Posts Tagged: Entrepreneur

The Misconception About Benevolent Dictators

We constantly hear about the advantages of benevolent dictators in the business realm. We hear about how the Bill Gates’ and Steve Jobs’ of the world create great companies by making all the decisions and creating great products. That’s a load of garbage. People like Bill and Steve weren’t benevolent dictators. At least no more… Read more »

Suitcase Startup – Overwhelming

It’s time to check in with Chris Bradley of Publicate halfway through his Suitcase Startup quest. This installment was a whirlwind. The major feeling I got from it was that Chris is overwhelmed at the enormity of everything he needs to do to build his startup in a very short time. That issue is exacerbated… Read more »

Increasing Productivity On Side Projects

I had a few minutes to take a quick break today, so I skimmed through some more of the ebook of Quora’s best answers of 2010-2012 that I talked about last week. The answer that jumped out at me this time was from Kah Keng Tay, who is an engineer at Quora. It was in… Read more »

Design, Design, Design

“Design, design, design” is the digital equivalent of the brick and mortar axiom “location, location, location.” In the brick and mortar world you get business opportunities by being in the right place at the right time. That’s what it takes to deliver something when someone needs it. In the digital world, it’s not about where… Read more »

Suitcase Startup – Raising Financing

I checked back in to see how Chris Bradley was doing with his web show Suitcase Startup and his company Publicate. This week the focus was on raising financing. It was a moderately interesting episode to watch if you haven’t heard many VC’s speak about how they choose who they invest in. Unfortunately, I’d already heard all the… Read more »

Momentum Is Everything!

You know how people seem to see everything in their life through the lens of their passion or career? How engineers want to solve everything analytically, economists want to determine the motivations and rewards that cause people to behave a certain way or how doctors think that medicine can fix any ailment? Well, I must… Read more »

Would You Use It?

Whenever you’re building a company, you should always ask yourself: “Would I use this?” I don’t mean, would you use the product/service if you were your intended target market. I mean would you use this product if you weren’t building it? If you wouldn’t, what makes you think you’re the best person to figure out… Read more »

Authenticity

Think about the stereotypical used car salesman. Tell me how you feel about him. Do you like him? Would you do business with him if you could avoid it? I’m guessing that your feelings about the used car salesman aren’t so positive. He probably comes across as fake and as someone who only cares about… Read more »

The Problems With Startups

If you’re wondering what’s wrong with startups these days, check out Vooza, the world’s most unbelievable tech startup. It’s a satire about startups; complete with strange names, ridiculous pivots and data stealing business models.  The scary part? I almost believe that it could exist. Learn all about their “Radimparency” in the video below. That’s radical,… Read more »

What’s Your X-Factor?

When pitching a startup, entrepreneurs often focus on describing themselves as mashups of other successful startups in the hope that they’ll be able to gain credibility by associating their name with others’ success. You’ve heard the pitches before. “We’re Square meets Twitter.” Or maybe, ” We’re Pinterest meets Google Voice.” I know those might sound… Read more »