There is no substitute for diving into the key details of a new startup. Executives from large companies have sometimes long forgotten how to do this (“My people will contact your people to work out the details.”).
Richard Thalheimer, founder of The Sharper Image Richard Thalheimer is the founder and former CEO of The Sharper Image, and creator of RichardSolo.com. The Sharper Image grew over thirty years to become a 200 store chain with $800 million of sales.
James Sun - CEO of Pirq and former finalist on Donald Trump's reality TV series, The Apprentice - recently spoke to a full house at the Seattle coworking space, Thinkspace about becoming an entrepreneurs.
At its heart, leadership is about taking initiative and influencing those around you — and that doesn't just apply to people at the top of an organizational hierarchy. Everyone in an organization can demonstrate leadership, and they should.
A brand refers to a name, term, symbol, logo, design or any feature that’s associated with a company’s product or service different from that of other company’s products. Think about Coca-Cola – it’s all-encompassing.
Starting a business is usually the result of a personal dream or need. Investors tell me that they invest in people, more than the idea. Customers buy from people, not from a company, at least at the startup stages.
Guest post written by Sam Chandler Sam Chandler is CEO of Nitro, a provider of PDF creation tools. Sam Chandler In 2012, it’s not uncommon for startups to raise hundreds of millions of dollars on their journey toward world domination.
"Every day, there seems to be some kind of new technology or app out there to help you run your business. This one will increase productivity. That one will help your customers find your business online."
If you are not sure whether to pursue a new technology or not, ask yourself these top three questions:
1. Will the technology help increase business, or are you just using it because everyone else is?
2. Does the technology fill a specific need for your business, or is it just cool?
If you don't like how things are going, tell a different story. Sometimes strategic change just means taking something from the periphery — an anomaly, a demonstration, a small innovation — and redefining it as central.