Culture

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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What Is The Most Common Trait Of Successful Startups?

“I’m worried about keeping the culture,” “Omar,” a CEO that I’m working with, said to me yesterday. Omar’s company is at that classic transition point between being a 7 figure company and an 8 figure company. I smiled back at Omar over our Zoom link. [Do you want to grow your business? Maybe I can…

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How You Can Be Ruthless Without Being A Jerk

“I intend to be ruthless as CEO,” I said to my friend and mentor, Dave. We were having coffee at Peets in Palo Alto. It was early March, and we had, finally, gotten our Series A funding. After two years, and lots of painful misses, I was rearing to get started. [Do you want to…

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What Are The 5 Rules You Need For A Successful Startup?

My Mom sold houses in the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles. She started out by selling condominiums, then eventually graduated to selling estates. I’ll say, from watching my Mom, that selling real estate is a seven day a week, 365 day a year, grind. It looks easy from the outside, but the successful…

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How Do You Determine Your Salary As A Startup CEO?

“Here’s what we can afford to pay you,” I said to Greg, one of the best Analog IC design engineers in our industry. [Do you want to grow your business? Maybe I can help. Click here.] Greg was making $400K/year working part time at Maxim. I had known and worked with Greg, so I knew…

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How You Can Keep Your Family And Be A Success

Supposedly, in order to be a successful startup CEO, “they” tell you that you have to give up everything, including your family, and be 100% devoted to your startup. I am here to tell you that “they” are wrong. And who are “they” anyways? But that’s a different story. Yes, you do need to make…

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Why Your Team’s Salaries Should Be Higher Than Your’s

“Here’s the offer we’re giving you,” the CEO said to me. Then he told me what the equity and salary would be. “What do you think?” The CEO asked me. [Do you want to grow your business? Maybe I can help. Click here.] “I’ll give it some thought,” I said. “But my initial response is…

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