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Launch Your Startup in 6 Steps

So you a want a startup map? Here's one. This 6-step process is heavily influenced by my own experiences, and 2 canonical entrepreneurial books: Steve Blank's 4-Steps to the Epiphany, and Eric Ries's Lean Startup. Both obvious recommendations. Again,  please note the differentiation here between a startup and a small business. Here we go. For a lot…

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Startup Sacred Time for 2012

From 1:00pm to 6:00 pm every Friday afternoon, all Storm employees are required to work on a pet project of their choice. We call this “Innovation Friday.” The endeavor isn’t exactly original. I know Google employees need to devote 20% of their time on a personal project of their own. The difference here is the forced schedule.…

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Start@Starbucks!

Start-bucks Coffee. My first startup, STORM Consulting, started as an idea in 2005, I talked about it with around 10 people - all potential co-owners I targeted - mostly in Starbucks. I then narrowed the field down from ten to two people and began building the foundation of the firm with my two new partners. A recent…

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Ambition + Innovation = Startup

If I buy a Jollibee franchise, would that be a startup? If I open a sideline internet cafe while I'm handling my day job - is this a startup? There are several definitions thrown around now about what a startup is and isn't. Here's mine: Ambition + Innovation = Startup First, a startup is all about ambition.…

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