Culture

What You Need To Know About Reference Checks

I curled up on my bed in a fetal ball, sobbing. I kept repeating to myself: “What have I done?” “What have I done?” “What have I done?” Why was I crying? [Do you want to grow your business? Maybe I can help. Click here.] We had been raising money for over eighteen months at…

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Why Your Startup Culture Is The Key To Your 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. [Do you want to grow your business? Maybe I can help. Click here.] The executive team has previously been uber-successful. Revenue is getting near what I call escape…

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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 $400,000 per year working part time at Maxim Integrated Products. I had known and worked with…

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The Signs That Your Company Is Going To Fail

I remember walking into the lobby like it was yesterday. I was excited because I was wrapping up negotiations to join the company as VP Marketing. Do you want to grow your business? Maybe I can help. Click here. I remembered seeing a planter with a dead plant outside. I didn’t think much of it…

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The Ten Things Startup CEOs Need For Success

I’ve built several businesses from zero to over $100 million, and I’ve worked with a lot of CEOs to help them grow their businesses too.  Over and over again, the successful CEOs I’ve worked with have been able to master the same set of ten core skills. That’s what today’s video is all about.  I’ll…

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Is Giving Schwag To Your Employees A Bad Idea?

Years ago, I was watching Shark Tank, and there was a recap about an investment Barbara Corcoran did in a bathing suit company (The Mix Bikini). Do you want to grow your business? Maybe I can help. Click here. The founder of the company spoke about the blow out party he threw after receiving Corcoran’s…

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How Do You Keep Your Team Highly Motivated?

Do you want a highly motivated team? Well, then you need to walk the walk, and talk the talk every single day. It’s easy to motivated and enthusiastic when things are going well. The true test of a CEO is how the CEO reacts when things aren’t going well. [Do you want to grow your…

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Should Co-Founders Have Company Credit Cards?

“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.] I could tell from the tone in Randy’s voice that…

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Increase Your Chances Of Success By 150%

The way you increase the chances of your early stage startup succeeding isn’t what you think it is. For example, it isn’t the quality of your idea. You may have a great idea for your startup. However, ideas aren’t worth anything if you can’t execute on them. In today’s video, I’m going to explain what…

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