Culture

Who Should Have Access To Your Bank Account?

“I think each of the founders should have a company credit card,” “Randy,” one of my co-founders said during an early staff meeting. “it will ease some of the burden on you.” [Do you want to grow your business? Maybe I can help. Click here.] “That’s okay,” I said. “I want the burden.” And you…

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Should You Be Afraid To Tell Your Team Bad News?

“Tina, can you help me get all the VPs together? I need to meet with them right now. It’s urgent.” “Okay,” Tina said. [Do you want to grow your business? Maybe I can help. Click here.] “Have everyone, including you, meet me in the large conference room.” A few minutes later Jeroen, Adolfo, Dave, Shoba,…

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What Makes A Great Startup CEO, Part Two

Being a great startup CEO requires you have certain skills. The good news is that being a great startup CEO doesn’t mean you have to extroverted. It also doesn’t mean you have to be introverted. In this video, I’ll go over numbers six through ten of my list of ten traits of great startup CEOs.…

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Do You Need Patience To Run Your Company?

“You have the patience of Job,” Tucker, a potential investor in my company, said to me. Tucker and I were strategizing on how to close our funding, and I was walking him through my strategy. [Do you want to grow your business? Maybe I can help. Click here.] We had multiple problems to solve in…

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How Do You Get The Most Out Of Your Team?

You’re building your startup, so everyone is expected to work crazy hours, seven days a week, right? Wrong. If you’re not careful with you how you manage your team, you run the risk of burning out your team. In this short video, I’ll teach you how you can avoid this problem. I hope you like…

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Why Your Startup Culture Is The Key To Your Company’s Success

A good friend of mine just a joined a hot startup here in the Silicon Valley. The company is on fire.  Plus, the startup culture is awesome. The executive team has previously been uber-successful. Revenue is getting near what I call escape velocity. They’ve exceeded their revenue goals every quarter for two years straight. [Do…

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How Should You Talk About Bad News With Your Team?

“I think we’re getting really close to getting funding,” I said to myself. We had just had another VC pass, but THE WAY VCs were passing seemed different to me. Maybe we were getting close to getting funded. More likely we weren’t. Do you want to grow your business? Maybe I can help. Click here.…

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How Can You Tell If You’re A True Leader?

Leadership is a tricky thing. You can have your team following you, and then you can lose them, forever, in an instant. In this short video, I’ll explain the one thing you’ll need to do if you want your team to follow you. I hope you like it. Read The Video Transcript Below:   It’s…

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You Need A Better Reason Than Money To Start A Company

“Most startups fail,” I said to the interviewer, Dave. “If I wanted the surest path to wealth, then I would have never left my corporate job.” “It’s a mug’s game then?” Dave, said to me. Then I started laughing. [Do you want to grow your business? Maybe I can help. Click here.] “Why are you…

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How Should You Manage Your Employee Meetings?

You’ll likely get advice telling you, the startup CEO, that you should have 1:1 meetings with your direct reports. Well, that’s good advice, but the question is what should you cover in these meetings? In this short video, I’ll walk you through the five questions you should ask in every 1:1 employee meeting you’ll have.…

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