How to Meditate -- In 10 short minutes you could easily learn a meditation practice that you can take with you the rest of your life. Meditation helps calm your mind, ease stress and bring clarity to your everyday life. My productivity increases whenever I meditate consistently and noticeably declines when I fall out of my routine. Watch a YouTube video or read a quick blog post on how to meditate. It’s easy.

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Article: 4 Lessons About Startups and Life I’ve Learned From Uber and Lyft Drivers

Uber and Lyft have made getting a ride more enjoyable, affordable and convenient. I’m a huge fan of them for those reasons, yet I didn’t expect to gain something even more valuable with these services. There’s so much humanity and connection in a shared economy, and it has made a huge impact on both my life and my business. The value of these rides extends beyond getting from point A to point B … Read More

Add a Whole New Platform. -- Just like the Internet and later iPhones, Oculus VR is providing users with an entirely new platform to connect with each other and consume information. Startups will have opportunities to build apps, products and services built on or around VR in the same way the earliest startups embraced the Internet and app revolutions.

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You Should Share Your Mission -- People don’t buy what you do, they buy why you do it. Share the “why” part of your mission as much as the facts and figures. It goes beyond the pain point your solving. Share with them why you want to solve that pain point and what success really means to you. Of course, validate everything with a sound plan and the facts to back it up.

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And watch other presentations. -- I’ve found it to be very helpful to watch other presentations to get a feel for how others present. It’s helpful to observe how people conduct themselves, present their ideas, communicate and interact with the audience, and gain an overall feeling of their presentation. Seeing another person give a great presentation and enjoy great feedback makes me visualize my own success.

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Information About Your Company Culture -- Including a paragraph about the brand and your personality can go a long way towards attracting individuals from different walks of life. I spend a lot of time documenting why we work so hard, what we hope to accomplish and why it's important to us. I've also started adding insight into the personality of the company and what's important to us as a group. It might help you as well.

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Article: 6 Ways to Fulfill Your Crowdfunding Promises

Everyone’s talking about crowdfunding right now. There’s good reason: The practice has redefined the funding landscape by providing an attractive avenue for entrepreneurs to not only raise funds but also use the platform as a way to launch a sustainable business. While crowdfunding’s benefits are plentiful, timely fulfillment is a daunting challenge that all campaigners face. … Read More

Mention: Indiegogo CEO: We’re Already Seeing Apple Pay Usage

Indiegogo CEO Slava Rubin, Mass Fidelity co-founder Neil D'Souza and Skybell co-founder Andrew Thomas discuss Apple Pay and how startups benefit from crowdfunding. They speak with Bloomberg's Pimm Fox on "Taking Stock." … Read More

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Passion -- For your first hire, consider hiring someone who has similar levels of passion. This is not just limited to the product or industry. This person should share your same passion for working hard, creating something amazing and delivering the very best experience or benefits to customers. They should share a passion for the process, not just the destination.

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Planning for the Holidays. -- Startups that enjoy great fourth-quarter sales seasons are likely doing all of their planning in Q2 and Q3. If you plan to release a new product or sell into retail, you should be making final considerations for your product and retail strategy in Q3 so you are ready for Q4. Successful people are finalizing marketing strategies and challenging their plans.

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