Published in UT San Diego, December 2, 2013
Rule No. 217
It’s what you don’t know that you don’t know that will kill you.
The 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy has prompted me to share some thoughts on leadership.
According to Warren Bennis, a leadership studies pioneer who teaches at the University . . . → Read More: Apply JFK’s people-managing wisdom to startups
Published in UT San Diego, November 25, 2013
Rule No. 330
Follow your own star. At least that way, you know where you are going.
The positive feedback loop. The self-fulfilling prophecy. In other words, you want to become a thing before you actually are that thing, but in the becoming of the thing, you . . . → Read More: Visualization the key to clear the chasm to success
Published in UT San Diego, November 18, 2013
Having access to venture money is key to growing a high-value company, but the low number of female associates and partners in venture-capital firms makes it harder for female entrepreneurs because “they have a difficult time establishing connections that lead to investment,” according to Gatekeepers . . . → Read More: Women need to beat down the doors to get to the top in venture capital
Published in UT San Diego, November 11, 2013
Rule No. 12
The entrepreneur needs to not only tolerate ambiguity; he needs to embrace it.
What is the correlation between ambiguity and anxiety? It turns out other people have wondered about this, namely Harvard Business School professor Alison Wood Brooks.
In the recent article “Overcoming Nervous Nelly,” . . . → Read More: Dealing with anxiety in no uncertain terms
Published in UT San Diego, November 4, 2013
Rule No. 328
Even if it is a small ship, you are still the captain.
So you’ve had it up to here and you want to tell “the Man to take a hike, pound sand and, by the way, I am outta here.” Making a successful transition . . . → Read More: Owning a business with spouse can be challenging, rewarding
Published in UT San Diego, October 28, 2013
Rule No. 326
At the end of the day, if it is a big idea, brilliantly executed, the geography will come to you.
A friend of mine has a nice, classic startup. He has raised a million dollars and built the platform, and now has customers and revenue. . . . → Read More: With brains and money, San Diego is no wasteland
Published in UT San Diego, October 21, 2013
Lots of users and no revenue is not a viable business. Instagram is the exception to the rule. Most companies get sold or go public after they have sales. So the entrepreneur needs to figure out how their company is going to make money, and the . . . → Read More: Defining value proposition is key to success
Published in UT San Diego, October 14, 2013
“ ‘Do I feel lucky?’ Well, do ya, punk?” is one of the iconic lines from American cinema. The movie is “Dirty Harry,” and the actor is Clint Eastwood. How does luck and chance fit into the life of the entrepreneur? How do you know when opportunity . . . → Read More: Don’t discount the role that luck and chance play in business life
Published in UT San Diego, October 7, 2013
Rule No. 323
You just think it is the end of the world. Trust me, that is at least two to three more companies off in the future.
When an entrepreneur asks me to serve as a mentor, the assumption that both parties make is that we are . . . → Read More: Entrepreneurs should remember 5 stages of grief
Published in UT San Diego, September 30, 2013
The glass ceiling exists. The dialogue about “having it all” or “leaning in” contrasts bitterly with the hard reality that maybe the ceiling is not glass but more like concrete. It often takes a jackhammer to break through. Why does rising to a leadership position seem . . . → Read More: Women can help encourage each other on leadership path