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Dana Severson

Minneapolis, Austin & SF
As seen in:  Inc.

Cofounder - t.co/20LZN3sMWE (@StartupsSpeak). Founder @NotDickinaBox. Former CEO of Wahooly. AngelPad '13.

The Greatest Lesson I Never Learned -- Don’t Go Into Business with a Friend

The Three Types of Entrepreneurs -- Which One Are You?

Questions I’ve Been Too Embarrassed to Ask as a Founder

inc.com — Just because you've been told there is no such thing as a stupid question, doesn't mean you still don't feel stupid for asking it. Here are 25 questions I've hesitated asking for that exact reason. As a long-time founder/entrepreneur, I feel I should have most of the answers.

Here’s To You, Startup Founder

inc.com — For those of you that wake up each morning and do whatever it takes to survive as a founder -- this goes out to you. Here's to you, Mr. and Ms. Founder. Your commitment to all-nighters, until you realize that you get more done when you sleep eight hours--when it's dark outside.

An Open Letter to Serial Entrepreneurs

inc.com — Do successful entrepreneurs have a responsibility to serve a higher purpose by building companies that solve real world problems? A next-generation entrepreneur thinks so. The following letter was submitted anonymously and originally appeared on Startups Anonymous.

12 Questions Every Founder Should Ask an Accelerator

inc.com — With hundreds of accelerators now available, choosing the right one for your company is absolutely critical. Here are some key questions to ask before handing over your equity. Advertisement There are lots of articles out there on whether an accelerator is right for you or how to maximize your time at an accelerator.

Don’t Let Your Partner BullSh*t You -- A Cheat Sheet to Understanding Your Technical Cofounder

inc.com — Cofounder relationships can be hard, especially when you're a naive non-technical entrepreneur. Here's how your technical partner might be trying to deceive you. I'm a technical founder with two non-technical founders. We have worked together for over 15 years, but our current business has been around for five (this is our first company).

Racists, Convicts, and Narcissistic A-holes--The True Tales of Nightmare Customers

inc.com — The customer IS NOT always right. Here are four horrifying stories that prove that you don't need to please everyone. For most companies, customers are considered the life-blood of their business, and as such, entrepreneurs will do just about anything to please them. After all, without customers or clients, a business would just be an expensive hobby.

Investors Say the Darndest Things: 17 Phrases That Really Just Mean, “No”

inc.com — If you're raising money for the first time, here are some common phrases investors may use when they're just not into you. One lesson I learned the hard way as a founder is that investors never like to say "no." They especially don't like to say "yes," but "no" is almost as difficult to get out of them.

How Entrepreneurs Have Tried To Sabotage Their Competition

inc.com — The sport of business is fierce and competitive. Some entrepreneurs will stop at nothing to win -- even if it means sabotaging their competitors. A few weeks ago, Uber was once again accused of trying to sabotage their competition. According to Uber's lead competitor, riding sharing service Lyft, 177 Uber employees booked and cancelled over 5,000 rides.
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