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Every So Often Ask Why

March 12th, 2008 » Comments (5)

Far too often the reason that businesses do things for the way they do is nothing more than “because that’s how it’s always been done”. It’s not just businesses either we do it at home too; we eat three meals a day, because that’s what we do; we point the sofa at the TV; we […]



Just Do It!

March 11th, 2008 » Comments (2)

Nike have been using “Just Do It” since 1988 when it was apparently coined at a meeting between Nike’s ad agency of the time Wieden and Kennedy and a group of Nike employees. Since then Nike have grown to become one of the worlds most successful brands and “Just Do It” one of the most […]



The Business Idea Factory

February 20th, 2008 » Comments (5)

I’ve just read an article in the FT about entrepreneurs taking a shotgun approach to start-ups which says: The quest to develop the internet’s next big thing can be full of unexpected twists and turns. PayPal, the online payments service, started as a way of transmitting payments securely between Palm Pilots. … Flickr, the photo […]



Will Angel Investors Invest In An Idea?

February 6th, 2008 » Comments (4)

A reader asks: I’m looking for funding for my new business idea. I’ve been told that I should look for a business angel, but will a business angel invest in an idea? Far too often venture capitalists and business angels are talked about as though they all work to a standard process; “venture capitalists will […]



Understanding Angel Investors

February 5th, 2008 » Comments (0)

Given the considerable interest I’ve had in the AngelsWanted idea I thought many of you wound be interested in this panel discussion. Guy Kawasaki is the moderator and the panel includes: Andy Bechtolsheim. – a co-founder of Sun Microsystems. Then he founded Granite Systems (gigabit Ethernet switches) which Cisco bought. Then he founded Kealia (server […]



Peter Jones’s 10 Golden Rules For Tycoons

January 28th, 2008 » Comments (0)

When I reviewed Peter Jones’ Tycoon: How to Be REALLY Rich I highlighted his ten golden rules, this post explains what they are and offers my thoughts on them. Rule 1: Have a vision. To succeed as an entrepreneurs you need to have a vision that you are working towards. This vision should define your […]



How to Become a Better Entrepreneur

January 27th, 2008 » Comments (0)

A lot of people have been asking me the same question about my new book, Illusions of Entrepreneurship: The Costly Myths that Entrepreneurs, Investors, and Policy Makers Live By. How can reading the book help someone to become a better entrepreneur? John Tozzi at Businessweek.com summarizes some of the tips that come from the book […]



Entrepreneur Or Salesman?

January 23rd, 2008 » Comments (3)

For all that is written about business and business skills there is only one skill that determines the success or failure of your business. That skill is selling. Don’t be fooled by all the talk about entrepreneurs and their varied entrepreneurial skills, the one skill they all have is the ability to sell. Put simply, […]



Saving Private Ryan – Done Cheap!

January 15th, 2008 » Comments (0)

It’s often claimed that small businesses and startup entrepreneurs are at a disadvantage because the lack the funds of bigger businesses. The answer that’s always offered is that entrepreneurs should learn to bootstrap and find creative ways to do more with less. Well this video that I’ve just come across provides a great example of […]



Do You Think You Know More About Entrepreneurship Than Guy Kawasaki?

January 11th, 2008 » Comments (2)

Do you think you know more about entrepreneurship than Guy Kawasaki? Was the subject line of an email I recieved on Wednesday from Scott Shane. I have to admit it intrigued me. The email goes on to say: Do you think you know more about entrepreneurship than Guy Kawasaki? He took the quiz linked to […]