Marketing on a Shoe String

As Entrepreneurs we are always faced with constraints related to marketing and selling our products and services, that is natural and true for every company. Very few companies have a unlimited budget to spend on marketing. I have had my pet peeves with the Marketing departments while I was working for a bank. The problem…

What does it take to be a great Mentor

Mentoring is by far the most rewarding and challenging role anyone can take on. It is much like parenting, but in a mentoring relationship there is no hierarchy. It is mainly give from both sides. David Cohen had a fantastic post a while back about the Mentor Manifesto. David is the CEO of TechStars, Boulder…

Why do Startups Fail?

I saw this post on Business Insider with the title “Don’t do a startup, You WILL fail!” based on a presentation by Dave McClure. Dave is a colorful Super Angel and invests with an interesting investment thesis. But what Dave says is spot on and he is one of those who don’t Bull S#$%. Of…

Validated Learning in Hospitality Development

I will be speaking in the “Ferðaþjónusta og fjárfestingar“ conference sponsored by Landsbanki and the Ministry of Industry, Iceland and organized by Promote Iceland. The words in Icelandic mean “Tourism and Investment” thank you Google Translate. I wrote about it when I got invited. The message of the presentation is “Apply the Lean Startup principles even before launching…

The Wealth Gap

Image via Wikipedia BBC has been doing a documentary on the widening Wealth Gap in the world, I have a problem with the portrayal of the issue. I am not wealthy, far from it so I am not arguing for the sake of taking the opposite opinion, but I just think documentaries need to be…