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NEWS & UPDATES

April 30, 2019

It might seem strange to consider exiting when you're just starting up and preoccupied with assembling a team and getting funded. But thinking through, planning for and working toward an eventual exit is something every entrepreneur needs to do.

Why is having a startup exit plan important?

Your end goal affects everything from how you run your business, to...

April 18, 2019

When you try to figure out your strategy as an early stage company, it's quite easy to find all kinds of theoretical advice online put forth by economists and academics.  In fact, when I was in business school we even had to create a business plan that was probably about 40 pages long.  Oh, the horror!

But in the real world, when you actually have to...

January 15, 2019

The problem of managing information often prevents business CEOs from growing their business.  They are prevented from working on (not in) their business, not being able to spend time on the things that really matter.

Beyond perfecting the product or service, hiring excellent team members, and securing financing, an owner must dedicate care and a...

January 8, 2019

New businesses often run in perpetual crisis mode. Every day brings new challenges that urgently need resolving and management spends most of their time troubleshooting.

As your business grows, this approach simply doesn't work. While a short-term crisis is always urgent, it may not matter nearly as much as other things you could be doing. Spending your ti...

September 24, 2018

While exiting your startup might not seem like the goal in the beginning, it will be if and when you take investor money.  And while you may think you'll want to run your business forever, the reality is that the time to move on will eventually present itself.

So the issue at hand should not be deciding whether or not to sell, but rather deciding what you...

April 13, 2018

Every CEO is different, just like every company is different.  Some are great salesmen, others are great engineers, developers, and coders.  Some are great negotiators, others are great leaders.  Some are introverts and others are extroverts.

CEOs and their backgrounds can be very diverse. So what do successful CEOs have in common?

What is their ‘...

March 20, 2018

As the founder of a startup you have legal issues to work through, the development of a roadmap for your company, addressing your customers' problems  - or maybe finding some customers (that's a biggie!) - raising capital, and ultimately making the world a better place, right?...

It's hard to know what to focus on first.

When I listen to founders pitch thei...

January 17, 2018

Starting a company and becoming a CEO takes hard work and dedication. It isn't for the faint of heart. Effective leadership is the most important aspect of a company and its team's success. But what makes a leader effective?

I wrote a piece on the Best Traits of a Successful CEO.  This is MY perspective on the 3 main qualities of a CEO for growing a succes...

October 5, 2017

As the CEO of an early stage company, there are a lot of hats you have to wear. The list of tasks to complete are never-ending and with limited employees, there are many different job functions you have to take on - some that you may be familiar with, and some that may fall outside your realm of expertise.

You're also constantly being advised on the many t...

May 31, 2017

So you’ve built an awesome product/company/service and you’ve clearly defined your value offering – now what?

Start telling people about it! Someone isn’t likely to buy your product if they’ve never heard of it before. But what methods do you use to tout your awesomeness?

Most companies go straight to social media when trying to promote their business. Howe...

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