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3 Design Principles to Diversify Your Startup’s Revenue Model

By | Sep 18, 2017 at 2:30 pm

Few entrepreneurs launch a startup without hoping to earn a little revenue — or a lot, let’s be honest — from the venture. But there are dozens of ways to earn money, and the best method is different for every business. Startups in particular have…


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Launchway Media Talks Being an All-Women Team in Latin America

By | May 15, 2017 at 12:50 pm

Launchway Media is a digital agency specializing in data-driven marketing campaigns for global startups, with a record for helping technology startups, especially in Latin America, launch and grow their products or services on a global scale. They’re also a three-woman operation: Nora Leary is the head…


Proving Your Business Model to Customers on a Macro Level

By | Mar 14, 2017 at 2:20 pm

These days, customers want to be educated and influenced through impartial input. At my consulting firm focused on finding ways to generate new clients, we’ve moved beyond the traditional sales model. The consumer is profoundly more educated when entering a business conversation than they’ve…


Why the Much-Hyped “Netflix of Books” Model Ended Up Flopping

By | Feb 22, 2017 at 4:30 pm

Last year, every social media network out there tried to jump on the streaming video train. Facebook had Facebook Live. Twitter had Vine. Snapchat had itself. Instagram copied Snapchat. Even Tumblr added live video. But Netflix, which alone produces a third of the internet traffic in…

Harsh Reality

4 Ways Product-First Businesses Can Fail

By | Aug 16, 2016 at 5:00 pm

Some products just shouldn’t be turned into businesses. Plenty of people don’t believe this fact, or think that they’re an exception. However, there’s no magic behind why some product-first businesses can’t find their legs. Once broken down, the causes are often pretty simple. That’s…


Startups & Apps

Gary Vee Wants to Purge Most Startups From Existence

By | Jul 21, 2016 at 3:00 pm

Gary Vaynerchuk is just too much of a businessman not to complain about the models that most startups depend on today. And, in his typically restrained manner, he recently voiced his opinion on the most recent episode of Recode Media with Peter Kafka. “Everything you do is…

Startups & Apps

How One Company Connects with Customers It Never Meets

By | Nov 4, 2015 at 3:00 pm

While many women grow up dreaming of shopping for their prom dress or wedding dress, most men (and all tux-wearing women) live in terror of needing to rent a tux. If you talk to anyone who has recently rented a tux from a traditional…

TED talks

The Single Biggest Reason Why Startups Succeed

By | Jun 23, 2015 at 2:00 pm

In his TED2015 talk, Idealab founder Bill Gross asks the audience to guess which factor is most important to startup success: Idea Team: How well you execute and adapt Business model: Your path to generating revenue Funding Timing: How early or late you are….


Learn About the 9 Key Frameworks of Entrepreneurship from Stanford [VIDEO]

By | Dec 2, 2014 at 7:00 am

If you’re new to entrepreneurship and haven’t yet touched a book on the topic – let alone taken a course on it – give yourself twenty minutes this week to watch this video from Stanford University to learn about the 9 key frameworks of…


Alex Chang Talks About One Technologies and Growing a Company

By | Jun 27, 2013 at 5:21 pm

Alex Chang cofounded One Technologies with his younger brother, Roger, in October of 2000 with only $1,800. Twelve years later, One Technologies is generating about $200 million dollars in annual revenue, and has been recognized as one of the fastest-growing companies in Inc. Magazine’ Inc. 500 and…


Winning Business Plan Competitions is Not a Business Model

By | Jun 17, 2013 at 11:00 am

Is it me or are there business plan competitions on every street corner in every town these days? I am getting pounded with requests from startups that want coaching and mentoring in support of their efforts in business plan competitions. What is suddenly making…


Startup Pivots: 6 Case Studies to Help You Recognize the Warning Signs

By | Oct 5, 2012 at 11:00 am

“Pivot” may be an overused word, but whatever you call it, changing course isn’t easy for startups. If general advice about pivoting is too abstract, these case studies can give you an idea of what triggers a pivot and what kinds of changes to…


5 Steps to Starting & Selling: Inspired by Webs CEO Haroon Mokhtarzada

By | Mar 8, 2012 at 11:00 am

“As a kid, I always felt like I was going to be an entrepreneur.” Haroon Mokhtarzada, the co-founder and CEO of, knew this early on. As a child, he watched his father build a successful small business. Following in his father’s footsteps, Mokhtarzada…


Define and Test Your Business Model With LeanLaunchLab

By | Feb 24, 2012 at 4:30 pm

How often do you test your business model hypothesis? According to Ben Mappen, CEO and the Founder of LeanLaunchLab: Before you go and do the most expensive work, which is development, you should be talking to customers, validating the riskiest assumptions about your business…


Cracking the Love Code: Why Most Online Dating Sites Fail

By | Feb 14, 2012 at 11:00 am

If you’re single, today sucks.  There is no escaping all the ooey-gooey-makes-you-just-want-to-barf ads and promotions for Valentine’s Day.  As our lives become increasingly busy, it seems that the easiest way to meet people is online, a fact that many entrepreneurs have also noticed.  So…


How to Create a Financial Plan that Investors Will Love

By | Nov 8, 2011 at 3:00 pm

Investors seek familiar investments that are analogous to companies that they admire. They would like to believe that you can be successful because you are like another company that has been successful. Therefore, when you create your business plan, base it on a successful,…


Book Review: Harvesting Intangible Assets by Andrew Sherman

By | Sep 25, 2011 at 2:30 pm

Consider, for a moment, all the roles that you play as an entrepreneur. Innovator, manager, marketer, enthusiast, salesman, strategist—the list goes on forever, but does it include farmer? If it doesn’t, it will by the time you finish reading Harvesting Intangible Assets. Entrepreneurs are…