What are startup junkies really addicted to?

When you think about the term “startup junkie”, what comes to mind?  “Junkie” is someone who has some kind of addiction but “startups” aren’t a clearly defined drug that you buy on the corner.  Startups aren’t really a definable thing at all.  They are more like a messy, unpredictable process.  Are startup junkies addicted to uncertain processes and outcome?  Most startup junkies are actually addicted to something other than the difficult task of starting and growing a profitable business.

 

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Franchising is still an option to own and operate a business

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McDonalds is one example of 6,000 franchise concepts offered in the United States.

Karl Dakin:  In this recession, one of the long-standing approaches to becoming a business owner is to buy a franchise. The topic of franchising was presented on Monday night at the Startup Junkie program of the DaVinci Institute. With over 6,000 franchise concepts within 40 industries currently being sold in the United States, it is quite possible for an individual to find a business that matches their passion and their pocketbook.

 

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Marketing Expert Arjun Sen Provides Tips for the Downturn at Startup Junkie

Marketing Expert Arjun Sen Provides Tips for the Downturn at Startup Junkie

Herb Rubenstein, Brent Green, Arjun Sen and Mike Cote at the Startup Junkie Underground

Monday’s Startup Junkie Underground featured ZenMango President Arjun Sen on “Winning Big in a Down Economy.” Sen, bringing experience from retailers including Einstein Bagels and Papa John’s Pizza, began by highlighting the core mantra of his consulting firm: “Guest experience enhancement.” Sen’s overall thesis was that through considering and optimizing every aspect of the customer’s experience businesses can maximize their returns. While the talk was focused on a down economy when consumers are tightening belts, the general lessens seem equally applicable across the economic spectrum.

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50 Interviews at the Startup Junkie Underground

50 Interviews at the Startup Junkie Underground

Brian Schwartz at the Startup Junkie Underground 

Raymond Alvarez: Author Brian Schwartz quickly turned philosphical in his talk that covered the unfamiliar terrain of starting a business. He tells his audience to follow a passion, and not just any passion. “The objective should not be a personal goal. If it’s about making money for yourself, that won’t work,” Schwartz told an audience of 150 people. Schwartz penned the 250-page 50 Interviews: Entrepreneurs, a Biographical Encyclopedia.  

The idea for the book came from a conversation Schwartz had with his wife. She reportedly thought he shouldn’t leave his sales job at IBM before talking to 50 accomplished entrepreneurs. Just incidentally, two of the people he interviewed are Thomas Frey of the Davinci Institute and Rob McNealey of Contrived Media, Ltd., who writes the forward. In fact, Frey urged him to unveil his book at the Davinci event.He quotes Jen, the MillionaireMommyNextDoor.com. in the book: “I discovered that once I chose happiness, the money followed.”  Continue reading… “50 Interviews at the Startup Junkie Underground”

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