Strategy

The Secret of Tesla’s Success is Not Selling Cars

A while back, after a rigorous study of Tesla’s brand strategy and then contrasting my ideas with those of leading executives from all over the world, I explained why I thought that...

After the Coronavirus…

It may seem difficult to imagine now, but the coronavirus lockdown will end. One day, when the numbers tell us it’s safe, we will leave our masks at home and return to...

Understanding Cryptic Startup Terms

The startup world throws around a lot of jargon. Some of it is fluff, some of it is important. Rather than pretend like you know what people are talking about, I’ve found it’s good to make...

Top 10 KPIs for your Tech Startup

Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) are data points that measure your company's performance. They help you answer specific business questions such as: Is the business financially viable? What is working well and what needs to...

Why I Turned Down $500K, Pissed Off Investors and Shut Down My Startup

I just did what no startup founder is ever supposed to do. I gave up. It wasn’t even one of those glorious “fail fast and fail forward” learning experiences. After seven months of hard work and...

Has The Pandemic Launched Us Into The Age Of The Metaverse

Several recent events seem to foreshadow the metaverse as the place where we’ll be spending a lot of time in the not-too-distant future. The metaverse is defined as the collective, virtual...

Microsoft’s Powerful Opportunity During The Coronavirus

After Amazon, which has become an essential part of lockdown life, Microsoft has emerged as one of the major beneficiaries of the coronavirus pandemic. With millions of workers around the...

Scaling Startups When The Product Sucks

We have exactly $325,710 left in our bank account. The cash is burning fast, and we’ve already wasted a big portion of our seed investment trying to market a product for which we thought we...

The Lies of the Sharing Economy

There’s nothing resembling a “sharing economy” in an Uber interaction. You pay a corporation to send a driver to you, and it pays that driver a variable weekly wage. Sharing can really only...

Lessons from Failing and Failing Again

Most of science is well-documented failure. – Jason Haaheim Failure is often considered to be a negative experience, but it doesn’t have to be one. Society often demonizes failure as it is something fatally wrong,...