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Advice -  Even in this age of videos and text messages, the quickest way to kill your startup dream with investors, business partners or even customers is embarrassingly poor writing. Being very visible in the startup community, I still get an...
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Advice -  Successful entrepreneurs often start with a “random” idea, but they quickly focus their efforts and follow a “system” to organize their startup and maximize the clout of their activities. Too many entrepreneur wannabes never...
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Advertising -  Recently, we talked about MVP, and that it is important for MVP to be actually viable.Viability, as we explained, means ability to live. To be viable the product needs to have enough hooks and feedback loops. But even if you...
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#NYCTech -  Steve Blank is an icon of entrepreneurship, the founder of the “Lean Startup” movement, and the author of two books, “The Startup Owner’s Manual” and “The Four Steps to Epiphany.” A list of this humble man’s...
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Advice -  Every startup founder rightfully starts out as the single leader of the startup, but as the business grows, many entrepreneurs struggle with relinquishing any control, or fail to recognize and allow other leaders to emerge. The result...
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Advertising -  To many small business owners, digital marketing is not so different from auto maintenance. You go in thinking you need something simple, but leave feeling like you have emptied your savings account with no obvious effect on...
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Advertising -  In the past, venture capitalists associated one word with marketing and branding: optional. Startups must prove value quickly to raise the confidence of investors, which can make it hard to convince VCs to earmark funds for marketing...
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Advice -  In this era of accelerating change, business-as-usual is the enemy of every business, new and old. Yet it’s an easy rut to fall into, and a tough one to break out of. Every business needs to “reach for the stars” on a regular...
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Advice -  Despite the fact that the number of IPOs (Initial Public Offerings) for startups has continued to decrease, I still hear it touted often as the preferred exit strategy. I suspect the exuberance for an IPO is still being driven by the...
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Advice -  I cannot help but think about this idea on a daily basis: The world seems full of people who are generally at peace with doing the bare minimum, climbing whatever ladder they happen to fall on and then complaining after. “I have no...
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Advice -  Aspiring entrepreneurs who rely only on traditional learning vehicles (teachers, classrooms, and risk-free practice) are doomed to failure in anticipating change today. Either they are never really ready to commit, study an...
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Advice -  The ultimate goal for any successful professional is to become an influencer in their respective field. Influencers are individuals with followings and a voice in the industry — they lead and set direction for others. Establishing...
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Advice -  I always thought that elite performers in the top 1 percent of their fields were able to accomplish so much more than the rest of us because they had some sort of X-factor that allowed them to work harder, longer and better than the...
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Advice -  In my experience mentoring new entrepreneurs and aspiring business leaders, I see far too many who seem to be driven by all the wrong reasons. Everyone seems to espouse extrinsic motivations, such as getting rich, having power and...
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Advice -  Successful companies all start by building around a unique idea. That said, not everyone with a great idea should build a product. Not all ideas are feasible with current technology or market conditions.Does your idea provide...
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Advice -  Many entrepreneurs forget that their success is more about helping other people than about personally becoming famous, or overcoming the odds and getting rich. A successful business has to satisfy customers with a strong team, by...