[Note: This post is part of a Startup Edition series on lessons for new entrepreneurs] “I sense you’re going to be very successful,” my cab driver said. As San Francisco afternoon traffic lurched forward, the conversation had gotten very personal, as taxi cab confessions often do. “There’s something about the way you carry yourself, and how [...]
Kanye West is many things; humble is not one of them. Kanye West is an inspiration to me and entrepreneurs everywhere because he took the fast-track to success. Kanye West hypnotized himself to believe he was a success long before it happened. Success is a matter of belief. There are wildly successful people who are [...]
I had my most powerful “Aha moment” when I realized there is no one in charge.
The term “ninja” gets thrown around in a business context it’s become as meaningless as the word “hipster.” Real-life ninja are battle-hardened problem-solvers who never back down from a challenge. Their’s is a proud history, with many parallels to entrepreneurship, as guest contributor and Kwirkly founder Chris Ogunlowo shares. I’ve just finished reading Guy Shapiro’s [...]
You know it when you smell it; the breath of the hunter. Startup CEO’s get it from time to time, and it’s an odor that’s difficult to be near. From a public relations standpoint, breath of the hunter can be a deal breaker. When you’re dealing with the public it’s imperative that you be as [...]
What do journalists and the most successful entrepreneurs have in common? They listen. Entrepreneurship is a special way of solving problems and entrepreneurship demands a special kind listening. Where others hear complaints, and entrepreneur sees a fountain of actionable data. If someone person has a problem, he or she is rarely alone. Sharing that problem [...]
Access to great mentors is one of the secrets of successful entrepreneurs. In old times (read: before the Internet) mentorship was something that happened on a one-to-one basis. People would meet over coffee to discuss ideas, and come up with solutions. Today Twitter makes it possible for a single great mentor to share his or [...]