Every entrepreneur I meet in my role as a small business advisor dreams of making the business run like clockwork, even without them. You are all frustrated when that never happens, even after years of 16-hour days, repeated efforts to hire the right people, and multiple campaigns to delegate more and sign up for less. […]
Entrepreneurs seem to have blinders on when looking at competitors. Generally, they are so focused on killing competitors that they fail to see the positive potential of a strategic partnership or some other type of collaborative relationship. Sometimes you have to put aside the emotion and the passion, and just look at what is best […]
If you looked at internet commerce ten years ago, you might well have imagined that the future belonged to the box. Specialized goods subscriptions boxes suddenly popped up everywhere, like mushrooms after a strong rain.
It may not be as sexy, but starting a new business which builds on an existing technology or business model is usually less risky than introducing that ultimate new disruptive technology. There are many levels of innovation that go beyond copying someone else’s idea but stop short of pushing the leading edge (bleeding edge). Many […]
Most of you new venture founders I meet as an angel investor seem convinced that starting the business is the hardest part. You look forward to the day when your business becomes self-sustaining, and settles into a long-term growth curve, ensuring financial success. Unfortunately, sustainability is proving to be a more and more complex challenge […]
With these steps, you really don’t need a rich uncle or a benefactor in Silicon Valley these days to start your own business and keep ahead of the crowd.
I believe the trend will continue flat as entrepreneurs become more aware of other considerations that make the IPO route less and less attractive.
Getting the word out about your startup business is always a challenge, but at least there are a handful of techniques you can focus on to jump start your early marketing efforts, all of which are available on a cost-effective basis.
A major step toward improving your site’s SEO is evaluating your content and metrics.
Have you ever wondered why the best venture capitalists keep winning outsized returns? Why do the best agents keep discovering new talent? Why do the best universities keep minting Nobel Laureates and CEOs? Most people attribute this continued success to their being “the best.” That somehow their innate abilities, processes, and general brilliance enable them […]
It is human nature to look for a stable and unchanging business process, after all the pivots and chaos of starting your business. Innovation driven only by crises is not leadership and growth.