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Nikos Kostopoulos  , a digital nomad entreprneur has announced via his linkedin account he is starting private coaching sessions related to startups .He will start online but he will proceed with real time classes coaching based in Paros island Greece where several entrepreneurs will meet and they will have the opportunity to cooperate and launch their business.

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Investment opportunities in startup market

  • Managing Self: Resolve personal challenges that interfere with your business focus. Set better work-life boundaries. Improve your productivity and how you prioritize your time. Regulate your stress and emotions more effectively. Build a more resilient mindset. Engage more productively in conflict.
  • Leading The Team: Expand your skillset for recruiting and motivating your team. Hire more thoughtfully and fire more decisively. Experiment with more effective ways to delegate and empower your teammates.
  • Engaging Investors: Improve your networking and investor outreach strategy for raising your next round. Devise an approach to more powerfully “lead” your existing investors and advisors during board meetings.
  • Begin managing your time, then set goals to achieve like the rich.
  • Create your own personal financial statements to track your money.
  • Recognize the CASHFLOW patterns of the poor, middle class, and rich.
  • Understand the different financial markets and products and assess which ones best fit your financial goals.
  • Learn how to conduct fundamental and technical analysis of a stock.
  • Discover the power and protection of investing with options.
  • Identify risk management strategies of investing in commodities, futures, foreign currency exchange and other investment alternatives.

Iraklis Fovakis,artist and young entrepreneur invites you to his exhibition Carte Blance

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Τhe Art gallery of Mykonos invites you to the new solo art exhibition

“Carte Blance” of Iraklis fovakis at “Maria Igglesi” chamber,

Matogianni. The openings will occure on Tuesday 22 of July at 23:00

p.m.

“Many times I resist. But there are times that I’m using my fantasy

as a shelter. That place is the one which keeps attached with my

instinct. I cross all the lines, all the moral laws, but I do not regret.

Afterwards I go back to my life, in a life which I wanted to be in carte

blance, but it’s just without a backround.

And that’s why I dare you, I beg you, touch. Cause the only permanent

lover is ourselves.”

 

Info at: +30 6979200853 – www.iraklisfovakis.com

Brief Résumé

Iraklis Fovakis was born in Heraklion, Crete, in 1968. He studied at the

Faculty of Education in Belgrade in 1989, in 1996 he graduated from

the Psychology Faculty at the Rethymnon University and in October

of 2011 he completed his studies at the 4. Paint Laboratory of John

Valavanidis and afterwards of Panayiotis Haralampus of The Athens

School of Fine Arts. He has worked as a special educator in several

private and public schools of special education and practises from 1996

till the present day as a psychologist at the Evaluation and Treatment

Center of Psychological Support and Speech Therapy “Dia Logou” in

Heraklion and Athens, offering his services to groups of people with

Group Exhibitions

• 2005: Participation in a group painting exhibition at the

• 2008, March: Participation in a group painting exhibition

Heraklion Municipality in Crete on behalf of The Charity

“Zoodochos Pigi” for children with Special Needs.

within the “Differentiality” Festival at “Booz Cooperativa” in

• 2008, April: Participation in a group painting exhibition in the

• 2010, March: Participation in a group painting exhibition

• 2012, December: Participation in a group exhibition of Plastic

Museum of Plastic Arts in Heraklion entitled as “Art Starting-

of The Athens School of Fine Arts (ASFA) with subject

“Bipolarity and Art”.

Arts at the “Zappeion” Mansion in Athens with the title

• 2014: Participation in a group exhibition at Museum

• 2014: Participation in a group exhibition at the Pantokratora

of Modern Art in Rhodes with the title “Upcoming”, a

collaboration with School of Fine Arts of Athens.

Gate in Heraklion of Crete with the title “In the honor of the

Greek” in memoriam for the 400 years since the birth of the

painter EL GRECO,a collaboration with the Museum of Modern

• “The Pass” at the city loft “Seventh” at Sintagma, Athens. 2011, October: Degree Paper Presentation with title “The

• “The 2010, December: Personal painting exhibition with the title Cortège” at the Area of Art and Action “Vrissaki”.

