Tuesday, September 2, 2014

When Picking a Startup to Join, Think Like An Investor

Startups are really risky. If you are looking to join one, know you’ll probably be looking for another job within a couple of years because there is a nine-in-ten chance the company won’t be in business.
Venture capitalists can get around these odds by investing in 10 companies hoping one hits it big, but employees only get one “bite at the apple.” You can't work for ten companies concurrently, so you need to pick wisely.
Read the rest of this post in Entrepreneur, which I guest authored this week.

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Is a Startup Incubator or Accelerator Right for You?

One way to help get your business off the ground, is to leverage the mentorship and investor relationship benefits of a startup incubator or an accelerator. First of all, what is the difference between an incubator and an accelerator.

Read the rest of this post in Forbes, which I guest authored this week.

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Monday, August 25, 2014

[VIDEO] George Deeb Talks Employee Benefits for Startups on FOX Business

I had the pleasure of chatting with Lauren Simonetti at FOX Business today about startups, and whether or not they should offer employee benefits.  To hear what I had to say, you can check out the video interview at this link:


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Friday, August 22, 2014

Why Big Companies Struggle With Innovation

As I have been doing startup consulting at Red Rocket, I have also had many executive conversations with several big companies. These companies were anywhere from $150MM to $25BN in revenues in size, so definitely well-established businesses in their respective industries. But, one thing had become perfectly clear in all cases: once a company gets to a certain size, it starts to lose its appetite for risk, across many facets of its business. And, the bigger the company gets, the more risk averse it gets, regardless of whether or not the company had innovation wired into its original DNA as a high-flying startup from years before. There are many reasons for this.

Read the rest of this post in The Next Web, which I guest authored this week.

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Friday, August 15, 2014

A Guide to Hiring the Right Type of Salesperson for What You're Selling

Hiring good salespeople is one of the hardest things a company has to do. Typically, companies need to go through three salespeople, in order to find one who is successful with long-term closing power. That takes a toll on early-stage companies. They can only afford small teams and can’t afford mistakes that delay revenues down the road. Knowing these categories of salespeople will point you in the right direction when hiring for your business.

Read the rest of this post in Entrepreneur, which I guest authored this week.

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