JUAN GREAT LEAP

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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How God Founded Our Startup

When a new employee starts in STORM, or any of the startups I'm associated with (we're all in one building), they are treated to something different (especially if they've previously worked in corporations before) which happens every three o'clock. We invite the newbie to our conference room, where we read the Gospel for the day, and then everyone…

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The 4 most common excuses for not taking the startup leap

Here they are, in no particular order: EXCUSE NO. 1: PARANOIA Sounds like: "Huge risk! The LIVES of my kids are at stake!" Commentary: First, it's never ever as bad as you imagine it would be. Too often we fall victim to our wild imagination. Moreover,  you can always mitigate risk, through research and early customer feedback.…

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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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The Destructive Power of “Not Yet”

Around three years ago, I had a coffee talk with an entrepreneurial fellow named Randy (not his real name, rhymes though). Randy was a mobile applications programmer working for a large telco. He was carefully explaining to me about his idea for a mobile application/mobile service which I thought was just super - first in the local…

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