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Why Uncertainty Is Your Friend

Do you know what you will be doing in your job in 2 week's time? In 2 month's time? I did. I knew my HR routine for the day - around 10 email requests, 2-3 interviews, 1-2 disciplinary cases to type up, perhaps one meeting with a manager who either wishes to hire or fire someone. I'd…

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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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9 Startup Myths Part 3 of 3

This is part 3 of a 3 part series. You can find part 1 here, and part 2 here. 7) Bigger is better Last year we were up to around 15-16 people. This year, while we've lessened our headcount to around 10-11 people,  we're set to double last year's revenue level. Guess which situation I'm happier with?…

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9 Startup Myths Part 2 of 3

(The following post is the second of a 3 part series. You can find part one over here) 4) Business Plans Are Important What 4 years of college business teaching hammered in me was that I needed to create a business plan for my startup. I needed to put everything in writing and project my financials -…

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9 Startup Myths Part 1 of 3

For the next three days, I'll be talking about 3 assumptions I discovered were completely wrong as I went through the startup process: 1) You need a ton of money to start Back in 2005, we were rejected by 2-3 investors before we said, "The heck with it, let's just pool our own money and start." My…

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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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