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Quality Breeds Trust

Soccer’s been on my mind recently with several blog posts already this year, but last Tuesday’s soccer games illustrated yet another important revelation in my entrepreneurial, professional, and personal life… and it’s this notion that Quality Breeds Trust.
Last week, I was asked to fill in for two other games after my own. You could really see the disparities in quality from team to team, even before each game started. During warm-ups, you could see who was serious, who wasn’t. You could see who had a good technical touch, who didn’t. And in the opening five minutes of each game, all those earlier impressions were dead-on. That, in effect, had a drastic effect on how I played from simple things like positioning to passes. With lower quality players, everything had to be much more direct and calculated. With greater players, I could be more creative and play more piercing passes.
I remember when I started playing Silverbacks 7v7 so many years ago (damn, I’ve gotten old), I started out …

The Finance of Startups: For Dummies (Part Cinco)

In November of last year, I’ve taken upon myself to get more comfortable and knowledgeable (dare I say, “dangerous”) in the world of finance, especially in the realm of startups and entrepreneurship. Take those two things I’m passionate about (startups and entrepreneurship) and layer in a subject I know little about and am… uncomfortable with.
Every month since November, I’ve published a post touching on 3-5 financial concepts ranging from vesting options applicable if you get that offer letter to join a startup to issuing different types of stock like common, preferred, etc. if you’re looking to raise money from a VC as an entrepreneur. I don’t necessarily have a set “path” or “course” through concepts. Instead, I just rely on the things I don’t know or what I read about, and I tackle the concepts from there.
It’s been a fun, humbling, highly informative experience so far. I’ve been reading more news about startups, funding events, offer letters, etc., and I actually know what the …

Every Entrepreneur Should Be Weight Lifting

Way back in the day when this blog was actually branded Supply Chain Ninja [vs. Entrepreneurial Ninja now], I wrote about consulting and supply chain and, of course, subjects that interested me that I then related to one of the two. One such post was “What consulting has taught me about weight lifting, and vice versa” – you can probably guesstimate what that post was about.
Well, now that this blog’s about the Art of Startups and Entrepreneurship, I want to translate some take-aways and experiences from weight lifting to the entrepreneurial realm. Or even better, tell you why every entrepreneur should be working out. REGULARLY.
The benefits of weight lifting for entrepreneurs are many-fold ranging from adding structure to the entrepreneur’s chaotic day, the quantifiable challenge, and its benefits to your overall wellness. At the end of the day, you’re probably your harshest critic Hey, I get you. Being an entrepreneur, you probably feel the difference between success and failure is d…

I met a professional magician and small biz owner. It was magical.

About a month ago, I was talking to a buddy at a coffee shop about start-ups and entrepreneurship. A man sitting next to us overheard heard our conversation, and asked us questions about building businesses. He happened to be a professional magician, and ran a small business called Davenport Magic. William Davenport was, in gist, an entertainer for kids, company events, business customers (like Wow CafĂ©’s customers who would enjoy a dinner and a show), etc.
We spoke to William for a few minutes before having to part ways about all things including marketing, selling, and generally, growing the business.
Fast forward a couple weeks, and William called me to schedule a sit-down to talk in greater length about what he’s looking to accomplish and glean more tips. He also mentioned how that day we met, however brief, was taken to heart and he had implemented a lot of what we talked about including blogging to drive inbound marketing… EVERYDAY. I was astounded and impressed, so I agreed to…