• “Intentions” at the Art Gallery Café in Athens. 2010, November: Personal painting exhibition with the title

• “Revising Everything” at the Hall of Art “Eran” in Heraklion. 2009, November: Personal painting exhibition with the title

• 2001, March: Personal painting exhibition with the title

 

Painful, Embarrassing Shit I’ve Done Trying To Make Money Online

When I began writing at Rich20Something, I felt like a small child lost in the woods.

First, let’s get something straight: A lot of other bloggers or writers will tell you “Oh, I hardly even considered making money off my blog. Why, it happened practically by accident!” That’s bullshit. It doesn’t happen by accident.

And I knew from day one that I wanted to figure out a way to make money with Rich20Something by sharing the things I’d learned launching my other businesses. I just had no idea HOW to actually do this.

I saw a lot of these sketchy, over-the-top, narcissistic personalities online and it made me think of what directors used to tell me when I was acting in stage work:

“When you’re on stage, you have to be BIGGER so that even the back row can see you.”

So I saw all these over the top personalities supposedly making money and I thought THAT was who I would have to become in order to make a name for myself — and then one day…maybe I could make money online.

So for months, I tried a bunch of shit to attract attention. Now, I’m going to reveal some of the painful, embarrassing shit I attempted.

WARNING: All of these ideas are horrible. They make me want to set the treadmill to infinity and do the endless walk of shame. After reading them over again, I’m reconsidering religion.

  • I tried putting naked women in my videos to get more clicks (yes, I did think this would work so shut the hell up)

(This is an actual screencap of my first video.…)

  • I tried putting up a bunch of Google Adwords campaigns to a corny landing page that looked like a 2004 advertisement for OxyClean. Google suspended my account. It was their way of letting me know how good my content was…

  • I tried writing posts every single day and using Hootsuite to spam my friends and family on Twitter/Facebook. It was a marvelous failure.

  • I even tired…gulp…ok…I hired a professional ventriloquists to make a video for me to announce a web event. Yes. You read that correctly. Don’t believe me?

 

Puppets? Pants? WTF was I smoking?

  • Bonus fuckup not related to Rich20Something: I once lied to a web design client to get a project and told them that my team and I we ex-Google coders. Then when I got the job, I scrambled to find people who could help me do it. It didn’t work. I had to pay back everything. Umm…readers, never do that. Dumb x infinity.

Can you tell I was in gifted classes in high school?

Looking back, It seems pretty obvious that these approaches would be complete, total flops…but nothing is really obvious when you’re IN THE MOMENT — and you’re trying to copy what it appears other people are doing

How many of us are in the moment – trying to figure things out in our business and personal lives on a day-to-day basis?

Raise your hand if one of these strikes a chord with you:

  • You’re just looking for a way….ANY WAY to make an idea of yours work.

  • You find yourself quietly contemplating the meaning of life, saying things like: “WHAT THE FUCK IS THE SECRET TO MAKING MONEY?”

I feel you.

In my case, I was dying to know what the “secret sauce” was that all these other bloggers had (and I clearly didn’t).

They certainly weren’t better looking than me…

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Then, one day, LIGHTNING STUCK. I had an “a ha” moment.

See — all this time, I’d be coming at this blog from a selfish P.O.V.

 How can DANIEL make money?

 How can DANIEL get noticed, get attention, get flocks of adoring female fans to send him semi-nude selfies?

I made it all about me. Me, ME, ME.

WRONG.

I started looking at the blogs of other people I admired who were making money — but also being themselves. People like Ramit Sethi, James Clear and Derek Halpern.

I smacked my head so hard, it’s still hurting…and in an instant, I finally realized the two components that make ANY business — whether it’s a product or a service…or even a blog — successful:

  • Authenticity

  • Offering your audience a genuine solution to their problems

So now, it was time to do a little soul searching and take an inventory. I started asking myself probing questions.

