Exposing yourself may get you arrested, but for a small business it is critical. Too many startups fail to clearly communicate who they are – I mean who they REALLY are. Today I held a speech for approx. 250 small business leaders from an association in Norway called Growth Companies (Vekstbedriftene). These companies are all small manufacturing or service companies that employ handicapped workers. Some of their employees have physical handicaps, others have psychological handicaps, but all are special people with special needs. These Growth Companies must adapt the work…
In Italy, the past does not have to mean the future. Being an entrepreneur has historically been tough, but there are good things happening in Trento.
Enterpreneurs are not losers… unless they quit.
I have a friend who just had his first child. He’s over the moon about this baby and OK, all his friends are happy for him too, but he sends out constant emails with photos, short video clips, frequent little stories about first baby steps. There are facebook pages and even twitter messages from time to time. This is a great example of pitch and even the most experienced entrepreneur in the world could learn a thing or two from a new parent. This is how you should pitch your…
When I was 15 I listened to Joni Mitchell sing of finding true love. When I was 20 Bob Dylan sang about truth and courage. When I was 30 Bono sang about purpose and changing the world. Now I am over 50 and I just discovered a band of a bunch of Venture Capitalists who sing about Bernie Madoff stealing from investors. The Circle of Life is grand.
European Entrepreneurs must Startup Global European startup companies actually have a big advantage over US based startups and many don’t even know it. No, I am not talking about fat government subsidies or protected local markets. I am talking about “street smarts”.
Today you can have a great day or a lousy one. It´s your choice. How much energy do you generate for your business?
There are two kinds of bootstrapping that are critical for entrepreneurs. One is about your business. The other is about your life.
I read lots of business plans and I meet with many different companies each week. Not all impress me. I meet lots of talented engineers who struggle with marketing and I meet plenty of brilliant marketing people who push lousy products. Sometimes I get bored because I want it all. I want brains and beauty, strength and gentleness, speed and agility, vision and attention to detail, heart and soul.
Being a successful entrepreneur is an inner game.