Thursday Three: August 21

Each week, we curate a few of our favorite articles for entrepreneurs and startups.

Keep Your Friends Close and Your Enemies Closer

You may think as an entrepreneur that you want to remain completely independent of your competitors. Think again. In this article, Zeke Adkins shares some advice on how and why you should befriend your competition.

Every Word Counts

Venture capitalist Richard Harroch has seen his fair share of pitches and knows what works and what doesn’t. Take a look at what he thinks are the 28 most common mistakes and how you can avoid them.

Wise Words from Branson and Mandela

Even Richard Branson doesn’t know it all. That’s why he calls on what he learned from his late friend and mentor, Nelson Mandela, when making business decisions. Check out these 4 pieces of advice that stuck with Branson and should stick with you.

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