First: Authenticity

How could I really connect with my audience?

  • How can I reach them in  a way that makes them feel  a genuine connection to me?

  • How can I be the most honest version of myself.

I started writing posts that just expressed my feelings, hoping that people would relate. Not mushy, woo-woo, “The Secret” stuff. I began to write real, truthful pieces in the form of open letters.

These resonated. They stood out from the pack because people could tell there was no agenda. It was just me talking…and if they liked what I had to say…they could read more of my blog. That’s it. This type of genuine concern for others built my community faster than any other “tactic” I’d tried in the past. Imagine that.

Next: Offering my audience genuine solution to their problems

Now that I had peoples’ attention, what could I actually help them with?

  • The biggest mistake you can make here as a beginner is thinking that your experience has no value. It always has value.

  • You can always teach somebody something. You always have something to give.

So I started teaching — and I got great responses

Now, after some time I’d learned how to offer REAL, TANGIBLE value to readers — and it was a very simple transition to turning readers into clients and the blog into a business.

I started learning what people wanted by learning what people wanted via survey. I listened to what they were feeling and created something to help them.

 A few months later, I created a simple, program called the Tribal Accelerator where I help entrepreneurs one-on-one to take concrete action on their goals, stop messing around, and finally launch their start ups.

Now, I’d leveraged a legitimate business from my blog.

In my first 6 months of business, I made about 16,000 in sales from Rich20Something.

Now, it’s your turn.

  •  What do you want to know about my failures? My successes?
  • What specific questions do you have about how I run my businesses?

You can ask me about marketing, product creation, finances. Anything you can think of. Nothing is off limits.

Leave any question in the comments below with your questions and I’ll answer it.

BTW: If you want to learn inside info on freelancing, building your own online business and conquering the biggest startup hurdles, you have to join my tribe — I share private things there with my readers that I’ll never post anywhere online. Sometimes my emails are so ridiculous, my mom freaks out and calls me.

About the Author: Daniel DiPiazza

Daniel DiPiazza teaches young people how to stop doing shit that they hate and break free of 9 to 5 boredom by starting their own businesses at his blog Rich20Something.com.

Entrepreneurial Adventur.es with Brent Beshore

Interview with Brent Beshore about starting his business Adventur.es.

Hiscox-Small-Business-Insurance-Logo-600This is part six of the ten part series. Follow the Starting a Business as a Young Entrepreneur interview series and don’t miss an interview! 

Interview Series Sponsored by Hiscox Small Business Insurance.  Hiscox  specializes in protecting IT/technology, marketing, consulting, health and beauty, photography and many other professional services businesses, tailoring coverage to the  specific risks in your industry.

At the age of 7, Brent Beshore partnered with a neighborhood friend to manufacture bows and arrows in the U.S. to sell in Guatemala.  There might have been some holes in his plan, but Brent’s entrepreneurial roots and intuition have grown stronger over the past couple of decades.

Today, Brent’s endeavors are just as ambitious, and even better prepared. Brent is founder and CEO of venture capital firm adventur.es, venture partner at Gen Y Capital, an angel investor, and owner of Beshore Family Vineyards.

Brent has entrepreneurship deeply rooted in his genes.  His great-great grandfather invented the bedspring and his grandfather helped in turning a $4 million dollar company into a $4 billion dollar company.

Adventur.es, founded in 2007, is a problem first venture capital firm that seeks out significant widespread problems to solve through starting new businesses and making select angel investments.  A problem that the company is currently attempting to solve is obesity.  After working with researchers for the last 18 months, they believe that they can make a difference and will be launching a new company in February or March of 2014.

Over the past 6 years, the company has experienced rapid growth, and was 28th on Inc.’s 500 Fastest Growing Companies list in 2011 and reached $6.8 million in revenues with 62 employees. Brent credits adventur.es’ success and growth to intellectual honesty.  When trying to find solutions for challenging problems, most people have their own ideas of how to address that problem.  Most of these ideas and viewpoints will be wrong.  Brent pointed to the ability to adopt new perspectives and being honest through the process as significantly helping fuel the growth of adventur.es.

