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Technically Philly: How DormNoise Founder Jay Rodrigues Raised $500,000 From His Dorm Room

Editor’s Note:  This post originally ran on Technically Philly and is re-purposed here with permission. Two years ago, DormNoise Founder and CEO Jay Rodrigues was fed up with Facebook before it was the cool thing to do.   As the Rhode Island-native was graduating high school and transitioning to life as a student at Wharton, he saw all [...]

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Update on Earlier Post: 15 Common But Avoidable Mistakes

You may have read my earlier post entitled Doing it Right the First Time:  The 15 Most Common, but Avoidable, Mistakes Made by High Growth Start-ups.  I wanted to add some additional articles/posts I’ve read since then that add some flavor to my post.  Check out the following: When to Fire Your Co-Founders, by Simeon [...]

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Doing It Right the First Time: The 15 Most Common, but Avoidable, Mistakes Made by High Growth Start-ups

Imagine you are half-way through due diligence on your Series A round and the venture fund’s counsel realizes that you never complied with federal and state securities laws when you raised angel money.  Or, imagine your early CTO hire does not have the level of experience he/she professed in the interview or on his/her resume and the company is [...]

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Being the First Mover or Having No. 1 Market Share Isn’t Everything

I don’t care if your company is bigger than the competition or has what some like to call the “first mover advantage,” beating out the competition is all about differentiation and playing to your strengths.  What recently got me thinking about this was an older podcast I was listening to from Stanford University’s Entrepreneurial Thought Leadership program.  The [...]

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A Gift From An Entrepreneur

This article by Knowledge @ Wharton reminded me of good, old-fashioned selflessness.  Here’s the description provided by K@W: When Leonard Abess sold a majority stake in Miami-based City National Bank last fall, he did something very unusual. He took $60 million of that money and gave it out as bonuses to 399 current bank employees [...]

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