Monthly Archives: August 2011

It’s Not How Big It Is – It’s How Well It Performs: The Startup Genome Compass

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What makes startups succeed or fail? More than 90% of startups fail, due primarily to self-destruction rather than competition. For the less than 10% of startups that do succeed, most encounter several near death experiences along the way. Simply put,while … Continue reading

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Hiring – Easy as Pie

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Over the last few weeks I’ve gotten involved in hiring for two startups, a public agency and a non profit.  Part of each conversation was getting asked to help them put together a “job spec.” I had them leave with a … Continue reading

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The Four Steps to the Epiphany is Now in Russian

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The Four Steps to the Epiphany is now available in Russian. Thanks to Denis Dovgopoliy for making the Russian version happen. It joins the French version: Les quatre étapes vers l’épiphanie and the Japanese version…read full post. Download MP3  

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There’s Always a Plan B

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Everyone has a plan ’till they get punched in the mouth.  Mike Tyson One of the key distinctions between an entrepreneur and an operating executive is an entrepreneur’s almost seamless agility in the face of changing circumstances versus an operating … Continue reading

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Going Out With His Boots On

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He was a man, take him for all in all, I shall not look upon his like again Shakespeare, Hamlet Act I, Scene 2 With 37 mllion people it’s remarkable that California has one of the most pristine and unspoiled … Continue reading

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Bonfire of the Vanities

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When I was in my 20’s, I was taught the relationship between marketing and sales over a bonfire. Over thirty years ago, before the arrival of the personal computer, there were desktop computers called office workstations. Designed around the first generation … Continue reading

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