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Capital On Stage is the global, unconventional funding conference where investors pitch to startups, and founders pick which investors they want to meet. After 4 years of travelling Europe, Asia and the US and as part of Amsterdam Capital Week, Capital On Stage returns to Amsterdam on September 24.

Catch 20 venture capitalists present themselves to the best startup founders of the Netherlands and abroad. Plus all attending founders are guaranteed two private meetings with investors of their choice during the afternoon of Open Office Hours.

Capital On Stage Founder Arjen Strijker talks about what makes a great investor; things that all startups on the hunt for capital need to know and a culture change in the Netherlands.

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Rocket Hub thrives on entrepreneurs. And we want to help you connect with each other. In the Spotlight Series we highlight Rocket Hub members and their businesses. Read, learn and get in touch with Co-Founder and CEO Andy Krafsur of Spira Footwear.

Andy used to be Founding Partner of a twenty attorney law firm based in El Paso, Texas. He was Board Certified in Business Bankruptcy Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. And he was a member of the panel of Chapter 7 Trustees for the Western District of Texas. Now he owns his own footwear company.

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Awesome Boss, an app for iPhone and Android, gives business owners and team leaders an edge by helping them manage the personal details about their staff that help them foster the connections and loyalty that allow true leadership. Founder B.J. Schone shares his story:

“I have always cared for my team members, but I always seemed to have trouble remembering the “little” things, such as their birthdays, work anniversaries, details about their family, interests, hobbies, etc., especially when managing larger teams. I pretty much created Awesome Boss to help me become an awesome boss…”

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Shark Tank told her to give up on her dream business, but Lori Cheek showed everyone how much of a fighter she really was. The NYC based architect-turned-entrepreneur, Founder and CEO of Cheekd – a newly launched hyper speed mobile dating app – shares her story:

“In the 48 hours after the broadcast, Cheekd.com received a record breaking 100K unique visitors and our inbox filled up with thousands of emails insisting that the “Sharks” were “out of their minds” for not investing. A little under 50 of those emails were from interested investors.”

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Ken Tasch from the New York area, is the inventor of the LAUNCH™ Selling and Business Capture System: a simple and easy way to significantly increase the odds of winning new business. Tasch recently retired from over 40 years of starting his own businesses and managing businesses for corporations. His goal in life is to help others succeed, to grow and be more than they ever dreamt they could be; to give back and share his life experience.

When you succeed, celebrate… but not for too long. You’ve just won the Conference Finals, not the Stanley Cup. If you allow yourself to feel too successful for more than a day, you’ll make the terrible mistake of forgetting what got you there in the first place.

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Charles Bonello is Managing Director and Co-Founder of Grand Central Tech. Prior to GCT, Charles ran the venture debt practice at Three Point Capital. Prior to GCT, he co-founded River Twice Capital, a global hedge fund started in 2010, where he was an analyst and Portfolio Manager. He began his career at Fred Alger Management as a Research Associate, where he covered the consumer sector. Charles is a Brooklyn native and lives with his fiancee in downtown Manhattan.

“The most rewarding thing about my work is the ability to work with and help so many dynamic and exciting entrepreneurs. I wake up in the morning and jump out of bed so excited to come into work…”

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EFactor chats it up with Kendall Almerico, CEO of FundHub.Biz, a Board-Certified attorney with 25 years experience, and one of the top crowdfunding experts in the United States. EFactor spoke with Almerico about crowdfunding and the challenges he faces as an entrepreneur:

If you are going to take this path, you can’t be afraid of failure. Failure is big part of the process of success. Learn from your mistakes, but never give up just because something does not go as planned.

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New Zealand, Fiji and South Africa. It may seem like they wouldn’t have anything in common – but they do. Each one of these three places are blessed with prestigious properties; Huka Lodge, Dolphin Island, and Grande Provence. All three properties comprise The Huka Retreats and are the vision of their founder, entrepreneur Alex van Heeren.

EFactor spoke with Alex van Heeren about both the differences and the similarities between the three resorts, the proudest moments in his career, and what it takes to be the owner at one of the best hotel collections in the world:

I have a serious commitment to providing nothing but the best for guests in every way…

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