10 Pieces of Business Advice Not to Follow

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-crushin...


Want a Successful Company? Start by Giving Back

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-l...


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

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 kno...


Applying Buddhism to Business – The Practice of Being Mindful

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 practi...


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

  “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 wo...


Live vs. Lean Planning: Looking Ahead While Scaling Back

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 do...


The 1 Piece of Advice That Will Accelerate Your Business

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 s...


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

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...


Brand Marketing- What Startup Founders Can Learn From Lady Gaga

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 ...