The Heart of the Start: Falling in Love with the Right Idea

Most people want to have their own business but are paralyzed by fear of failure. They can all tell you why they want to have a business — control, wealth, purposeful work. Thousands of books and seminars teach people what kind of business to start, where to start, when to start and how to start. Colleges and universities have entire schools of entrepreneurship to …

What’s the Risk Someone Will Steal Your Startup Idea?

Of all the things aspiring entrepreneurs have to worry about, the one that seems to worry them the most is someone stealing their idea. It’s an understandable but largely unfounded fear. After all, if it is truly a great idea, then everyone will want it. It’s a sure bet, a big money-maker. Unscrupulous entrepreneurs and …

What Does It Mean to Get a Good Opportunity?

The Roman philosopher Seneca said, “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.” It’s another way of saying we make our own luck. What surprises me is how many people prepare and prepare and prepare….and wait and wait…for the “right” opportunity. They wouldn’t recognize a good opportunity if it slapped them in the face. And …

19 Startup Lessons from 19 Years Working with Startups

Today marks the 19th anniversary of my company, StartupBiz.com. That’s a lot of chapters…a lot of lessons. Figured I would share a few. It’s Friday, I’m celebrating with a glass of wine and reminiscing. Grab a glass and join me. (Thank you, BTW, to all my friends, colleagues and connections that sent me a congrats …

How to Sell Your Idea for a New Product or Service

Have you ever wanted to get paid for your ideas, without the trouble or risk of starting a company, raising money, or dedicating your life to them? No need to be humble, admit it, you’ve had some great ideas in your lifetime. You may have even seen one of your ideas become a successful product …

Starting a Business Anyway – Paradoxical Commandments of Startups

There are always more reasons not to start a business than to start one. Start a business anyway. ————————————– Your co-founders will not be perfect and will give you pause to believe in them. Believe in your co-founders anyway. ————————————— People will say your idea will never work. Make your idea work anyway. —————————————- Bankers …

Is Your Idea Any Good for a Business?

Last night I had the opportunity to facilitate an Ideation Bootcamp for the newFort Lauderdale-Boca Chapter of the Founder Institute. I am proud to be a graduate of the Seattle chapter and led the effort to organize a chapter in Tampa-St. Pete in 2012 (with moderate success). The highlight of the workshop is listening to …

Who Wants to Disrupt a $20B Industry?

Every year about 43 million Americans move and spend more than $20B. Chances are you have moved and know what a hassle it can be. Unlike most industries that have been made more efficient and accountable to consumers because of the internet and mobile devices, the moving and storage industry has not changed one iota. …