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Advice and Insights for Entrepreneurs

Advice and Insights for Entrepreneurs
The following is a guest post by Chris Sheehan. Chris is COO of TrueLens, an early stage startup in the social marketing space. He is also a board member, advisor and investor in many Boston and NYC startups. You can follow him on Twitter at @c_sheehan and his blog Early Stage Adventures. What the heck is corporate development and why should I care? Back in the first wave of the Internet, I was part of the team at BEA Systems that built up in-house corporate development.

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Assess — Opportunity Analysis Canvas For aspiring entrepreneurs, new approaches and tools are necessary to develop the ideas that can lead to successful companies and organizations of all types. The emergence of business model courses, tools, and competitions are a step in the right direction. The focus of these new activities is engaging aspiring entrepreneurs in customer discovery and developing and testing a business model canvas. While this is a viable approach and valuable lesson in entrepreneurship education, business models only begin to take shape when a new venture idea is formulated. Blog 46 Flares101233--×46 Flares Click here to listen to the audio version of this post, Episode 37 of Kate’s Take. A few months ago I was sitting at my desk, clacking away on my Mac.

The ‘Happiness’ StartUp Part Deux. Rules to Live By. Last November, I wrote one of my favorite blog posts, the original “Happiness StartUp: Rules To Live By.” It’s still something I read at least twice a month to remind myself of why we do the things we do, why it’s important to struggle, and why to never make your memories, greater than your dreams. You’re going to go through tough times, that’s life. But, nothing happens to you, it happens for you. See the positive in negative events.