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 …

Read Article Read More

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 …

Read Article Read More

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 …

Read Article Read More

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 …

Read Article Read More

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 …

Read Article Read More

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 …

Read Article Read More

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 …

Read Article Read More

Entrepreneurship Shackleton Hiring – 3,000 applicants one job posting…

Shackleton Hiring – 3,000 applicants one job posting…

From Dave Shappell’s blog post – http://bit.ly/hwRxd5. Special Thanks to Dan Fine, Seattle Founder (#SEFI) Institute Mentors… I’m having a great time at the Founders Institute event tonight in Seattle. Really enjoyed this image that Dan Fine included in his presentation, of an advertisement that Ernest Shackleton posted for explorers for his ship. It read: …

Read Article Read More