What I learnt from Sylvester Stallone

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

There’s more depth to Sylvester Stallone’s story than what the movies that he starred in would let you think. Sly knew what he wanted to do in his life since he was very young: he wanted to be in the movie business. But having little acting experience, a partially paralyzed face, and a slurry speech, [...]

Get off your chair and start selling!

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

Whether you started your business because you have a particular skill, a certain passion or out of frustration from your 8-5 job, you need to be constantly wearing the salesman hat; Why? simply because the lack of cash will kill your business. Cash is the oxygen to your business, once you run out of it, you [...]

Protect your revenue base with the long tail strategy

Monday, August 23rd, 2010

In short and simple terms, the long tail strategy consists of selling a huge number of items in relatively small quantities. Items can be products or services. Quantities can also refer to prices. As an example, Amazon.com and Netflix.com generate most of their revenue by selling a huge variety of products that are in low demand or have [...]

The importance of laser beam focus

Sunday, August 22nd, 2010

I can’t stress enough the importance of business focus. Lack of focus can literally make or break your business, especially as a young fragile startup, with limited resources.  It is very important to focus on your core strength, on your unique selling proposition, on a specific feature set, on your specific target audience, core product… whatever [...]

What is your exit strategy?

Saturday, August 21st, 2010

As a startup founder of www.loomni.com, I wonder what are the possible exits for my company in the future? It’s a topic I think every founder should really think of. How many other Maktoobs can we really have in the region? It took 10+ years for the exit to happen. And it was a foreign [...]

What Is The Best Business Advice You’ve Ever Received?

Tuesday, April 21st, 2009

I thought it was about time to do another crowd-sourced post experiment where I throw a question out there on social networks, try to gather different people’s feedback and bits and pieces of their shared wisdom, and then share it with everyone here. The question I asked this time was: What is the best business advice [...]

The Dip: A Little Book That Teaches You When to Quit (and When to Stick)

Friday, November 14th, 2008

The Dip is a great little book by Seth Godin, that tackles a simple idea, which is simply that winners do quit, and quitters do win. The book talks about how every project (or job, hobby, or company) starts out exciting and fun, but then gets harder and less fun, until it hits a low point—really [...]

Just Get On The Bike…

Saturday, September 6th, 2008

“The key is to just get on the bike, and the key to getting on the bike… is to stop thinking about ‘there are a bunch of reasons I might fall off’ and just hop on and peddle the damned thing. You can pick up a map, a tire pump, and better footwear along the [...]

The Nine Deadly Startup Diseases

Saturday, August 23rd, 2008

Building a successful startup is no easy feat; There are a number of problems that founders can face and that can hurt their startups, even fatally. Here is a list of the nine deadliest ones.

Ideas Need Immediate Action

Saturday, August 2nd, 2008

“Most ideas are stillborn and need the breath of life injected into them through definite plans of immediate action. The time to nurse an idea is at the time of it’s birth. Every minute it lives gives it a better chance of surviving. The fear of criticism is at the bottom of the destruction of [...]

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