Every Successful Entrepreneur Had These Skills

What is Entrepreneurship? It is the ability to flourish, organize, and command a business model involved with risks in order to a get a profit. It is an engine, which, when combined with Land, Natural Resources, and Capital can drive the economy in a positive manner. Entrepreneurs are characterized by their vision, their innovative techniques or methods and the capacity to handle unseen risks. These are also the essential prowess to make a mark in the global market.

successTo know what exactly entrepreneurship is about and what it does require, let’s start with an example. Suppose a person has completed his formal education in business and is offered a good job in a reputed firm. However, he denies the offer and makes up his mind to work on his own startup, investing his own money. In times he also brings in his friends to the business and turns them to partner by making them to invest in this venture. An entrepreneur is he who is able to withstand considerable risk on account of his assets. Most of them are adept with formal business norms and knowledge. However, formal education and industry experiences are not the only requirements to become a successful entrepreneur. It is actually an ability to undertake risk. In addition to this, entrepreneurs have powerful convincing power. This is a requirement to attract new investors and to maintain business collaborations.

An Entrepreneurial team is a group of skilled people who individually contribute to the venture meeting desired goals. Teamwork is considered to be a crucial requirement for successful entrepreneurship. When the risk factor is divided among a team of investors, its effect is largely diminished. Additionally, within an entrepreneurial team, usually a good diversity of expertise is observed. Hence, a team can function efficiently in diverse domains reaching out to the united goal.

Some Real Examples of Great Entrepreneurs:

Bill Gates, the founder of Microsoft. He revolutionized the IT industry through his products, such as Microsoft Windows, MS Office, and Internet Explorer. Today, Windows technology is even used in defence.

Steve Jobs, Co-Founder of Apple Inc. With unique products renowned for quality, Apple is successful in achieving a unique and undefeatable stature in the market of popular electronics such as Cell phones, laptops, desktops, Ipods and TV.

The famous Mark Zuckerberg, has been a living legend with his trendsetting website that revolutionized social media. Facebook is being increasingly used in forming up public opinion.

Skills required for an Entrepreneur:

Like game of cards where your chances of winning increases when you have good cards, so does in entrepreneurship. If you have a set of skills, you have more chances of success. Here are some skills that are needed in an entrepreneur to be a winner and to be successful:

Creativity: Being creative is the thing that is essential for an entrepreneur. This is a reason behind the huge success of persons such as Steve Jobs and Bill Gates. The innovative products they bought to the market have changed the lives of people and shaped up the current generation as a whole. Creativity is not always creating something new; improving something in dramatic way also comes under its realms. A good example is the modification of Cell phones to Smartphones with no keypads. This has become the trendsetter.

Teamwork & Determination: Even if one can form up a big empire alone, trying to cut down the dependency of one’s own work on account of others is a key to success. This is the spirit of teamwork. Refusing to back down in a phase of failure or when you are forlorn, takes the entrepreneur within you a long way.

Functional Knowledge of Business: It is essential to have functional knowledge of any business that you are going to start. Such as, sales, marketing, operations, finance, etc. This gives you complete understating to utilize resources with a competent degree.

Risk-Taking Capability: Starting a new business is always a risky game and the risk increases when you have to invest your own money. However, at times you can lighten and distribute this risk, if you involve investors.

Patience: Another important aspect to be a successful entrepreneur is patience. One must be patient enough to understand that the “Overnight Success” comes in a minimum of 5 to 7 years, so in this period, investment in all terms is needed.

These are some of the skills that are essential to become a successful entrepreneur.


Want to Sell Your Phone? Get a Better Deal With These Startups

Want to Sell Your Phone? Get a Better Deal With These StartupsSelling off old phones and other gadgets can be tricky, because it’s hard to know what value you can expect for it. You could always go in for an exchange offer (there are several even when buying online, and at the local store) but the deal you get is rarely as good as when you sell the phone separately.

The problem with a lot of sites that let you advertise your products is that it’s hard to get an accurate valuation based on the state of your phone, and you’re on your own when it comes to logistics and payments. That’s where Atterobay.com and the Cashify app by ReGlobe come into the picture.

There’s no need to post an advertisement online, or wait for a prospective buyer. To use Atterobay, just log into the Website and you can sell your phone right away. Simply click through the links and you will be able to find your phone, or you can simply search for it.

Next, you have to answer a few basic questions about the device – how old is it, what condition it’s in, and that’s all. For a six month old Motorola Moto Turbo, the site offered Rs. 18,899. Once you’ve confirmed the details, Atterobay sends you protective packaging, and then collects the phone from your home.


The phone is taken to the plant in Roorkee, where it is then examined, and a final value is decided – the company again contacts you and makes the final offer, and if you agree, it either sends a cheque, or makes a bank transfer, as per your preference.

It’s a simple enough process that should take only 2-3 days according to the company, but the idea of sending your phone off, without being given your money up-front, is something that can be daunting. And of course, it depends on how honest you are about the condition of your phone – you might have a minor camera issue which the company in its test sees as major.

The Cashify app by ReGlobe tries to address this issue. It’s a simple app that lets you sell all your electronics, from laptops to game consoles to washing machines. Through the app, you can directly answer questions about your device and make sure its features work before you try and sell it.

This does a number of things to help the selling process – for one, it identifies the exact brand and model of your phone for ReGlobe, so there can be no confusion. Next, it also checks that the various features of your phone are working properly – it diagnoses your Bluetooth, battery, Wi-Fi, and GPS – which are all done automatically. After that, there are some tests that require your involvement – pressing the volume and power buttons helps it to detect if the inputs are working, then a microphone test requires you to talk into the phone.


