The Blade

Thoughts for entrepreneurs from someone who's been in the trenches.

Founders Should be Called “Flounders”

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According to Dictionary.com, to flounder is to struggle clumsily or helplessly. Flounder is the perfect word to describe the process of starting a startup. In the beginning, the founder feels just like that – like a fish out of water, a “flounder” maybe, flopping along the ground after being hooked by a fisherman. Read More

King Solomon’s Wise Advice for Startup Founders

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One of my favorite books in the Bible is Ecclesiastes. Written by Solomon, the King of Israel, it discusses life’s true meaning. Despite being written 3,000 years ago, it applies amazingly well to startup founders today. King Solomon had it all. Read More

Why Desperation is a Founder’s Friend

desperate startupAfter a long, mind-boggling sales call, I am desperate to get home to Raleigh for an important event.

“When’s your flight, mister?” the taxi driver asks me in Manhattan at 5:10 p.m.

“5:40!”

“Sheesh, you’re screwed!” Read More

1-Minute Rant: “How to Create Like Seinfeld”

Jerry Seinfeld once explained how it takes him months to turn a joke idea into a hilarious observation. A startup idea works in a similar manner. It takes years to really turn your idea into a viable business. Learn how to create like Seinfeld in this week’s 1-Minute Rant. Read More

How the New Tax Plan Will Affect Startups

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The newly proposed tax bills are making their way through the House and Senate. Let’s look under the hood and find out how they may affect your startup. I’ll be breaking down the main changes by Read More

1-Minute Rant: “Quality vs. Quantity Quandary”

One of the main goals of being a founder is to get stuff done. But getting stuff done and getting it done right means quality often suffers. Learn about balancing quality versus quantity in this week’s one-minute rant.  Read More

Where’s Our $90,096? Where Is Yours?!

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Founders, we should be outraged over unfair economic incentives.

From January 1, 2007 to June 30, 2017, the North Carolina Department of Commerce report announced 803 economic development awards exceeding $1.5 billion. One of its funds, the Job Maintenance and Capital Development Fund, announced the cost per job created is approximately $5,631. Read More

Four Revenue Growth Challenges Within My Angel Portfolio

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On August 2, 2016, I posted “13 Observations from a Part-Time Angel Investor.” Since then, I’ve invested in three new startups, making eight total investments. Here is an update of their progress.

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1-Minute Rant: “Play Something I Can Win!”

Discovering sales and marketing success is about incessantly trying different techniques. Otherwise, how will you know which processes will work best? Read More

Six Attributes of Explosive Growth Startups

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A common growth path for most successful startups is taking five years to grow their revenue from zero to one million—and then growing 10-20 percent annually thereafter. A solid result, but certainly not an explosive growth result. Their founders begin to bang their heads against the wall wondering: “My company is successful, but why isn’t it hugely successful? Where’s the explosive growth?” Read More