Blog | February 2011

Starting a Start-up Part II

February 11, 2011

Wow, Howard Gwin and I must have been sharing a brain over the last couple of weeks. I just read his blog "Left and Right Brain: The Execution Factor".   I was looking at the problem of starting up a company in terms of domain skills: Technical versus Sales versus Business. Howard adds a complexity to the mix in terms of Right Brain / Left Brain:  Big Picture versus Execution and Detail Oriented.

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Starting a Start-up

February 3, 2011

It has been two weeks on the job as an Executive-in-Residence at the Innovation Factory  and I have met with about a dozen entrepreneurs looking for advice.  The meetings range from companies with a management team in place and a product or prototype ready to launch; to single entrepreneurs with an idea or technology, looking for help to validate their vision and build it into a company.  A common statement that I hear from many of these single entrepreneurs is "I'm the technical guy and I don't understand the business or marketing side".

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Making Big Bets #2

February 1, 2011

I was reading a blog by my friend Jim Carroll "Why thinking big could save you in the 21st century". He talks about companies that are using "Big Bets" to drive stunning levels of innovation such as Wal-Mart's goal to completely eliminate packaging. 

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