Category: News

February 2, 2015

WSJ: Weekend Read: How to Deal with Rival Employees

Jerry, a 40ish first-time entrepreneur with world-class technical skills, came to me despondent the other day. His head of sales and head of marketing hate each other, he told me. He didn’t want to choose between them, but was afraid he could lose them both of them if he didn’t.

December 6, 2014

WSJ: 3 Easy Ways to Make Sure New Employees Thrive

The other day a young and driven entrepreneur I have been mentoring asked me how she should go about estimating the investment in training she will need for about a dozen people she needs to hire in early 2015. I responded that there are no tradeoffs between training and budget; world-class training comes naturally with inspired startup leadership.

November 21, 2014

5 Fatal Mistakes Entrepreneurs Must Avoid

Research on the causes of entrepreneurial failure is often confusing and contradictory, but most investors and successful entrepreneurs agree that five common mistakes are potentially fatal.

October 21, 2014

WSJ: The “Valuation Sensation” Distortion

While "valuation sensations" – young entrepreneurs who are worth more than a billion dollars – and VC outliers pique the imagination, they also distort our understanding of how entrepreneurship works in America and how and when it makes sense to get outside funding for a startup from strangers who want to be partners.

August 8, 2014

Interview on

Ultimately, to be a successful entrepreneur you need to be able to do ‘something’ better than anyone else, so keeping up with what are global best practices in the areas where you have experience and/or expertise is essential for keeping your entrepreneurial options open to you.

August 1, 2014

HBR: Ditch the Startup Pitch

From my latest blog post on

Pitching skills are widely considered fundamental to basic entrepreneurship, and this skill is taught, evaluated, and rewarded as part of almost any entrepreneurial education. The problem is that pitching is a waste of time and teaching this as a primary skill of entrepreneurship is misleading and sets the wrong priorities for aspiring entrepreneurs.