Category: Startups

The four startup phases of “not giving up”

It’s a message that echoes throughout as many locker rooms as it does startup offices: “Don’t give up.” It’s what the coach tells his players when the chips are down, and it’s what the entrepreneur tells him or herself when the trials and tribulations of business seem too much to bear. But what does “not giving up” actually look like? In this article we take a look at the “four key phases of not giving up”, which make up the typical mental journey the startup entrepreneur has to battle through in those early years.

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The Indian entrepreneurial spirit

Anyone who lives or has spent considerable time in the UAE is well aware of the contribution of Indian entrepreneurs in the country and across the Gulf. These entrepreneurs have indeed played a significant role in the development of the economies in the region, and so in this article I wanted to take a closer look at the particular business mindset and ambition behind it all.

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5 business ideas with huge potential (if executed properly)

When we talk about “great ideas” like Facebook’s social platform or Apple’s iPad or Tesla’s electric cars, we are not really talking about superior ideas, but about the superior execution of an idea that was already out there. And so instead of wracking your brains trying to come up with that “billion dollar idea”, how about just doing some market research to see what sectors are heating up? In this article we present five such sectors that startup entrepreneurs should jump on.

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Is electric really the future of cars?

It wasn’t that long ago that electric vehicles were somewhat of a rarity, seemingly owned solely by Hollywood A-listers or hardcore environmentalists. But that’s changing quite rapidly nowadays, and if industry experts are to be believed, those electric vehicles will soon dominate our roads – and eventually replace outright their gas-guzzling counterparts. And make no mistake: The electric revolution will bring massive opportunities for investors and startups in the space.

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5 companies that sold for billions not long after launching

Today’s article is a bit of diversion from the norm. I don’t offer up entrepreneurial advice; rather, I wanted to take a look at some of the “unicorns” of our time (startups that have earned a valuation of over $1 billion), and specifically those that were purchased for insane amounts not too long after launching. The stories are no doubt fascinating, and will make you wonder just how such out-of-the-gate valuation growth is even possible.

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What to do when your business seems stuck

It’s not uncommon for a business to begin to spin its wheels. Much of the time these periods will pass, as they may simply be down to such things as seasonal trends or other outside market forces. But when they drag on too long, it could indeed be time to make some significant changes, because if you are not moving forward in business (and revenue growth is the major gauge of that), you will eventually start to slide backwards.

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What real discipline looks like

There are many factors at play that culminate in a sort of “perfect storm” of events when it comes to someone achieving greatness in their field: circumstance, innate talent, extreme intelligence, luck – to name but a few of the key ingredients. But there is also one very important thing that many on the outside looking in don’t always fully appreciate the extent of, and that has to do with the sheer effort these individuals put in. We can also of course call it by another name: discipline.

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What it’s like working for a startup

Are you startup employee material, or big corporate? Do you like the fast-paced and possibly even confusing environment of a startup where your job title might not mean all that much because you’ll be filling different roles at different times? Or would you rather do the 9 to 5, tucked away in that cubicle waiting for the orders to trickle down from wherever they come down from? The environments really are quite different, and in this article I explore just that. From working hours to recognition to pay, let’s see what the startup world is serving up.

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Simple formulas for coming up with the right business ideas

Note: This article also appeared in Entrepreneur Middle East, and can be viewed on the…

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4 quotes that tell us so much about how to be successful in business

The true value of quotes comes from their application. A slightly deeper look into the words often reveals some great insight that can be applied to our personal or business lives – and in no way just on a superficial level. There are real lessons to be learned, and with a focus on you startup entrepreneurs and entrepreneurs in general, let’s now look at four quotes from some of the top achievers in their fields, and what their words mean for us.

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