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It Takes More Than…

It Takes More Than…

INNOVATION, IDEA AND CONCEPT COMMERCIALIZATION: It takes more than cutting-edge ideas, scholastic credentials and financial backing to move a company from pre-seed stage to commercialization. It takes hands-on business expertise from people who have been there and have done it. We help guide entrepreneurs by providing them with a real-world understanding of the unique dynamics of technology markets, and the nuances of starting and growing an early-stage company, including developing a viable business case, plan and model, product development, staffing for […]

Decisions are worthless unless you turn them into commitments!

Decisions are worthless unless you turn them into commitments!

Decisions are worthless … unless you turn them into commitments. In a business conversation, your counterpart’s decision states his intention, but a commitment holds him accountable. Although a commitment does not guarantee delivery, it’s far more reliable than a decision. More importantly, when managed properly, it allows you to handle breakdowns with effectiveness, trust and integrity. Have you been in meetings where lots of decisions are made but nothing gets done and nobody is held accountable? Unless you finish the […]

DOs and DON’Ts for start-ups

DOs and DON’Ts for start-ups

(Published in 2013, © Hal Tezcan ) Having been on both side of the table, in the early days of my career first as an entrepreneur seeking funds from investors and later as an advisor/consultant to investors and an investor myself I will try to condense 30 plus years of reality into 15 minutes of real life and real term DOs and DON’Ts Having sat through countless pitches, I can attest that many of them fall flat – and it’s not always […]

MOST SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE ARE COLLABORATORS

MOST SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE ARE COLLABORATORS

Successful people don’t compete, they collaborate.   Here are four reasons why the most successful people are top-notch collaborators: GROWTH COMES THROUGH SHARING & COLLABORATING YOU CAN FIND UNEXPECTED ALIGNMENT WHEN YOU SHARE AND COLLABORATE FLEXIBILITY & ADAPTABILITY TAKES COOPERATION AND, COLLABORATING FORCES EVERYONE TO MOTIVATE EACH OTHER It’s almost impossible to do it alone! You need experienced advisors / mentors / partners / collaborators along the way to success. Over the years we have built a successful and vast […]

Short term, fully furnished, Chicago Loop office space

Short term, fully furnished, Chicago Loop office space

One of the startups we help has an office space for the next 5 months starting February 1st. Office for short term rent: This office is located at 318 W. Adams (next to the Sears Tower)  within the Level Office space. Size: 117 sq ft. (13 x 9 ft space) Fully equipped; 3 desks, 3 chairs, phone, high speed (fiber) internet access. Many amenities; The renters will take advantage of all amenities provided by the building and Level offices. Such […]

You can pay us now or pay us later. How much time do you want to waste?

You can pay us now or pay us later. How much time do you want to waste?

You can pay us now or pay us later. In an old commercial for FRAM oil filters, a mechanic is heard talking from under the belly of a car with the engine disassembled, in a state of major repair. The mechanic intones dramatically, “You can pay me now or pay me later.” His meaning is clear and loud: Changing the oil and the filter on a regular basis is a necessity that can’t be ignored. You can pay a modest […]

Positioning is better than perfection

Positioning is better than perfection

Strong positioning always stands out. One of the most important aspects of marketing your company or product (or even yourself) is it’s position in the market. This is often overlooked because positioning isn’t as sexy as getting Facebook Fans or Twitter and LinkedIn Followers. However, it’s the best way to separate yourself from the competition, especially if you are in a crowded space.I have seen far too many companies (and experts) build their product or service, and then leave the […]

CAN YOU EMAIL A HANDSHAKE?

CAN YOU EMAIL A HANDSHAKE?

YOU CANNOT EMAIL A HANDSHAKE The other day I was reading a blog (I don’t care much about reading blogs but this had to do with the co-working marketplace of one of the startups I mentor and advise for) and one of the posts had to do with face to face networking. The young entrepreneur was complaining that face-to-face networking events where a plain waste of time! Well, I strongly disagree (this young person is dead wrong!) with this […]

The Best Cities In The Midwest For Venture Capital Funding In 2016

The Best Cities In The Midwest For Venture Capital Funding In 2016

The Best Cities In The Midwest For Venture Capital Funding In 2016 list. It did not surprise me to see Chicago startup funding drop by almost 35%! When we say funding is becoming harder in Chicago we are not kidding. Here are some facts about where the investments are increasing and which cities need to reconsider their offerings to talent, capital and support for the startup ecosystem. Speaking of investments; If you don’t have the proper mindset, infrastructure, support system […]

Startup Port in Boston University News

Startup Port in Boston University News

Startup Port in Boston University News. Startup Port co-founder and BU alum Archel Desir in the “The BUzz Lab” news. The BUzz Lab at Boston University serves as a hive of innovation and entrepreneurship for faculty, student and alumni startups, who profit from the lab’s resources, including mentorship, coworking and rapid prototyping space and community events that engage students and alumni and accelerate learning. Link to the Boston University “BUZZ Lab” Newsletter: https://lnkd.in/e76_jn5 […]

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