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If you’re reading this blog post, you’re well-aware of the Silicon Valley success stories of young people in their ’20s — some still in college — starting companies and exiting big. It’s this ‘picture’ that has positioned entrepreneurship as a ‘young person’s job.’ But there’s more to the story — much more.

Entrepreneurship is actually something that’s age-agnostic, and as you evolve in the workforce — with experience under your belt — you may be in a better position to launch your dream company.

Stop telling yourself that you’re too ‘old’ or that you ‘can’t do it.’ It’s never too late, no matter your age. Just ask the guy who started KFC in this seventies. The following infographic explains why:

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One of the biggest (read: soul-crushing) challenges of entrepreneurship is that we’re operating in a world with zero structure. Especially when we’re just starting out, we have nobody but ourselves to hold us accountable. As our teams (and ventures) grow; however, we become accountable to our co-founders, direct reports, investors, and customers. But even still, it’s up to us to forge a path forward. Read More…

Kent G

How can entrepreneurs make a bigger impact with what they’re doing? The answer is looking you right in the mirror. Literally. Your platform is one of the most valuable resources you can have — now and over the long-term. Whether you’re a new or experienced entrepreneur, it’s important to move from subject matter expert to through leader.

This free Clarity Live session on Thursday, 9/11 at 10 AM PST with Kent Gustavson explains how. Read More…

Building Beyond

Founders across the world will tell you that there is a disturbing shortage of women entrepreneurs. The reason why?

Well, it’s complex. Some say that it’s harder for women to get funded. Others say that women, for a wealth of reasons, are hesitant to become entrepreneurs. These trends are gaining worldwide attention, with media mentions of the topic reaching an all-time high, according to Harvard Business Review. Read More…

Lewis Howes

Webinars can be a powerful marketing strategy, and on August 14th at 11AM PST/2PM EST, we’re hosting a free Clarity Live session with Lewis Howes. Please feel free to share this event and forward it to your friends. You can register here. Read More…

EricRies

Risk is the characteristic that distinguishes a startup from any other type of business. Imagine the experience of quitting a stable, secure job to venture into the unknown. It’s terrifying, and if you’re reading this blog post, you know how terrifying this experience is — because you’ve probably done it.

That’s why Eric Ries wrote The Lean Startup — to help companies navigate and minimize these risks through minimum viable products (MVPs), rigorous experimentation, and a commitment to learning.

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Jason Nazar

Over the last 7 years, Docstoc, an electronic document repository for financial and legal documents, has become a top resource for people looking to start small businesses.

Doctstoc’s founder, Jason Nazar grew the team to 50 people and led the company through a sale to Intuit in December 2013.

The sale generated buzz from virtually every tech journal – TechCrunch, Pando Daily, All Things D, and Forbes all covered the deal from Intuit’s perspective – that it was smart strategic planning for the Silicon Valley software giant to invest in such a valuable asset for small business owners.

What we wanted to see, however, was Nazar’s personal side to the story – what he learned from the acquisition experience and what advice he would provide to other entrepreneurs. Read More…

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At any given moment, entrepreneurs are on the brink of failure. It’s mortifying. You put your entire life on the line for a 90% chance that your business won’t make it.

This cold, hard fact is enough to scare people away from starting a business altogether.

Why put your heart, soul, finances, and reputation on the line for an emotional roller coaster?

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PayPal Mafia

What are the chances that the world’s most successful leaders share the same roots?

Higher than what you would expect.

HubSpot recently researched the famous PayPal Mafia, a group of entrepreneurs and investors that emerged from PayPal’s $1.5 billion sale to eBay.  You may be surprised to learn that this close-knit group diverged to build some of the world’s biggest companies: YouTube, LinkedIn, Yelp, Tesla, and Square.

Apparently, the same thing happened with the NFL. Bill Walsh, head coach of the San Francisco 49ers, propelled the careers of football’s most talented players.

Lesson #1 of entrepreneurship is that success fuels success. Stay close to the people who inspire you — we never be able to prove the ‘friends effect,’ but we know that it is very, very real.
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Entrepreneurs

It’s hard to believe that 2014 is already here. For entrepreneurs, it’s a great time to take a jump and try something new. If you’re thinking about those much-anticipated next steps for your business, here’s some great reading material to guide you. In no particular order, here are Clarity’s top 11 posts from 2013.

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