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Entries in start-ups (12)

Tuesday
Jun252013

Startups and the Art of Surfing

The right wave helps

Startups remind me of surfing. That was my preferred activity after getting my first board on my fourteenth birthday. It was a great individual sport. There were no coaches or surfing schools. You just paddled out and started working on it.

I had reasonable balance but soon learned that wasn’t all it took. When you watch a pro surfer make it look easy, it’s not just their athletic skill that’s on show. What happens before you even get on a wave matters a lot. 

Four things can make a big difference

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Tuesday
Apr242012

Instagram: The Entrepreneur's Dream

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A Kodak moment for mobile apps.

It’s a story for these times. Young geek collaborates with Silicon Valley network to build simple but popular product. Engages customers with social media to get rapid market traction. Risk-taking venture capitalists provide cash while user base grows to 30 million customers. Within two years, with a total staff of 13 and zero revenues, the business is sold to Facebook for a billion dollars.

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Tuesday
Apr262011

Recycle the cycle

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More work for your think tank 

The Great Recession was a great reminder on one great fact: the business cycle is not dead. There have been about ten recessions in my lifetime – one about every five to six years. Get used to them. If you are 35 now, expect another half a dozen before you retire.

There are a few other cycles we should also be aware of. There’s the life cycle of your products. They don’t remain fashionable forever. There’s also the life cycle of your business. It might begin as an exciting start-up. If it doesn’t crash and burn, there is a good chance it will evolve into a mature entity. But if it is like most companies, eventually it will go into decline.

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Friday
Mar042011

Buying a franchise? Ask the real questions

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The real questions revolve around one issue: how much money can you make?

Yes, it is nice to be your own boss; and yes, it is good to work with an established brand; and yes, there are a bunch of other things that are good about franchising.

What is not good about franchises is when they don’t make any money. Or not enough.

So, when you’ve made the decision that you really want to do this, start drilling down on the serious matter of generating profits.

Creating value is a simple function of profit margin X volume. Look at each individually.

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Monday
Feb282011

Less Strategy. More Action.

How many times does this happen? Everyone arrives at the strategic offsite on Friday night. Most people party too hard that evening. More than a few of them state what needs to be done if things are going to be sorted out – whatever that means.

On Saturday morning, the session kicks off. There are a few hangovers but the facilitator is good at his job and by mid-morning a sense of inspiration is starting to emerge. There’s butcher’s paper on the walls. There are circles and arrows on the white board; and you’ve just bonded more closely with a difficult colleague.

It’s humming.

By Sunday lunch, everyone has agreed on the mission statement. The long term targets for the strategic plan are in place and with luck there will be time for golf.

A month later it’s not humming at all.

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