Entrepreneurship Every Idea is Crazy – Right Before it’s Real

Every Idea is Crazy – Right Before it’s Real

One of the things I love about startups is that ability that a founder needs to have to see a vision before it happens. A friend of mine called it the “power of focus!” You’ll hear people around startup often say “it’s not the idea that matters, it’s execution” that is partially true. There were …

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Entrepreneurship Investors Pay for Your Future, Not Your Past.

Investors Pay for Your Future, Not Your Past.

It’s time to incorporate your new startup. All the dreams and limitless possibilities lay in front of you! It’s all rainbows, butterflies and unicorns! So what do you need to know about approaching investors in this state of optimism and euphoria? Investors are investing in your future not your past You see every little thing that …

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Entrepreneurship Live Blog – Lean Launchpad NY @sgblank #3

Live Blog – Lean Launchpad NY @sgblank #3

Feedback from Lunch Groups – participants met for lunch both days and discussed problems/solutions around different topics: emerging markets, Accelerators in Healthcare, launching in low density markets, etc. Customer discovery isn’t just about getting out of the building but getting out of the country How do you profile the teams? Psychological, technical skills, etc Hacker …

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Entrepreneurship Father’s Day for Entrepreneurs

Father’s Day for Entrepreneurs

My Grandfather opened one of the first Electronic and Telephone companies in Southwestern Washington in 1908 in his hometown of Camas. The Company did phone line and equipment installation. That was the era when phones had no buttons – just a heavy earpiece, microphone and lever to tap to get an operator. He sold the …

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Entrepreneurship What’s the next Billion $$ Market?

What’s the next Billion $$ Market?

There’s a great survey on Quora about the next Billion Dollar markets. As of Today – the highest voted answer is by Nathan Ketsdever, a Nashville based Entrepreneur and self-proclaimed Fan Boy of Steve Blank – Paul Graham – David Cohen. Here are some of the ones that stood out for me, for good and …

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Entrepreneurship When Incremental Change Isn’t Enough

When Incremental Change Isn’t Enough

I was meeting with a company last week that had completed the build of their product, launched and was getting great customer feedback – just not the use case that they had expected. The good news: they have validated the idea. The bad news: it wasn’t what the original customer nor was the current front …

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Entrepreneurship Can I buy you a coffee? Meeting Checklist

Can I buy you a coffee? Meeting Checklist

The call usually starts like this. “I was told by <name> that you could help me with <funding my startup, improving my startup idea, a financial model, finding a co-founder or a good developer , blah, blah, blah.> ______________, can I buy you a coffee?” I love helping startups! I think I overcompensate for not having found …

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Entrepreneurship Ideation Bootcamp – Week 2 – Venture Ready Research & Markets

Ideation Bootcamp – Week 2 – Venture Ready Research & Markets

This is week two slides from the NWEN/Founder Institution Ideation Bootcamp in Seattle. David Bluhm – Venture Ready Research Week 2 Ideation Bootcamp – Bluhm from Dave Parker Dave Parker – Markets and Models NWEN and Founder Institute Ideation Bootcamp – Week 2 – Venture Ready Research &amp; Models from Dave Parker

Entrepreneurship The Value of Trust

The Value of Trust

“If you trust, you will be disappointed occasionally, but if you mistrust, you will be miserable all the time.”   Abraham Lincoln I remember hearing this quote when I was first starting my sales career at US West New Vector Group. We had a very motivational sales manager named Luke Lukrofka talking about the value of …

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