Killer Potato Salad Kickstarter Campaign Raises > $41,000

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A version of this article previously appeared in Forbes.

With the 4th of July around the corner, Zack Brown had potato salad on his mind. As any enterprising entrepreneur would do, he initiated a Kickstarter campaign with the goal of raising $10.

His appeal is written in a hilarious, deadpan style. For instance, he notes in the Risks section of his campaign that, “It might not be that good. It’s my first potato salad.” At the time I am writing this, he has enticed nearly 6,000 backers to commit over $49,500, and counting.

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Why You Should Hire A Gaggle Of Interns At Your Startup

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A version of this article previously appeared on Forbes.

Steve Benson, Founder and CEO of Bay Area Badger Maps, intends to hire so many interns this summer that he will effectively double the size of his startup. According to Steve, “Startups are, by their nature, a great place for interns, because there are more essential things that must get done than there are people to complete them. At the same time, most startups are small enough that the interns are able to interface with people that actually have expertise, so they gain real-world skills while performing meaningful work.” 

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How To Network With Really Busy People

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A version of this article previously appeared in The Wall Street Journal.

It has never been easier to network with really busy thought leaders who can have a huge impact on your career.

Ironically, the same tools that facilitate connecting with people beyond your current network, such as LinkedIn, Twitter, Quora and Facebook, also make it more difficult for highly networked individuals to sort through their inbound messages and determine which are meaningful and which should be ignored.

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Twitter Insights From A Guru With 113,000 Rabidly Active Followers

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A version of this article previously appeared on Forbes.

It should be no surprise that this social media guru has earned over 113,000 authentic Twitter followers. His bonafides are impressive: named by Forbes as a Top 50 Social Media Influencer, cited by LinkedIn as a Top 25 Social Media Market Expert and proclaimed by AdWeek to be a Top 50 Person Re-Tweeted By Marketing Leaders.

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A Major Step In Gender Equality – Rentable Bridesmaid Dresses

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A version of this article previously appeared on Forbes.

Always the bridesmaid? While it still emotionally sucks, at least it will no longer break the bank; that is, if Kelsey Doorey has it her way. Warning: Kelsey’s idea will make you ask yourself, “Why didn’t I think of that?”

Ms. Doorey, Founder and CEO of Vow To Be Chic, believes that men have had it too easy for too long. When they are invited to join a wedding party, they simply roll into a tuxedo shop, rent a suit that (sort of) fits and off they go, fully equipped to sing bad karaoke and do shots at the wedding reception.

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Ten Step Program For Recovering Victims Of Founderitis

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A version of this article previously appeared on Forbes.

Founder ≠ King

Everyone around you knows that you have it, but you are in denial. You say things like, “I am open to giving control to the right person at the right time”. However, the reality is that the “right person” does not exist and the “right time” never arrives.

Founderitis, Founder’s Disease, Founder’s Syndrome; by any name, this my way or the highway approach to running a business is the same affliction. When Founderitis strikes, the Founder’s drive, energy and vision(characteristics crucial to the startup’s initial success) become a hindrance to the company’s maturation into a self-sustaining entity.

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Remember The Phone Company? It’s Back And It’s Called Facebook

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A version of this article previously appeared on Forbes.

Quick – name a phone company.

AT&T? Verizon? Maybe you said Apple or even Google, but I bet Facebook didn’t come to mind. Yet, that’s exactly who the Atlantic called out in an article last week (along with Apple), and they’re right. According to the author, 60% of Facebook’s revenue comes from mobile ads, double that of the prior year.

Yep, Facebook is a phone company.

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How To Snag Lunch With A High-Profile Entrepreneur

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A version of this article previously appeared on Forbes.

I recently received an email from a former student in which he described how he was able to secure a lunch meeting with a high-profile entrepreneur who is operating multiple ventures in parallel.

Benedikt Scholz is an exceptional student whom I had the pleasure of instructing when he recently studied at UC Santa Barbara. A native German speaker, he will soon graduate from University of Münster.

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