10 Lessons Every Entrepreneur Should Learn About Their Business

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I co-founded a company 10 years ago, and in that decade we’ve closed seven M&As, expanded our operations, dramatically increased revenue and forged strategic partnerships. But of course this journey had its fair share of highs and lows. Here are 10 things I’ve learned that I think can be helpful to any entrepreneur. 

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Know when to say no to a deal

Early on, an investor offered $25 million to acquire ironSource, even upping the bid to $40 million two months later. We turned the offer down. When you’re in this position, it’s critical to deeply question yourself and to be brutally honest. I certainly was. If your goal is to create something and then move on to your next challenge once your business

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Lessons From A Psychotherapist To Create Viable Business Intelligence During A Pandemic

It is not often that the author of Mindset Matters interjects his personal experiences into the column, however, we are not living in normal times.  As a trained psychotherapist and executive coach, he is witnessing the impact of the coronavirus on the personal and professional lives of individuals and organizations in profound ways. In this moment of ambiguity, it is time to introduce a new recurring segment to the column called Sessions that will draw from the experiences of the authors practice with founders, entrepreneurs, and millennials learning to develop new mental health strategies and creating new tools to cope with these changing times and deal with the profound fluctuations happening across the business milieu.  

In structuring a path to effective business intelligence in the wake of a pandemic, it is vital to utilize the Disability Narrative as an actionable tool to sustain business viability throughout this period. To begin

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3 Lessons for First-Time CEOs From Someone Who’s Been There

The lessons a CEO two years in wishes she knew when she started out.

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I have always craved new challenges. The CEO role is not one for the type who phones it in, is afraid to take risks or who accepts stagnation or complacency. And while it’s easy to say who the CEO role is not for, I am excited that we are seeing new and diverse leaders filling this spot virtually every day. My own CEO tenure started just over two years ago, and I’m proud to say that figuring out how to succeed in the role has been one of my most rewarding professional challenges to date.  

Related: Leadership and Legacy Lessons From Former Intuit CEO Brad Smith

I had held other C-suite positions, such as CFO, which prepared me for the top role.

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Career, Business Lesson Plans, Teaching Lessons, Worksheets

Topics include resume writing, filling out job applications, interviewing, writing business letters, communication, public speaking, business math, career planning, accounting, earning money skills, and more.

Resources include lessons, lesson plans, and worksheets. We also have included informative articles and helpful advice for learning and improving these skills.



Resumes, Resume Writing, and Cover Letter Lessons

Resume writing can at first seem overwhelming.  These lessons focus on learning about resumes and resume writing.  Students learn the importance of resumes, and how to write a clear and effective resume.


Job Interviews: Interviewing Skills Lessons

Teach and learn basic interviewing skills, preparation, techniques, dress, and etiquette for having a successful interview.



Career Planning, Exploration, and Preparation Lessons

Basic career development planning skills, career exploration, and preparation lessons. Students learn about themselves, their strengths and weaknesses, for a particular career. They also learn

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17 Key Lessons For Entrepreneurs Starting A Business

Starting a new business can be a daunting task. There are myriad issues a new entrepreneur will encounter: legal issues, financing, marketing, product development, intellectual property, human resources—the list is endless. Many new entrepreneurs are simply overwhelmed by all the things they are expected to know.

Having been involved in hundreds of startups as an entrepreneur, lawyer, venture capital investor, angel investor, and Board member, I have learned a number of real-world lessons. In this article, I share 17 of the most important ones, along with references to other helpful articles that can offer you a more in-depth discussion of each topic.

1. Come Up With a Great Name for Your Business.

Finding the right name for your startup can have a significant impact on your success. The wrong name could result in insurmountable legal and business hurdles. Here are some quick tips for naming your startup:

  • Avoid hard-to-spell names.
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