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Is Intuition Running Your Business?

How much do you rely on intuition in your business? Would you want to learn about a tool or method that seems counter – intuitive? Welcome to the world of disruptive innovation! Paul Graham is the legendary co-founder of Y Combinator, one the most successful technology incubators in the world. Successful startups such as Dropbox and Airbnb w... Continue reading

Entrepreneurial Success – 3 Biggest Mistakes You Can Make

The Lean Startup and customer discovery methods are radical and different. If entrepreneurial students ‘get it’, the concepts and methods will save them tons of time and money for the rest of their life! But, sometimes a budding entrepreneur knows ‘just enough’ to be dangerous and they will end up worse off than when they started! ... Continue reading

The Customer Development Process

Customer development is the process of ‘getting out of the building’ to talk to potential customers. Steve Blank is credited as the original thought leader on this topic. In our ‘Test a Business Idea program’, we ask participants to get out of the building to test their business idea with potential customers.  This determines if their b... Continue reading

The Two Biggest Mistakes in a Business Startup

There is now sufficient research, reports and understanding of the startup ecosystem, and it’s safe to conclude a startup business is very different from a successful, established business. But since a lot of the world has not caught on to the radical differences, startups that try and act like established businesses tend to make two big mista... Continue reading

Do You Have a Great Business Idea?

Do you have a great business idea? Is it a secret? Do you know for sure in your gut it will be a great success? Great ideas are often the beginning of a great business. The process of taking an idea and making money with it is called a 'commercialization strategy'. In the web space it can also be referred to as 'monetizing' your idea. Often,... Continue reading

Improving Leadership in Business – A Simple Tip

As a business advisor, I’ve noticed that some business owners preach the critical systems for their teams to follow, but then override the systems themselves. You as the leader may be getting 'caught' by your actions, and this is a problem. Reflect on your leadership style As business owners, we need to be humble enough to self-reflect and ... Continue reading

Start a Small Business

Just Get on the Bike! I often have the pleasure of being a sounding board for people who are thinking about starting a business. They have an idea and they are kind of confident it will work. They have researched it on the Internet. They have figured out a catchy name for it... Aspiring small business owners tend to perform the things that ar... Continue reading