Leadership and Management

What Are The 11 Biggest Myths About Being A CEO?

Blossom, Avery, and I were at dinner at Nobu in Palo Alto. I look over at the table next to us and who’s there but Marc Andreessen and his wife. No one was paying attention to them, and no one asked Marc for his autograph. It was just another day in the Silicon Valley. [Do…

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How Can You Keep Your Great Engineers From Quitting?

“Brett, I wanted to let you know I am going to retire,” Dave said to me. “What? Why!” I said getting my bearings. “You can’t retire! You’re too young to retire.” “I don’t want to retire,” Dave said. “But I’m being pushed out by ‘Ted’.” [Do you want to grow your business? Maybe I can…

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What Is It Really Like To Be A Startup CEO?

My heart is beating too fast, and it won’t slow down. It’s 3AM, and I can’t sleep. Again. I get out of bed, and I walk to my office. I am shivering even though the temperature in the house is 72 degrees – nerves. I turn on the computer, and I check my email. [Do…

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Why Your Technical Cofounder Can’t Be Fired

“Why is Bob with the company?” I asked myself. “He just seems to sit in the corner doing nothing.” Bob was the founder of the startup I had just joined as VP Marketing. Bob was no longer the CEO, but, for some strange reason, he was still with the company, doing what looked to be…

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What’s The Right Way You Should Look For Office Space?

“This place sucks,” I said to Randy, my cofounder. “All the cubicles are scrunched up against each other. The lighting is dismal. I would just be miserable here.” [Do you want to grow your business? Maybe I can help. Click here.] Randy nodded his head in agreement. “Yeah, you’re right,” he said. Then he laughed…

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How Do You Really Feel As A Startup CEO?

I’d love to sit here telling you that being a CEO was great, and it was great. Truly, truly great. However, I’d be lying if I told you there was only one feeling I had being CEO. There were times I felt immense pride: There are two moments that stand out to me: A. The…

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What Does The Role Of A COO Look Like At A Startup?

Nonexistent. Take it from someone who had a COO co-founder, you don’t need a COO when you’re starting a company. I added a COO as a cofounder to my company. He was talented, had tons of experience and knowledge, and he helped me secure funding. [Do you want to grow your business? Maybe I can help.…

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What’s The One Thing No One Tells You About Selling Your Company?

You’ve just received a great offer to buy your company. Congratulations! You’re about to make a ton of money if you accept the offer. That’s fantastic. But there’s one thing you should understand before you close the deal. Watch this short video so you know what to expect.   Read The Video Transcript Below:  …

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What Can You Learn From A Little Boy And A LEGO?

I was at home Saturday night enjoying a really nice evening with my wife and daughter. We had just finished dinner, and I was thumbing through one of my Twitter feeds. [Do you want to grow your business? Maybe I can help. Click here.] That’s when I saw this tweet: Boy writes to Lego after…

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