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The Management Magic of Business Planning
True story: As my software business began to grow, as we went from two employees to five, then 10, I discovered how hard real management is with startups and small business that grow organically. In a startup, those first few people who join feel like friends, not employees. What they taught in my MBA courses...
Contrarian Advice on Investment Pitches from a Pitch Veteran

“We coach entrepreneurs ‘think big.’ ‘Think change the world.’ That doesn’t mean use adjectives that are not credible. Everybody’s revolutionary and everybody’s disruptive now.”  That’s Bill Reichert, managing director Garage Technology Ventures, veteran investor, a board member on multiple startups, and someone who has heard and reacted to hundreds of investment pitches. In this talk...

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Can An Entrepreneur Have Work-Life Balance and be Successful?

Despite the common assumption that successful entrepreneurs have to be completely obsessed with their work, I think work-life balance is possible, even for people starting new businesses. I don’t like the myth that the real entrepreneurs ignore everything else. In fact I know several very well. They work hard, but also get back to family […]

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TED Talk Nails Startup Success Factors. Or Not.

Much as I like TED, and respect Bill Gross and Idealabs, this recent TED talk bothers me.  He analyzed several hundred startups, from big successes to big failures, looking for the most important startup success factors. Startup Success Factors: Are These the Only Options? He considers the idea, the team, the business model, the funding. […]

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