Obtaining and Applying Quality Feedback on Your Business or Products

Joe Johnson, Ph.D. Entrepreneur. Investor. Startup Expert. Feedback is an important tool for entrepreneurs, most especially for those operating under the lean method. Quality feedback can help you to apply the necessary changes to spur your company, product, or service forward. Here’s some vital information on both obtaining quality feedback and putting it to good [...]

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Do You Have What it Takes to Be an Entrepreneur?

Joe Johnson, Ph.D. Entrepreneur. Investor. Startup Expert. Entrepreneurs are described in a great many ways. They’re go-getters, innovators, and doers. They’re makers, creators, and inventors. How you conceptualize entrepreneurs in general, as well as how you view yourself in particular can directly impact the likelihood of your ever venturing into the entrepreneurial arena. What does [...]

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Is Kiva U.S. the Right Lender For Your Business?

Joe Johnson, Ph.D. Entrepreneur. Investor. Startup Expert. Kiva is well-known for offering loans to small businesses in third-world countries. As one of the first international providers of microloans, Kiva presented kind-hearted citizens a means of supporting others in their goals, whether they were starting a business, furthering their education, or bettering their life in some [...]

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Finance 101: What You Need to Know to Start a Business

Joe Johnson, Ph.D. Entrepreneur. Investor. Startup Expert. You may have some great ideas and believe that you’re ready to make one of them a reality - but starting a business isn't just about amazing ideas; there's a great deal of practical knowledge that must be effectively applied in order to facilitate (not guarantee!) success. Before [...]

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Why Now is the Right Time to Start a Business

Joe Johnson, Ph.D. Entrepreneur. Investor. Startup Expert. If you’re considering starting a business, you’ve likely debated whether the time is right. Dependent on whom you ask, you’re likely to receive a range of answers. However, there’s a unique startup and entrepreneurial culture in the United States and, while TV shows may focus on Silicon Valley [...]

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Do You Need an MBA to Run a Business?

Joe Johnson, Ph.D. Entrepreneur. Investor. Startup Expert. These days, it seems as though every college or university is offering continuing education aimed at professionals and entrepreneurs. “Earn your MBA while you work!” they advertise. For those considering launching a new business, it can seem a tempting idea - but do you really need an MBA [...]

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What Makes a Business Ethical?

Joe Johnson, Ph.D. Entrepreneur. Investor. Startup Expert. When we mull the company we’re currently running or envision creating a new company, we may not necessarily consider whether it’s an ethical business. However, consistent ethics are essential for ensuring that a business prospers in a manner coincident with the founder’s values. There’s no easy way of [...]

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Understanding Your End Game

Joe Johnson, Ph.D. Entrepreneur. Investor. Startup Expert. It may sound foolish to focus on the finish line when you're just gearing up for the race, but having an exit strategy can be a vital element of startup success. While famed investor Mark Cuban has denigrated the importance of having an exit strategy, I believe that [...]

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How Perfectionism Can Tank Your Startup

Joe Johnson, Ph.D. Entrepreneur. Investor. Startup Expert. Most of us want things to be "just right," from our morning cup of coffee to the budget reports we’re handed by staff. However, that need for things to be a certain way - for perfection - can present a problem. The Problem With ‘Perfect’ When we set [...]

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Defining Your Startup Culture

Joe Johnson, Ph.D. Entrepreneur. Investor. Startup Expert. According to France Frei and Anne Morriss’ article “Culture Takes Over When the CEO Leaves the Room,” “... culture guides discretionary behavior and it picks up where the employee handbook leaves off. Culture tells us how to respond to an unprecedented service request. It tells us whether to [...]

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