Tools for Meeting Preparation

As part of a local intiative I’m working on I’ve had the chance to meet a number of entrepreneurs over the past couple weeks. Historically, I would have Googled their name to see what blurbs I can find out about them. Now, in addition to the standard Google search, I always check their LinkedIn profile,…

Aligning Company and Customer Interests

At lunch today I was talking with my friend about a new business he was starting. We got into a good conversation about different pricing and business models, especially in relation to what was in the market already. During the conversation, I expressed how passionate I am about aligning the company’s interests with that of…

Don’t solve a problem that doesn’t exist

I was at a meeting for a non-profit last week and we were talking about some upcoming projects. One member brought up a potential issue that seemed very unlikely and another member chimed in that we shouldn’t try to solve a problem that doesn’t exist. Wow. That really resonated with me. I think all too…

Fun with Incorrect Predictions

I just finished reading “The New Positioning” by Jack Trout. It was a fun, quick read that provided several salient points on positioning a company and/or product line. The book, published in 1996, included several of the authors predictions about different markets and categories. Of course, it is much more interesting to make a prediction…

Y Combinator for Atlanta – Costs?

Lance Weatherby has an interesting post titled “Who Wants Seed Money?” in which he discusses the idea of a Y Combinator for the Southeast. I’m a proponent of the idea and was part of the discussions last year with the people he mentions. Mike Landman and I hashed out the idea once again today at lunch and concluded that Atlanta…

Entrepreneurial Force Multipliers

I was reading an article about technology in the military/police context and the term force multiplier kept being mentioned. Naturally, I thought it was an interesting term in the entrepreneurial/business world. Here is Wikipedia’s entry on force multipliers: A force multiplier refers to a factor that dramatically increases (hence “multiplies”) the effectiveness of an item or group. Here…