Start ups

How To Build A Strong Startup Team

Ross | April 19th, 2011

Many entrepreneurs have heard that 90% of startups fail within two years. Looking at the number of startups launched every month and the many that hit the deadpool, that’s not a shocking number. There’s research suggesting that the failure rates are actually smaller. However, this is a disctinction without a meaningful difference for companies that […]

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10 tips for entrepreneurs on working with a partner

Mike | April 18th, 2011

After almost five years of working closely with a partner in an internet venture, I have had a great deal of time to think about how to do it better. At times it has been as easy as could be – enjoying the work together, assisting one another seamlessly, being greater than the sum of […]

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How Do You Know If Your Startup Idea Is Good?

Ross | April 12th, 2011

You get inspired and think you have a great idea for a new startup. How do you know if the idea is good and worth pursuing? In this 3 minute video, I share three things you can do to validate or disprove your idea. Do you have other tips to add or your own story […]

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How To Find Your First Customers And Grow Your Business

Ross | April 5th, 2011

Entrepreneurs frequently ask me for advice on finding early customers for a product or service, and how to leverage those customers to market to a larger community of potential customers. This is not easy to do, but there are a few things you can do that can help. In this video, I offer five tips, […]

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Are You Listening?

Ross | March 30th, 2011

Many people use social networks like Facebook, Twitter, and others to broadcast information about themselves and their businesses. Far fewer people take the time to listen. The video below shows baby twins having a “conversation” between themselves. Notice how each patiently listens while the other is “talking”. We can learn a lot from babies and […]

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Lean Marketing: Five Cheap Ways To Market Your Startup

Ross | March 28th, 2011

Every startup wants to get attention for their product or service. But it’s not easy for a young company to get attention, and can often be very expensive. In this short video, I offer five suggestions to help you get attention for your startup. Do you have other suggestions of ways startups can get attention […]

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The Law on Fonts and Typefaces: Frequently Asked Questions

Ross | March 23rd, 2011

The right typeface is often the key to a great logo, graphic or web design. But there’s much confusion and misinformation about typefaces, fonts and the law. Many people do not understand the law governing the use of typefaces and fonts. Others incorrectly assume that they can freely use any typeface or font for any […]

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10 things entrepreneurs can learn from musicians

Mike | March 21st, 2011

I have written several posts now about ways entrepreneurs can learn from people and from the world around them. A few months ago I wrote about how much we can learn from kids (e.g. kids know how to entertain themselves) and last month I shared thoughts about what we can learn from dogs (e.g. dogs love […]

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What It’s Like To Be An Entrepreneur – Howard Tullman

Ross | March 20th, 2011

We’re thrilled to be part of a new web/TV reality series – Trep Life – giving audiences a unique, 360-degree view of what it takes to succeed as an entrepreneur. Each episode will focus on one company or organization. The first episode was about our friends Matt Maloney and Mike Evans from Grub Hub – […]

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5 things that suck (about hiring new employees) and 10 things companies can do about it

Mike | February 28th, 2011

We hear all the time about the importance of hiring the right people and the expanding universe of advice can be overwhelming; hire slow and fire fast, only hire the “right” candidate; ask probing questions; check all references; blah blah blah. For a small business with constantly-strained capacity it can be incredibly difficult to post a […]

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