7 Lessons from Building a $15-Million-a-Year Lifestyle Business with No Loans, VCs or Angel Money

Often times there is a misconception that you can’t develop an amazing business without VC’s, investors and stuff. Mindvalley proved that not only this can be done but their success can be emulated and … you have to screw it and just do it. Vishen draws seven important lessons he learned in the past nine years of building Mindvalley from scratch.     The takeaways fro this article are: 1. Your College Degree is Meaningless (and sometimes a liability) 2. Don’t Quit Your Day Job Too Soon 3. Business Plans are Mostly Bullshit 4. Control Your Equity 5. Forge Networks … Continue reading 7 Lessons from Building a $15-Million-a-Year Lifestyle Business with No Loans, VCs or Angel Money

The story of Russian Tycoon Yuri Milner who owns almost 10% of Facebook and paid his way to Silicon Valley

In less than two years, Yuri Milner’s fund has gone from zero equity to more than $12 billion in assets. Continue reading The story of Russian Tycoon Yuri Milner who owns almost 10% of Facebook and paid his way to Silicon Valley

Napoleon Hill– 12 Things That Make Men Rich!

As Napoleon Hill stated money is one of the last things from the list of 12 things that make men rich. His book – Think and Grow Rich – you can download it free below is the result of 25 years of studying the richest people in America. Seeing many interviews with different really important people, most of them read it at least once on their way to build their wealth and fortune. If you think that this can benefit you in a way, don’t hesitate and give it a try. Napoleon Hill Think and Grow Rich View more documents … Continue reading Napoleon Hill– 12 Things That Make Men Rich!

20 Golden Keys to Going Global

Recently I’ve decided to narrow the focus of my blog towards Entrepreneurship and to strive to add as much value possible to the ones aiming to have their own business or taking the existing one to the next level. One of the key issues for the local business these days is how to add new strings of income or even starting new ventures by exporting and/or importing.
Of course, imports and exports has to start with the basics and it is mandatory to have and master the newest information to get started properly.

Of course, there are hundreds and thousands of resources available online and also I recommend some academic stuff like a master or even an MBA but these are not mandatory. What is important is to gather the correct knowledge, apply and update it. I’ve stumbled two weeks ago upon a new guide called “20 Golden Keys to Going Global”which is a practical guide entitled for every entrepreneur who wants to start an import export business and business owners who want to expand into new markets.
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Which are the Top Retirement Havens for 2011?

Established in 2008, Live and Invest Overseas is the vision of Publisher Kathleen Peddicord. I am proud to be among the contributors to her online venture just before the launch in 2008 and you can see the full list of experts and contributors here. I am inspired by the international real estate and Live and Invest Overseas was one of the reasons why I invested recently in developing my real estate agency as aRE/MAX franchise.

Kathleen Peddicord has covered the live and invest overseas beat for more than 25 years and is considered the world’s foremost authority on overseas retirement. She has traveled to more than 50 countries, invested in real estate in 17, established businesses in 7, renovated historic properties in 6, and educated her children in 4.

Kathleen has moved children, staff, enterprises, household goods, and pets across three continents, from the East Coast of the United States to Waterford, Ireland…then to Paris, France…and, most recently, to Panama City, where she, her husband Lief Simon, and their young son currently make their home and base their Live and Invest Overseas business.

Kathleen writes a weekly retire-overseas blog for U.S. News & World Reports and is regularly quoted by The New York Times, Money magazine, the AARP, and beyond. She has written innumerable books (including a new one for Penguin Books released in March 2010), reports, and essays on where and how you can escape the retirement-tromping economy at home and live like royalty on a modest budget…invest for profits overseas ahead of the crowds…and secure your dream retirement in the world’s best destinations.
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Startup Challenge – ultima zi pentru inscrieri – 10 octombrie 2010!

Un criteriu esential in alegerea colaboratorilor cu care lucrez pe proiecte online este deschiderea catre piata internationala.

Startup Challenge  se adreseaza  startupurilor de pretutindeni, in special celor din Europa de Est, celor cu o idee viabila de business online si cu potentialul necesar pentru a duce la indeplinire aceasta idee. Inscrierile se fac pana la data de 10 octombrie 2010 pe siteul official al conferintei: www.how-to-web.net. Scopul competitiei Startup Challenge este de a gasi cele mai interesante business-uri aflate la inceput de drum si a le ajuta pe acestea sa devina cunoscute si sa se bucure de sprijin din partea investitorilor si antreprenorilor deja cunoscuti.

Pentru a se inscrie, stratup-urile trebuie:

  • sa aiba mai putin de 2 ani de activitate
  • sa  targeteze piata international, globala;
  • sa nu fi primit nicio investitie de la o firma de VC  (Venture Capital) pana in momentul participarii la Startup Challenge.

