Entrepreneurs are rarely short on determination. They are hungry, focused, talented and determined to succeed against the odds. Having been lucky enough to work with some of the most successful, determined individuals on the planet – ranging from leading attorneys to battle hardened special forces personnel to traders at the very top of the global investment tree, I have no hesitation in stating that many entrepreneurs pursue their goals with equivalent levels of determination and resilience.
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Focus and clarity are the foods of successful execution and creativity. Unfortunately, the fast paced, chaotic, information environment that entrepreneurs work in, means that true focus for a meaningful length of time, rarely takes occurs.
“I have failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed.” […]
One of the most common areas of uncertainty we see with entrepreneurs pitching investors, is how much they should ask for. Entrepreneurs justifiably worry that if they ask for too little they will be back looking for more 5 minutes later and if they ask for too much, they may end up scaring away investors […]
M. Scott Peck’s first sentence in the ‘Road Less Travelled’ is “Life is difficult”. That’s certainly true if you have chosen the path of the entrepreneur. Laughter is an effective strategy for coping with every day stress and strains, so we created this short e-book of funny videos about entrepreneurs. Being able to laugh at […]
Steve Blank has consistently preached the importance of getting out of the building and Eric Ries, of the Lean Startup, movement stresses the need for ‘validated learning’. YET time and time again, entrepreneurs pitch and launch without even having spoken to a potential customer, let alone getting confirmation that they will actually PAY for your product if you build it.
In less than a week the 30 minute video, calling for arrest of Lord’s Resistance Army leader, Joseph Kony, has the gained over 40 million views on You Tube, 13 million views on Vimeo and been extensively shared across the major social media platforms.
As communication channels increase along with the speed of doing business, the ability to pitch your startup in one sentence, becomes critical.
Despite these truths, most sales and investor pitch preparation takes place at the eleventh hour, amid constant distraction and noise with minimal, if any, rehearsal. Small wonder that most pitches are weak and ineffective and consequently fail.
“The crowd makes the ball game.” Ty Cobb, American Major League Baseball Player Most startups will say that the biggest challenge they face is access to capital. Many good ideas developed by great entrepreneurs fail to get to market, not because of a lack of commitment, innovation or energy, but because entrepreneurs have families […]