The Two Most Common Entrepreneur Mistakes

I was on an American Marketing Association (AMA) panel today with Reggie Bradford of Vitrue and Joel Lunenfeld of Moxie Interactive — moderated by Benjamin Rudolph of Relevance Advisers. Reggie made a comment that stuck with me saying he received advice early on from a VC who’s been investing in startups for 20 years. The VC told…

Thinking About the Three Year Goal

Today I had the opportunity to talk with two different potential EO Accelerator entrepreneurs. One of the questions I always ask is “What are your revenue and company size goals three years from now?” I don’t ask that question because I believe having a large company is the only way to go, in fact, here…

Boredom in Startups

Boredom and startups don’t go together. By the very nature of a startup there are always 100 things to do because there is a lack of resources and people to execute on all the ideas. At today’s EO Accelerator accountability group, one of the entrepreneurs mentioned he was bored with doing a certain part of…

User’s Conference Planning

We’re deep into the process of planing our annual user’s conference. I really underestimated the power and importance of user’s conferences before we put on our first one a few years ago. There’s something incredibly powerful about spending a day or two with customers, learning how different clients use your product, and talking about the…

Ecommerce Mystery Coupons

Last month there was a good bit of dialogue around the lack of innovation in the ecommerce world. Over half of the top 15 internet sites didn’t exist 10 years ago, yet only one of the top 15 ecommerce sites didn’t exist 10 years ago. There are lots of theories why but I’m not going…

Thinking About the Perfect Office

We’re a little over nine months out from finishing our current office lease. You see, historically, we’ve always done subleases, and we plan on continuing to do so. The big difference this time is that we plan on heavily customizing our space, unless an awesome creative space comes along, which isn’t likely in the financial…

Where do Entrepreneurs Hang Out

I was talking with Mike Landman, the incoming President of Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) Atlanta, earlier today about how to spread the word and recruit more members into EO. EO is the organization that entrepreneurs who’ve been in business for a few years, and have over a million dollars in revenue, wish they would have known about…