Entrepreneur 2 Entrepreneur: The Okiror Bros. On Mixing Business With Family

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The Entrepreneur 2 Entrepreneur (E2E) series is curated by Sean Higgins and underwritten by Router Ventures.

 
Starting a tech business is like driving your car through the desert while your tank is almost always on empty and the next gas station is in 100 miles away.

Having the right passengers with you in the car helps, but you better be prepared to disagree, debate, and discover with them. This dynamic can push relationships to the brink.

So when you start a company with someone you are related to – how do you manage to keep business from ruining your existing relationship?

We catch up with brothers Simon and Jesse Okiror at Suprabook to learn more about how they are doing it:

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Entrepreneur 2 Entrepreneur: Sabina Saksena – Don’t Let Life Setbacks Affect Your Startup

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The Entrepreneur 2 Entrepreneur (E2E) series is curated by Sean Higgins and underwritten by Router Ventures.

 
The the people who say, “You are not your job”, have you ever started a company?!

When you put in the kind of effort it takes to be successful, it’s hard for business not to get personal. But what about when you suffer a personal setback like the loss of a loved one? How does that not negatively impact your business?

Hear from Sabina Saksena, the cofounder & CEO of Cytilife on how you can keep setbacks in your personal life from hurting your business and vice-versa.

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Entrepreneur 2 Entrepreneur: Team Runerra On Dropping Out Of College For The Cause

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The Runerra team L-R: Niel Patel, Sam Lerdahl, Josh Chang, Bharat Pulgam.

In this Entrepreneur 2 Entrepreneur series curated by Sean Higgins and underwritten by Router Ventures, we hear from the four college dropouts who recently gave it up to go all in on their startup, Runerra.

Runerra is a 2018 Minnesota Cup student division semifinalist, a Techstars + Target 2018 Retail Accelerator Startup, and one of our Pre-Revenue Tech Startups To Watch.

What is Runnera?

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Entrepreneur 2 Entrepreneur With Amber Gunn Thomas: What I Learned Shutting Down My Startup

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Starting a business is tough, but winding one down after years of effort can be equally challenging.

How do you handle the tough conversation with your customers? Your stakeholders? Yourself?

Amber Gunn Thomas created an online business around the DIY economy.  The Patchery was a marketplace that enabled everyday people to be part of the creative process without having to be an amazing artist, or designer. After being full time on the Patchery for three years, since April 2014, Amber made the decision to cease operations in the spring of 2017.

In this Entrepreneur 2 Entrepreneur series curated by Sean Higgins and underwritten by Router Ventures, she talks for the first time about lessons learned and what the process was like for her:

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Minnesota Tech Founder Ronge: Know Your Weakness To Grow The Team

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By Matt Ronge, Founder & CEO, Astro HQ

“One of the personal challenges I’ve faced in growing Astro HQ has been making the mental shift from being a developer to a business person. Other technical founders often bring on a “business person” to lead the day-to-day business operations. But for Astro HQ this was a role that I wanted to challenge myself to grow into.”

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Repeat MN Tech Founder & Investor Mallin: Pack The Parachute Before Taking The Entrepreneurial Leap

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By Dan Mallin, Cofounder of Equals 3, via Entrepreneur.com

“In the United States alone, nearly half a million startups are born every year. Some get off the ground, but fewer figure out how to stay afloat. While the barrier to entry is a lot lower than it was pre-internet, the competition is exponentially greater, making it that much harder to succeed. A good idea isn’t good enough to guarantee prosperity.”

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Kipsu CEO On Investing, Divesting and Doubling Down

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By Chris Smith

“I believe that the simple question of when one should “invest” versus “divest” is one of the most fundamental questions we face on a daily basis that can influence our long term success. Bold statement, right?

Let’s start by defining investing and divesting. We’re all familiar with the traditional definition of investing: lending someone else money with an expectation of getting back your capital plus a profit. A nice, overly simplistic capitalist definition. Let’s take it a bit further and broaden the definition: investing is any time, energy or money provided without an immediate expectation of a return — and oftentimes with no expectation of getting something back.”

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Kipsu CEO: Go Slow to Go Fast

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By Christopher Smith

“At times, scaling a company in a new market space can feel a bit like the scene in Braveheart when Mel Gibson’s character, William Wallace, is preparing his troops to fight the English in the Wars of Scottish Independence: “hooollldddd, hooolllddd, hooollldddd!”

As a first time CEO, it’s hard to know when to say “now,” oftentimes battling lots of distractions and false indicators. This post will explore our experience optimizing when to start pushing on the market here at Kipsu.”

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[Video] Entrepreneur 2 Entrepreneur: Patrick Riley’s 10 Lessons Learned At Exit

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Screen Shot 2016-04-27 at 8.48.19 AMMinnesota Tech Entrepreneur Patrick Riley and his partners Dan Riley + Don MacPherson bootstrapped Modern Survey to ~$6m and 43 employees before selling (undisclosed) to London-based human resources, insurance, and technology consulting firm Aon Hewitt in February.

He took the time to reflect on that at Minnebar last Saturday in a session titled: “10 lessons learned at the end that will help you at the beginning.”

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