FEATURE STORIES

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THE GIRL WITH THE BLACK LEATHER PANTS

by Bella Donna - This is a winner. You wanna wow the judges? Win the crowd? Get your game face on, kiddo! Hit ‘em with real passion, overflowing personality and a canon shot of enthusiasm.

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FISH STORY

by Mark T Wayne - I recognize a sharp character flaw among outdoorsmen of all sorts—an uncontrollable urge to exaggerate—particularly after an excursion to a wilderness such as northern Manitoba. Permit me to treat you to a few horror stories of the Great North Woods. I promise to debunk them all.

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FISH STORY

by Mark T Wayne - Fishermen are liars! After a superb day of fishing in the Canadian Wilderness, I prepare to utter my first exaggeration when Jonelis comes in with this monstrous THING. Look at it sir! This stretches all limits of credulity!

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CLOSER TO HEAVEN

by Mark T Wayne - My instinct for survival goes into full panic mode. With wisdom born of a long life, I fumble with my seatbelt. I wish to disembark this flying coffin—IMMEDIATELY! My hands shake and over my loud objections, before I can set myself free, the props are spinning!

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ROUGHING IT

by Mark T Wayne - “Don’t you want to feel safe?” asks Rosalind Russell.  In response, Clark Gable knits his brows. “I never have. What’s it like?”  Vigorous travel is a grueling sport! One anticipates deprivation and hardship on any trip of significance. One seeks adventure! Exhilaration! One does not select air transportation to wrap oneself in a safe cocoon. No sir! Air travel exists for one and only one purpose. SPEED!

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BE THE ONE THEY CAN COUNT ON

by Howard Tullman – Winners have a sense about other winners and you can’t miss the shift in their interest and attention when they encounter another of their own species. Wanting to win is fine – wanting to do the work that it takes to win and to keep at it until you do win is what makes the difference in the end.

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PERSUADING A GROUP

by Paul LeRoux – General George Patton, leading U.S. Army general in World War II said, “No one is thinking if everyone is thinking alike.” WARNING – This article will contradict what most believe about speaking to a group.

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WHIZ KIDS

by John Jonelis – You don’t want to compete with this kid. Believe me. Just watch his intensity as he pitches his business to some of the private equity luminaries in the city. I’m a judge at this event and try not to show my feelings of awe as he answers all the tough questions in a pressure-cooker environment without so much as a flinch. There’s an intimidating team behind him too. They’re all in middle school. Middle school!

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MEASURING THE FUTURE

by John Jonelis- You may ask, “Hey Jonelis, why all the harping on the word average?” Because average is a fantasy. It doesn’t exist for you. It doesn’t exist for me. It’s a composite of the whole crowd.

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ARISE 2.0

by Loop Lonagan- Whadaya think happens when 15,000 people get behind the entrepreneurs in their own neighborhood? Good things—that’s what happens! Energy. Enthusiasm. Stuff gets done! Lemme tell you about it:

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THE QUICK NO

by Douglas Yau, PhD- When asked for funding, one of the most frustrating things investors do to a startup company is give them the “Slow No.”

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THE ANGEL EDGE

by John Jonelis – Compare seed round, the angel round, and the venture round to a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Notice that Angels make up the good stuff in the middle. And yes—according to studies by the Kauffman Foundation—Angels make the best money.

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CHICAGO SPEEDS UP

by Michael Gardiner – Startup companies graduating from a prominent accelerator in Chicago raise an average of $1.5 million in outside capital. That’s one impressive statistic. Then we have 1871 with 50,000 square feet of space. So what’s the difference between an Incubator and an Accelerator? And where does 1871 fit?

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FROM ZERO TO HERO

by John Ortbal – 40% of venture backed companies fail. 40% yield moderate returns. 20% or less produce high returns. That small percentage is responsible for the venture capital industry consistently performing above the public markets. So what separates the zeroes from the heroes?

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THINK LIKE A ZOMBIE

by John Jonelis – A highly experienced instructor on a training mission forgets his own parachute. (True story) How can that happen to a seasoned instructor? What caused the fatal mistake?

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THINK FAST

by John Jonelis – “I must’ve walked down that alley 100 times, but for some reason something told me I shouldn’t go down there.” But the Marine dismisses the thought and carries on with his mission. Next, he gets blown up.

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CHECKBOXES FOR FUNDING

by John Jonelis – Daniel DiLorenzo comes up with a concise list of what’s needed to succeed in fund raising.  He fills in all the blanks before approaching venture capital. He’s highly successful at gaining great gobs money.

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WHAT MAKES INNOVATION?

by John Jonelis – This guy gives insights that I find both lucid and striking—insights on innovation that clear away the cobwebs—that make you sit up straight and say, “Yes!”

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HOW TO CHOOSE AN ANGEL GROUP

by John Jonelis – It’s crucial for an Angel Investor to leverage the strengths of a group. Great groups are out there but how do you identify them? Here are three key questions:

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GOODBYE DR ALZHEIMER

by John Jonelis – ADMdx has pioneered a new science to help big pharma wipe out Alzheimer’s disease. With a mission that huge, they can pivot and adjust, yet never stray from their course. I’m talking to their CEO, Dawn Matthews and her first statement knocks my socks off.

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SHORT ON MARKETING

by John Ortbal – What most start-ups don’t realize is that when you position yourself, you’ve repositioned everyone else, i.e. your competition. So there has to be a strong element of conflict in your positioning and maybe even a bit of controversy. Playing it safe just doesn’t cut it.

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