There is no silver bullet

I can’t afford a SuperBowl commercial to launch my start up, can you? Even if I could, I’d be laughed out of startup land for wasting so much money on a one-shot deal, despite the fact that, if your 60 seconds are good, they’ll be seen on YouTube for years, … Keep reading >>>

Cast Away = Startups

I’m still sick after all these years that Tom Hanks did not win an Oscar for his role in the movie “Cast Away”, but as I was running the streets of Roswell this morning, it occurred to me that the movie is the essence of how to do a startup.… Keep reading >>>

Encouragement: the more you give, the more you get

In the startup world, life is hectic.  If this is your first startup, then you’re seeing & doing many things for the first time. If this is your 7th, you’re re-living things – good or bad – for the 7th time.  Whether you’re the leader of a startup team or … Keep reading >>>

Just like riding a bicycle

In the tech startup world, there are so many options for what to do, how to do it, when to do it, and who to do it with. I’m talking about building a new high tech business, of course.  Many times, it’s like riding a bike, but that can be … Keep reading >>>

What does "compelling" mean?

When you start a business, and seek capital, customers, or co-founders, you are telling (and selling) a story. That story has to be compelling.  Unfortunately, your passion in telling a story does not always make the story compelling in and of itself. A good rule of thumb for “compelling” … Keep reading >>>

What does “compelling” mean?

When you start a business, and seek capital, customers, or co-founders, you are telling (and selling) a story. That story has to be compelling.  Unfortunately, your passion in telling a story does not always make the story compelling in and of itself. A good rule of thumb for “compelling” … Keep reading >>>

Sharpen your axe

This past week was our spring break, and while it was no “break”, meaning it was as hectic as ever, there was time to get away.  Today, returning to the up-early-workout-drop-kids-at-school-fight-traffic grind, I’m reminded of this story, which you may have heard:

Once upon a time there were two men

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7 ways to lead by serving

Ask 10 people what “leadership” looks like and you’re likely to get 10 answers.  Ask me, and I’ll tell you to lead by serving. But how do you do that?  Isn’t “leading” all about getting out in front, giving orders, taking command, making the hard decisions, getting dirty, and all … Keep reading >>>