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10 Pieces of Business Advice Not to Follow

| March 9, 2014 | 3 Comments

Question: What’s the worst business advice somebody gave you when you were starting your business (and how did you prove them wrong)? 1. Don’t Do It “Possibly the most heart-crushing, tear-jerking thing anyone has ever said to me was, “Don’t pursue your passion.” Not many people can make a living off their creative passions, but I […]

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Want a Successful Company? Start by Giving Back

| January 12, 2014 | 3 Comments

In a 2010 study published in the Perspectives on Psychological Science journal, James K. Harter of Gallup, Inc. found that a low sense of well-being in employees was an indication of poor bottom-line performance. And over the course of a year, that low sense of job satisfaction results in billions of dollars in estimated profit loss in the United […]

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6 Questions to Find Out If You Have a Killer Business Idea

| January 3, 2014 | 2 Comments

I am a venture capitalist and so I have the privilege of meeting a lot of entrepreneurs, each with their own brave idea of how they will change the world. Without exception, the best entrepreneurs know instinctively their place in the eco-system in which they operate, their own strengths and weaknesses and their plan for […]

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Applying Buddhism to Business – The Practice of Being Mindful

| January 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

I never fully understood how my mother’s pervasive belief system would influence me later in life. As a dedicated follower of Buddhism, she focused every childhood lesson around the Buddhists practice of mindfulness and understanding. “Be aware of the karma you are creating for yourself,” she would say as I recounted a disagreement with a […]

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Married to Your Work: How to Be in Business with Your Spouse

| December 19, 2013 | 0 Comments

  “The secret of a happy marriage is finding the right person. You know they’re right if you love to be with them all of the time.” — Julia Child My husband and I were both working in the publishing industry 18 years ago when I had an idea to start my own business. I wanted to […]

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Live vs. Lean Planning: Looking Ahead While Scaling Back

| December 17, 2013 | 1 Comment

The recession taught us a lot about business. Small replaced “too big to fail,” startup culture replaced corporate culture and lean replaced elaborate business plans. Streamlining your business doesn’t mean approaching the future blindly, however. Remaining lean and planning need not be mutually exclusive. At Palo Alto Software, we used principles of lean planning and […]

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The 1 Piece of Advice That Will Accelerate Your Business

| December 10, 2013 | 2 Comments

As we close out the final weeks of the year there’s a lot to think about; the amazing relationships you’ve built, people you’ve met, opportunities you’ve had, bad decisions you’ve made and so much more.  As you reflect on the last 12 months and goal plan for the next 12 months take a moment to […]

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Avoiding the Pain of Failing Startups – 9 Lessons Learned from My Ups and Downs

| January 11, 2013 | 2 Comments

If you look at my photo, you’ll know straight away that I am not an Under 30 CEO. I’m a highly successful businessman with profound lessons to share with those who want to succeed as entrepreneurs. I now have four decades of experience as a serial entrepreneur, angel investor, and venture capitalist. I have experienced […]

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Brand Marketing- What Startup Founders Can Learn From Lady Gaga

| December 10, 2012 | 8 Comments

Startup founders hardly look to pop culture for business advice.  We attend networking functions.  We seek out experienced business mentors.  We even watch shows like Shark Tank.  But rarely do we think of pop culture as a business resource.   As a founder of a startup focused on pop culture (Punch Street) and as a Gen Y New […]

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