Q: What has been the hardest thing you have encountered as a young entrepreneur?

A: “The emotional rollercoaster…you can feel like a million bucks one minute and ten minutes later you feel like you’re scum of the earth.”

Like almost every successful entrepreneur on the planet – Brent has failed and struggled along the way.  “When things are going great don’t burn out, and when things are going bad don’t try to hide.  Early on in my career that was a huge challenge.  I went through a period of two years where I think I cried in my office 2-3 days a week.  You feel like you can’t do anything right and a lot of people are going to call you a failure.  I finally realized, for the most part, people don’t care.”

Brent has reached a high level success at the age of 30, but one thing that he feels he still wants to accomplish is to have a big defining moment that makes a significant impact on the world.  “I feel like we’ve done a good job. We made some money, we’ve helped quite a few people, but we haven’t had that hugely denting the world moment yet.”

Don’t settle for just the highlights – listen to the full interview audio below!

Interview Highlights

– Brent’s thoughts on whether starting a business at a young age is an advantage or a disadvantage and why he believes that young entrepreneurs should lean towards products instead of services.

– Favorite part about being an entrepreneur: “It’s just this incredible, awesome experience to bring together a community of people. I was the initial spark for it, but it’s grown way past me…the greatest reward.”

– What’s the best way you can protect your business? “Don’t try to control people.  I know that’s a little counterintuitive because we think of control as a positive thing in the sense of – if you have control, that’s good.  I’ve learned personally, the more open, transparent, and authentic I am, and the less I try to control them…the better things happen.”

– Best piece of advice for people under 30 to do right now: Read. The smartest people in the world are telling us their secrets.  Brent reads 1-2 hours every day and says that they are the hands down most productive hours of his day.

– “Embrace the fact that you’re not always going to be productive.”

– If you could add any entrepreneur to your team, who would it be and why? Aaron Levie from Box.  Intelligent, funny, intellectually honest and one of the best Twitter philosophers.

Listen to the full interview here:

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Read more interviews from the Starting a Business as a Young Entrepreneur Series

About the Author: Michael Luchies

Michael Luchies is an entrepreneur and passionate supporter of everything entrepreneurship. Michael is Co-Founder of PitchJam and is National Growth and Programs Manager for the Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization (CEO). He has been covering entrepreneurship over the past 5 years and has been published on Under30CEO, Yahoo!, Yahoo! News, ThinkEntrepreneurship, PitchingGreatness, and other websites and publications. On Twitter @MichaelLuchies.

South African entrepreneur Margaret Hirsch sees potential where other people see obstacles – a characteristic which has enabled her to grow a tiny repair business into one of the country’s leading retailers.

Today, Hirsch’s is a multi-million-dollar chain of seventeen mega-appliance and home furnishing stores across South Africa, selling more than twenty thousand items and employing around a thousand people.

Hirsch and her husband launched the business in 1979, offering repairs to air-conditioning units and fridges, from a tiny shop in Durban no larger than a bathroom. When microwave ovens reached the South African market shortly afterwards, Hirsch started giving microwave-cooking classes and it wasn’t long before she was running five cookery schools.

Her passion for empowering others, particularly women, has been the foundation for much of the company’s successful growth. “I thrive on people,” she tells writersstudio.co.za. “I look at people and see them not as they are, but as they can be; I see them as they are going to end up being when they have got all the things they want in their life. I help them get there.”

She makes a point of interviewing each prospective new staff member personally. “I like to inspire others to reach their dreams,” she says. “I tell them, there are two important days in a person’s life. The first is the day you are born, and the second is the day you find out why you are here. Your job is to list your five most important personal goals, and your five business goals

Hirsch’s employs fulltime trainers, and employees throughout the company are paid to arrive at work thirty minutes early for lessons in life skills, motivation exercises, and training in new products. Delivery drivers are encouraged to buy their own trucks from the company at low prices, repayable over a long period, making it possible for them to become entrepreneurs in their own right. In areas where the company has stores, Hirsch has set up empowerment programmes for local people; for example, in impoverished Umlazi in Kwazulu-Natal, unemployed women are provided with sponsored ingredients and taught to bake and sell their products.

