Category Archives: Leadership

The Startup Leap of Faith

To launch a tech startup is fundamentally a leap of faith.  The odds are against you – plain and simple.  Most startups will not survive – we all know the stats.  The stakes are high and only a few will survive.  So what is it about the entrepreneurial spirit that empowers starters to risk it all? Continue reading

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Build a Great Team and Success Will Follow

It’s often said that investors invest in people not products.  The management team carries a lot of weight when startups are looking for early stage investments, but often entrepreneurs spend all their time and resources focused on building a great product with little focus on building a great team.  I’m a strong believer in the power of a great team.  If you put together a small, committed, positive team that believes in itself, it can do anything.  When it comes to building successful startups, I believe entrepreneurs should focus on building great teams first — a great product and great company will follow.

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What I Didn’t Learn in School

My dad once told me that engineering schools are designed to graduate good employees, not employers.  I didn’t quite understand what he meant at the time, but I get it now.  I value the education I received (all 20 years of it!), as it has allowed me to pursue a career in technology; however, I also now recognize its shortcomings in terms of teaching many ot the basic business skills.  School taught me to be a good employee – not how to start and successfully run my own company.  The education system is failing would-be entrepreneurs and this has to change.

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Keep Your Friends Close, and Your Competitors Closer

Over the last few months, I have gained some interesting insights into how to deal with competitors.  Until now, I’ve always seen them as the “enemy” — faceless companies that we are in battle with everyday. However, recently my company has made a conscience  effort to reach out to many of our competitors in a positive, open, and non-threatening way.  The response has been surprising and insightful.

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