Tag: entrepreneur

Jun

My first product sucked like a black hole

You’d think after 3 years of studying Internet marketing, learning e-commerce stuff such as web hosting, payment gateways, shopping carts, email autoresponders and the like, as well as reading tons of books on business, marketing, leadership, finance, and other entrepreneurial-related topics, that my first commercial online product would have succeeded beyond my wildest dreams. It […]

Jun

“Startup founder” is not a career promotion for programmers

It’s a completely different career ladder. In his book, “The E-Myth”, Michael Gerber identified 3 personas: the Technician, the Manager, and the Entrepreneur. Face it, you’re a Technician. And Michael identified a singularly fatal assumption: If you understand the technical work of a business, you understand a business that does that technical work. And that […]

Jun

Success and failure business stories

I think people sometimes attach too much emotional importance to successes and failures, even with other people’s successes and failures. “I don’t want to hear about failure stories.” With the implicit suggestion that hearing about failures somehow attract failures into their lives. While true to some point, I feel for the most part, it borders […]

Apr

Entrepreneurs and polymaths

Entrepreneurs and polymaths have something in common. Entrepreneurs need to be knowledgeable in many areas, though mostly in the management of business, and mostly being knowledgeable enough is enough (delegation then comes into the picture). Polymaths are knowledgeable in many areas, though the reasons for it may be different. I pin the common reason as […]

Apr

The 10 types of scientists

Diana Garnham identifies 10 types of scientists. Explorer Investigator Developer/Translational Service provider/operational Monitor/regulator Entrepreneur Communicator Teacher Business/Marketing Policy maker I can identify with the “Developer/Translational” and “Entrepreneur” scientist types. Possibly with “Communicator”, “Teacher” (?!?) and “Business/Marketing” too. Which types do you identify with?

Jun

“It’s complicated”

[image by Nathan Marx] You know what’s on my mind a lot since that fateful day? Food. I don’t care what you’ve learnt from respectable business people. I don’t care what you’ve read from popular entrepreneur blogs. I don’t care what you’ve heard from podcasts about start-ups. If you’re a bootstrapping entrepreneur, if you’re starting […]