Startup Challenge cuprinde  doua etape:

  1. O prima etapa eliminatorie  –  dupa inscrierea pe website – juriul va alege  6 startup-uri conform criteriilor prezentate pe site: marimea pietei, potential, solutiille pe care le propun, tehnologia folosita, modelul de business, etc. Cele 6 startupuri finaliste vor avea sansa sa se prezinte in cadrul conferintei regionale HTW’10 cu un stand de prezentare a businessului, sa interactioneze direct  si sa primeasca sfaturi de la juriul, sa isi prezinte idea de business catre cei 500 de participant si 20 de speakeri internationali direct pe scena principala a evenimentului.
  1. In final, la sfarsitul celei de-a doua zile a conferintei HTW, juriul va alege  3 startup-uri castigatoare care vor beneficia de promovare pe siteul oficial HTW cat si pe Social Media, si bineinteles  vor primi si un premiul semnificativ.

Juriu este compus din specialisti si oameni cu experinta in domeniu, cu o activitate intensa  in a acest gen de competitii: Katy Turner (Eden Ventures), Vlad Stan (Seedmoney), Vladimir Oane (UberVu), Raluca Georgescu (Wembrio), Alexandre Almajeanu (Gentica), Calin Fusu (Neogen).
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How To Maximize Your Returns In One Of The World’s Most Solid Rental Yield Markets

The rental market in Paris has shifted. Last year, when the euro was strong, tourism was down. The short-term rental market suffered.

Today, the Greenback has about 20% more buying power in this part of the world than it did a year ago. Tourism is up sharply, and short-term rentals are back in demand.

Meantime, thanks to la crise, as the French refer to it, many apartment owners in this city have been struggling. With fewer tourists on the scene over the past 18 months or so, landlords did what they could to attract long-term tenants. Business people flow steadily through this city, often with their families in tow during their 3-, 6-, or 12-month placements. More apartment owners fighting to attract a piece of this executive rental pool has translated into falling pricing. Mid- and long-term rental rates are down and more competitive than they’ve been in a long time.
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Your Second Home In France (Could Cost As Little As 45,000 Euro)

“Last evening,” writes France Correspondent Lucy Culpepper, “we sat in the spring sunshine on the main square in Cessenon-sur-Orb watching the swallows dipping and diving over the roof tiles. “As the family relaxed, I took a look in the window of the local real estate agent’s office. He has some interesting small ‘vacation’ homes on the market. If you are contemplating France as a second or even third home, these could be of interest. “For example, I saw a listing for an 80-square-meter village* stone house with a wonderful view toward the river and the mountains of the Haut Languedoc, … Continue reading Your Second Home In France (Could Cost As Little As 45,000 Euro)

The Languedoc Versus The Béarn–Contrasting The Glories Of French Country Springtime

“I’m over in the Languedoc region of the ‘other’ south of France,” writes Correspondent from that country Lucy Culpepper. “As we drove from the Béarn in the Pyrenees Atlantic department on the west coast of France to the Languedoc department on the east, following the line of the Pyrenees Mountains, I was particularly struck, this springtime, by the contrast of the two regions. The early maize is starting to poke through the dark chocolate-colored Atlantic Pyrenees soils; it is verdant and abundantly green with every type of deciduous tree coming into leaf. “As we drove east, the soils gradually changed … Continue reading The Languedoc Versus The Béarn–Contrasting The Glories Of French Country Springtime

A Tale Of Two Retirees

Friends David Stubbs and Lucy Culpepper retired overseas early and haven’t looked back since… “I retired to Costa Rica in 2004,” explains David, “at the age of 48. I was late. My goal from my teenage years was to be in a position to retire by the age of 35. As I approached that milestone, I was having too much fun to quit. Even at 40, I was not ready, but, by 45, I knew my time in the workforce was up. It took me a couple of years to extricate myself from corporate life, after 21 years with Hewlett-Packard. … Continue reading A Tale Of Two Retirees

Here’s The Most Important Thing You Need To Understand About Spending Time In France

Here’s perhaps the most important thing to understand about France: It can be a far more affordable place to spend time than you might imagine. Paris is the best place on earth to seek out a luxury lifestyle on a budget. Whatever your idea of the high life, you can find it in the City of Light, and the best part about this city is that some of the best it has to offer comes free.  Life’s sweetest pleasures are here for the taking. Picnics in the Luxembourg Gardens, long walks along the Seine, afternoons lost among the cobblestones of … Continue reading Here’s The Most Important Thing You Need To Understand About Spending Time In France

Thin Slicing Paradise

You aren’t going to retire to Panama or France, not to Belize or Croatia, nor to Uruguay, Malaysia, Ireland, Nicaragua, or the Philippines… Ah, but a new life in a small beach town on Panama’s Pacific coast…a fresh start with a renovation project in a centuries-old city in the heart of France…in an apartment in Montevideo’s old town…on a horse farm in Belize’s beautiful mountainous interior…or perhaps in a custom-built home overlooking the lake just outside Granada, Nicaragua, a Spanish colonial jewel of a city… These are starting-over overseas ideas worth close consideration right now. We call it “thin slicing.” … Continue reading Thin Slicing Paradise