Slaying the Hydra: Managing startup business risk

Posted by on October 30th, 2014

All businesses are inherently risky, but none are more risky than an untested startup. Business analysts discuss at great lengths the relationship of risk versus reward. Actuaries, accountants and investors have attempted to turn the analysis of risk into a definitive and empirical science. While great strides have been made in reducing the uncertainty in […]

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How Do You Test a Niche Market Without Spending?

Posted by on October 28th, 2014

I’ve always had a compelling need to go fast on anything with 2 wheels.  Especially if it involved doing this on dirt.  I’ve never really understood why, but for longer than most readers have been alive, I’ve been going down trails as fast as I can on coaster bikes, motorcycles and mountain bikes. I left […]

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No labour… No bread: A Story of Staying Busy

Posted by on October 20th, 2014

The origin of the word business comes from “busy-ness” or “the state of being busy” either as an individual or as a group. The greatest challenge in business is uncovering what motivates an individual to stay busy. After all, “no labour … no bread.” Those basic words were forged in steel as a plaque by […]

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What did I learn today? How 5 mins and one question can improve learning and success

Posted by on October 15th, 2014

Success for entrepreneurs, and students, revolves around learning and applying new information. With the volume of available information, it’s important to filter and keep what’s valuable. Here’s a 5 minute trick to improve the process of retaining the signals from noise. At the end of each day, before going to sleep, take a blank piece […]

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3 Ways to a Stress-Free New Venture Project

Posted by on October 9th, 2014

I’m definitely not the best person to talk to about winning the BDO New Venture Competition. I had a great group with a great set of people, and although we did not make it far, we did gain a lot from the New Venture experience. Here are 3 tips to avoid common pitfalls I have seen New […]

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Building Your Company With Strategic Partnerships

Posted by on October 2nd, 2014

As a startup you get told to focus on one thing and do that one thing really well. Typically this comes in the form of your product that does one thing for your customers. This is good advice. In the early days you can’t be all things to all people. However, there are often other […]

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1-2-3… Pitch!

Posted by on September 25th, 2014

As entrepreneurs, we are passionate about our creations.  This passion makes us want to tell the whole world about how great our products or services are.  When it comes to raising capital, we dream that the sheer brilliance of our idea will dazzle investors, and they will reach into their canvas sack of money and […]

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