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UNDERESTIMATING THE COMPETITION

by Robert Jonelis – Ever face a crisis situation? Raw panic? Of course you have. We’ve all been burned by miscalculation, greed, and shoddy research. People have been making the same mistakes for quite a long time and a young woman from the 10th Century can teach us a pointed lesson about the importance of accurately sizing up the competition.

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MY KRAKEN ENCOUNTER

John Jonelis – I wipe sweaty palms against my suit pants—my turn to present—my turn to make a fool of myself is coming up fast.

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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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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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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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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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A NEW LINE OF THOUGHT

John Jonelis—Remember when you wrote that 50 page business plan—the one that nobody actually read? Well, you never have to do it again! Now you can put it all on ONE PAGE.

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GOOGLE’S AMAZING ASCENT

Jeff Segal – message therapistOnce upon a time, not all that long ago, Google was a startup. But I remember when google was a noise you made to entertain a baby. Google’s rise from startup to global domination is truly astonishing. Now they’re telling us about technology’s power to thwart terrorism and bring dictators to their knees.

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HOPE AND PARANOIA IN THE NEW DIGITAL AGE

Jeff Segal – message therapist – “If you have something that you don’t want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn’t be doing it in the first place.” – Google CEO Eric Schmidt, 2009

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7 TIPS FROM A WINNER

Loop Lonagan – special correspondent – Raising money is a full time job. As CEO, raising capital turns out to be the #1 job. So you pitch wherever you can. Make cold calls. Meanwhile, there’s five trillion in investment dollars hidden away in IRAs. That’s right—I said five TRILLION dollars—almost a third as big as the national debt! It dwarfs private capital. Blows it away! And when that dam bursts, money’ll flow all over the place.

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SIX REASONS TECH BELONGS TO THE YOUNG

IMSA Kids at MIT Enterprise Forum
John Jonelis—Who gets these kids charged with the kind of passion that induces investors to open tightly held wallets? Venture capitalists lick their chops like old men lusting after eager young virgins. We’re going to take a closer look at this phenonemon.

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TEAM – A CASE STUDY

by Terry Flanagan – Your next opportunity may be right under your nose. When people with common values and objectives—coachable individuals with unique expertise come together, they can deliver value in a very short timeframe.

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THE FRENZY

Bill Blaire – special correspondent“These is all private equity deals. Not a loan in the house. The ones that come in can make it big—REAL BIG. I’m talkin 10 times return—sometimes 100 times or more. It’s the stuff they make dreams outa. That gets my juices flowin’ and it’s all legal! Hoo boy, I’m gonna have some fun here!”

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SHARK TANK MEETS THE APPRENTICE

Loop Lonagan – special correspondent – I like investing in startup companies and I like fireworks. I expect to see summa both. So I show up bright and early and stay late. And so do the judges—the whole day. That’s what causes all the trouble.

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BNC – EVERYBODY GETS FUNDED

John Jonelis—What really goes on in those private equity meetings? Here’s an inside peek.

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WHAT MAKES IT GOOD

Joe Perogi – Been hearin’ complaints ‘n’ controversy about Techweek this year. People gripe so you figure there’s gotta be a good reason, right? Yeah, I hear you. Yer sayin’, where there’s smoke there’s fire. But all them critics completely miss THE HIDDEN ROOM that you and me stumple upon—the hidden room that makes this thing truly amazing. Now the dust is settled, lemme take you on a tour o’ what I seen.

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30 SECONDS OVER CHICAGO

From the City’s Hardest Rocking Startup

by Jeff Segal – What’s your favorite place to hear live music in Chicago? What makes it rock? Don’t tell me—tell Gigity.TV, a Chicago startup that live streams concerts from local venues.

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THEM CAKES

Bill Blaire – special correspondentSometimes ya get surprised by a simple little idea—one that ain’t a mobile app er nothin’. Summa them make real nice businesses.

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THEM WORMS

Bill Blaire – special correspondentJim Kren don’t want you should see this story, ‘n’ scratched it outa the last article but Da Boss overruled him so here it is.

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THE LEAN STARTUP

John Jonelis – “A lot of entrepreneurs have an idea, but don’t know how to execute it. Even if the idea’s great, it comes down to execution. There were fifty facebooks before there was Facebook and they were all good ideas, but Mark Zuckerburg out-executed them all.” – Michael Pollack

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WHO DO YOU TRUST?

Donatas Ludditis – special correspondent – Right now, eight groups work on same idea as you. Somebody do what you do – even if you not do it.

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