Next, it checks the speaker by playing a sound and asking you if you heard it, and then asks you to draw a pattern on the screen to test the touch response. Next, it checks your camera and also your screen for dead pixels. Finally, you have to check a few boxes about the age of the phone, and whether there’s a bill, charger, and other accessories.

Once this is done, you can tap the Cashify button and enter your mobile number to get a call from ReGlobe to arrange for a pickup. The advantage of this app is that it allows the company to quickly check the condition of your phone without having to send it to a central location – which means that the payment can happen at the time of pickup; the agent simply needs to confirm the app’s report, the physical condition of the phone, and whether the accessories are present, and the phone is good to go.

As of now, ReGlobe is also offering better buyback rates if you use its app, and for the same Moto Turbo, offered Rs. 19,850 – Rs. 1,550 more than what is being offered on the ReGlobe website.

Between Atterobay and ReGlobe, getting a fair price for your old phone isn’t that hard – you may still make a little more money if you can find a buyer yourself, but doing that will be a lot more effort as well. And this definitely beats the deals that the local shop will give most people.

There’s no Cashify app for iOS as of now, although the company has confirmed that it is working on one. If you’re an Android user though, then it is a good idea to install the Cashify app and see what deal you’ll get for the phone; check Atterobay as well, and you should be able to get a good price for your old phone. Just remember to delete all the data before you sell it.


In photos: Raised in laboratories, these Bangalore beagles are finding real homes

In photos: Raised in laboratories, these Bangalore beagles are finding real homes
Photo Credit: Ajay Palekar
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“Debbie actually chose me,” said Seemanthini Channamallikarjuna, who adopted one of the 23 beagles up for adoption at a recent camp in Bengaluru. Channamallikarjuna had never seen laboratory beagles before, and even though she had done her research, she was tentative about how to approach the dogs. While some beagles walked around freely, others seemed to huddle in a corner as if unsure of what was going on. Channamallikarjuna remembers seeing Debbie, who was getting her infected eyes cleaned. “I went and sat in a corner near these introverted beagles,” Channamallikarjuna said. “She just came and lay down on my lap.”

For Channamallikarjuna and her husband, Debbie’s gesture meant that they had found a new member of their family. And despite all the challenges associated with getting a seven-year-old beagle acquainted with the real world, the couple took Debbie back to their home in Mysore.

Debbie was part of the third round of laboratory beagle adoptions conducted in recent years by animal rescue NGO Compassion Unlimited Plus Action. Animal testing is legal and beagles are among the most common test subjects along with mice, rats, hamsters, guinea pigs, rabbits, cats and monkeys. As one of the oldest known dog breeds – one that hasn’t been genetically moulded by breeders – beagles are not predisposed to genetic diseases that affect many pedigree breeds. They are also small, compact and easily transportable.

The beagles in the current batch being rehabilitated have not had tests performed on them. Some of them have been used for breeding purposes, while others were in captivity while research projects were pending approval and eventually scrapped. The dogs have been confined to laboratory environments and have spent most of their lives in small cages.

Source: Seemanthini Channamallikarjuna
Source: Seemanthini Channamallikarjuna

“Beagles are very docile,” said Chinthana Gopinath, a volunteer with CUPA and coordinator for the adoption camp. “Even when they are kept in a cage and hands are constantly going in and pulling them out for injections or dissections, even then they are not given to aggression.”

Waiting for adoption day to begin. Source: Ajay Palekar
Waiting for adoption day to begin. Source: Ajay Palekar

Gopinath has earlier seen dogs as young as a year old or as even old as 11 emerge from the laboratory having been tested with chemicals for drug toxicity.

“Usually, it is very common with laboratories that once they are done with testing, they euthanise the dogs,” said Gopinath. “The one thing animal NGOs ask is that once testing is done, release them into NGOs care to give them a shot at life with peace and love and all of those things.”

Swapping number tags for collars and names. Source: Ajay Palekar
Swapping number tags for collars and names. Source: Ajay Palekar
Finding new families. Source: Ajay Palekar
Finding new families. Source: Ajay Palekar

In a few days, around 30 dogs are set for another round of adoptions. The adoption camps are a brief happy interlude in the dogs’ lives. Readjustment and recovery is a long process, as their new pet parents well know.

“These dogs have a hell of a time coping with pathogens once they are brought out,” said Srilakshmi Amirtheshwaran, a dog psychologist who has been working with canine adoptions for about 12 years. “The microbes in the atmosphere immediately latch on to their underdeveloped immunity and that is a challenge for vets.” Used to near-silent facilities, the beagles are often terrified by noise. The presence of other dogs might be stressful to them and human touch can be intimidating.

Yet, for families across Bengaluru, Mysore and Chennai the challenge is worth it. Channamallikarjuna has seen how quickly Debbie is learning to adapt to her house, from starting to eat normally to climbing up and down stairs. “When there is an unfamiliar sound or movement she just freezes, but if you leave her alone she comes back to normal. On the first day, if we spoke even in low voices she would tuck her tail between her legs,” she said. “These might be the last years of their lives and I just wanted to give one a chance to live in a happy home.”

Debbie learning to use the stairs. Source: Seemanthini Channamallikarjuna
Debbie learning to use the stairs. Source: Seemanthini Channamallikarjuna
Debbie in her new home. Source: Seemanthini Channamallikarjuna
Debbie in her new home. Source: Seemanthini Channamallikarjuna