Lessons Learned
When it comes to talent, startups are like restaurants

When it comes to talent, startups are like restaurants

Since I usually recruit talent for my teams, I often hear from acquaintances how they know someone “just so perfect, so well-rounded, so capable, so lacking of faults” that would be perfect for our startup world. These fantasy referrals often come from 1) those who...

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Business Lessons from Auto Racing?

Business Lessons from Auto Racing?

Ever since childhood I have been an avid "car guy”. Back in 2007 I started competing in autocross (included a video below of what it is like). I never thought I would be learning business and leadership lessons while burning some rubber. When I started in Chicago, I...

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How To Be an Entrepreneur and Not Ruin Your Marriage

How To Be an Entrepreneur and Not Ruin Your Marriage

The associated risks of starting a company are hard enough when you are young and unattached (though lack of experience and naïveté keeps you brave and motivated). But being in a long-term relationship, married, or a parent adds a whole new level of complications,...

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My Boss Doesn’t Answer My E-mails! What Should I Do?

My Boss Doesn’t Answer My E-mails! What Should I Do?

Everywhere you turn, someone is typing away on their Blackberry or iPhone.  While more and more of us are plugged in 24/7, since smartphone technology has become easier to use and cheaper to acquire, you’d think people would be responding more quickly to all their...

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Beware Of Corporate Cockroaches

Beware Of Corporate Cockroaches

I recently overheard a conversation on the T (Boston’s subway) between two coworkers who were scheming on how to take more “sick time” without getting caught, brown-nose their boss to get what they want, and stay under the radar. These two individuals were corporate...

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Delegate work, not responsibility

Delegate work, not responsibility

I am a firm believer that delegation is key to building a scalable business. We can bring in all the technology in the world, but if we can’t delegate properly, our companies have no chance of scaling well. I have had the pleasure of spending many years in very...

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12 Rules of Business I Learned from My Father

12 Rules of Business I Learned from My Father

It has been almost a decade since I lost my father to cancer, but the lessons I learned watching him run large companies, creating new businesses, and turning around languishing businesses are still fresh in my mind. I credit him for my business ethics, “workaholism”,...

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What To Look For In a Business Partner

What To Look For In a Business Partner

Sometimes it is worth examining your “scars” to figure out what you could have done to avoid getting hurt in the first place.  I have been part of two ventures that failed and several that have been great successes, and both types of experiences have made me a better...

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