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How To Recognize That Your Startup Is Going Wrong Way

By Martin at June 4, 2012 | 8:15 am | 0 Comment

How To Recognize That Your Startup Is Going Wrong Way

Most entrepreneurs start their company with the highest of ideals, and wouldn’t dream of building one with a culture of indifference or downright unethical behavior. Yet all too many succumb to the pressures of survival, driven by demanding investors in a cutthroat competitive environment. How does a Founder recognize the warning signs, let alone know what to do about more...

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How To: Get Your Startup Noticed

By Martin at June 1, 2012 | 8:26 am | 0 Comment

How To: Get Your Startup Noticed

The space for startups is more crowded than ever. First of all, it’s now international, so you have startups from every country in the world competing for your customer’s attention and their business. Then there is the Internet, delivered through every media, including your smart phone, where the volume of data spewing out is like a new Library of Congress every 15 more...

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Collaboration Tips For Your Startup

By Martin at May 12, 2012 | 9:23 am | 0 Comment

Collaboration Tips For Your Startup

Any entrepreneur with a vision can postulate a new business, but it takes a collaboration of many people to make it a success. Today the complexity of forces required for success include multi-disciplinary skills, competencies, and experiences in which the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. Entrepreneurs who embrace the “lone wolf” approach usually live to more...

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Seven Success Maxims That You Can Use In Your Startup

By Martin at May 2, 2012 | 8:31 am | 0 Comment

Seven Success Maxims That You Can Use In Your Startup

Even though I have seen many business leaders succeed, and many that failed, I still struggle with what really makes the difference. It seems like some CEOs are just more tuned in to the market realities, customer dynamics, people interactions, and are better leaders. But what does that really mean? A while back I found some great business leadership insights in “The more...

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What’s Wrong With Your Startup? Find Through “Go-People”

By Martin at December 27, 2011 | 8:46 am | 0 Comment

What’s Wrong With Your Startup? Find Through “Go-People”

Go-to people get things done. As an entrepreneur, you need these people, and you need to be one, if you expect your startup to be successful. That may be easier said than done, since resumes do not tell the story, and without real nurturing, they won’t stay around long. To highlight how rare this breed is, Jeffrey Gandz of the Richard Ivey School of Business relates more...

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The Progress Principle For Your Startup

By Martin at August 9, 2011 | 11:14 am | 0 Comment

The Progress Principle For Your Startup

Managing and motivating a team in a startup is more than just using the right interpersonal skills. It’s more than providing recognition, tangible incentives, and clear work goals. A key influencer of satisfaction and motivation, top-ranked by employees, is positive progress and the completion of meaningful work. Sometimes you have to manage progress, not more...

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Key principle of decision making for your startup

By Martin at July 27, 2011 | 11:24 am | 0 Comment

Key principle of decision making for your startup

Every so often a promising entrepreneur seems to freeze in the oncoming headlights and gets run over by his competition. Why is it that his idea which seemed so fundable only months ago fails to dazzle investors today? The team is the same. The company's market is the same. The only difference might be the start of another recession like the last one, resulting in a more...

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What type of features you should include in your startups?

By Martin at July 7, 2011 | 12:00 pm | 0 Comment

What type of features you should include in your startups?

Scope creep” (or feature creep) is an insidious disease that kills more good startups than any other, especially high-tech ones, and yet most founders (who may be the cause) never even see it happening. This term refers to the penchant to add just one more feature to the product or service before first delivery, just because you can. The instigators are all more...

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Financial projections for your startup

By Martin at July 1, 2011 | 12:00 pm | 0 Comment

Financial projections for your startup

Most entrepreneurs tend to avoid this area of the business, and as a result are badly surprised by cost realities, and investor expectations. They seem to think that financial projections are simply invented numbers for investors, and not useful. In reality, it’s like jumping in your car for a long hard drive with no destination in mind. Chances are, you won’t enjoy more...

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How to make your startup look different?

By Martin at June 6, 2011 | 12:06 am | 0 Comment

How to make your startup look different?

Viral marketing and word-of-mouth are not enough these days to make your product and brand visible in the relentless onslaught of new promotional media out there today. Innovation in marketing is perhaps more important than product innovation. Yet in the business plans I see, the marketing content and budget are smaller than ever. More than just spending, you need to more...

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