Hirsch believes that success is very much a question of having the right attitude. “There has never been a challenge that I had to face that I haven’t been able to get sorted,” she tells mybroadband.co.za. “I believe stress is a way of thinking about what you don’t want to happen; you have to turn it around and think about what you do want to happen. You have to be tough. To get ahead, you have to be disciplined, determined, and work really hard consistently.”

She spends two days in each of three major cities in South Africa every week, where she has apartments above the stores. She’s a committed hands-on manager, working alongside staff on the shop floor, greeting customers, checking warehouse stock, overseeing the loading of delivery trucks, or handling queries and complaints.

The company is still very much a family business, with Hirsch and her husband and their two children all being actively involved in different aspects. “The greatest challenge in running a family-owned business is to teach your children from a young age that they have to work really hard,” she tells citypress.co.za. “You have to keep working every day of your life.”

Hirsch’s offers a variety of free courses to consumers on how to get the best use from the appliances they buy. The unswerving focus on customer service is matched by customer loyalty. “What I love is seeing two, and sometimes three, generations from the same family coming through to furnish their homes with us,” Hirsch says.

And what advice would she give aspiring entrepreneurs? “Dream big,” says Hirsch. “Set your goals; work towards whatever you want in life, because you can get it.”
Her own vision, resilience, patience, determination, and focus are an inspiration to entrepreneurs everywhere.

To find out more, go to www.hirschs.co.za

Bedriye Hulye: opening new doors for women in Turkey

Serial entrepreneur Bedriye Hulye is passionate about leveraging her unique business model to create a new and brighter future for Turkish women.

 

 B-Fit, Hulye’s chain of women-only gyms, today has over a hundred and sixty thousand members. Two hundred and fifty women franchisees in nearly fifty cities across Turkey and Cyprus employ a further five hundred women.

“B-Fit is sometimes considered discriminatory because of its women-only model,” Hulye tells wamda.com. “But we believe that in order to close the huge gender-gap in countries like Turkey, where there are neither quotas nor positive discrimination policies, we have to provide specific tools focusing on women’s development.”

With a twenty-year entrepreneurial background which includes the founding of a restaurant, two hotels, and an importing company in Turkey, Hulye took some classes at business school in New York in 1998. While there, she joined a women-only gym where she was introduced to a thirty-minute rotation programme, and the idea of taking the concept back home to Turkey was born.

“I saw an opportunity to enable Turkish women to empower themselves,” she tells ashoka.org. In early 2006, with funds from her personal savings and investments from a few close friends, she opened the first branch of b-Fit in a middle-class neighbourhood of Izmir. A month later, with no advertising other than word-of-mouth referrals, the gym had attracted fifty members.

Hulye realised that to expand the business, the franchise model would be ideal, perfectly dovetailing with her vision of empowering women and girls and enabling them to become entrepreneurs in their own right. “We expect our franchisees to be solution-orientated, motivated, and friendly,” says Hulye. “We don’t base selection criteria on education level or previous work experience – in fact, many of our franchisees have very basic education and have never worked in their lives before.”

B-Fit franchisees are provided with constant support in entrepreneurship, management, communication, and gender awareness, and are brought together at regular intervals to build a strong sense of community. The model combines a gym with a community centre, creating spaces where women of all ages and backgrounds have the opportunity not only to improve their health and fitness, but also to come together socially and to develop a range of business and life-skills.

“Women’s physical, mental, and economic empowerment is central to the b-Fit model,” Hulye says. “The centres are founded and entirely managed by women, creating opportunities for them to start, grow, and own businesses while mastering skills that help them survive in this entrepreneurial life. In turn, they become role models and local changemakers, inspiring many more to follow.”

