Start ups

How To Launch Your New Business For Less Than $1,500

Ross | September 24th, 2013

  Many entrepreneurs delay launching their startup because they believe they don’t have enough money to move forward. Startups can be expensive, but they don’t have to be. The Founder Institute, an early-stage startup accelerator created an infographic (below) showing, in 10 steps, how you can launch a business for under $1,500. Incidentally, I’ve mentored at […]

Read full post »

5 Things Entrepreneurs Can Learn From Diplomats

Mike | September 23rd, 2013

With the red-hot temperature around the crisis in Syria reduced to a mere boil, and the government in North Korea backing away from the brink I gave some thought this week to what entrepreneurs could learn from global leaders and diplomats in general. From Wikipedia we learn that Diplomacy comes from the greek word “δίπλωμα,” defined as […]

Read full post »

Teamwork, Collaboration and the Rules of Improv Comedy

Mike | September 16th, 2013

One of the great challenges in leading teams is creating an atmosphere where people work together efficiently, collaborate effectively and, and respect one another. On countless occasions meetings can devolve into spitting matches or personal clashes which lead to bad decisions, poor relationships, and weaker teams. Improv comedy provides some great rules and a strong framework […]

Read full post »

A Contrarian View: Hire Well, Nurture Carefully, Fire Prudently

Mike | July 29th, 2013

Much has been written on the “Steve Jobs” school of human resources. Jobs was an uncompromising believer in hiring the most talented team possible and believed equally in firing folks at will. That was all well and good for the most valuable company in the world, where an endless stream of applicants lined up at […]

Read full post »

Working Remote. Yeah. About That.

Mike | July 22nd, 2013

On any given day at the crowdSPRING HQ, we will have anywhere between 1 and 6 people working in the office simultaneously. Of late, 1 is the more common number and 6 is becoming a rarity. Why is that? Well a year or two ago we instituted a policy (I say “instituted,” but really it […]

Read full post »

If You Don’t Cannibalize Yourself, Someone Else Will

Ross | July 16th, 2013

Steve Jobs famously said “If you don’t cannibalize yourself, someone else will.” Most businesses protect existing products, services, and processes and fear change. Such fear comes at a great price. Remember Kodak? Xerox? Blockbuster? Book stores? The music industry is changing before our eyes. The publishing industry is collapsing under its own weight and fear.The […]

Read full post »

10 Things Entrepreneurs Can Learn From Their Interns

Mike | June 9th, 2013

Periodically I post in this series about things that entrepreneurs can learn from others and from the world around them. The older we get, the more we discover that we are not to smart and that the best thing we can do is pay attention to the people around us. From them we can draw […]

Read full post »

How To Avoid Bad Advice That Can Kill Your Small Business Or Startup

Ross | June 4th, 2013

In a recent post, Ev Williams (co-founder of Twitter, Blogger and Medium), suggested that all startup advice is  wrong (presumably, including his own post on this subject). Ev pointed out that what works for one entrepreneur/company doesn’t necessarily work for others: Companies are not built in a lab. We are unable to run Monte Carlo […]

Read full post »

How Your Small Business Or Startup Can Hire A Good Lawyer Without Losing Your Shirt

Ross | May 30th, 2013

  Most business owners dread having to talk with and hire lawyers. Some fear they’ll end up paying exorbitant legal fees or that they’ll receive bad advice that will destroy their business (if you’ve watched the show Arrested Development and have seen Barry Zuckerkorn in action, you’ll know exactly what I mean). Others agonize over […]

Read full post »

If You Risk Nothing, You Risk Everything

Ross | May 16th, 2013

People fear many things. The fear of failure is perhaps one of the greatest and most dangerous fears. If you risk nothing, you risk everything.

Read full post »