Balancing team passion and product-market fit

Entrepreneurs are often told to figure out what the market wants and to follow their passions. Unfortunately, these can be competing directions. Dave Kashen, founder of Quantum Leading, has his own bit of advice for startup founders -- don’t settle for what the market wants if it doesn’t intersect with what you're passionate about doing.…

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Lessons from the TSA on how to launch a startup

Can you name America’s largest startup? It’s not Facebook or Amazon. It isn’t even a technology company. This giant startup is the Transportation Security Administration, and its massive scale offers a roadmap for entrepreneurs eager to turn big ideas into sustainable businesses.…

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Four South Korean startups to watch

Korea's future as a startup hub is still a work in progress but I see a lot of reasons to be optimistic about companies emerging from this country of 50 million people. Here are four start-ups that caught my attention at the BeLaunch conference last week.…

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Korean startups gear up for the spotlight

South Korea is building a start-up ecosystem, hoping to create some of the innovation that turned Silicon Valley into technology capital. The latest step is a two-day conference next week called beLaunch, which is equipping local entrepreneurs with important lessons and getting them to think big.…

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Everything I need to know about startups, I learned from a crime boss

In his early 20s, entrepreneur Donald DeSantis had an interesting mentor — a very successful businessman whose business happened to be organized crime. Despite — or perhaps because of — his seedy profession, the mentor taught DeSantis much about managing risk, acquisitions and networking.…

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The values-driven startup

Dave Kashen of Quantum Leading calls for a change in startup culture. He believes that when we operate according to our core values and principles, in pursuit of a vision for the future that inspires us, we maximize our individual and collective well-being.…

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