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George Deeb

George Deeb is a managing partner at Red Rocket Ventures, a Chicago-based startup consulting and fundraising firm with expertise in advising Internet-related businesses. More of George’s startup lessons can be read at “101 Startup Lessons — An Entrepreneur’s Handbook.”

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Advice - Startups are really risky.  And, if you are looking to join one, know going in you have a nine in ten chance that company won’t be in business within a couple years from now, and you’ll have to look for a new job again.  Venture...
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Advice - One of the greatest TV commercials of all time featured a crotchety old Chicago woman (Clara Peller) whose plaintive 3-word inquiry ("Where’s the beef?") became not just a huge advertising home run for Wendy's, but a national catch...
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Advice - For years, people have tried to correlate an entrepreneur’s age when they launched their startup with the ultimate success of that startup.  Many studies have been done on the topic, including reports by the Kauffman...
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Advice - A trademark is that word, phrase, symbol, logo or design that sets your goods or services apart and distinguishes you from all the rest. The “loud and proud” protection of goodwill being built in a mark serves many valuable...
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Advice - Many entrepreneurs today work on their startups at night, while they are still working their full-time day jobs. The question is: should entrepreneurs launch businesses with this part-time focus? The answer is: not typically, but it...
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Advice - With my kids now in elementary school, I find myself back playing the same board games again, that I grew up playing. So, with the game of Monopoly fresh in my head, I found some terrific entrepreneurial lessons to share...
Conflicting Advice
Advice - I am a mentor for the Chicago chapter of Techstars, now in my fourth year. In the first month of the program, the member companies are immersed with mentorship from the 150 Techstars mentors who are part of the local program. And,...
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Resources - Oftentimes, a magician uses "smoke and mirrors" to make something disappear, right before your eyes.  With early-stage entrepreneurs, "smoke and mirrors" often means making it appear that a product or startup success exists, before...
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Advice - I was doing some keyword research on Google looking for topics that entrepreneurs were looking for answers to, and the number one searched term was "how to start a business.”  I have been writing for over two years now, and just...
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Accelerators - With the explosion of corporate-backed venture capital funds, accelerators and incubators in the last couple of years, I think the big companies are starting to realize: 1) how important innovation is to staying relevant (watching...
Growth Hacking
Advice - Within Red Rocket’s “101 Startup Lessons—An Entrepreneur's Handbook” I have detailed plenty of low-cost marketing lessons, so be sure to read (or re-read) those posts for more details about how best to market your startup. But...
In-House or Outsourced
Advice - Entrepreneurs have many options to consider in terms of how they go about building their businesses or seeking help. This article will address the plusses and minuses of in-house teams versus outsourced services and when each road...
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Advice - I am not sure how many of you remember the 1989 film, Field of Dreams, starring Kevin Costner, who plays a farmer who builds a baseball field in the middle of an Iowa cornfield after hearing a voice tell him "if you build it, he...
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Advice - I have had the luxury of meeting over 500 startups at Red Rocket over the last 3 years. And, typically, most of them approach me at the same point in their startup development. They have just finished building their new product,...
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Advice - The other day I read an interesting book called “Entrepreneurial DNA” by Joe Abraham, the founder of BOSI Global, an operating partner to venture-backed and owner-operated companies. The book is based on Joe’s study of over...
The Basics of B2B Marketing
Advice - The Red Rocket Blog has detailed many how-to lessons about marketing for B2C companies, and driving sales teams and strategies for B2B companies, which you can re-read from the site index. And, as presented in the past, your B2B focus...

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