The last time you pitched your business, something awful happened. They said, “No.” I’ve been there. It’s not a pleasant experience. But before you toss everything aside and send your business to the dust heap of history, I’ve got a suggestion. Could your pitch, and not your idea, be the problem? Here are some things […]
We know people with boundary issues: close talkers at the office, leg spreaders on the train, and parents who ask questions at the most inappropriate times. But when it comes to starting and running a successful business, entrepreneurs need to have The Talk, both with both themselves and the people working for them, particularly if they’ve […]
Imagine you’re sitting in a room with 30 other people. By 2020, six of those people will be entrepreneurs. You may even be one of them. Doing the global math, and according to our research into current population data and trends, we’re talking about one billion entrepreneurs within the next five years. The work for our book The Startup Equation uncovered startling information and opportunities for entrepreneurs of all types all around the world.
Do you have the secret sauce, the X-factors, that define the most successful entrepreneurs? It is hard to describe the X-factors. In The Startup Equation, we identify some X-factors that are constant, like drive or passion or resilience. We also see some that are variable, like curiosity, place, and state of mind.
Every entrepreneur has heard the phrase, “Always be innovating.” But what does it actually mean? You know, in the real world, where you’re trying to meet sales projections, deliver the next security update, and reply to a gajillion emails. What does innovation look like? It starts with the culture. I know it seems like everyone says like every business decision revolves around culture. And it does — to an extent.