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    Focus on your mission if you want to dominate

    Personal GrowthEntrepreneurs often have trouble focusing their company and their resources. Why? There could be many reasons:

    New entrepreneurs are usually desperate for sales and don’t want to turn anyone down. They often don’t see how the new business could add complexity to their operations and increases their overhead and their break-even levels. They don’t understand that doing too many things may cause them to be the best at nothing.

    They may have an MBA and taken finance classes where they learned that diversification is good. However, they may not have realized that diversification is good for passive portfolios where the investor has no control over the venture. It is not that great for new entrepreneurs who have limited resources. (more…)

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    Earl Bakken: Medtronic, Inc.

    Starting from a young age, Earl Bakken was fascinated with all things electrical, including the wiring, equipment and the porcelain insulators in his home. As a youth, he rigged up numerous electrical devices, such as a phone system to his friend’s house, a method to set off Fourth of July fireworks from his attic, and a knife-wielding, cigarette-smoking robot that scared a neighbor’s child.

    In high school, Bakken maintained the school’s electrical equipment, such as the public-address system, projectors, and electric scoreboards. After World War II, as an electrical engineering student at the University of Minnesota’s Institute of Technology, Bakken would stop by the medical department to visit friends. He would repair their equipment on-site and realized that here was a business opportunity. (more…)

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  • VENTURE DEVELOPMENT SPEAKER

    For over 33 years, Dileep Rao has worked with entrepreneurs, managers and leaders in the U.S., Europe and Asia. Dr. Rao has been acclaimed as a venture development teacher and speaker because he combines impeccable academic qualifications with his own successful experience in business growth and development -- offering practical knowledge with lasting value for success.

    Based on his experience and his study of some of the world's great entrepreneurs, he shows entrepreneurs, managers, professionals, financiers and area development officials how to build businesses by focusing on what truly matters and is sustainable in the long-term. (more…)

  • ABOUT DILEEP RAO

    A columnist on entrepreneurial finance, Dileep Rao is a nationally acclaimed practitioner, advisor, author and communicator on new business development, business growth and financing businesses and ventures. He combines real-world experience in financing more than 450 firms and managing five companies as the V.P. (now director) of one of the U.S.' largest development finance institutions with advising governments (including the U.S. government), Fortune 1000 companies and entrepreneurs in new business development and financing. (more…)
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