The Barometer of True Entrepreneurial Success

What Is Your Formula for Fun?

“I’m working as hard as I’ve ever worked, and it’s just not fun,” said Nick, a new entrepreneur. “Why not?” I asked. Applying Massive Effort “I put in a massive effort, and progress is measured incrementally. I want it all to go faster. I want to get the product done. Then I can sell it, […]

Please Help Me Inspire Thousands of Young Entrepreneurs

I am headed to Uganda to speak to more than 8,000 attendees at the 2017 Youth Ablaze Conference. The theme for this conference is “Igniting Kingdom Minded Entrepreneurs.” What advice do you give 21 to 26 year olds who are hungry to learn, apply and grow their first startup? Start a Company, Solve a Problem I […]

Are You Making Progress in Life?

How I Measure Myself

Twenty-five years ago I was in the midst of a complex and critical software development project. If it didn’t get completed on time, the business was screwed. Never Ending Parade I was talking to Doug, the lead developer. It was three in the morning, and we were at the office. I said, “All we do […]

My New Motto: Work hard. Play hard. Rest Hard.

Recently on a trip to Denver, I had a conversation with an entrepreneur, Mike (not his real name). Our chat that day stuck with me. “I deal with a lot of stress in building this business. It’s lonely and doesn’t go my way most of the time,” said Mike. “Sometimes I find myself looking for […]

What’s Your Company Culture?

It is crazy to me how outraged people are about the whole Uber scandal. Everyone who invested in Travis Kalanick, its founder and now former CEO, knew who he was. He hasn’t changed. Man of Vision They saw this incredibly talented young man with a vision to change the world in the developing share economy. […]

Why Communicating with Your Investors Is Essential

I haven’t heard a peep since we closed, I thought. There is always a flurry of activity associated with fundraising. The entrepreneur starts the process by putting together a presentation which shows just how amazing the investment opportunity might be for the investor. Dissolving Abandonment Fears The investors who are interested are then filled with […]