Years ago, I had a job that took me to London regularly. Initially, I thought things would be easy. After all, I worked regularly with folks from London and we all spoke the same language and generally enjoyed the same music and food. Sure, there were different accents and some humor that missed the mark for both parties. However, there were some subtle business culture differences between our two cultures.

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The office break room is hell for anyone looking to make smart choices. While things have gotten better over the years, this can still be a black hole of pastries and sugar-filled coffee drinks, pop, and other treats that are best avoided. However, with a bit of willpower, you can stay strong, happy, and healthy despite how tempting it might be to cheat.

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We've all reached that point in our lives where we have a great idea to build a business around, but just need the capital to take it to the next level. Unfortunately, most of us simply stop there after being rejected by a bank or family and friends but here are some tips to help you succeed with raising money for your startup business idea.

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Over the past several decades, I've had the opportunity to start various ventures as well as manage partnerships on behalf of corporations as well while working for brands like Sears, Staples, and ProFlowers. The truth is that you can't achieve success on your own. The key is in aligning yourself with the right people as well as the right brands where you can work together towards greatness.

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In business, as in sports it’s great to be recognized. Unfortunately though, it seems like only the quarterback gets the glory. Anyone who’s ever run a business knows though that supporting every great CEO, President, or business owner there are others that deserve their share of the glory too. San Diego’s Top Tech Exec Awards is an opportunity for some of these guys to step out of the shadows, hang out with their peers and be recognized for the super heroes that they really are.

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