As the largest and most widespread health and recreation chain in Turkey, b-Fit has significantly transformed a sector which has traditionally been dominated by male-only billiard halls, weightlifting saloons, and football fields. Traditional gender roles are strictly enforced, and women have been largely financially dependent on fathers or husbands and vulnerable to violation of their basic human rights. Hulye and her team encourage franchisees to invest back into their businesses for greater sustainability, and to make informed financial decisions for their own economic security.
“Inequality is enmeshed in our relationships and our norms,” says Hulye. “In a country where ninety-two percent of all immovable property is owned by men, it is also part of women’s empowerment to make smart financial investments for their future.”

To make b-Fit available to even the most-disadvantaged  women, Hulye is partnering with local social organisations in impoverished regions of Turkey and has already set up one low-cost centre for this purpose. She continues to focus on developing a strategy for sustainability and further spread in lower-income groups, as well as planning to expand the b-Fit model to other countries across the Middle East.

With her vision, passion, and commitment, this inspiring entrepreneurial role model is truly making a real difference in the lives of thousands of women and girls.

Watch our interview with Bedriye Hulye

Give New Hires the Best Chance for Success

It’s Monday morning and the first day for a new management trainee. The understandably apprehensive newbie walks into the building and immediately doesn’t know how to get to the work station. After asking a few employees, who happen to be strangers, the new employee sits down and wonders how to log on to the computer or what button to press on the telephone to get an outside line.

And these are the simple tasks. Even for the most confident person, the first day on a new job can seem pretty overwhelming. Now only does the new employee worry about making a good first impression socially, that person is faced with putting a skill set into a new environment and making it work. However, it’s really up to the company to help the new employee get acclimated and really feel “on board.”

That’s when onboarding comes into play. Good preparation for a new hire is essential. And it goes beyond introducing that new hire to cubicle mates and making sure there are enough paper clips on the newbie’s desk.

Getting Started

Properly acclimating a new employee requires innovative thinking that goes beyond showing where the bathrooms are located. The company has an obligation to make a good impression on the new employee. GuideStar suggests assigning a mentor to act an as immediate resource, and to give the employee an idea about the organizational goals and culture.

Getting a head start is crucial, and that means paying attention to the period between the new employee accepting the job and starting the job, Forbes says. Conversations with a boss, team members, assistants, and key clients is important. Talking with a human resources contact is a good way to identify who should be involved in these conversations.

The basics should be covered, of course, which includes stocking the work space with paper, pens, business cards, a computer, and phone, and that means making sure voicemail and email accounts are set up. It’s a waste of time for the employee to wait until someone from the IT Department goes through numerous steps to make sure the employee can even log on to the company’s home page.

Once the basics are handled, a staff member can greet the new hire and provide an office tour to meet the staff and learn where the copy machine, mailboxes, etc. are located.

Forbes has a list of mistakes leaders tend to make with new employees on the first day. A leader should avoid:

  • Talking about a former company.
  • Talking negatively about employees in the current company.
  • Revealing too much personal information.
  • Telling anything but the mildest joke.

Later in the week, the new hire can learn about how decisions are made and the specifics of expectations However, that meeting shouldn’t be too intimidating. For example, Bob Parsons, founder of GoDaddy, tells Entrepreneur that business is imperfect, with flawed people providing service to other flawed people. Since there are always things in business that can be improved, he likes to see people step up to make corrections.

It’s a good lesson that can be taught to the new employee: If something can be done better, let the proper person know. It’s a good and productive way for the employee to believe he or she really belongs and can make a difference.

GuideStar recommends the new employee create a marketing opportunity for the company by notifying professional and personal contacts of his or her new job. Within the first month, the employee also should meet with board members, partners and other important people connected with the organization.

Moving Forward

Good employee onboarding goes beyond the first week. The company should continue to find ways to integrate the new employee into the organization. After 90 days, a supervisor can give formal feedback and, just as important, ask for feedback from the employee. The company can benefit from new ideas from fresh eyes, after all.

