Customers Finding Bugs

Yesterday I was talking to an entrepreneur about their recent product launch. The application looks solid and has a minimum respectable feature set (one level above a minimum viable product). Only, he thought the product was sufficient for now and wouldn’t need as much engineering attention for a month or two. A new product never survives contact…

7 Tips for Startup Community Building

Earlier today I had the opportunity to talk to a group of business leaders that were in town as part of the Cincinnati Leadership Exchange to learn about Atlanta and recent city initiatives. I was asked to talk about the Atlanta Tech Village and ways to grow a startup community. Of course, we had several lessons…

CEOs are Treated Differently

Several years ago we had an employee that wasn’t working out. Team members kept coming to me and lamenting that this person wasn’t getting things done and didn’t meet our culture standards (positive, self-starting, and supportive). Only, in my interactions with him everything was great, he did quality work for the tasks I asked of him,…

I vs We in Talking About Your Company

Last week an entrepreneur was taking me through their progress over the past five years. Only, the entire conversation was in the form “I did this, I signed that account, I achieved this growth, etc.” Everything came out with the word “I” at the beginning, implying that he did it alone. Unfortunately, this was a real…

5 Growth Planning Ideas

Continuing with yesterday’s post that CEOs Focus on Growth, not Execution, there are a number of strategies and ideas to implement when it comes to growth planning. Often, as a CEO, it’s easy to sit back and be reactive to the deluge of inbound requests, which never stop. CEOs need to be proactive. Here are five ideas to…

CEOs Focus on Growth, not Execution

Thinking more about the Notes from Sales Training with Jack Daly, the one idea that really stood out to me is that CEOs focus on growth, not execution. Since A Startup is a Scalable Growth-Focused Company according to Paul Graham, CEOs are tasked with leading the charge. Generally, people think of the CEO as setting the mission,…