Leadership Profiles

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4 Small-Business Lessons from 'Moneyball'

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The award-winning 2011 film Moneyball — a potential Oscar nominee for best picture — isn’t just an entertaining flick. It can also offer insight into how to run a business. Based on Michael Lewis’s book, Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game, celebrates how the Oakland A’s manager built a Major League Baseball franchise [...]
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Steve Blank on Launching a Lean Startup

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Steve Blank, a retired serial entrepreneur, has had his share of hits and misses: He founded the business software firm Epiphany, which was later acquired for $329 million, and he's also started duds, such as the video game company Rocket Science. Based on his experiences, Blank (pictured) developed a startup philosophy, which he shares in [...]
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Small-Business Owners: What I Wish I Could Tell My Younger Self

If you'd only known then what you know now, you would have done a few things differently, right? As the saying goes, "hindsight is 20/20" — and perhaps your small business would have gotten off to better start if you’d had broader perspective. To help budding entrepreneurs draw from the wisdom of experience, the Intuit [...]
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Polyvore's Jess Lee on Taking the Startup Leap

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When Jess Lee left Google in 2009 for a little-known fashion website called Polyvore, she wasn’t sure what to expect. But she loved the site. On Polyvore, fashionistas create collages that mix clothing, accessories, and other items, and share them with their friends and followers. They can also comparison shop and seek advice from the [...]
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CloudFlare Founder on "Supercharging" Websites and Her Soaring Success

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Michelle Zatlyn (pictured) is a go-getter, in every sense of the word. Armed with a degree in chemistry, she worked for Google and Toshiba, earned an MBA from Harvard Business School, launched two successful startups, and then co-founded the website-protection service CloudFlare in 2009. This fall, the Huffington Post cited Zatlyn as one of 18 [...]
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How Tour Manager Steve Lopez Keeps Widespread Panic's Wheels Rolling

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When you’re a touring rock band, your to-do list is never done. You travel to the venue for soundcheck, give interviews, do radio promotions, perform a concert, meet fans, and then head back to your hotel for a good night’s sleep, so you can start the whole process over again the next day. Widespread Panic, [...]
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Jonathan Fields on Succeeding in Uncertain Times

Many entrepreneurs strike out on their own early in life, but Jonathan Fields isn’t one of them. Fields began his career as a tough-as-nails hedge fund lawyer at a Manhattan mega-firm. Despite his professional success, he felt unfulfilled. So, he traded his corporate garb and comfortable salary to blaze a new trail. Reeling from the [...]
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Mark Johnson on Building Customer Loyalty

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Small businesses have what seems like a million potential strategies for building customer loyalty — Facebook, Twitter, online deals, and smartphone apps, to name a few — but many wonder why their approaches aren't working. Mark Johnson (pictured), president and CEO of Loyalty360: The Loyalty Marketer’s Association, says it all comes back to the three [...]
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