Why Entrepreneurial Success Demands the Right Focus

And How the Wrong Focus Can Doom Your Venture

Tim Ferris asked the 30-year-old women’s tennis grand slam winner Maria Sharapova, “Where do you see the novice to intermediate players spending too much time or focusing too much? And where should they spend their time?” Sharapova answered, “They spend a lot of time on the outcome.” I was listening to a recent Tim Ferris […]

The Entrepreneurs’ Guide to Building a Winning Team

4 Critical Employee Traits Necessary for Success

“I want to keep people out, not let people in. I only want people who will be highly productive. The last thing I need is to pay someone $10,000 per month and get nothing for it,” said my brilliant entrepreneur friend Jim Grady. Jim Just Got Funding Jim closed his seed round at $1.4mm, which […]

3 Essential Skills to Being a Successful Executive

I remember sitting in a president’s meeting at Sterling Software. It was 1986 in Dallas, Texas. I was 33 years old and president of the vertical market software divisions. All twelve of us were in a glass conference room. We sat in our high back leather chairs edged up to a beautiful 30-foot oval mahogany […]

Why 35 Is the Golden Age for Blossoming into an Entrepreneur

5 Advantages You Have Over Twenty-Somethings

Something happens to a man at 35. I know because it happened to me, and it is still happening to men at that age. As an angel investor for almost 25 years, I continue to observe it. (I’m not sure about women. I can only speak as a man. If you’re a woman, I’d especially […]

Why the Impossible Connects the Most

A Tribute to David Cummings

I was lying in bed last night and checked my email one last time. I saw the daily email from my friend David Cummings and was shocked when I opened it. “Today marks blog post number 3,000! I’ve been blogging daily for over eight years, and it’s time to mark the end,” wrote David. David Cummings […]

How a New Heart Gave Life Perspective and Meaning

“Ten years ago, I had a heart transplant,” he said. It was 11:30 am when he walked into the Tuesday Bible study at the ATDC. Tall, thin, fit and energetic, he was one of those people you are drawn to. Something about him made him immediately likable. You know what I mean. I said, “Hi. I’m […]

How to Find Your Advisory Board

Why Volunteers and Philanthropists Make the Best Advisors

“I need to build an advisory board for my company,” she said. I was meeting with Louise Wasilewski, an entrepreneur who started Acivilate. Louise is aiming to change the criminal justice system in America, state by state. She has created a SaaS based system which supports mobile interaction from parolees. The system guides the parolee […]

4 Questions That Reveal What’s Important To You

What kind of entrepreneur are you?

“The first thing I do with someone who asks me to mentor them is ask four questions,” said Alan Urech, one of the most dedicated and experienced mentors in the Atlanta startup community. Learning from Alan I was just leaving the Grace@Work Bible Study that met in the Atlanta Tech Village Speakeasy room off the […]