Forbes stresses strong teamwork during the first 100 days. This involves jump-starting organizational and strategic processes, as well as a workshop. An effective strategy is identifying and investing in an early “victory” during the first six months. When this victory is accomplished, it should be celebrated publicly to boost confidence. What new employee wouldn’t want to be honored in front of peers?

Forbes notes new employee failure almost always can be attributed to not accomplishing what needed to be accomplished, or they are a poor fit. Blame comes from both sides. However, if everyone paid attention to onboarding basics, Forbes says, the failure rate would go down. Simply getting a head start, managing the message, and building the team are effective onboarding strategies that executives shouldn’t ignore.

Not engaging in good onboarding practices leads to higher turnover and more energy wasted on training new employees over and over. By learning how to onboard, leaders can build a stronger company with more long-term and experienced employees.

What onboarding tips do you have to share?

Nathan Barton is a business adviser for a medium-sized tech company. He has traveled all around the world speaking at various business conferences, but he believes that freelancing is the best way to spread his knowledge.

Why Everyone Will Have to Become an Entrepreneur (Infographic)

It used to be that entrepreneurs were the renegade cowboys out in Silicon Valley. Nowadays, you have to be an entrepreneur just to get and hold a job.

Consultants and freelancers are cheaper than full-time staffers with benefits, software developers overseas cost a fraction of what they cost in the U.S. and, by 2030, robots will be able to perform most manual labor, according to an infographic (below) from San Francisco-based startup organization Funders and Founders. Even employees who are employed in large corporations are encouraged to be “intrapreneurs,” meaning that they are in many cases given company time to come up with disruptive ways of thinking about corporate organization and practices.

 

You Might Be Looking For Success If…

This post will help you lead, identify with, or better market to these small business owners. And hey if you’re an entrepreneur yourself…well you totally get it!

You Might Be Looking For Success If…

• You can’t stop checking your phone even if it requires waking up in the middle of night
• You attend networking events on a weekly basis
• Working out is a part of your daily regimen

• You become addicted to coffee and Red bull gives you wings
• Pulling all-nighters becomes a habit
• Traveling becomes a part of your lifestyle
• Doing what YOU want is your #1 priority
• Everything you own fits in a suitcase

• You have more ideas then time
• You have more social media accounts then you can possibly update
• You’re willing to sacrifice your relationships to build a business
• You always negotiate the price
• You outsource your to-do-list

Building an Online Private Community – 10 Lessons Learned During The First 6 months

Six months ago I launched what is now called Founders Grid – A private member community for like minded entrepreneurs who want more freedom, greater privacy and better opportunities to put their skills and money to good use.

As with every new business, Founders Grid has had it’s fair amount of teething problems, challenges and has gone through a few different “phrases” in it’s short 6 month history.

This post will try to outline the lessons I have learned, and hopefully a few nuggets of helpful information for those who considering building their own online private community.

Background Story

In 2011 I wrote a blog post covering the process of incorporating a offshore company in Hong Kong. Since publishing, I receive multiple emails per week asking for advice on setting up companies offshore.

From the emails it was clear the “offshore company” industry is very fragmented – those who contacted me clearly wanted advice from someone who had been on the ground and had incorporated an offshore company themselves vs. advice from offshore service providers who who have a financial incentive.

While I try to help as many people as I can, I can’t give detailed answers to everyone, hence the idea of creating what was then called the Hong Kong Company Hub – a private community members could use to discuss incorporating in Hong Kong. Discussions included what service providers we’re trust worthy, what accountants were reliable and so on.

After a month or two I quickly realised The Hong Kong Company Hub had more potential than I first realised, especially if I broadened the focus. The choices that made sense to me at the time included broadening the community to cover a bigger geographical region (i.e Asia) or focus on covering other offshore jurisdictions.

Unfortunately I made the mistake of choosing the region specific direction and went onto change the branding to the Asia Business Hub. The plan was to build a community for business founders in Asia. The main problem here was that there wasn’t really a problem to solve and I did not have enough experience with the subject.