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The Top Qualities to Look for in Your Very First Hire

Your company is up and running – or at least crawling – and now you get to hire your first employee. You’ve probably worked with a lot of people, maybe you’ve even hired a few, but this is a whole new ball game. This person is patient zero of your startup. You need to make […]

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15 Books That Will Change the Way You Run Your Business

It’s the most common question many successful entrepreneurs receive… What are you reading?  15 entrepreneurs across the nation share the books that changed their businesses forever. What’s one book every entrepreneur should pick up today? What was your big takeaway from it? 1. “The Checklist Manifesto” by Atul Gawande In this fascinating book, Atul Gawande talks about […]

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Three Essential Items Every Startup Needs to Value

If you’re in the loop with the Verge Startup family, you’ve probably gotten to know our buddy, Chris Palmer, pretty well. In addition to pitching on the Verge Indy stage and his presence at the Innovation Showcase, Chris won the Startup Chile pitch competition and was just named Techpoint’s “2014 Rising Star.” Between Foxio and […]

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13 Skills You Should Learn Before Starting Your Business

We all have business skills we wish we learned sooner. For some it’s sales, for others it’s office politics. For me it’s how to fix a damn paper jam. Regardless of your situation, one thing is clear: We all could stand to learn things sooner rather than later. Today, 13 Entrepreneurs answer the question: What’s […]

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How to Overcome the 8 Biggest Everyday Distractions

Listen, we all run into distractions every day. What’s that over there? Sorry, back. What was I saying? Oh yeah, distractions. I believe it was Socrates who first said “Focus is not the absence of distraction. Focus is the presence of distraction and working anyway.”  Is that not a saying? Whatever. The Young Entrepreneur Council […]

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How to Make Your Startup’s Remote Meetings More Productive

The Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) is an invite-only organization comprised of the world’s most promising young entrepreneurs. In partnership with Citi, YEC recently launched StartupCollective, a free virtual mentorship program that helps millions of entrepreneurs start and grow businesses. What is one way you ensure that remote meetings are effective and engaging? 1. Hold High Expectations As a completely virtual company […]

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13 Mistakes Entrepreneurs Make When Meeting Potential Advisors

The Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) is an invite-only organization comprised of the world’s most promising young entrepreneurs. In partnership with Citi, YEC recently launched StartupCollective, a free virtual mentorship program that helps millions of entrepreneurs start and grow businesses. What is the #1 mistake young entrepreneurs make when trying to pursue relationships with potential mentors […]

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9 Books to Read Before a Fundraising Round

The Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) is an invite-only organization comprised of the world’s most promising young entrepreneurs. In partnership with Citi, YEC recently launched StartupCollective, a free virtual mentorship program that helps millions of entrepreneurs start and grow businesses. What is one great book I should read to learn everything that I need to learn about raising capital […]

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Processes and productivity hacks for entrepreneurs

The following answers are provided by members of the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC), an invite-only organization comprised of the world’s most promising young entrepreneurs. In partnership with Citi, the YEC recently launched #StartupLab, a free virtual mentorship program that helps millions of entrepreneurs start and grow businesses via live video chats, an expert content library […]

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Where 11 Leaders Turn to Boost Business Decision Making Prowess

We make hundreds of little decisions every day. Wear the black shoes, not the brown ones. Salad for lunch. Turn left. We don’t often doubt our own judgment in these situations. There isn’t much at stake, after all. But when we run up against big business decisions that come with serious implications, something changes. We become […]

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