Entries tagged "Strategy"

As I write this, connected to the internet via my mobile phone, I think about the philosophical ramifications of my Verzon FiOS internet failure. I'm a FiOS Internet 150/65 customer which means in the unlikely event that the service for which I'm paying right now was working, I'd be connected Read More

posted in category Execution

Do you think it’s a extraordinary idea which makes a great company? Intelligence? Brilliance? Do you think It’s great execution? Is it grit or persistence? The answer is yes. Yes to all those things. Yet Luck is the single greatest success factor. According to studies from the Crank Institute, luck contributes over 74.3% to Read More

posted in category Startup

During the battle of Thermopylae, popularized in the movie 300 Spartans, The Persians boasted of their overwhelming fire power in order to intimidate the Spartans to surrender.  Hydarnes, Commander of the Immortals, "When we attack today, our arrows will blot out the sun!" King Leonidas of the Spartans replied, "Wonderful, we look forward to Read More

posted in category Marketing

I have a proposed construct to use when thinking about the amount of effort, time, and risk it will take to build, operate and exit your startup. Let's call it The Startup Hurdles Race Theorem (theorem because it's so much more pretentious than theory). The variables in this construct are: Distance – How Read More

posted in category Startup

It’s the beginning of a new year. A time of rebirth and renewal. A time of reflection and putting plans into action. So what is your plan? What can you do that would change everything? What is the single most important thing you can do to effect the most positive change. Read More

posted in category Musings

Internal Business Meetings Suck. They’re boring. They take a long time. They’re not fun. Nothing gets done. If you feel that way you’re doing it wrong.  Some tips for better meetings. Promptness - Close the door and start on time. Do something fun, share something interesting, make the beginning of the meeting Read More

posted in category Execution

In DC there is a company called Speek. They are one of many companies looking to unseat the entrenched large incumbent companies in the highly price competitive world of conference calling. In DC startupland, when you say the word Speek, every founder, tech entrepreneur, wantrepreneur knows the company of whom Read More

posted in category Marketing

When a business owner tells you how much their product or service costs, have you ever just responded in a surprised tone, “How Much?”  Try it.  It’s an amazingly useful little ploy.  It doesn’t matter whether you believe the price is fair or not, you will be surprised how many Read More

posted in category Execution

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