Sales, Marketing, and Strategy

Three Simple & Smart Ways You Can Reduce Churn?

Losing customers can be a disaster when you’re just starting your company. Therefore, increasing your customer retention and reducing churn should be a high priority item. But, sadly that’s where the story ends for too many startup CEOs. That’s why I’m showing you three simple and smart ways you can reduce your customer churn in…

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What Should You Focus On To Grow From $0 To $1M?

“I don’t care about the number of customers we have, I care about revenue!” “Raul,” one of our investors, screamed at me during the closed session of one of our board meetings. I had just finished showing the growth in our customers. [Do you want to grow your business? Maybe I can help. Click here.]…

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Focusing On These 5 Areas Will Keep You From Failing

Oh, the giddy early days. I remember them well. The air is full of hope and promise. You and your cofounders are going to get along great. You’ll execute your vision effortlessly. And they’ll be so many customers that you will have trouble keeping up. Think again. [Do you want to grow your business? Maybe…

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What’s The Best Way To Present Your Product Roadmap?

One of the CEOs I am working with sent me a panicked email. The company that he was in an acquisition discussion asked him to present his product roadmap. Fortunately, presenting your product roadmap to investors isn’t as scary as it seems. I’ll show you the steps you need to follow in this short video.…

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What Are The 4 Markets Your Startup Should Avoid?

Not all end markets are created equal. There are some end markets that are downright scary for startups to go after. And there are four end markets that are really tough. I’m not saying you can’t win if you are focused on these end markets, but I am saying that it’s going to be really…

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How Do You Grow Your Business From $1M To $10M?

Congratulations. You’ve gotten your startup to $1M/Year. Now the challenge is getting from to $10M/Year. The bad news is that you’re going to change a lot of things to get there. In this short video, I’lll walk you through five key areas of your company where you’ll likely have to change things up. I hope…

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What Makes Your Startup Worth $100M?

“Can you believe they just got bought for $300M!” Jeroen, my cofounder and VP Engineering said to me. Jeroen, who was usually pretty mild mannered, was a little pissed off. Before I could answer, Jeroen continued with his rant. “They haven’t even announced a product yet, and they have no revenue! It makes no sense.”…

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Why You Shouldn’t Follow The Lean Startup Methodology?

I was at work when I heard that Steve Jobs died. Vivi, our layout manager, told me her husband (who worked at Apple) called to let her know. I felt sad. I’d only met Steve once, and the encounter was brief. [Do you want to grow your business? Maybe I can help. Click here.] Blossom,…

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How To Turn Your Pitch Deck Into Your Business Plan

I remember the first business plan I wrote like it was yesterday. I had just joined Maxim Integrated Products, and my boss, the late Ziya Boyacigiller, asked me to develop a plan for Maxim’s Voltage Reference business. [Do you want to grow your business? Maybe I can help.  Click here.] So I set about developing…

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How Do You Pitch to Customers In One Slide?

Someone recently asked me a really good question, “What’s the difference between pitching investors and pitching customers?” He had just read my really popular post titled, “How To Successfully Pitch Your Business In One Slide?” In this short video, I’ll explain exactly how you should pitch customers compared to pitching investors. Read The Video Transcript…

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