Category Archives: Entrepreneurs

Smaiyra Million: On Maintaining Corporate Culture

The corporate culture that was appropriate for a fledgling start-up might not always work for a multimillion-dollar, growth-stage company. Smaiyra Million, a partner at Highland Consumer Partners, says that it’s up to the founders to decide when – or if – the company mindset needs to change.

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Smaiyra Million: As Companies Grow, Leaders Face Different Challenges

Getting a start-up off the ground involves enormous challenges. But Smaiyra Million, a partner at Highland Consumer Partners, says that a whole new set of challenges lies in store for founders who manage to get their businesses into the "growth stage."

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Ann Chao: When Idea Meets Execution

Ann Chao, CEO and co-founder of Sonation, Inc., a music technology company, says that great ideas, by themselves, are not enough: innovators need to be able to execute as well. Being able to identify with your target audience is pretty important, too.

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Smaiyra Million: How Entrepreneurs Can Motivate Their Workers

Smaiyra Million, a partner at Highland Consumer Partners, says that entrepreneurs can motivate their employees by being good listeners – while still staying true to their own vision.

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Ann Chao: Leadership Skills Come With Experience

Ann Chao, CEO and co-founder of Sonation, Inc., a music technology company, talks about how to develop leadership skills, and advises would-be entrepreneurs not to be faint of heart.

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Smaiyra Million: The Keys to Attracting Investors

Smaiyra Million, a partner at Highland Consumer Partners, a venture capital firm focused on the consumer sector, advises entrepreneurs that there are two essentials when it comes to attracting investors to your start-up: a clear vision and clean data.

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Smaiyra Million: The Essential Qualities of Entrepreneurship

Smaiyra Million, a partner at Highland Consumer Partners, a venture capital firm focused on the consumer sector, says that great entrepreneurs need to combine tenacity – but not stubbornness – with a flexible approach.

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