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Expert Interview Series: David Smooke of AMI

May 9, 2017 by Akira Hirai

David Smooke

David Smooke is the CEO of AMI, a blog network of 20,000+ contributors, 300,000+ subscribers, and 3,500,000 monthly pageviews. AMI’s top blogs are Hacker Noon, Fit Yourself Club, Athena Talks, ART plus marketing, P.S. I Love You, and Extra Newsfeed. We had a chance to talk with David and hear about his thoughts on business plans, his opinions regarding company presentations, and his advice for entrepreneurs. Cayenne Consulting: Tell us a bit about your background. Why made you decide to start creating new companies and websites?  David Smooke: I want [Read More]

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Are You An Entrepreneur or a Wantrepreneur?

March 2, 2017 by Akira Hirai

Entrepreneur or Wantrepreneur

Small-business owners and authors, Cory Gregory and John Fosco, take a point/counterpoint approach discussing the mental resilience needed for success in business. Their book Entrepreneur or Wantrepreneur: A Brutal Crash Course in Truly Identifying Your Entrepreneurial Skill-Set takes a tough-love approach. The authors utilize candor and brutally frank language as though the readers are eavesdropping on two colleagues having an intense conversation. Their approach allows their personalities to shine through as they provide clear guidelines that entrepreneurs can use. “(We are going) to guide you on literally the principles, the [Read More]

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Expert Interview Series: Blaine Bertsch of

February 20, 2017 by Akira Hirai

Blaine Bertsch

Blaine Bertsch is a Co-Founder of Dryrun, where he oversees business operations and product design. We asked Blaine for his financial advice for small business owners. Here’s what he shared: Can you tell us about the mission behind Dryrun? What are some of the pain points you’re trying to help business owners solve? Dryrun help businesses bring clarity to the future of their finances. Many financial tools focus exclusively on past occurrences but the success of business rides on what is coming in the future. Dryrun’s unique, scenario-based approach combined [Read More]

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Radical Candor: Be a Kick-Ass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity

February 16, 2017 by Akira Hirai

Radical Candor: Be a Kick-Ass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity

It’s unnatural. It’s stark. It’s brutal at times. And it’s exactly what your employees need to hear. Candor. Stark, honest, up-front assessment and feedback. Perhaps we have shifted the emphasis on tolerance too far in the workplace. In the forthcoming book, Radical Candor: Be a Kick-Ass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity, author Kim Scott urges supervisors and managers to deploy a feedback and communication method she feels is too often missing in today’s business environment. Scott, a former executive at Google and Apple, describes her approach to effective management. Scott [Read More]

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Expert Interview Series: Steven O Connell of RebelBio

January 29, 2017 by Akira Hirai

Steven O Connell

Steven O Connell is Associate Director and Programme Manager at RebelBio, the Global BioAccelerator Initiative powered by SOSV, a venture capital fund. We recently asked Steven for his insights on forming a biotech start-up from forming business plans to getting funding. Here’s what he shared: Can you tell us about your professional background? How did you become interested in helping biotech startups? I was always fascinated by biotechnology and how the costs to do interesting scientific research was falling rapidly. I learned about Moore’s Law and how the cost of [Read More]

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Transitioning to Leadership

January 24, 2017 by Akira Hirai

The 17 Skills Leaders Need to Stand Out

Whether you’re a brand-new manager or an experienced professional, there’s always room to learn new skills and hone existing ones. The Harvard Business Review, in its’ new book Manager’s Handbook: The 17 Skills Leaders Need to Stand Out, the editors present practical advice that helps existing leaders and those transitioning to leadership to improve their organizations and transform their employees. The 17 skills are presented in five sections: How to develop a leader mindset Managing yourself Managing individuals Managing teams Managing the business What sets the handbook apart from other [Read More]

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Is Learning to Simplify the Secret to Success?

December 13, 2016 by Akira Hirai

Simplify: How the Best Businesses in the World Succeed

In their new book, Simplify: How the Best Businesses in the World Succeed, authors Richard Koch and Greg Lockwood describe strategies for achieving market leadership and even market transformation through simplification. Koch is a management consultant and entrepreneur who began his career at Boston Consulting Group. Lockwood is a venture capitalist, or as he describes, “a professional skeptic.” In researching the topic, the authors realized that “nearly all of the great success stories of the twentieth century – right up to the present day – are stories of simplifying.” Their book is filled [Read More]

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How to Keep Your Sanity as an Entrepreneur

November 25, 2016 by Akira Hirai

how to stay sane as an entrepreneur

While it’s true that many entrepreneurs may need to rethink their business models, Myers suggests that the best approach is to rethink your thinking.

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Understand the Power of the Question to Drive Innovation

November 14, 2016 by Akira Hirai

A More Beautiful Question: The Power of Inquiry to Spark Breakthrough Ideas

Asking “Why,” “What If,” and “How” is a powerful way to drive innovation, empower entrepreneurs, and create needed solutions.

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Embracing the Start-Up J Curve

October 10, 2016 by Akira Hirai

The Start-up J Curve

In his latest book, entrepreneur Howard Love guides fellow business owners through the predictable phases faced by most entrepreneurs. Love’s book provides a step-by-step guide for small-business owners on how to recognize and maximize on each of the phases. The Start-Up J Curve: The Six Steps to Entrepreneurial Success places the six phases on the classic entrepreneurial J-curve, so named for the inevitable early-stage challenges most start-ups take. Love dispels the “straight line to success” myth that pervades the industry, helping entrepreneurs comprehend why each phase occurs, and what they [Read More]

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