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Founders Flash: How To Lead In 2018

Leadership is a quality every entrepreneur must acquire. Determination and work ethic are some driving of the forces behind overcoming obstacles for leaders. As a leader you must continue to guide and inspire others with effective communication and the right execution of strategies. Learn more about how to become a better leader in 2018 in this issue of Founders Flash.

Founders Flash: Student Entrepreneurs Share Advice

Student entrepreneurs do not have it easy; launching your first venture while balancing a full-time college course load is like working a dozen full-time jobs.

Founders Flash: Should Startups Take a Stand on Divisive Topics?

In the current volatile political atmosphere, it can be difficult to separate your business role from your personal beliefs. Large companies, including Apple and Starbucks, have stepped into the spotlight to speak up on social issues, including immigration, climate change and health care.

Founders Flash: Defining (Startup) Success

Working in a startup environment, life is – by nature – a little unsettled. Casual small-talk questions like ‘how are things going?’ or ‘how’s work’, can often lead to doubting success, personal or professional. With startups, these are often one and the same.

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Some highlights from this week’s articles:

“No venture ever succeeds without confident, enthusiastic leadership around a mission that will attract employees, investors and customers.” – 5 Startup Tips to Avoid Cash Crash and Burn, Dan Yoo, Entrepreneur

“Stop trying to serve two kinds of customers.” – 30 Things to Stop Doing As A Startup Founder, Lucas Carlson, Craftsman Founder

“There are VCs that now expect you to have gone in the direction of crowd-funding first before approaching them.” – How Crowd-Funding Is Changing Everything and What That Means for Your Startup, First Round Review

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Our favorite articles from the week stress the importance of having a maternity leave policy, examine how to adjust your business strategy when your company outgrows the “start-up” phase, discuss how to build a start-up that has an unfair advantage, and offer a list of essential start-up marketing resources.

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Our favorite articles from the week give a definitive guide to social media tools for start-ups, discuss methods to overcome cognitive overload and increase focus, examine the status of the New York tech scene, and consider whether we are headed toward another tech bubble.

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Start-up Perks

Our favorite articles from the week address how company culture at various start-ups has improved morale and increased productivity. Read more about:

–          How one start-up thrives on a four-day workweek

–          Various company culture perks that drive productivity, like volunteer days and flexible hours

–          Why perks matter, and which are the most meaningful to your employees

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Our favorite articles from this week discuss how to keep your start-up alive in its first three years, stress the importance of drawing the line between friendship and business, question the popular belief that start-ups trump the MBA, and explain why ‘exit strategy’ is an oxymoron.

Upstart Roundtable: Xavier Xicay’s Path to Funding and Clients

The blog post below is courtesy of The Capital Network. The recording was originally posted by The Venture Café.

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Upstart Roundtable: Xavier Xicay’s Path to Funding and Clients

Once a month, TCN hosts an Upstart Roundtable at the Venture Café, bringing together early-stage start-ups and seasoned entrepreneurs in the Boston-area.

In this month’s roundtable, Xavier Xicay, founder of Tuatara Corporation, discussed how he secured funding to launch the Gilapad, and the marketing and hiring tactics he used to build the company. Xicay said he attributes much of his entrepreneurial success to prior experience working for other start-ups.

Listen to the Upstart Roundtable recording below and stay tuned for more from TCN and The Venture Café!