Entrepreneurs are constantly project managing

05 Jan 2007
Let’s stay with my movie theme for blogging this week. I was having a strategy conversation with one of my StartupNation teammates, Chuck, this afternoon and I promptly (maybe a little too easily) shifted over to a war movie analogy. It turns out that Chuck is a huge fan of the movie “Patton” as well...
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Small businesses can learn from Netflix and Blockbuster

04 Jan 2007
Suzanne and I gave each other a Christmas gift this year that we’re really excited about – a Netflix subscription. Friends have been touting the internet based movie rental service for a few years and we finally cut the ties with our local video store and signed up. It seems like it will really work...
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How to Ask for a Proper Website Critique

02 Jan 2007
I never, never, ever ceased to be amazed by the intelligence that rises forth from a properly engaged community. The wisdom of crowds is a popular topic of intriguing evaluation these days and you can see it happen in full bloom in the StartupNation community. You see, you cannot get away with simply posting a...
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No limp handshakes allowed

14 Dec 2006
On the heels of us featuring a recent article about business ethics in the newsletter, I was struck by a post from Seth Godin about the dreaded "wet fish" handshake. We deal with ethical dilemmas in business every day, and while the internet is a huge boon to small businesses everywhere, it’s hard to avoid...
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Holiday Gifts – Any Neat Ideas?

12 Dec 2006
When it comes to celebrating the Holiday Season and the close of another year, I like to recognize all of the people who have made the year a good one. I’m always searching for unique and creative ways to reach out to these folks. I thought it would be interesting for us to share Holiday...
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Planning to Write Your Business Plan

11 Dec 2006
My new company’s business plan went from beta to final release today. I’m very proud of the final product, and am excited to circle back to to prospective investors. In my opinion, Jeff and Rich have written the definitive "how-to" on business plan authorship. But how do you plan to write a business plan? I...
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Service Points

Selling a service offers the personal touch, puts a face on your company and requires hands-on work at every step. Dealing in quality products can be done with little or no face time. You can choose between the two for your startup, or pump up the bottom line with both.

I’ve been deselected…

04 Dec 2006
…and it is not a good feeling. A month ago I received a letter in the mail from one of our manufacturing partners that informed me that they have decided to resign our account. The letter went on to give us 90 days to find and move to a new facility. It turns out that...
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