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How We’ve Helped Hundreds of Entrepreneurs Validate Their Business Idea

We’ve helped hundreds of entrepreneurs validate their business ideas and quickly get early traction with real paying customers. When we started the “Test Your Business Idea” project we had one vision: to develop a practical and actionable method to help entrepreneurs validate their business model by truly understanding real customers’ need... Continue reading

5 Great Reasons to Test Your Business Idea

Anyone can test and discover if their business idea can be a successful business - for under $100 - Most people don’t believe it. Most people think they have to waste the equivalent of what they’d spend on their next ten years of vacations to learn if their business idea is a viable one. They don’t know what they don’t know. Most a... Continue reading

Your New Business Needs an Elevator Message

An ‘elevator pitch’ or ‘elevator message’ is a clear, concise, attention grabbing description of your business or business idea to be shared with potential customer or investors. The pitch should describe your target market, how your business idea will solve their existing problem and your competitive advantage. We recommend you follow t... Continue reading

Startup Uncertainty Has Value

Resist the temptation for perceived certainty Why does a startup seek certainty? Because certainty means safety. Certainty in a business model means that it works well enough to be considered successful and viable. There is a natural, human desire to seek out the comfort in certainty, however, often the certainty is just perception and this wi... Continue reading

Business Leaders Set the Rhythm

The leader of any business has the ability to ‘set the rhythm’ for the rest of the team - which is the overall speed at which things get done. You could call it a ‘cadence’ or ‘momentum’. This is what Rudy Giuliani was doing when he held a daily meeting New York City. He was setting the rhythm of action to be completed daily. Goo... Continue reading

The Business Model Canvas Explained

As you look to launch your business, you will likely find mentors, bankers, and other resources providers that will ask you for a traditional business plan. By utilizing the Business Model Canvas and customer discovery methods, you will have something far superior than just a business plan full of assumptions and guesses. You will have a tested ... Continue reading

Working Smarter: When to ‘Rent Some Brains’

Business owners, in particular startup business owners, must wear many hats for business success. At times it can feel very much like we’re a ‘jack of all trades, master of none’! It might be time to ‘rent some brains’. First you must determine which of your business activities make your company the most money. (Related Article - O... Continue reading

The Dangers of Passion in a Business Startup

When I had the opportunity to ask a very successful, grey haired business man what words of wisdom he would give someone just starting in business, he said, Be passionate. In fact, the quality of being passionate when you start a business is a key success factor - but in a business startup, having passion can also be very dangerous! A startup ... Continue reading

Business Insights – Learn, Act, Grow

Business insights are under rated! Sure, we all collect a few at random as we burn through our business life, but there is actually a valuable methodology to getting insights that will make your business better! I am not talking about boring informational insights you might get from reading a blog or something – these are real insights about y... Continue reading

A Productivity Tool For Businesses – Kanban Board

The 'kanban' concepts have Japanese roots and were developed for managing workflow in manufacturing projects. Two key concepts are 1) it is a visual representation of the project or projects and 2) it requires you to limit the current capacity for work in progress – i.e. limit the current number of things you are working on. Consistent with... Continue reading