Article: 10 Habits of the Most Confident People

When I look back on my 20s, I see two different versions of myself. The first five years were dominated by feelings of insecurity and anxiety. I was living a life I did not want, and I wasn't confident enough to stop it. Then, in the second half of my 20s, I learned to embrace my purpose and began living the life I wanted -- the life of an entrepreneur. One thing is clear: The success I've experie … Read More

Article: 10 Ways Mentally Strong People Build Powerful Mindsets

Some people call it grit. Others call it perseverance. Whatever name you give it, a strong mindset is a trait shared by the world's best performers - whether they are entrepreneurs, leaders, musicians or athletes. Yet a strong mindset is more than simply refusing to quit. True strength of mind comes from a combination of awareness, focus and resiliency. A strong mindset is what allows you to st … Read More

Article: 10 Verbal Skills of the Most Likable People

Remarkable entrepreneurs and leaders know that emotional intelligence and being a likable person contribute immensely to their success. It's no surprise when you consider that hiring key employees, managing teams and landing big deals all boils down to building trust and making meaningful connections with others. The centerpiece of this process is communication. You simply can't afford to be a bad … Read More

Article: Dating an Entrepreneur: 10 Brutal Truths You Need to Know

Entrepreneurs are exciting people, but they aren't always the easiest to work with when it comes to building a romantic relationship. It isn't that entrepreneurs can't be quality partners or that you can't enjoy a great relationship with an entrepreneur, but their relentless ambition, complete lack of work-life balance and demanding schedule can be difficult to manage, especially if you don't shar … Read More

Don’t Interrupt -- It boggles my mind how often people interrupt others — it’s one of the fastest ways to become unlikable. The best way to be likable, and to make a great first impression, is to listen more than you speak. Ask questions and let the other person do much of the talking. And above all else, don’t interrupt them. I’ve closed millions of dollars worth of deals by listening and not interrupting.

Andrew Thomas

The world of startups is constantly moving and evolving. With the exponential growth of the Internet of Things (IoT) and automated technologies in recent years, innovative new companies are often funded, acquired and transformed from startups to industry leaders extremely quickly. We first met Andrew Thomas, Co-founder and CRO of SkyBell, at our 2014 Internet of Things Summit in San Francisco, where he where he presented expertise on customer demand in the smart home space. Since then, SkyBell has been named the best smart video doorbell, raised $600k through crowdfunding, and has been incorporated into connected home systems by companies such as Honeywell, SmartThings, I-control and Nest. Looking ahead to IoT Day on 9 April, we caught up with Andrew to learn more about the latest developments at SkyBell and in the home automation industry.

Andrew Thomas

Starting and growing a business is one of the hardest things you'll ever do. The road to startup success is full of mental and emotional demands, but the best founders can navigate a path in the face of uncertainty. Trust is the pillar of the founder's journey. You must learn to trust yourself, and trust that things will work out in line with to your intentions and goals. When negative thoughts … Read More

When you look at the most iconic leaders and entrepreneurs, it's easy to focus on the outward symbols of their success--acquisitions, IPOs, or titles, for example. Yet it is their internal achievement--the development of a growth mindset--that is really their greatest driver of success. One of the biggest factors for sustainable achievement is a growth mindset that values learning. Icons like M … Read More

Andrew Thomas, co-founder and Chief Revenue Officer of SkyBell, boldly sidestepped all traditional funding and decided to launch their funding campaign on Indiegogo. They’ve since become one of the largest crowdfunded companies of all time, with tens of thousands of users and millions in revenue, partnered with some of the biggest Fortune 500 companies in the home security space. Andrew is now one of the top entrepreneurs to follow in Internet of Things, crowdfunding and revenue growth. I spoke with Thomas about how crowdfunding changed the outlook of their company, and to get his take on why startups should and can use crowdfunding to their benefit.

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Article: 10 Reasons Your Best Employees Will Quit (Even If You Pay Well)

It's easy to get caught up in fundraising, scaling and sales that you forget to really care for the people who make your success possible. Too many times, strong leaders view a great employee as an asset that they don't appreciate until it's too late. Even CEO's that communicate well and have good intentions can fail to realize that they're pushing out the talented employees they need most in o … Read More