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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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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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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Staying Flexible While Starting Up

Joe Johnson, Ph.D. Entrepreneur. Investor. Startup Expert. A startup company is very much akin to an experiment. Despite beginning with an hypothesis that your product or service will fill a need of your target audience, you aren't completely sure whether that’s a sufficient foundation on which to build a profitable business. One possible path forward [...]

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Failing Gracefully: Learning From Disaster

Joe Johnson, Ph.D. Entrepreneur. Investor. Startup Expert. Most entrepreneurs have met with failure at least once in the course of their professional lives. There’s a reason that the fear of failure stops many from even attempting to start a business. Namely, that new businesses do fail more often than not. In an ideal world, our [...]

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How to Become a Social Entrepreneur (What is it, and How do you Do it?)

Joe Johnson, Ph.D. Entrepreneur. Investor. Startup Expert. Take a moment to consider everything happening in the world around you. As you do, you’ll begin to see that, while many things are wonderful, there are a similar (if not greater) number of negative issues. These negative issues affect the well-being of millions and it is this [...]

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The Harsh Realities of Social Entrepreneurship

Joe Johnson, Ph.D. Entrepreneur. Investor. Startup Expert. The more effort you expend on researching social entrepreneurship endeavors, the more likely it becomes that you’ll want to launch your own social enterprise and begin changing the world. That said, it’s important that you fully acquaint yourself with the other side of the equation: the need to [...]

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Startup 101: Why You Need Business Insurance

Joe Johnson, Ph.D. Entrepreneur. Investor. Startup Expert. If you’re running a business, you should definitely have insurance. What type(s) of insurance you’ll require, however, depends on the sort of business you’re operating. Prior to spending very much time in exploring the potential of your amazing startup idea, be sure to check on the insurance you’ll [...]

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Connecting With a Mentor

Joe Johnson, Ph.D. Entrepreneur. Investor. Startup Expert. Oftentimes, entrepreneurs are viewed as lone wolves with big ideas who somehow, through sheer will or genius, bring their ideas to fruition and bestow them upon the marketplace. While it’s a romantic notion, it does a disservice to the important relationships fostered by most entrepreneurs. In order to [...]

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