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Rule #1 – Make a Great Freaking Product

Imagine a world where people don’t listen to what your business says about your new product: they only listen to what other people say. A world where there are hundreds (or thousands) of choices for almost every product. Where every buyer has free and instant access...

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The Target Market Trap

Ambitious entrepreneurs naturally aim to create large companies in large markets. They make their plans, build their newfangled products, assemble scrappy teams and then set out on their holy quests to be big winners. But most startups don’t make it very far — most...

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The Basic Elements of the Angel Investor Pitch

Angel investors regularly hear pitches from local entrepreneurs who need money for their growing startups. Unfortunately, too many entrepreneurs don't succeed in their first meeting with potential investors. How can you be more successful with your fundraising...

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CEO Selling Doesn’t Scale

What’s the biggest difference I see between a $1 million technology company and a $10 million technology company? You might think it's something like the quality of their products or the size of their management team, but it's not. The key difference is that the $10...

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Is Your Focus Narrow Enough?

You've been working hard to build your new product or launch your service. You're excited because your first potential customers are still interested in buying from you, despite several delays. Now it's time to start chasing more customers by growing your sales team...

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The Two Most Important Questions

Think about it: Who is your customer? What does this customer value? These are two of Peter Drucker’s “Five Most Important Questions” for your organization. I often find myself returning to Drucker's questions in strategic discussions about a business or business...

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The Marketing Trap

Successful startup entrepreneurs almost always have impressive skills in two areas: product creation and sales. They find problems in the marketplace and create products or services that satisfy those needs with teams that can deliver the solution with meager...

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Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell – Book Summary

Outliers is the latest book from best-selling author Malcolm Gladwell. He also wrote The Tipping Point, one of my favorite marketing books. Gladwell is an astute social researcher and a master storyteller. His other books and his columns in The New Yorker magazine are...

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Working with Informal Advisors and Mentors

Many entrepreneurs and CEOs ask me if they should create a formal Board of Advisors so they can get advice from experienced leaders or well-known figures in their industries. The most common reason to create a formal advisory board is to allow you to promote the...

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Simplify the Message

One of the hardest things for entrepreneurs to tackle is the definition of their core business "positioning." Positioning is known by many names - your focus, your marketing strategy, your elevator pitch, your business description. This description answers these...

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