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This Week’s Must-Read Articles for Entrepreneurs

Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2013-12-08

Each week we scour the web for insightful articles to share with the Founder Institute network.

This week's top articles include tips to perfect your elevator pitch; the common challenges startup founders face; getting your startup funded; and more.

 Check out our must read articles for the week of December 1 - December 8:


It Takes a Village to Raise a Startup
In this post from his blog, Berlin Founder Institute mentor, Ramzi Rizk, highlights the challenges startups face. Regardless of what ecosystem a founder calls home, he can be certain that others in every part of the globe will experience his triumphs and tribulations at some point or another.
The Litmus Test for Your Elevator Pitch
Your elevator pitch matters a lot because the effectiveness of your elevator pitch will also determine how much longer you will get attention from the recipient of the elevator pitch. If you are selling or trying to raise money, a good elevator pitch will increase the chances and a bad one will severely decrease the chances.
5 Tips to Getting Your Startup Funded
Rob Frohwein is well aware of the challenges new business owners face, particularly when it comes to funding. His Atlanta-based company, Kabbage Inc., is tackling this problem head on, providing business owners access to working capital. In this interview with MSNBC, Rob offers suggestions to getting funding.
You May Not Need Big Data Afterall

Companies are investing like crazy in data scientists, data warehouses, and data analytics software. But many of them don’t have much to show for their efforts. It’s possible they never will. What’s the problem? To begin with, big data has been hyped so heavily that companies are expecting it to deliver more value than it actually can.

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