Opportunistic Hiring

One of the most important responsibilities for an entrepreneur is recruiting great people. Only, most entrepreneurs exclusively focus on recruiting people for open positions (e.g. ones that have a job listing on the site). Instead, entrepreneurs would do well about being more proactive with opportunistic hires. Yes, financial considerations are incredibly important, but so is getting the…

The Scrappy Virtue for Startups

Back in the fall of 2007 we headed to our first Pardot tradeshow in Las Vegas. Not having any money, we got the cheapest place we could find at the Sahara Hotel on the old Vegas strip (it has since closed). After a long flight across the country, we were excited to be there and headed…

Scaling Culture in a High Growth Startup

With corporate culture being the only sustainable competitive advantage completely in the control of the founders, it’s critical to be proactive about nurturing and enhancing it. Only, as the startup grows, scaling culture can be a real challenge. More people. More personalities. More challenges. Here are a few thoughts on scaling culture: Implement a culture…

Gestalt Protocol

Back in 2008 I attended a new member forum training class for the Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO). Being a little arrogant, and completely clueless, I thought it was crazy to go to a six hour training event just to join a group of entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurs are smart. Entrepreneurs are fearless. Entrepreneurs don’t need training. Naturally, I…

9 Entrepreneurial Team Member Traits

Sam Wheeler of PayRight Health Solutions posted a great comment yesterday about traits he finds in entrepreneurial team members at thriving startups. After seeing the list, I readily agree. Here are his nine entrepreneurial traits of successful team members: Flourish with ambiguity. Love constant change. Feel as if they are on a mission. Comfortable being misunderstood. Can make…