So before I go to much further, this post is going to be somewhat random. Personally I have no idea where it will end up so how about we see together? I consider myself a creator. Maybe you are too? New ideas come along more regularly than a right wing news channel blaming Obama for crop failure etc. Maybe a product doesn't deliver on its promise and *Pow* new product idea.... Maybe you read a sales page, website or an ad for something new and think - "Nice but wouldn't it be great if....?" Talk to a fellow entrepreneur and after a [...]
Hello and welcome to 2015 - its going to be a great year! As always there is no shortage of new and exciting projects, innovations and ideas...it really is very exciting but I wanted to let you in on a secret.... ...I'm becoming a little disenchanted with ideas. So if you've known me for more than 15 minutes, you'll probably say "Yes, that Andrew fella - he's an 'ideas guy'" - its literally a life long descriptor that was hung around my neck when I was still grabbing Crayola off the kid next to me... But in a book I [...]
Image via Wikipedia I think therefore I am! Descartes, a French philosopher, came to that conclusion in 1644. "I think therefore I am." - it had all started for Mr. Descartes when he wondered how he could prove that anything actually existed. For some reason, perhaps, just perhaps, everything he saw and experienced was imaginary. Imagine Descartes looking at the door across the room, the floor leading up to it and then the very room itself and not being able to prove, with absolute certainty, that it wasn't a figment of his active imagination. I know, it's enough to drive you [...]
Most startup companies fail because they try to be too many things to too many people right from the onset. They think of every possible option they could load into their product offer. While this may give them the feeling of being one of the “big boys,” the grim reality is they are not. In fact by trying to be too many things from the start, these companies often end up delivering no real value at all.
As the CEO/founder of three companies in the United States and the United Kingdom, I've developed a deep appreciation for the challenges and joys of being an entrepreneur in various countries. Myfirst company, X-IT Products, was named one of United States a "Top 10 Start-ups in 1999" by a top Entrepreneurial magazine. I came up with the idea for the World's Smallest, Safest, Strongest Fire Escape ladder and brought it to market with Kevin Dodge and Aldo DiBelardino. Here's a video about the company and the experience...I decided to move on after the battle but Aldo stuck around... Let me [...]
I have a confession to make... I don't know the answer to this post yet or really understand where it will go but perhaps, through the act of writing it...I'll figure out the right answer. So...what's the question? You have started a business....Yippeee! It's the earliest days of a new baby venture. So here's the question - when do you stop what you are doing and determine what kind of business you want to build? Maybe that sounds like a stupid question to you - maybe you want to create a products business, a software company, a recruitment agency - [...]