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Infographic: Branding for Small Business and Startups

My thanks to for this useful infographic on brand identity for small business. Earlier in my career I consulted for Apple Computer. I watched how zealously they guarded all the details of the big brand identity. It’s...Show More Summary

10 Business Plan Myths That Hurt Your Business

The need for good business planning is as strong as ever, and the potential benefits are as important as ever. Every business owner ought to have a business plan. But the best strategies for business planning are different than they used to be. Show More Summary

5 Secrets of Creating a Great Business Team

My favorite five secrets of a great business team? This list came to me first as an answer to the question how do you build a great business team on Quora.  These five points aren’t something from the business school curriculum. They...Show More Summary

Business Plan Events and Why They Matter

(Note: I posted this earlier this week on the SBA Industry Word blog. It’s reposted here for your convenience.) What do you think of when you hear the phrase “business plan?” Does that bring to mind a formal document that starts with...Show More Summary

Top 10 Pitch Fails

I was asked recently for a list of things that annoy me in angel investment pitches from startups. I’ve done this before, so there will be some duplication here. But here is my top 10 pitch fails list.  Profits. Talk of profits, overestimated...Show More Summary

Infographic: Online Marketing 2018

How to find customers generate leads and close sales in 2018. The post Infographic: Online Marketing 2018 appeared first on Planning, Startups, Stories.

20 Reasons to Write a Business Plan

A list of 20 good reasons for business planning in all businesses, not just startups. Strategy, tactics, cash flow, and lots more The post 20 Reasons to Write a Business Plan appeared first on Planning, Startups, Stories.

What Are the Normal Steps for Angel Investment?

Question: What are the normal steps for angel investment? What’s involved in submitting a business plan? I decided to answer this question here because I see it so often in email and in question and answer sites on the web, especially Quora, which is where I first saw it and answered it. Show More Summary

7 Things Wanna-be Entrepreneurs Need to Know

What do entrepreneurs need to know as they get started? Of course there’s need to know, absolutely; and there’s ought to know.  I was asked to come up with a list, and here is my best guess. Know the difference between cash and profits. You Think in Profits, but You Live on Cash. Show More Summary

Good Data Debunking Popular Startup Myths

Contrary to popular startup myths and misunderstanding, tech founders aren’t mainly younger than 30. They are generally well educated, not dropouts. They tend to start up where they are, instead of moving to Silicon Valley or other tech hubs. Show More Summary

Infographic: 12 Visual Principles For Everyday Design

Design is essential and affects so much of our work. But design is also expensive. And the tech world, social media, the web, and business are full of designs we do ourselves. Profile pages, presentations, for example. Turning to designers is a luxury that takes time and money. Show More Summary

10 Most Common High Tech Business Plan Fails

I was asked about high-tech business plan fails on Quora recently. So this isn’t about lean plans for all business owners, but just the business plans submitted for angel investment and business plan competitions. I read about 100 of those business plans per year. Show More Summary

Why Do We Need Financial Forecasts?

Business owners and managers do financial forecasting to enhance  management. Anticipate essential flows of money to manage them better. Forecasting is a necessary first step towards managing plan vs. actual results, which means course corrections. Show More Summary

What Happened to Mainstream Journalist Ethics?

Question: Where are journalist ethics these days when we need them as much as ever?  My answer: Real journalists are trying as hard as ever. The tradition of journalist ethics is strong inside the profession among those who are still operating as reporters of news. Show More Summary

Flies Buzzed. And I Like Short Sentences

“Flies buzzed.” The best opening sentence I ever wrote. Also the best lead paragraph I ever wrote. And 42 years ago. I don’t even have the piece. It was lost in the 42-year shuffle. But it started with “Flies buzzed” and went on to describe the third day after a brutal hurricane with flooding that... The post Flies Buzzed. Show More Summary

The 10 Best Films About Finance

10 Best Films About Finance by ABC FINANCE LTD. The post The 10 Best Films About Finance appeared first on Planning, Startups, Stories.

Understanding Uncertainty is Vital to an Entrepreneur

Pop quiz: what relationship factor is the single most common trait in the successful entrepreneur? My answer: understanding uncertainty. Living with uncertainty Why? First let me say that I’m not sure. Second, that I might change my mind tomorrow. Show More Summary

Take Real Steps to Fight Sexism in Tech

Harassment in the workplace. Sexism. Genderism. Bigotry and prejudice. Brogramming. Not just everywhere, but also in high tech, which – you’d think – should have been advanced past that backwardness. Silicon Valley too. Blue city, blue industry, in a blue state. Show More Summary

Did You Get Screwed in Business

This is a true story. I was there. The details are possibly not exact, and the quotes are paraphrased, but the essentials are true.  A startup founder was pitching to 22 local investors. The group had asked him to pitch because we liked his summary materials. Show More Summary

Do You Believe the Legendary Startup Failure Statistics. I Don’t.

This recent piece on startup failure statistics caught me eye on Twitter first, and I followed the links to discover Startups: Conventional Wisdom Says 90% Fail. Data Says Otherwise. | Here’s a direct quote from author Erin...Show More Summary

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