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Lessons in Entrepreneurship - Reagan Pollack

Ask yourself, why?

Lesson 1: Ask yourself, why?   You know, before we dive head first into the latest startup scaling strategies, financial tools and marketing mumbo jumbo, we’ve got to address the big elephant in the room — you.   Entrepreneurs, by definition, are a different breed. They think differently (often against the suggestions of others to …

How to hire a co-founder for your startup company - reagan pollack

The Solopreneur vs the Co-Founder Startup

What makes for the best performing startup: a single founder or a small team of co-founders? In my advisory role for startup companies, I often see solopreneurs (a one person operation) dream up a big, bold idea, and get only so far with their concept. Conversely, I see teams of two co-founders get together, forge …

What’s in your head? Only your startup’s future.

Monday, 6:35am: Monday rolls around, you wake up, grab your iPhone, quickly scan through 50 or so email subjects that have already been delivered in the wee hours of the morning — you are, after all, a startup founder based in San Francisco, California — the world seems to always get the early worm, leaving …

When your startup just won’t pivot. Hint: It ain’t your startup’s fault.

Most entrepreneurial dreams start out the same way — a kernel of an idea meets initial exploration of market need with a few conversations, followed by months of development, self-funding, promotion and ultimately stagnation. Why? Because we’re just too damn rigid to pivot. Why admit that our beautiful product, service or experience just hasn’t found …

Who knows what’s good and what’s bad?

[chapter below is from Zen Golf – Mastering the Mental Game – by Dr. Joseph Parent] Long ago, there was an old farmer living on the outskirts of a little village. He was quite poor, possessing only a small piece of land, a small house in which he lived with his only son, and one horse. One …

Why tiny actions deserve BIG recognition

Every company, of every kind, runs on one ingredient — human capital. From the entry-level analyst at an investment firm, to a mid level regional sales manager at a consumer products chain, to even the upper echelon of a C-suite executive at a Fortune 500 firm — the DNA where culture is sowed, and profits are harvested, …

The Future of Work, disrupted by Design Thinking

“We see our customers as invited guests to a party, and we are the hosts. It’s our job every day to make every important aspect of the customer experience a little bit better.” ~ Jeff Bezos What exactly is a customer experience, and when does it start and end? If we take a moment to zoom out …

Millennial Investing – is our myopic investment thesis affecting ROI?

As a Millennial, now turning 33, I, along with 75 million fellow U.S. Millennials have finally arrived in our growth-focused 30s. No longer 22 and care-free, degree holding, free spirited youths, we now have an objective – namely to “set ourselves up” for our 40s and beyond. In that thread, we have evolved into career …