South by Southwest

ShareGoing to South by Southwest? I’ll be speaking on two panels related to virtual reality – it’s ability to create empathy, and actually do good. We’ll go beyond the current hypemania and do deep dives into the very real potential for VR to create transformational changes. http://brinkinstitute.org/brinksxsw If you’re going to be there, stop by […]

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Necker Island

ShareTwo weeks ago I went to Necker Island, Sir Richard Branson’s private island in the British Virgin Islands. Richard Branson is the entrepreneur’s entrepreneur – running an international Virgin empire with over 400 companies ranging from airlines to financial services to yes – Virgin Galactic. And on Necker Island, over some 40 years, he’s built, […]

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Rich vs. King: The Founder’s Dilemma

ShareSo you’ve just started your baby. Your shiny new company. You haven’t yet even done a soft launch, but you’re already getting amazing feedback from various and sundry people. And by various and sundry people, I mean people who don’t have your last name. Then one fine day, you pitch at an Angel event, and […]

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“I Give You My Word(s)” – How a Business Plan Can Hurt You

ShareYou may have seen in various places on our site that we’ve fallen out of love with the fancy thirty page business plan. If you’re in startup mode, you don’t really have time to write it, and investors simply don’t have time to read it. So it’s largely a waste of everyone’s time. That’s why […]

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Ok, So What Do Pre-Money and Post-Money Valuation mean?

ShareYou may have heard these terms bandied about. Startup valuations are hard enough without some jargon to muck up the waters even more. Fortunately, these terms are about as simple as it gets, once you learn the math. Let’s put this in the context of a startupper named Casimir. Casimir has come up with a […]

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Guide to Intellectual Property

ShareThere are a lot of things that you don’t think of when you finally take the plunge and start your new company. One thing that often sneaks up on entrepreneurs is intellectual property. Are you comfortable with how much you know about patents, trademarks, and copyrights? One of the free bonuses that comes with EZ […]

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EZ Numbers Free Version

ShareWe’ve just created a Free Version of EZ Numbers. You need the paid versions to really understand your business in depth, get a loan, or get an investment. We’ve had a lot of users tell us that until they used EZ, they hadn’t really understood their business. But if you just want to test out […]

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Important Patent Law Change

ShareYou may be aware of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act. Passed in 2011, and just going into effect last month on March 16, this law represents a sweeping change in American patent law. From the beginning of patent law in the United States, we have operated under a “first to invent” system. Therefore even if […]

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When Is the Right Time to Start a New Company?

ShareI’ve had people ask me when is the best time to start a new company. -“I better wait until after the election.” -“This sequestrations business – better to see how this all pans out.” -“I heard that crowd funding for startups will be legal soon. That’s the perfect time.” There’s always that “perfect time” around […]

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“The Pivot”

ShareA friend of mine has a new software solution to help hospitals better plan nurse shifts. It works really well, and he’s gotten some nice early adoption. Question: What’s his business? Well, sure, it’s nurse shift software. But I’ll argue that it’s still too early to really know what his business is, as he hasn’t […]

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