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10 Business Software Startups to Avoid

Dharmesh Shah wrote a rather interesting post on his site OnStartups enumerating the top 10 most tempting small business software startups. I’d highly recommend giving his original post a read. But I can list his top 10 business software startups to avoid here:

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Business Negotiations

Economics says that you trade money for goods or services that are more valuable to you than the seller. For example, I spend money on prepared food because solving my hunger is worth more to me than the money I trade for it. This is a simplified explanation, obviously, but it’s the same concept when buying […]

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Defeatist Thinking

I have a friend with a surefire system for meeting and talking to CEOs. He takes them out for coffee and picks their brain a little. But most people seem to have an issue with contacting CEOs. As if CEOs were somehow above them and beyond their reach. Even before they pick up the phone, […]

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Business Networking

It seems like everyone is looking for a job these days or using this recession as a time to go back to school. I was speaking with a particular friend today who was in the same shoes.  Still looking for a position, my friend told me that he was thinking about trying to get an […]

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Work Smarter, Not Harder

Yesterday, a person very close to me said, “You have a great life, Matt. There are plenty of people working just as hard, and they don’t have what you have.” The answer to this seems obvious to me. It isn’t about how hard I work, it’s about how I work. I don’t try to work […]

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Being Proactive: The Secret to Success

In my numerous years of business experience, I’ve realized there are two types of people: Reactive People: This is the person who does exactly what they’re told. Before they do anything else, they wait until they’re given the next instruction or assignment. Proactive People: This type of person is a problem solver. They think ahead, […]

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Building Trust With Your Employees

Here’s a question for you: Do you trust your employees? Some industries don’t. In fact, some industries prefer it that way. Based on limited experience, I’d say the military and similar government organizations don’t trust their employees by default. They prefer employees to do their job, as dictated to them by “The Powers That Be,” […]

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Creating Start-Up Champions

I give a lot of talks. When I do, I might speak to about forty entrepreneurs. Out of those forty entrepreneurs, one might come up to me after the talk, and we might form a relationship.  But not necessarily. I might just get a business card. Or we might exchange business cards. But in reality, business […]

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Local Businesses and Social Media

Recently, I’ve heard or seen several people discussing social media management startups that primarily focus on local companies. While I think this could be an interesting idea in theory, I keep coming back to this one thought: Local business owners don’t set out trying to run a Fortune 500 company.  There’s a reason why they […]

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When Deals Go Bad

A friend called recently and recounted a deal that fell apart after four months of negotiation. The question posed to me was, “What lesson can I take from a deal gone bad?”

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Marketing Ideas

One of my main focuses and mindshare over the past few weeks has been working on an integrated marketing strategy. While moving around the tubes, I found the video below.

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Welcome

Matt Mandell, a successful entrepreneur who has built, operated and exited a few startups in my twenty and some change years. First blog post.

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