Growing a Startup Like a Pumpkin?

Growing a Startup Like a Pumpkin?

My latest read that really  is called The Pumpkin Plan: A Simple Strategy to Grow a Remarkable Business in Any Field by Mike Michalowicz. He uses the metaphor of growing REALLY big pumpkins to taking your business to the next level. This definition of what is an entrepreneur was especially sharp: “Entrepreneurs identify the problems, [...]

What Successful Startups Do and Never Stop Doing

What Successful Startups Do and Never Stop Doing

I saw a tweet today with a blurb to this Forbes post titled Unsolicited Advice to the New Yahoo! CEO and this quote in particular stood out to me. “Put together a small team of the best engineers, designers and product people you can find. Charter them with building something amazing that has to ship [...]

The 6+ Key Ingredients for Startup Success

The 6+ Key Ingredients for Startup Success

For an interview profile of our new startup accelerator in Oklahoma where I have volunteered to be a mentor, I was asked this question for a profile post: “What is the most important part of a company’s application when applying to an accelerator?” Some quick background on the question: The concept of startup accelerators has [...]

So You’re the New Kid on the School Playground?

So You’re the New Kid on the School Playground?

Your first day (and week) on the job is just like being the new kid on the school playground. You don’t know anybody so you’re probably scared.  You don’t know the “rules” of the teeter-tooter (or how the coffee pot works). You’re in a foreign land and you need to start learning the language, the [...]

Get Better On Your Own Time and Dime

Get Better On Your Own Time and Dime

Someone should tell you this and it might as well be me: You haven’t “arrived.” You probably won’t ever arrive. Neither will I. At least I hope I don’t. I always want to be improving and honing my craft. And just because you land some fancy title doesn’t mean you’re set for life or done [...]