Most business leaders I know clearly understand the difference between legal and illegal activities, but often are not so clear on the line between ethical and unethical. Unfortunately, there is no universal code of business ethics, written down and enforced by some external governing body. We all have to rely on our own interpretation of what […]
By most definitions of the term, an entrepreneur is someone who starts a new business, incorporating innovative changes to existing products, services, business models, and creating new markets. Yet very few achieve that great aspiration of really driving economic, social, and environmental changes on a global scale. What does it take to get to that […]
Put aside your fantasies, and take a hard look at who you really are, before you commit to the entrepreneurial lifestyle
The importance of “the introduction” to modern business, let alone the history of the world, cannot be understated. Putting together two individuals who benefit mutually from their connection can mark the start of a company, the beginning of a lifelong relationship, or, more commonly, a massive faux pas resulting in incalculable annoyance.
Outside of dreams, there is no real business opportunity without risk. Serious entrepreneurs know that, but too many “wannabes” still fall for that elusive get-rich-quick scheme with no risk. As an active angel investor, I still hear entrepreneurs asserting large opportunities with minimal risk and no competition. My conclusion, either way, is that they have […]
A theme I often hear from the entrepreneurs and startups I advise is that once they see that first surge of traction from customers, they can relax and enjoy life for a change. The reality could not be further from the truth. In today’s world of growing competition and customer evolution, holding your own, and growing […]
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To office romance, or not to…
Here are some “rules of thumb” guidelines on what might be a reasonable offer for startup equity by position based on discussions I hear rattling around the investor community
If I take on investors, will they push me aside and run the company?
The realm of an entrepreneur is all about change, but in my experience as a mentor to business founders, I hear too much about incremental change and not enough about revolutionary change. Adding a couple of new features to Facebook, and calling it something new, may seem less risky, but creating a whole new industry, such […]