Category: Design Thinking

How to launch a new product - Reagan Pollack

Ready, Set, Fail.

Did you know that for the first time founder, a product launch represents the ultimate build-up moment to get everything just right. But for the repeat founder, a product launch represents the first of many, many revisions to get it right. Most launches produce lack-luster results. That’s just what to expect so temper your expectations …

The 4 Startup Bottlenecks - Reagan Pollack

The 4 Startup Bottlenecks (and how to break ’em)

Happy Monday everybody. 💡Here’s your Startup Tip of the Day: There are four (4) main areas of bottlenecks within any startup company: A. Operational B. Financial C. Social D. Intellectual 🤝Let’s Talk Social >> You’ve heard the expression, “you are the average of the five people you hang out most with”, right? ☝🏼Well, your startup’s …

Stories Sell. Features Don’t.

Happy Friday everyone! Today’s Startup Tip of the Day comes to you from my personal experience running my own startups over the past decade. 💡TIP OF THE DAY💡: STORIES SELL. FEATURES DON’T. There is a distinctive difference between a company that symbolizes something greater than the sum of their parts, and a company that just …

How Rejection Fuels Growth

I’ve had thousands of buyers turn me down over the past decade. If they all said ‘yes’, I’d have no idea if they bought because they liked the product, the price, the mission statement, my pitch, something else? I’ve been turned down by dozens of investors, but each time I got a ‘no’, I got …

Burn That Business Plan

🔥Burn That Business Plan🔥 There. I said it. You can thank me later. I talk with way too many founders who believe that if they just spend weeks and weeks researching, writing, and proving with financial charts the projected success of their startup, that it will actually come true. I hate to tell them, but …

The 3 Types of Founder Roles

If you only listen to one thing from me, listen to this 👇 We must have absolute and total focus on one thing every day when running a startup I can’t stress the importance of this anymore. There are three roles to every business: 1) Working In the Business  2) Working On the Business  3) Working …

Founders Fumble - Reagan Pollack

The Founder’s Fumble

When I was 20, I launched my first Internet company out of my dorm room. The idea was simple – solve the pain for emerging, un-signed music artists struggling to get ahead in their careers in the music industry, by connecting them with record labels, managers, publishers, agents, venues and music studios on one platform. …

Lessons in Entrepreneurship - Reagan Pollack

Ask yourself, why this particular startup, now?

In today’s highly competitive, and frankly oversaturated world, simply launching something new isn’t enough to secure your spot in the top of someone’s mind. As an entrepreneur, we need to get past our ability to launch a new product or service, and before we even begin, ask a simple question – why now? Every successful …

Uber, Lyft & AirBnb – the Access Economy of the Future

Everything you want – just one click away The promise of Web 2.0 circa 2004-2007, characterized by a major structural shift from top-down content generation, to bottom-up content creation and dissemination across new platforms, gave rise to a new way of thinking about the creation and delivery method of valuable information and access. With social …

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 …