Category Archives: Startup Best Practices

12 Lessons I’ve Learned From My Mistakes Managing Employees

Ever since I discovered a phenomenal app called Evernote (it works on all my devices!!!), I have been diligently documenting the lessons I learn each day. I also write drafts of blog articles whenever inspiration hits. If you don’t have Evernote, get it; it will change the way you work. That said, in the last… Continue Reading

Stop Wasting Resources on Improving Weaknesses!

So here is my question for the many organizations that have an unhealthy fascination with improving the weaknesses of their talent: How was Michael Jordan in baseball?.. Exactly! I started my career as a talent agent. Yes, a talent agent in the entertainment industry. I even went to the top school in the field, Columbia College… Continue Reading

Why Companies Built for Just the Good Times Don’t Last

Folks, hate to be Mr. Pragmatic Realist, but in the emerging company world full of often deliriously optimistic people, I can’t help but feel this way after a decade and a half in the “trenches”. When I look at the companies myself and my fellow execs have worked in, there is one very clear trend… Continue Reading

Being a CEO Is a Brutal and Lonely Job, But It Doesn’t Have To Be

Who gets their head “chopped” if a company can’t get traction, hit their sales numbers, find enough financing, or retain their high-performers? Who has to be the chief recruiter, fundraiser, strategist, and often makes the most expensive mistakes? Who has to listen to endless opinions and filter out all that noise? The answer is simple –… Continue Reading

The Most Powerful Tool for Improving Morale in a Rapid Pace Environment

Let’s face it, when our companies are searching for the perfect product/market fit or working to scale a repeatable business model, we have plenty of fires to extinguish and opportunities to chase. Closing that next deal, managing another huge money-making project, and releasing the features our customers have been knocking on our doors about can… Continue Reading

How To Hire Top Talent Without Paying Recruiters

As a Chief Business Hacker, one of the top things I love to do is recruit talent. The exhilaration I get from finding a team member who is going to help elevate everyone is like winning a race. Recruiting is hard; it is very hard. In my experience, recruiting the right team with culture and… Continue Reading

Building Compensation Package: Startup Equity Compensation Framework 2.0

Let me start by saying that building a total compensation package is HARD! This is an extremely important component of business planning, but many executives end up “winging” it. Instead of taking time to do the math and some modeling, we just slap something together and pray our compensation structure won’t crumble. For me personally,… Continue Reading

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