JUAN GREAT LEAP

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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The only shoe that will fit perfectly is yours

Each individual is unique. From our fingerprints, our view of the world, our biases, our histories - we are each truly unique. Our uniqueness extends to what exactly satisfies us at work. Some of us prefer sales, some research, some human resources, some supply chain management, some finance, some technology. Some of us prefer to work at…

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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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