The True Entrepreneur Is A Doer Not A Dreamer

Saturday, July 12th, 2008

“The critical ingredient is getting off your butt and doing something. It’s as simple as that. A lot of people have ideas, but there are few who decide to do something about them now. Not tomorrow. Not next week. But today. The true entrepreneur is a doer, not a dreamer. — Nolan Bushnell ; founder [...]

Conserve The Possibility To Try Again

Friday, July 4th, 2008

“Research has shown, in fact, that the vast majority of successful new business ventures abandoned their original business strategies when they began implementing their initial plans and learned what would work and what would not work in their market. The dominant difference between successful ventures and failed ones, generally, is not the astuteness of their [...]

John Osher: 17 Mistakes Start-ups Make

Wednesday, June 25th, 2008

John Osher is a “serial entrepreneur” who has developed literally hundreds of consumer products, from energy saving devices to baby products, toys and candy, and household appliances. He has built and sold several successful businesses to major companies and is most popularly known as the guy who brought the “five dollar electric toothbrush” to the [...]

Seven Golden Rules For Startups & Entrepreneurs

Thursday, June 19th, 2008

I thought I’d try a fun little experiment and throw out the following question on Twitter: “If you were to choose one golden rule for startups and entrepreneurs, what would it be?” and then see what everyone’s feedback would be and share it over here with you all. Here are the first seven replies I [...]

On Going The Extra Mile

Tuesday, June 17th, 2008

“When you reach an obstacle, turn it into an opportunity. You have the choice. You can overcome and be a winner, or you can allow it to overcome you and be a loser. The choice is yours and yours alone. Refuse to throw in the towel. Go that extra mile that failures refuse to travel. [...]

Study And Listen To Reactions To Your Product

Saturday, June 7th, 2008

“Studying and listening to people’s reactions to the product, to how it’s packaged and how it’s priced, can make the difference between a thriving business and a warehouse of inert inventory. A product isn’t for everyone, it’s for someone. — Seth Godin ; ‘The Big Moo‘

Simplicity, Value And Quality

Sunday, June 1st, 2008

“Consumers will only be drawn to the smaller, less functional product if they perceive it to be more valuable than a bigger version of the product with more features. Thus the perception of quality becomes a critical factor when making the choice of less over more. — John Maeda ; ‘The Laws of Simplicity‘

Why Startups Fail

Saturday, May 24th, 2008

David Feinleib from venture capital firm Mohr Davidow Ventures recently published a great post about why some startups fail. He answers that they fail because they run out of money. But then he develops it a bit further, listing a number of points that get them there. In this post, I’ll be quickly listing them [...]

On Following The Traditional Path

Friday, May 23rd, 2008

“The traditional path will get you only traditional results. And traditional results means performing the same as everyone else—being satisfied with mediocre or average levels. — Mark Hughes ; ‘Buzzmarketing‘

Momentum In Continued Improvement & Delivery Of Results

Saturday, May 17th, 2008

“Tremendous power exists in the fact of continued improvement and the delivery of results. Point to tangible accomplishments—however incremental at first—and show how these steps fit into the context of an overall concept that will work. When you do this in such a way that people see and feel the buildup of momentum, they will [...]

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