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5 Fatal Decisions You Don’t Want To Make

I walked into the office space, and there was no one there. It was just a bunch of empty cubicles. The space was dimly lit, and the ceilings were low. Do you want to grow your business? Maybe I can help. Click here. “My god, this space is depressing,” I said to my co-founder “Randy”.…

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Should You Ask An Advisor To Invest?

“I would like you to invest $50,000 in my startup,” “Peter” said to me. Do you want to grow your business? Maybe I can help. Click here. Peter and I had been introduced a few weeks earlier, and I’d met with him a couple of times. I really liked what Peter was doing, and I…

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Do You Need A CTO To Get Funding?

“I like you, Brett. And I really like what you’re (company is) doing,” Jack, the Venture Capitalist, said to me. “However, I think I’ll wait until you have a VP Engineering before I invest.” Do you want to grow your business? Maybe I can help. Click here. In my pitch I had been upfront with…

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What Are The Signs You’ve Chosen A Bad Co-Founder?

If there’s one thing I am an expert in, it’s bad co-founders. After all, the first two teams of co-founders I tried to start my company with didn’t work out. Do you want to grow your business? Maybe I can help. Click here. There were “Jim” and “John”, my first two co-founders. We worked together…

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The Three Largest Mistakes You’ll Make

“I run out of money in April,” “Steve” said to me. “I think we’re going to add three new customers this month and I can get to ten new customers with my contacts…” Do you want to grow your business? Maybe I can help. Click here. “So you’ve got four months of runway left,” I…

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What’s The Best Way To Manage Your Cash?

“We have to ask ourselves the question, Are we going to be a company that spends freely, or are we going to be a company that manages its money well?” I said to the executive staff in our weekly staff meeting. Do you want to grow your business? Maybe I can help. Click here. We…

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How Visible To Your Team Should You Be?

One of the smartest things I ever did as CEO was practice, “Management by walking around.” The idea is really simple. You, the CEO, walk around your office, facility, or manufacturing site and talk to anyone you come in contact with. Do you want to grow your business? Maybe I can help. Click here. I…

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What You Shouldn’t Say During A Pitch Meeting?

“You need to sign an NDA,” my co-founder “John”, said to David, the investor we were presenting to. It was our second meeting with David, and John’s comment took me totally by surprise, but David’s response didn’t take me by surprise. Do you want to grow your business? Maybe I can help. Click here. David…

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9 Hard Lessons You Need To Learn For Startup Success

“It’s the suckiest thing about being a startup CEO,” I said to “Bill”. I could see the sadness written all over his face. Do you want to grow your business? Maybe I can help. Click here. “I can totally relate because I went through the same thing,” I said. “The people you start (your company)…

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How Much Responsibility Should You Take?

“You screwed up,” “Bob”, the CEO, said to his executive team during our weekly operations meeting. “How am I going to explain this to ‘the street’?” Do you want to grow your business? Maybe I can help. Click here. Bob was upset because the company had missed its promised numbers to Wall Street, again. And…

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