An Entrepreneur’s Thoughts — in a plane ride bite size snack!

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While flying to Dallas, I sat beside a serial entrepreneur!  He shared some interesting points with me that were impactful in his quest for entrepreneur success — of which he has had at least 3 successful exits!

Here’s what I drew as I talked to him!

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Carly Fiorina as a boss: The disappointing truth

This is from Fortune Magazine folks, not me!

Fortune

Fresh from strong debate quips, Carly Fiorina has improbably raced from 14th to fifth place in the New Hampshire Republican primary polls and now enjoys a 70% favorability rating in Iowa, ahead of such career politicians as Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, John Kasich, Rand Paul, Chris Christie, Rick Perry, George Pataki, and Lindsay Graham.

It is time to take her candidacy seriously and examine her leadership record. Having never held elected office, she has staked her reputation on her business career.

Fiorina is eager to be seen as the answer to Democratic slogans of a Republican war on women. She’s often been erroneously referred to as the first woman to lead a Fortune 500 firm, Hewlett-Packard [fortune-stock symbol=”HPQ”]. That title actually belongs to The Washington Post Company’s Katharine Graham. Then there are the many other trailblazing women leaders preceding Fiorina, including Beechcraft’s Olive Ann Beech, Mattel’s Ruth Handler, Beatrice…

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Canadian economy has ‘limited power,’ as small business confidence drops to lowest level since April 2009

This is a major concern for the Canadian economy. Small businesses do most of the hiring in Canada and are vital for our competitiveness globally. This will surely become a major election issue.

Financial Post

OTTAWA — The mood of small business operators has deteriorated to a post-recession low in Canada, and though it has been concentrated in the centre, there are signs the malaise is spreading farther across the country.

In fact, confidence in the economy is at its lowest level since April 2009, when Canada was still shaking off the effects of the global economic downturn, according to a monthly survey by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, released Thursday.

It’s also the first time in the past six years that the CFIB’s Business Barometer — a key indicator of economic health that is closely watched by government policymakers — has fallen below the zero-growth mark for gross domestic product, or the 59.8 level.

For July, the reading was 58.2, down 1.2 points from the previous month, a sign of growing pessimism over Canada’s ability to growth over the next few months.

“Canada’s…

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