10 Rules for Hiring the Right People for Your Startup

10. Equity is the startup’s currency. 9. In the early stages, key people demand more equity. 8. People are an easy expense to add but hard to maintain. They are an even more difficult expense to eliminate. 7. Big contributors are always expensive. Reduce this expense by trading equity for salary. 6. The smart founder […]

10 Thoughts on Becoming a Successful Entpreneur. Plus Today’s Question.

10. Stick to what you know and where you are successful. The wandering eye only sees the target in hindsight. 9. Keep doing what you are really good at and you’ll always build a valuable business. 8. John Wooden, “Whatever you do in life, surround yourself with smart people who’ll argue with you.” 7. Your […]

4 Must-Have Traits for the Entreprenuer Searching for Angel Investment

Today everyone who has the desire to start a new business is an entrepreneur. If you can put together a one-page executive summary, a slide deck describing the opportunity, and a vision for the idea, you think you should be able to raise money. Not so fast. Although many are entrepreneurs, not every entrepreneur can raise money […]

10 Thoughts on Success for Entrepreneurs and Angels. Plus today’s question.

10. There must be a connection between the entrepreneur and the potential investor. 9. Starting is the presence of hope, and ending is the absence of hope. 8. Decade-long relationships are more valuable than money. When I’ve made this mistake, I’ve lost. 7. The entrepreneur’s best advisor spends more time on encouragement and less on […]

Gate 1 For Making Your Startup a Success: Define the Problem

“Yes. That is a big problem,” I said to myself. I was at Flashpoint presentation day. Flashpoint is an accelerator here in Atlanta located just off the Georgia Tech campus. It was founded by GT professor Merrick Furst. Merrick is relentless in his pursuit of helping startup entrepreneurs discover the market which, in his words, […]

10 Thoughts for Success in Life and Business. Plus Today’s Question.

10. When you finally commit to the startup, bad things inevitably happen, but the startup moves forward each day. Stay focused. 9. People want to make, sell, and support stuff that has meaning to them. 8. Football as compared to business and life: “Nothing matters less than the score at halftime,” Dabo Swinney. 7. Knowing […]

5 Gates to Turning Your Idea into a Successful Startup

“Here’s my advice on moving from idea to startup,” I answered. I was just leaving the Thursday lunchtime Bible study at the Atlanta Tech Village. While in the hallway on the way to the lobby, he called to me, “Hey, Charlie. I have a question.” Rob is a brilliant young man, Christian, and programmer for […]