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Customer Validation is Essential

In speaking to several university classes recently, I have been pleasantly surprised that students really do understand and appreciate the importance of the “lean startup” approach and especially seeking customer validation early in the process. It’s such an obvious principle, … Continue reading

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Pivot or Persevere?

Launching a startup is often a roller coaster ride of successes and disappointments punctuated with critical decisions regarding the current business model and whether or not it can survive, maintain and ultimately thrive. It is at these critical junctures that … Continue reading

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Taking the first step

In the words of the great philosopher, Nike: “Just do it!” In today’s fast-paced, market-driven economy, launching a startup and getting to market quickly is an essential first step for a successful new venture. My experience as both an educator … Continue reading

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When you shoot yourself in the foot, don’t stop to reload.

We all make mistakes. Some of us make more than others. But entrepreneurs – OMG! They are in a completely different dimension, a space-time continuum that allows for exponential failure – mistakes far greater than most mortals will ever experience. … Continue reading

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Funding Your Business Startup

Back in the old days, if you wanted to start a business and needed funding, you might just head over to your neighborhood bank and apply for a loan. Those days are long gone! Much has changed in the way … Continue reading

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Do you know who you really work for?

I was fortunate early in my career to work in the hospitality industry, and the leadership at Hyatt Hotels was quick to make sure that each new employee understood who paid their salary. Like most newbies, I assumed that whoever … Continue reading

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