one remembers their name anymore. I was always trying to ...
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"Four Ways to Build Out an Effective Board of Directors" ibuildcompanies.com by Jeanne Heydecker

Four Ways to Build Out an Effective Board of Directors

Most startups don't need a board of directors. If you're a public company, in most countries, by law, you need to have one. Whether or not they are effective is a different point. The purpose of a board is to provide governance, supervise the activities of the company, and represent ...
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Four Parts to Finding Your Purpose and Two Paths for Getting There - ibuildcompanies.com by Jeanne Heydecker

Four Questions to Finding Your Purpose and Two Paths for Getting There

PART ONE: FINDING YOUR PURPOSE Ever have an existential crisis where all of a sudden, you're writing a line of code or answering another customer service call when suddenly that flash of light hits you and you think, "is this all there is to life"? Why do you live? Where ...
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Best Practices for Strategic Communications

Best Practices for Strategic Communications

Many companies suffer from what I call “siloing” or the encapsulating of departments as walled gardens where none shall enter. Because no company can effectively execute on any business plan without interdepartmental dependencies, this “siloing effect” predictably kills any effective communication across the company, which in turn means poor execution ...
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What to Include in Your Business Plan - ibuildcompanies.com by Jeanne Heydecker

What to Include in Your Business Plan

Some ventures don't need a business plan, In fact, most just need an idea and a person willing to execute on that plan. It probably doesn't require a lot of money to start and you simply begin by selling to friends, neighbors, and other who learn about your product or ...
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