The Blade

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

3 “Sports” Businesses That Need Disruption

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Our enjoyment for playing and watching sports has created seriously flawed business models. Beware of these scams under the guise of “nonprofit” operations, which earn executives millions. Read More

1-Minute Rant: “Gettin’ Dirty”

Think about what we know about how Steve Jobs managed Apple. Read More

1-Minute Rant: “Screw Ups Happen”

One year ago, I published “Fifty Ways to Leave Your Lover” & Other Embarrassing Startup Moments”. I’ve done a lot of stupid things Read More

The Worst Advice I Ever Gave (and Why You Should Ignore Most Advice)

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I’m a loud-mouth who provides advice about things I know little to nothing about. Read More

1-Minute Rant: “Choose Your Capital Carefully”

While hanging out in Washington D.C., I realized how carefully we should go about electing our representatives. You should use the same care and consideration when selecting your investors, otherwise, you could end up in a world of hurt when your startup matures.

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6 Reasons I’m an “Angel Investor” Who Chases Dividends Instead of “Exits”

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You might think asking startups to pay dividends is odd. But hey, I’m a realist. Let me explain.

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1-Minute Rant: “Stop Raising Money”

Despite my bad hair day, I stand beside my point that too many founders try to raise capital too early- Read More

1-Minute Rant: “You Will Always Blow Your Budget”

No matter what kind of product you’re making or how detailed your plan is—even if it’s fairly far into your development—and no matter how well you manage the process, expect that your costs will escalate and the time it takes you to be ready to launch your product or business will stretch out. Read More

1-Minute Rant: “It’s What You Learn That Really Matters”

An aspiring entrepreneur recently told me about his idea, which involves creating online contests for personal home videos. (Nothing inappropriate—just good, clean fun.) He was walking me through the complexities involved with getting it going, telling me, “To even start this business, I’ll need at least $50,000. It’ll require secure hosting. Advertising is critical to getting enough customers to break even. I’ll need a business plan. I figure I’ll need X content entrants to break even at Y revenue per entrant.” He’d clearly put a good deal of thought into the concept, and he was already thinking seriously about its scalability.

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1-Minute Rant: “Impatience is a Virtue”

If you start a company with a new product, it’s important that you keep up a fast pace of development and get feedback from potential customers, suppliers, and retailers early. To do that, you’ve got to stress the speed of activity. Check out my video about how Julie Pickens, cofounder of Boogie Wipes, did just that:

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